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    Shovelhead base gasket

    My old 76 shovels uses more oil than petrol so I decided it was time to give the top end a freshen up.

    I took the front head off and it looked pretty sad and then when I took the barrel off I noticed the barrel has an oil gallery that lines up with a gallery in the head and the case has a similar hole too.

    What I couldnít understand was the base gasket didnít have a corresponding hole in it.

    Is this correct and if so why have the galleries at all.

    Thanks
    Dave
    1938 WLDR
    1940 WL (Race Bike)
    1944 WL
    1976 FLH

    http://1944WL.webs.com

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    Re: Shovelhead base gasket

    The base gaskets are carry over from Panheads which used passages in the cylinder to feed oil, redundant on a Shovelhead which uses outside feed. The drain is entirely through the cylinder wall also so no hole in the gasket there.
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    Re: Shovelhead base gasket

    Quote Originally Posted by Rubone View Post
    The base gaskets are carry over from Panheads which used passages in the cylinder to feed oil, redundant on a Shovelhead which uses outside feed. The drain is entirely through the cylinder wall also so no hole in the gasket there.
    Thanks Robbie
    1938 WLDR
    1940 WL (Race Bike)
    1944 WL
    1976 FLH

    http://1944WL.webs.com

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