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    Mr. Big's Big WL Adventure

    Took Ol Red for ride this morning and found a blown rear head gasket. Any thoughts on paper or copper? Gonna put her on the lift in the morning and start pulling the tanks so any do's and don't before I start? Dang, with the tanks off, I should really go ahead and seal the gas tank. I knew this would happen. By the time my sidecar arrives, the bike will be in a kazillion pieces as I find more little crap to fix......

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    Re: Paper or Plastic?

    Just take the engine and get it rebuilt and then you'll have nothing to worry about

    How did you notice the head gasket?

    Dave
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    Re: Paper or Plastic?

    cha cha cha sound, nice beat but ya can't dance to it.

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    Re: Paper or Plastic?

    Well Dave old buddy, that would just open up another can of worms/money I don't have at the moment. The grand plan is to take the 47WL cases I have and swap them for the WLA's in it now. Problem is my fun money is pretty much no mas at the moment after the sidecar purchase so I just need to get a bandaid on her and have some fun until Obama fixes the economy and all will be well in vintage HarleyLand.....wait,what???? Oh yeah, cha cha cha sounds about right.
    Last edited by Mr. Big; 09-05-2010 at 08:14 PM.

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    Re: Paper or Plastic?

    If mine was blown I dont think I'd hear the cha cha cha over the other strange noises she makes.

    Dave
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    Re: Paper or Plastic?

    Hehe, no kidding. The 45's are noisy little critters. Dang, I think I hijacked my own thread.....

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    Re: Paper or Plastic?

    Toss the asbestos ones on her. If ya don't feel that will seal her well enough, use a bit of the old copper mix on the asbestos gasket surfaces first. Aluminum paint will work also. Paps

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    Re: Paper or Plastic?

    Thanks Paps. I'm assuming the copper mix is just a brush on deal I can find at the auto parts store?

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    Re: Paper or Plastic?

    Yeah... I couldn't recall the name of the stuff. I have some, which I have had for many decades, but the label is now missing. Small engine parts stores carry it as well. It works really well though.

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    Re: Paper or Plastic?

    Ok, what's the drill for getting my heads off? I think they're super glued on. Been tappin (Ok, more than a tap!) on 'em with a rubber mallet and nuttin. I'm resisting the urge to cram a screwdriver in there. I need someone's top secret removal procedure.

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