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Old 04-15-2014, 08:06 PM   #1
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74 XL70 Restoration Ongoing

Hi there, Newbie here. I picked up this 74 XL70 last August while in Sturgis and have been working to restore it. It runs rather well, but does have some small oil leaks and smokes. Based on what I have read, the smoking can be many things, but I'm thinking just a good engine disassemble, clean, and all new gasket (kit) might do the trick. I'm pretty mechanically inclined, and sure that I can rebuild the engine. Depending on timing, it may need to wait until this summer.

Couple questions I have and hoping to get a little advice.

1. Will there be a problem to continue to run/ride the thumper with it smoking? Really does run good and has good strong power.
2. This one is weird. Anyone seen a 6v batter have the wrong polarity on it?
I went to charge the battery and could only charge with the leads hooked backwards on the battery. I used a DVM and tested the battery and sure enough the polarity is reversed vs what the top of the battery says. I'm good with batteries, but have never seen that one.

I'm working on trying to post a pic, but not having much luck.. Once I figure out what is giving me the problem, I will get a pick up. It is a really nice bike and is starting to look really cool and classic.

thanks for any help.
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Old 04-15-2014, 08:37 PM   #2
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Finally got the right size..
Here she is. Been working to clean her up and get her all back to stock..

Just put the front blinkers on and found an original 74 rear sissy bar that I need to repair (needs blinker mounts). Been looking for one for 7 months and finally found an original, but the mounts had been cut. No worries, buddy can weld new mounts..
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