Posted Sunday January 13, 2019
So there I was with a bike that I had planned to do some work on myself. It had been years since I messed around with one. As I looked an my new possession, It dawned on me that my Police bike needed more work and expertise than I had. Luckily, before I purchased it and while I was searching for one, a collegue at the TTC (before I retired), had recommended a mechanic that her and her husband used for their bikes and cars. He was close enough to me as his shop was in Woodbridge. As luck would have it, he also lived near enough to me that he agreed to drop in and look it over. He dropped by one night on his way home and had a good look at it. He said to be honest with you Mike, when you told me you bought a 1986 Harley I was worried. However, he went on to say, It was in pretty good shape overall. He told me he would arrange to pick it up the following Saturday. Most o the things the things he noted could be repaired. His only concern was the frame at the bottom where the engine sat. He wasn't sure that he could have it repaired.
So the following Saturday, he showed up with a buddy to pick it up. We wheeled it out of the garage and he started it up. New problem! This time the starter would not disengage. He quickly asked me for my wrench set and remove one of the battery cables from the battery. Problem temporarily solved.
That was something I hadn't anticipated or marked down for him. Below is what I thought needed to be brought to his attention, as well as some of the things discussed on his previous visit. Once we got it on the trailer, I handed him the following on a typed piece of paper.
1986 Harley FLHTP
I put this list together for us to review.
The only actions I took after your visit were to put fuel stabilizer in the gas tank and fill it up.
I inflated the tires as you advised me to. When I did the front tire, the brass part of the valve stem started to leak. I took it out and screwed in a new replacement and it now seems fine. I did not replace the rear tire valve stem.
As discussed, I put a cotter pin into the bottom of the seat to attach it to adjustable seat air shock/post. However, please check the bottom of the air shock/post (I didn’t get access to it) because it seems a bit loose.
1. I did not get the chance to change the oil (no easy access to drain?) Do you typically clean or replace the Tappet Oil Screen?
2. I did not change transmission oil.
3. As noted when you looked at the bike, it needs repair (welding) on both sides of the frame.
4. It appears that there are some oil leaks that will require new gaskets or a gasket as you noted when you looked at it.
5. It looks like the brass (elbow) fitting the goes into the bottom right near where the oil filter screws in is leaking slightly as well as some of the hoses in the area.
6. You indicated you normally reroute that small chrome breather? That currently has a zip tie on it.
7. Exhaust Pipes. Replace any necessary fasteners or claps.
8. Tune up and adjustments as necessary?
I have looked for gas leaks after filling the tank and there does not appear to be any that were visible.
Please review Engine for anything we didn’t see/discuss. As I indicated, I had started it to take it off the transport trailer and move it into the garage. Seemed to start and run fine. However, didn’t want to start it again until the oil was clean.
Front Fork / Rear Shocks
You and I discussed the leaks and things that you will look at once the fairing is off.
We discussed lowing the bike by 2 inches.
As discussed, it has a new battery and has been on a battery tender since I had it.
Radio doesn’t appear to be working.
All lights appear to be working now except the turn signals. They worked briefly, as discussed.
The hazard switch doesn’t seem to stay in its opening, seems that one of the clips on the switch is broken. Obviously all of the above will be looked at once you remove the fairing to access everything.
I have been looking for red police switches to replace all of the worn ones but haven’t found any yet.
As discussed, please do a review the bike overall, for anything else and let me know for immediate things and then suggested/project things for the fall/winter.
In addition to the above, you mentioned that as hose kits are available. You mentioned that you were not sure if it should be done now or could wait in the fall/winter.
The final thing will be to have it certified.
As discussed, I am not in any rush at all, so it can be done to your schedule as you see fit and your time allows.
As we said good bye, I wondered when I would see the bike again. As they left, I watch as my Harley disappeared down the street.
The next time, I will talk briefly about my search for parts. Who would have known how difficult it would be to find the things I was looking for or where I would end up finding them.
Thanks for reading...Mike