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Offline jfcroni

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Interceptor 750 First Start in 35 years
« on: May 11, 2018, 01:21:45 AM »
I getting ready to start my 1970 Interceptor. I changed the oil and oil filter... I've cleaned the carbs and tank. I have a new battery. Any other tips before starting?

I'm not going to ride...I just want to make sure the engine is ok before spending any money on the project.

The primary cover is off right now.

« Last Edit: May 11, 2018, 01:23:46 AM by jfcroni »

Offline murdo

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Re: Interceptor 750 First Start in 35 years
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2018, 01:51:40 AM »
Make sure you have a good spark.

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Re: Interceptor 750 First Start in 35 years
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2018, 01:18:16 PM »
I have a spark. Will be giving it a shot today. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on getting oil in the lines prior to starting. It has the oil cooler...was thinking about trying to pump some oil through the lines first... if possible.

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Re: Interceptor 750 First Start in 35 years
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2018, 09:47:33 PM »
Leave the plugs out and turn it over for a while to get the oil going before trying to start.

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Re: Interceptor 750 First Start in 35 years
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2018, 10:03:31 AM »
Velo owners tend to advocate "taking the bike for a walk". Plug(s) out, first gear and push it around till the oil is flowing nicely.
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Re: Interceptor 750 First Start in 35 years
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2018, 03:46:11 PM »
I did cycle the engine about 30 kicks with the plugs out first. I primed the cylinders with gas - replaced the plugs... and added gas to the newly rebuilt carbs. I attached a gas feed system since the tank isn't ready yet. Four kicks and it started. I ran for 20 seconds or so and shut off to have a look around. I pulled two valve covers and restarted the bike. Oil is pushing up to the tappets and the push rods are getting a good oiling too. All is good... so I'll continue the restoration project knowing the engine is sound.

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Re: Interceptor 750 First Start in 35 years
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2018, 03:53:49 PM »
Good man, I did similar with my T90 last year after a long period of inactivity. No point in bashing on with the cosmetics and finding the engine's buggered.
Getting grumpy.

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Re: Interceptor 750 First Start in 35 years
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2018, 10:38:39 PM »
Good work.