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About Gery

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    Santa Monica, CA
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    1978 king cab, 1972 Karmann Ghia vert, 1968 Triumph Bonneville, 1971 Norton Commando
  • Interests
    Fixing broken things

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  1. Out of curiosity, could a ‘78 kc fit on a ‘71 510 frame....and do so without major work? if not that, how about a ‘78 on a pre 1976 620 frame?
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    Mike- As usual, you are a wealth of great information. I was hoping to hear your perspective.
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    All interesting. I wasn’t even thinking of the rpms until I came across the mention (above) of 5.5k shifting. With my apparent shift range in the 3 to 4K range, I want to make sure I haven’t missed something....and that 3-4K shifts are not causing mechanical problems. Frankly, after 4K my engine sounds ready to throw a rod or something. Given its age, I’ve been fine with lower rev (3k) shifts. BTW, the truck hums along on the L.A. freeways and the empty stretches of the Pacific Coast Highway. Soooo....should I leave well enough alone (if it is well enough and not a problem) or consider a differential change? Or?
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    Today I observed: 3rd gear @3,000rpm = 40mph What differential gears should I be using?
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    I recently put a 5 speed in my (previously automatic) ‘78 620 kc. (Stock L20b, Weber, de-smogged at present). Shifting at 3k felt right but not aggressive. After reading all this though, I thought I must be being too conservative. After pushing it, I’ve Found that power starts to drop at 4K and 5 k seems unattainable. Thoughts?
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    620 Dash Removal

    That (removing the lighter)did the trick. Also, realizing that the plastic panel was flush against sheet metal and that the sheet metal was staying put. So, at first when I slipped a finger in the lighter hole and hooked it to try and pull, I was also working against the sheet metal. Thanks, again.
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    620 Dash Removal

    In spite of the useful pictures, my dash plate seems unwilling to be removed. 3 upper screws, a lower screw (that also held the flasher relay), ......anything else? I even sprayed lubricant around the edges of the panel. if it remains stuck, would removing the whole dah make sense?
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    620 Dash Removal

    The pictures above are REALLY helpful! Thank you 2edeye.
  9. That’s what I was thinking but I always like to check with the expert(s).
  10. A line that drops down to the bottom of the tank (I assume it is the outgoing fuel line) has an expanded cylindrical section at the bottom end. What is that? A filter? Won’t it get fouled if I try to coat the tank?
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    Gas tank questions

    I don’t think that that is a vented cap. My original cap looked like that and was not. The venting,I believe, is through the evaporation canister. My canister was removed by a previous owner. I tried the return hose idea, but it didn’t work because the system was now closed...so no breathing. This is a problem for various reasons including adding stress to the fuel pump, hoses, etc. I dealt, inelegantly, with the breathing problem by drilling a 1/8” hole near the center of the cap. ( I put a small band-aid over the hole with the cotton part on the hole itself....to ensure nothing easily goes in). Many full tanks later, still no difficulties and don’t seem to have spilled a drop. Other readers— I have have a question too, though. When I had ny tank off, I was going to redcoat it. One of the lines (I assume it was the fuel out line) extended to the bottom of the tank and had a cylindrical expansion on the end. My old British motorcycles have a copper mesh filter screen at the outlet . Realizing that the coating would foul this end piece — and needing to get the truck back on the road, I just skipped the internal coating. Question is: what is that enlarged cylindrical part? A filter? Easily removable? Necessary?
  12. The problem persisted with the new switch.... I then stepped things up and used a meter to check all the wiring. Turns out that the relay was frozen in on position. Replaced the relay and problem solved. Thanks everyone. 🙂
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    Dash Caps

    If “dash cap” = “dash overlay”, I have one on my truck. A PO installed it and it looks much better than a deteriorated naked dash. That being said, I have toyed with the idea of using a subtle carbon fiber wrap on it.. They are made of ABS plastic (like the center console but thinner) and eventually will crack. One problem I’ve noticed is that , at least the one on my truck, prevents the instrument cluster from being easily opened. I need to get back there and I suspect when I do, the overlay may be become damaged. Best price I’ve seen is $100 plus $40 shipping on eBay .
  14. Foresee any real difficulties? I see universal kits.
  15. I’m playing with the idea of converting my under dash ebrake to a between the seats tunnel mount. Every manual trans car i’ve had, has had a tunnel mount ebrake, and I miss it. I haven’t found any references to such a project. (Rear drums) Thoughts?
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