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Twins / A65L Crankshaft welded sludge trap access
« on: 01 November, 2017, 12:35:08 »
A65L 1970 (last of oil-in-tank)

Has anyone seen this before?  See photo of welded up sludge trap access (yes I know, it's a bit rusty too, but one thing at a time!).
I can't understand why anyone would wish to weld up the entry point when it could simply have a threaded cap fitted (loctited if thought necessary).
Now I've got the problem of what to do about it.

There are three obvious options:
1. buy a replacement crankshaft - not easy & quite expensive even as a used item (would need regrinding, new shells, etc)
2. re-machine the hole and tap it (difficult alignment problem) - also quite expensive as expect it to take about 3 hours
3. ignore the weld and fit it as it is!  (I will be fitting a cartridge oil filter, so sludge should not be an issue.)

Any comments or suggestions?

Cheers, Charles

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Twins / A65L oil pump woes
« on: 24 October, 2017, 13:28:57 »
I've dismantled and am rebuilding an A65L that had been half reassembled after the engine "blew up" in some way decades ago!  I have many items/areas to deal with to get it together again.  The passage of time has not been kind (eg, rust inside engine!) and there are non-standard parts, bent parts, missing parts, etc.  No doubt this is a common situation with a bike & parts having been in poor storage conditions for over 30 years!

Specifically I'm writing in the hope someone can shed some light on a problem with my A65L oil pump.

As the oil pump was very stiff and jammed a little at one spot I stripped it down to its bare components.  All parts were cleaned & inspected.  All parts seem to be in good condition with all the cogs meshing well and no distortion or damage to the housing etc (see photo).  However, on reassembly the rotation was still very stiff at one point.  Interestingly, removing the driving spindle (Pt No. 68-0310) and reinserting 180 to re-engage the pump reduced the stiffness.  If the driving spindle is removed, the pump can be rotated freely without any binding or stiffness.

Everything is scrupulously clean and dismantling & reassembling several times has made no difference.  Close inspection of the driving spindle appears to show that the slot is offset from centre (see photo).  Vernier measurements indicate about 0.12mm (0.005").  This could explain why the pump is running eccentrically.  Widening the slot by 0.12mm to centralise it could be the solution.

As a replacement spindle is over 40, I really don't want to buy one if it isn't really the problem!  In addition, if such a manufacturing fault could exist, I'm assuming a skim of the slot, to centre it, might be a more economic solution.

The reason I'm taking the approach of trying to mend as much as possible rather than buying replacements is that the final bill for new components looks horrendous (oil pump = 300!).

Has anyone come across such a fault, which appears to be an original manufacturing defect?

Is the approach of attempting to correct the defect in the driving spindle slot valid?

In case it helps, here are some specifics about my bike:
   registered July 1970, VOL 162 J
   frame & engine number HD 11103 A65L

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