Having a few days free due to the holidays can help get things out of the way and let the mind prepare for the spring season. On the MSS the headlight stopped working on both the high and low beam at the end of the season. The MSS winters on the pathway to the basement ice box and each journey brings forth the reminder to 'get on to it' for spring chores.
After giving the kick starter a shove to change the piston set I got onto looking at the bulb. Both filaments were ok which got me to believe that there were gremlins in the wiring. Though the headlight harness connections needed a tending to no gremlins were found. It seems as if the bulb had the short circuit within the base.
A few searches on the interweb pulled up either bulbs of faraway lands or exorbitant prices; I'd converted the MSS to a 12volt Halogen but wanted to retail the original British Pre Foucs base. Since the filaments tested fine, it seemed that all one had to do was de-solder the base and re-solder. This all worked out just fine but a cool discovery was made... I could use a inexpensive H4 bulb of the same wattage, remove it from its base and solder it into the old BPF base if need be. A good thought if one was to be stuck on the side of nowhere and needed to re-create the wheel in 3 hours.
The magneto had to come out so give grips could be used on the lower head bolt socket. It generally came apart easy to reveal more work will be needed. Almost no polarity was felt in the body and the grounding brush was MIA.
|Ready for compression test|
|Removing valves again|