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Oil Leak (and other) Opinions Requested
Written by pacific.ghost on 7/31/2009 at 12:21 pm

I now have most of the upper plastics off (for paint/replacement) and to
evaluate the damage. It's a little more serious than I'd thought. Going to need
a couple more parts, but that's okay.

I knew the thing had an oil leak when I got it, but I didn't realize it was
quite this bad. Here's the new album: http://tinypic.com/a/z49t/4

It's been sitting in that position for a little over a week. Does anyone have
any idea what's leaking off the back of the motor like that? It seems to be some
sort of oil, can't tell if it's motor or otherwise - is it possible for the cam
seals to leak *that* badly?

Also, the engine seems to be encrusted in oil as do the bottoms of the carbs.
I'm assuming cam seals, but it seems rather, well, excessive for cam seals (from
my experience with other engines and motorcycles. Can all that mess really be
from the cam seals?

Next, how big a bevel should I cut on the outside edge of the head when I change
the cam seals? Does anyone have pictures?

Finally, while I have all the plastics off, I (obviously) intend to change the
cam seals using the "wood screw and bevel" technique. Is there any other normal
or preventative maintenance task I should perform while the engine is exposed
like this?

Message Thread for message #86479

pacific.ghost
7/31/2009, 12:21 pm
Oil Leak (and other) Opinions Requested
I now have most of the upper plastics off (for paint/replacement) and to evaluate the damage. It's a little more serious than I'd thought. Going to need a couple more parts, but that's okay. I knew the thing had an oil leak when I got it,

    unlikelylogi...
    7/31/2009, 02:40 pm
    Oil Leak (and other) Opinions Requested
    Yes, camshaft plug leaks can make quite a mess. It doesn't take much oil to attract a lot of dirt and with all of the Tupperware you don't tend to notice a problem until it drips. Ideally you would clean the engine and then run it to dete

    literidr
    7/31/2009, 05:19 pm
    Oil Leak (and other) Opinions Requested
    Hey pacificghost (must be an 89!) Here's a composite from one of my posts and a reply to another query about this procedure. I think is will work together as a whole, but if you have any questions, drop me a note. You will need to