I had this BSA Lightning as my first bike, new in 1966. No matter what you do expect oil leaks. They all did it. My new 1967 Bonneville also marked it's territory, as did my 1974 Norton. 😁😈
Those old Brit bikes are a hoot to ride though.
Indeed! The rear chain is supposed to be lubed by engine oil that splashed out the box onto it.
Anyway, end of phase 1 today: engine is out of the frame:
Now I have removed all the case connecting bolts, but it looks to have been stuck together with loads of sealant, and it has resisted moderate attempts to split the cases. Before I get medieval on it, any advice for case splitting?
I'll probably go dark on this now until I have something to report. But I'm pleased so far. No horrible surprises, just the stuff you'd expect from an old bike. Really enjoying it. Totally get what
is saying, wrenching is a lot of fun in a Zen sort of way. As I get older I find myself enjoying my own company more and more, and putzing in the garage is heaven.