A short introduction first: I'm new to the forum (well, not new, I've gone through it for hours, but I only recently signed up and this is my first post). I bought a 1953 VH a few weeks ago. It has been sitting in a (heated and dry) attic for the last decade or so and I immediately fell in love with the patina.
I cleaned it, did the oily rag restauration (I will do my best to keep it as much like it is as i can), changed all the fluids, checked the oil flow, swapped the carb for a concentric (the pre monoblock was warn and warped), set the timing and fired it up for a first test ride last Sunday.
So far so good.
It was a 6 or 7 mile test ride. It depends on if you want to count the last mile I had to walk...
It started in 1 kick and ran beautifully until the last mile. It was idling while waiting for a traffic light when it stalled. No matter what I did, I could not get any signs of life out of it anymore.
- The fuel
- The spark plug (I did get sparks outside the engine, it had the right color)
- the carb (no blockages)
- The timing
- compression (the kick starter feels the same as before, it feels like plenty of compression)
Nothing. The only thing that is worth noting is that the timing plate travel (when I push or pull the advance/retard lever) has only limited travel (less than it had before the ride), but the timing should still be fine or t least close enough for a backfire in the carb or a bang in the exhaust.
I'm not really sure where to start looking, any tips?