Good to see you got the clutch sorted.:cheers:
As far as the leaks, give it a retorque and see what happens. It might fix both leaks... at least...
Well that was close...
I just received word from Rhy, Jake's son, that Jake (@Jake650 ) passed away yesterday.
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Yes, that's a much better explanation of what I was trying to say. Just pull the lever in enough to feel for the slack and adjust it out of it.
I think another tell would be metal vs. plastic sidecovers....the top mounting... maybe?
An easy visual "tell" is the forward seat line. If it follows under the shock mount, it's a clip in seat. If it runs above, it's hinged.
Found an old pic of my 78 Special. If you squint hard enough, you can see the seat lock on the left.
Then it's most likely the clutch not fully disengaging (dragging).
What you're referring to as a "housing" is called a "perch".... the clutch...
Here's a 1979 Special II from Doug's ID thread. The seat lock is on the left, so it's hinged on the right. 78 was the same. Neither one has the...
Pretty sure your ebay link is wrong. The 78 Special I had was a hinged seat iirc, that one's the clip in type.
Some pics of what's goin' on would be helpful.
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Yeah...'far as I know the 80SG was the was the only year with the pleats running fore and aft as well as side to side. Doug?
The 80SG seat has a much less pronounced hump.. and it'll fit your 83.
Your 83 seat is "clipped on." It has pins in the front and clips or locks in the rear. The earlier Standard seats without the step are hinged. So...
Low idle after warmup could possibly be a dragging clutch... which ties into your hard shifting. Did the idle come back up once you were in...
Close enough to you to go look?
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