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Default Fuel/Oil ratio for old Sea King?

On Thu, 02 May 2019 07:47:38 -0400, John H.

On Thu, 2 May 2019 07:36:51 -0400, "Mr. Luddite" wrote:

On 5/2/2019 7:19 AM, John H. wrote:
On Thu, 2 May 2019 06:42:24 -0400, "Mr. Luddite" wrote:

On 5/1/2019 10:24 PM, Its Me wrote:
On Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 9:25:04 PM UTC-4, wrote:
On Wed, 1 May 2019 16:39:31 -0700 (PDT), Its Me

On Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 7:24:07 PM UTC-4, wrote:
On Wed, 1 May 2019 15:56:06 -0700 (PDT),

I just got a old 5hp sea king and it's not locked up but I have no idea how to start it. Help plz!

Depending on how old it is at least 50:1 but some of the older ones
may have been 25:1
First be sure you have a healthy spark. That usually takes 2 people if
you don't have a spark tester. If it is sparking you can try just
filling it up and giving it a yank. If you are not sure you are
getting gas out of the carb, squirt some premix in the throat, open
the throttle all the way and yank it. You will start out too rich but
after a few pulls the mix will be OK enough to pop. If it runs a few
seconds and stops, suspect a carb problem or a fuel delivery problem.

They need three things to run... fuel, air, and spark. Greg's method will get you started.

Don't forget compression ;-)

You actually don't need much of that. I had a friend growing up that had a neighbor with a "collection" of those old single cylinder engines that fired once every 4-6 revolutions. They have almost no compression, and run just fine, sort-of. Similar to this:

It was pretty cool to go over on a weekend and see him fire one up.

Many engines today used in lawn mowers, some motorcycles and other small
engine applications have automatic compression relief valves that
vents the cylinder compression until the starter (or pull rope) gets
the engine rotation up to a speed that will support starting. Once
started, the compression relief valve automatically closes.

I remember an old gas engine on something that had a manual compression
relief valve. It partially vented (lowering compression) until the
engine fired at which time you closed the relief valve.

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Some of the old Moto Guzzis had compression relief valves.

I think I remember having one on a motorcycle I had once also.
Can't remember which one it was.

Probably one of your Harleys. Amazon sells them. Here's a listing of what models it fits:

S&S Electric Compression Release for Harley DavidsonBike Fitments1999-2012 Harley Davidson FLHR Road
King1999-2012 Harley Davidson FLHRCI Road King Classic2000-2006 Harley Davidson FLHRI Road
King2004-2007 Harley Davidson FLHRSI Road King Custom1999-2009 Harley Davidson FLHT Electra Glide
Standard1999-2012 Harley Davidson FLHTC Electra Glide Classic1999-2006 Harley Davidson FLHTCI
Electra Glide Classic2007-2012 Harley Davidson FLHTCU Electra Glide Ultra Classic1999-2006 Harley
Davidson FLHTCUI Electra Glide Ultra Classic2009-2012 Harley Davidson FLHTCUTG Tri Glide Ultra
Classic2003-2006 Harley Davidson FLHTI Electra Glide Standard2010-2012 Harley Davidson FLHTK Electra
Glide Ultra Limited2006-2012 Harley Davidson FLHX Street Glide2006 Harley Davidson FLHXI Street
Glide2012 Harley Davidson FLHXXX Street Glide Trike2010 Harley Davidson FLHXXX Street Glide
Trike2006 Harley Davidson FLST Heritage Softail2000-2012 Harley Davidson FLSTC Heritage Softail
Classic2001-2006 Harley Davidson FLSTCI Heritage Softail Classic2000-2012 Harley Davidson FLSTF Fat
Boy2010-2012 Harley Davidson FLSTFB Fat Boy Lo2001-2006 Harley Davidson FLSTFI Fat Boy2006 Harley
Davidson FLSTI Heritage Softail2005-2012 Harley Davidson FLSTN Softail Deluxe2005-2006 Harley
Davidson FLSTNI Softail Deluxe2000-2003 Harley Davidson FLSTS Heritage Springer2008-2012 Harley
Davidson FLSTSB Cross Bones2005-2007 Harley Davidson FLSTSC Softail Springer Classic2005-2006 Harley
Davidson FLSTSCI Softail Springer Classic2001-2003 Harley Davidson FLSTSI Heritage Springer1999-2009
Harley Davidson FLTR Road Glide1999-2006 Harley Davidson FLTRI Road Glide2012 Harley Davidson FLTRU
Road Glide Ultra2010-2012 Harley Davidson FLTRX Road Glide Custom2008-2009 Harley Davidson FXCW
Rocker2008-2012 Harley Davidson FXCWC Rocker C1999-2010 Harley Davidson FXD Dyna

Compression release on a Harley.
You are supposed to limp like everyone else who owned an 69 XLCH.