New Bendix Carburetor
Hot diggity damn! Sometimes luck does find it's way over to me. This carb rebuild was beginning to be a global search mission for the missing choke parts. Rebuild kits I could find but the choke end of things was proving to be some what tougher. On the way home today I decided to just stop into this little indie H-D shop I know of but had not been in since their move several years back. Last time I was in there was when I was looking for Panhead parts in his old location.
But on the way home today I thought I'd stop in to see what he might be able to help me out with. To my disappointment he was closed even though the sign on the door said "Open", I tried the door but yep it was locked up tight. So returning to my truck and just about to pull out to leave this little SUV pulls up. He rolls down his window and asks in a friendly way if he could help me. I tell him what I was looking for and he says he is closed on Mondays and was only across the road getting some gas as he was on the way to a ball game.
Then he tells me he'll open up so I park and we go in. Inside he pulls out his parts books and finds the rebuild kit but nothing anywhere for the choke parts. We talk things over back and forth then he opens the pages to replacement Bendix Carburetors of which I was hoping to avoid. We find my replacement but I don't have that kind of coin to spend and was hoping to avoid that scenario but finding the choke parts will take going to swap meets and such.
I'm right at the point to say I'll take the standard rebuild kit when he says "Wait a minute. I'll be right back." He disappears around a corner into a small back room. I go around after a couple minutes but he is nowhere in sight. Then he comes out from a little cubbyhole with a box in his hands. "I just remembered that a guy had me order this for him a year ago then decided he didn't want it." he says.
He opens the box and it's a brand new, adjustable main jet, Bendix 16P12 carburetor. Most of them are non adjustable main jet units but this one is the same as the one I have.
"What would you be willing to give for this? Never been on a bike and never had any gas in it. It's brand new."
"Man. I don't know." I reply, " Seen some new ones advertised for $280 or so."
Again to the catalog to see prices. We get to looking and the standard finish Bendix fixed main jet 38mm is $296 and the 38mm standard finish High performance adjustable main jet carb is $320.
"That's nice but I don't have that on me."
"Nope. Don't use them." I say.
"Tell you what I'll do, if you want it for say...$250 I'll put it under the counter with your name on it. You come back when you have the money and it's yours."
"Deal. Let me give you a deposit so it won't get away."
"No bother, been here all this time it'll probably still be here."
"I'd feel better about it."
"Let me make out a receipt. What you paid and whats owed."
"I appreciate it."
"It'll be easier to work on and you know it's not worn out."
"Yep. That will save a lot of future headaches."
We walk out the door and before I can get in my truck he's off to the ballgame. Me, I have a big grin on my face and still have Birthday coin left over. I know I'll be back to his shop for other things now.