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Normally when you buy a vehicle that’s sat for years you do all the protective hoopla like spray Marvel’s Mystery Oil in the cylinders to break the rings free, pre-lube the engine, and so on. We didn’t; mostly ’cause we were told it’d only been sitting for months. Whoops. We were also told the fuel tank had been “sandblasted.” He didn’t say which one: the factory or auxiliary. When the engine wouldn’t pull fuel we suspected the pump. A new pump let the engine sip rank varnish from the sidesaddle tank and settle into a lopey idle.

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