Can the left side Electra cylinder head be removed with the engine in the frame?
Well, I removed both heads on my Navigator with the engine in the frame
Thanks Ulrich. But the Navigator does not have the frame supports that the Electra has - which keep the head from clearing the frame.
I think you have answered your own question Jack. Seat off. Tank off. If you take the nuts off both sides of the front top frame, the head steady bolt, the two 5/16 bolts in headstock and then remove the cross stud above carb, you are getting near removing the plates. Horn off, coils off, carb off, and things are getting clearer.
Exhaust, footrest, silencer to remove.
Tell us how it went. I'd love to know the easy way.
Any chance of an image of these electra frame supports to see how they work and impede ?
I was looking at removing the supports yesterday but was concerned the whole front of the bike would come crashing off. I guess that's probably the only way to have enough clearance beneath the main frame for the left side head to clear. (I already took the right one off to look for a possible crack. And need the other one off to replace the head gasket.)
I'll see if I can post a pic or two later today. (It's about 7:30 a.m. here right now - LOL.)
He's a frame pic I found somewhere and a close up of the left side support just in front and above my left hand head. When the head is lifted up for removal, the rocker assembly hits the fore and aft support along the frame and catches the front of the head as well.
Al Osbourne has an Electra, drop him an email, or give him a ring? Do those supports unbolt, or are they welded as well?
The frame supports un-bolt as Peter described. Except for the fact mine have probably been in place since new and are a bit rusty, they came loose relatively easily. This allowed me to left the left side up and remove the head with no problem. A positive result of the heads removal is that both looked quite good with very little mess on the valves. The pistons also had almost no carbon on them. I guess the 4300+ miles on the old speedometer may have been right for this almost 55 year old Norton. Yea.
Yes I have an Electra and I do as little fettling as I can get away with....I remember that I partially removed the plates by removing the rear bolts and slackened the front bolt so that the plate can pivot upward, allowed as much access as one needed.