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Rapide series C, valve lifter broken

Chris W

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Hi chaps new to the forum and new to owning a Vincent Rapide series c. So everything is a learning curve for me with Vincent but I have plenty of other classic bikes.

I have spent most of the week recommissioning the Vincent and have a few problems.

The valve lifter has been leaking oil so I decided to adjust the cable because it was very Slack and you could see the two rubbers if you pull the silver collar up.

Anyway on trying to restart the bike I pulled the valve lifter in and the end snapped off, on closer inspection I remove the cable and decided to clean the valve lifter and rubbers and noticed if I pull on the valve lifter end it doesn't decompress the engine no more.

I had an awful feeling that I adjusted it too much and it's broke something inside, so I remove the timing chest cover and had a look nothing was broken all seem to be working apart from it not decompressing, I haven't removed the timing cogs or plate as of yet as I thought I would ask for some advice on here first before I jump feet first into something, I do have the Paul Richardson book so I'm not going completely blind, but really feel a complete numby I should know better.

Any advice would help to point me in the right direction of what could have gone wrong or what is wrong and why it won't decompress no more.

I have heard that there is a kit also to stop it leaking oil from the valve lifter area is this true and can anyone point me in the right direction .
 

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