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Old 05-17-2012, 09:45 AM   #1
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Question vintage husky missing 3rd (feels like neutral) --- diagnosis from afar?

am currently looking at a mid-seventies husky mx bike in fair shape. most needed repairs and cosmetic stuff are within my skills but am wondering about the gearbox.

current owner tells me shifting into 3rd results in going to neutral (or feels like neutral). shifting up again results in the bike going past this "gear" and up thru the upper gears w/out prob. similar performance on the way back down to first. no clashing/grinding reported.

am thinking about purchasing this fine machine and running it a bit this summer as-is, then splitting cases for a full refurb over the winter.

am comfortable with restoring vintage stuff, including topend/ring work, on mainly early/mid-seventies cb550/750's. also repaired a dead rd200 and dt250.

i'll have to find a service manual, and i have found g'box bearings/seals ($370) already but this would be my first venture into splitting cases.

boxing up and sending the eng/trans out to a vintage husky repair guy with the request to "fix what it needs" makes me break out in a cold sweat. might not see it for months, and repairs might close in on $1K.

i'd be splitting cases regardless, but does this sound like a stripped gear, or shifter mechanism out of adjustment?
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