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Hi my 72 shovelhead seems to be running very hot what could be some problems thank you

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Usually when an air cooled engine is running hot, it's due to either too lean a fuel-air mixture or late ignition timing. Since I don't know what kind of carb you're running I can't tell you what size jets you should be running. It also has a lot to do with your location as well, specifically the altitude. I'd check the jets in the carb to make sure they weren't partially stopped up and the ignition timing. Check the mechanical advance unit behind the points breaker plate while you're at it. These things wear out and most people don't even know they are there. Look for extreme looseness in the pivot pins.

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