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  1. KMZ/Dnepr MT-12. It was actually the first KMZ bike to be called a Dnepr. An easy rule to remember is: No Dnepr (KMZ) plunger frame production bike ever came from the factory with an OHV engine. No Ural (IMZ) swingarm production bike ever came from the factory with an SV/flathead engine. Anything else is possible...
  2. Leszek at OldtimersGarage in Poland is great. He generally gets the packages in the mail before he even gets paid!
  3. The same with my engine and gearbox. It's been about 11 years now with no response...
  4. AWESOME! I've been trying to get in touch with you over the last couple of years. For some reason you cannot receive a PM. gspell68@gmail.com 706-409-8307
  5. Yep. You have Chinese carbs. Nothing really wrong with that I reckon. I have a non-installed set and they look better made than any of the Rooskie ones I've ever ran. Blow some air down through the needle jet, screw those governor screws out on the carb lid and follow the instructions here: https://sites.google.com/site/foilheadz/maintenance
  6. Ditto everything Propwash said: K-750 engine for a few more horsepower and the Dnepr-matic gearbox. The guy that wrote the Bible on Rooskie bikes believed in the Dnepr-matic so much that he extended his old Ural frame by two inches so that he could use one on his older Ural. It is stronger and you only have to use the hand clutch on hills and to put it into reverse.
  7. Stop looking. This is what you are looking for to balance carbs (and set the valves), especially if you don't have a TwinMax (which isn't necessary, anyhow). You aren't going to find an easier method anywhere... https://sites.google.com/site/foilheadz/maintenance
  8. Actually, you should tell folks that it's a cheap Soviet improvement of a BMW!It's now 2013 and BMW still hasn't made a commercially available reverse gearbox, automatic gearbox, or 2WD yet the Soviets did as far back as the 1960 or 70's.
  9. Well, I reckon I have the answer to the question I just PM'd you about! (Just a general question about progress.) Make certain that you completely remove the pinch bolts. That big iron rod has a slot the the bolt rides in. I'm 99% sure the big springs under the cover are left-hand threaded onto the FD receiving part. I took mine apart about 5 years ago so I can't remember and I can't see the 100 disassembly photos of my M-72 because the site I saved them to is blocked by the Army computer nazis! My photos are here (I think). I know there are photos of this or the other plunger that may or may not be big/good enough to help. http://gspell68.multiply.com/photos/album/1/1959_Iraqi_UralIMZ_M-72M_Solo_Project#1 Good luck...
  10. I can't see it (computer nazis at work), but Ural M-72M's (and probably M61/62's) had fill plugs on the FD cover, earlier M-72's had the fill plugs built into the FD housing itself.
  11. It could've been a KMZ (Dnepr) M-72H with the leaky leading link...
  12. Screws actually!!! Heck, it even looks like the data plate on your engine is screwed on! And yeah, the data plate is too perfect. My '59 Ural M-72's data plate was steel and hand-stamped by a binge-drinking blind epileptic. And your engine is an M-72 ( or a CJ-750 :biggrin: ).
  13. Not true. Almost all Soviet bikes came with a serial number on the frame and on the engine and it was rare if they matched. The exception to both rules seems to be military rigs, some of which had no numbers and some of which had matching numbers...
  14. Actually, your frame is the same as the one in the photo, it's just a 2WD model. They used the short frames for the 2WD MB-750 series even after they stopped using them on the 1WD bikes. Don't know much about shocks. Some models had exposed springs, some didn't. I'd try to keep the rear fender; it's a nice look. Rooskie steel responds well to being hammered back into shape.
  15. It is definitely a late 1950's first generation KMZ/Dnepr K-750 (or possibly a militarized '60-'62 KMZ/Dnepr K-750B). They were short-framed 1WD bikes like this one. The give-away is the split rear fender with bowed supports. The thing that is confusing to everyone is that someone has swapped the original leading link front end for telescopics and put on newer K-750 cylinder end pieces. I own one of each. Start on this link and advance the photos forward and you'll get a better idea of the differences between the two models: http://www.sovietste...album=12&pos=27
  16. I really have the feeling that it's actually a IMZ (Ural) M-72M with a couple of different wheels and early KMZ (Dnepr) K-750 aluminum head caps. M-72M's were made from around 1956-1960. It kinda looks like the VIN plate is missing in the photo. ( Leszek you can find stuff cheaper, but Leszek has everything and is a stand up guy and will actually mail the parts before you even pay him!) It doesn't matter what it is too much. Parts are plentiful and still relatively cheap. If you buy it, they're super simple, so don't be afraid to work on it. Almost all CJ parts interchange and are as good or better quality than the original in my experience. You'll probably want to check out: B-cozz scroll down under the big orange photo and click on [ Show All Tags ] because the search feature ain't so good. CJ-750 is probably the most informative CJ sites on the net CJ Unlimited has good stuff in the History, Toolbox and Picture sections.
  17. What's the difference between the M72 and the M72m, besides the factory of manufacture? Is the bike an M72m with M72 wheels, or is it an M72 with maybe a car off an M72m? the car has leaf springs. What does that suggest? When did shocks get introduced? the bike has a manual advance lever of left handlebar. Is there a way that dates it, or did they use that for a long time? Thanks! Nope. The M-72M wheels just adds to the confusion. The M-72M was only made at the Russian factory (Ural) whereas the M-72 was made in both the Ural and Dnepr plants. No model of M-72 ever had shocks. Those are just covered springs on the rear. Shock came out on the swingarm K-750's. No model of M-72 ever had any type of ignition other than the manual advance which actually carried over into use on the 650cc OHV bikes into the 1960's. The M-72M, despite all the "M's", is not a military bike! It was a civilian model. It had high mount fender like yours (the duck bill part throws me off, though. Maybe it was used on the early M-72M models?) and the wheel hubs had holes like the wheels on the sidecar. I'm no expert on the sidecar frames, but I'm pretty sure that all the Soviet sidecars had leafsprings (some of the German ones that look identical actually had no suspension at all).
  18. Good, the value I was really looking for...! But know I need help again: "Is there any difference setting the advance ignition timing on right or left cylinder?". Thanks, Marco-Italy No. You don't have to worry about it. It has what is called a wasted spark system. Both cylinders get spark at the same time but only one side actually uses the spark. Even though both pistons are fully extended in the cylinders, the usable spark goes to the side on the compression stroke and the wasted spark is goes to the side on the exhaust stroke. The slide plate/disc is set up so that it can't be over-advanced. The plate is slotted and will only go as far as it is safe as long as you gap the points correctly. The only adjustment to this is by removing the entire ignition unit and adjusting cam screw that lets you select a disc rotation of 15° or 20°. You gotta remember, folks back in the day didn't have all the fancy-schmancy tools we have today.
  19. There is no timing on the flatheads unless you have it apart and are lining up the marks on the cam gear and the crank gear. If it's not apart, don't take it apart! All you have to do is turn the kicker until the cam lobe opens the points gap to the max and then set the gap. Voila. It's just that easy. How do you think Germans did it on BMW's in the 1920's??? They didn't use lights. Ever think that there may be a reason there's no hole to the flywheel???
  20. Hmmm. I didn't notice it before on the SS site because there were fewer photos, but both wheels on the bike are from an M-72 and both wheels on the sidecar are from an M-72M (which was only made by IMZ/Ural).
  21. Nope! There's really not much correlation between an engine number (that could be from a Russian, Ukrainian, or Chinese factory) and the year produced. In theory, the manufacturers have these lists but nobody's shared them in the 7 years that I've owned an RPOC.
  22. I started the SS thread on February 16 when they wanted $35,000... http://sovietsteeds.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=15908&p=168986&hilit=35%2C000#p168986
  23. And yes, you'll want a bike of some sort. Gas prices in Germany as of Friday were 1,580 € per liter which equates to 6.00€ per gallon which with the current exchange rate is $8.66 per gallon!!!
  24. I was in Germany when I bought both of my rigs. Technically, mine aren't Urals nor did I get them in Germany but rather Poland, although I did buy one off German eBay. But semantics aside, if you like to tinker or can, Germany is a great place to get older Ural and Dnepr bikes and parts on the cheap. Here's a bunch of bikes currently for sale on German eBay. http://fahrzeuge.sho...6.c0.m270.l1313 Offerings are even better if you speak Polish (but don't let that deter you; a lot of Poles speak English or German). Bike delivery anywhere in Germany used to be less than $200, but that was before gas prices skyrocketed. http://moto.allegro....=5557&country=1 http://moto.allegro....pay=0&country=1 http://moto.allegro....pay=0&country=1 http://moto.allegro....pay=0&country=1 http://moto.allegro....pay=0&country=1 http://moto.allegro....pay=0&country=1
  25. Nice! That was pretty clever...
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