Chain oiler - Positive battery wire?

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I have posted earlier about how I have retrieved my 1974 from an unheated Minnesota (Central USA near Canada border) garage after 20 years of storage. It is in remarkably good condition. I have not tried to start it, at this point, but have penetrating oil working on the spark plug threads. The engine does turn-over with the kick starter.
One reason that the bike may be so well preserved is because of the copious covering of oily muck that covers everything, prety much, from the air filters back. I must think that the problem is a combination of an overambitious rear chain oiler that thinks it is an oil pipeline and the fact that the drive chain must have broken during the previous owner's tenure - bike sports a MK3 chain guard and a good sized chunk of the inner primary chaincase is broken away just over the gearbox sproket.
I am fortunate to have a parts supplier with a great stock of parts about 90 miles distant - Klempf's British Parts. I asked Mitch if the Norton chain oiler system is ever defeated. He commented..."All the time."
Has anyone experience with this mod? Can you advise your opinions, and
advise specifics of the modification?
Additionally, I removed the battery hastily - my greatest nightmare was that the battery had frozen and ruptured, spilling acid all ofer the frame. It was, however, intact. Rather amazing for a dead battery to survive the below zero weather we have here. Anyway, I failed to note which was the positive battery wire. Is it the one with the fuse holder - looks like red/blue single wire up to fuse holder, all red past fuse, or the other all red jumble of wires.
Thanks again, comrades. I felt, 20 years ago, that I knew the machine pretty well, but I am learning alot.
With regards
Todd
 
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Todd, The red gob of wires that ties to the frame would be earth. And unless your bike has been converted should lead to the positive termainal of the battery. Chain oilers "a bad idea " wrong kind of lube nowadays, have an adjuster on top of the oil tank that can be run down to the stop. Save a small piece of hose to plug with a bolt and clamp to stop all dripping. Get a tech digest . Get a 520 X-ring chain with the right sprockets and you don't think about your chain for at least five years. Frank at Clubman racing has the whole chain set upready to go at the best prices I can find. norbsa
 
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