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These questions are probably answered elsewhere on the forum, but I have not found them so far. Any direction or info would be greatly appreciated. I ordered a new filter, and want to get this going correctly. Is it okay to use clear silicone or some other type of "form-a-gasket" to re-install the reservoir pan or would it be better to cut out a new gasket? Also, my MF12's do not have reservoir tanks beneath the seat, and the issue of fluid level in the hydra is still not totally clear from the information I have. Thanks very much for any help.:bounce:

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My 12 (1968) didn't have the reservoir either. I had a parts machine as well, that donated it's under the seat tank.
Trying to fill the tank without the reservoir was painful. If you're not going to add an underseat tank, fill it to the top, and check
it several times after operation.
ATF is what most use as fluid.
A good quality form a gasket should do the trick. Hopefully you won't be having to take it apart
any time soon.
 

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Hello Lowrider,

I have just been wrestling with some of these same issues. If there is no reservoir under the seat, then the dip stick/breather tube is located just in front of the left wheel. Look for a piece of tube, or perhaps it looks like a solid rod, bent in a half circle. Remove the nut(s) as needed to open up the reservoir. I then used a handy little pump I got at my local boat store to fill outboard engine gearcases. It uses a pump action like a soap dispenser, there is a clear plastic tube that can fit right into small holes. Several quick pumps of the device and you have transfered a quart of oil into its new home.
 
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