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Posted 06-07-2009 at 10:54 AM by uinseann

I haven't touched my motorcycle rebuild job since I hurt my back a while ago! But I keep looking at the poor thing just stood there all alone in the corner of the garage. I can't just ignore it I have to continue, after all the work I did! I had the frame shot blasted, then re-coated with plastic. I completely stripped the engine, replaced anything that needed replacing, like new rings all round, new gudgeon pins (or piston pins as they are now called). I ground all the valves in (16 of them), then I sprayed all the engine and put it back together. Where I couldn't get bolts and brackets, if they were saveable then I used electrolosys, to clean them. Electrolosys was very good but took some time, It doesn't cost much except a bag of soda crystals, if you already have a battery charger, or old bike battery. Oh I forgot an old spoon is needed as well.

I later discovered an even easier but harsh way to remove absolutely anything, paint rust whatever, and that was to just fill a glass receptical with a dilution of patio cleaner and water, and watch it fizz before my eyes. Very dangerous stuff though! I even had a go at nickel plating, with a little kit I bought from Frost restorers. So, it's ready for the brake lines and pads, which aren't cheap, and a new exhaust at around 300.00. I had to put the old one on for now so I can run the engine now and then. It doesn't sound as if the carbs are balanced at the moment, so that's the next job. I have got a gunsons glass topped sparkplug, for testing the mixture, they reckon it's the best way to see if the engine is burning OK. I know this blog is supposed to be for Linux, so I have to say, I did all the research for my bike on the internet! using Linux.
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