Originally Posted by OldPete
#16 on the pic above has a very fine pitch thread for its large diameter.
These are known to get rusted inplace but not often. They should have had a light lubing of grease when installed.
I have had luck with one that was frozen inplace on a Tonti frame. Like a bicycle seat post that gets rusted in.
I heated the #16 not the frame, this will cause it to expand crushing corrosion, let it cool, then remove.
This way the finish on the frame is little damaged.
Three chemicals are on my bench.
Nuts-Off... the best penetrating oil ever. Works a treat on salt water outboards. Hard to find & inexpensive.
Rapid-Tap... one of the best all purpose cutting agents. I even use it on files for a real nice finish.
DeOxit... google it, buy it, use it. Put a touch on all electrical connection.
Only in recent years have Italian m/c wiring looms not had issues with corrosion at the wire end & crimp connect. Must be strange alloy.
DeOxit will go inside these connection & do wonders. Keep this in mind.
I doubt the swinger bearing will need changing, just cleaning & repack. New rubber seals might be needed however.
Adjust pre-load on the swinger bearings with the engine mounting bolts torqued and the rear shocks off.
Some pre-load is needed and moving the swinger it can be felt when there is too much.
There might be a spec on this. Like zero + 1/2 turn but IDK.
BTW, i'm 65 soon and have been wrenching since age 10.
...or should I just call you Old....?
Looks like I can get DeOxit Gold at the local Radio Shack...same stuff?
Thanks for the tip. I've never used the stuff, but always wondered if somebody made something like that...
I'll be 58 in October and am past the age of needing to get my Nuts Off, on a regular basis...
I've recently found some gentle massaging heat to be sufficient to get the job done when the time is right!
Tap Magic has been on my shelf for years, seems to work just fine...and I just picked up a new Tap and Die set in anticipation of this project.
I'm all geared up to document this thing.
It helps to slow things down by forcing yourself to take pics, as references are made, and questions can be posed to the peanut gallery... one picture is worth a thousand....
You guys will be peppered with silly questions ad infinitum that will probably get me banned...
Not HIM again!!!
The goal is to make the bike run well...better than new if possible...
I originally was going to pimp this thing up, but I've never been a fan of , "...just another girl on the runway.."
She is what she is...
As Stagehand says, " I love my bike, and she loves me, but I'm sure it's only for my money...!"