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Old 12-17-2010, 09:11 PM   #166
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I'd wash the buirdshidt and gunk off and just rid eit if it runs...rollin' vintage.
Well, if you say so!

I had some other projects to tend to (finishing off my R75 facelift, mailing the Model A camshaft, etc), but I went to work on the /2 after dinner.

I tried to have a ridiculous/distinctive/most-interesting-man-in-the-world look on my face, but I am expressionless nearly 24/7 so it's hard for me. (Remember, I'm an engineer.)





I wanted to make datchew jealous and have mine running before his. So, I dug in.

How's she look? Points gap was a bit excessive, so I closed it up. Supposed to be .016", I believe.



Key in. Spark plugs out. Kick. Spark on both sides.
Starting fluid. Plugs in. Kick. Kick. Kick.
Battery charger on. Kick. Kick. Kick.
Damn.

I popped off the valve covers for a peek. Everything looked good on both sides, so I was just hoping to get lucky.



Kick some more. More starting fluid. Still no love. Guess I better adjust the valves tomorrow. Oh, by the way.. what's the red light (the one on the left)? ..and.. So, is it key in = on; key turned = headlight? Why does the key click both left and right? WTF are all the switches for?

Remember, I'm in over my head.. I know nothing about /2's.

Bonus points if you can tell me what this means:



All-in-all, it was a good day. I broke the front brake cable, and the seat tore a little when I sat down abruptly once. Sh!t happens.

Good night, my little friend..



I can see it now: Oh my gosh, crazydrummerdude, you tried to start your antique BMW without a 100 point restoration?!
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Old 12-17-2010, 10:58 PM   #167
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Well, if you say so!

I had some other projects to tend to (finishing off my R75 facelift, mailing the Model A camshaft, etc), but I went to work on the /2 after dinner.

I tried to have a ridiculous/distinctive/most-interesting-man-in-the-world look on my face, but I am expressionless nearly 24/7 so it's hard for me. (Remember, I'm an engineer.)




Goodness. Just what kind of look do you get from the parts guy when you ask for those size cables?

"Uh, the last guy I sold these cables to got his ass blown off the bike by a shotgun blast as he rode through Mississippi."

And yes, the most-interesting-guy-in-the-world is just that so we don't have to be.
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Old 12-17-2010, 11:01 PM   #168
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Goodness. Just what kind of look do you get from the parts guy when you ask for those size cables?
Yeah, I un-taped the clutch cable and let out about a foot of slack, too! It's really, really long.
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Old 12-18-2010, 06:32 AM   #169
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I wanted to make datchew jealous and have mine running before his. So, I dug in.
Whether we like it or not, nefarious purposes are sometimes our best motivations.
Besides, I'd love to see some video of that old pig running.


If you'll allow me some unsolicited advice... Take a LOT of pictures and maybe video as you pull this thing apart. My proj is stretching out on 3 years now and I have to go back and look at my notes.

Somewhere, you can download the owners manual for these things. Or just buy a $30 repop from hucky and you will know about the switches and stuff.
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Old 12-20-2010, 10:23 PM   #170
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Well, what did I do today? Not much. Having a disassembled engine on every flat surface is a bit of a buzzkill on tearing this one apart and getting it all mixed up.

I adjusted the valves. They were way off on the left side. Kicked it over, didn't change anything. Whatever.

I have the short reach plug heads, so I'm going to order some plugs, a petcock, gaskets, and.. whatever I can think of (honestly, not much else). I can't do a full resto right now (for reasons described in my first paragraph.. and lack of a healthy income), so I just want to get it running with minimal work. I graduate in 5 months, so from that point on, I can imagine the wrenches will be flyin' and the money will be flyin' out of my wallet.

I don't think a vintage BMW is supposed to have asian turn signals. Off they go.



What bozo installed these?!



So, I ganked the in-tact one from the conversion.. and I found someone's stash!



(It was only a spare bulb.)

I put on one of the spare valve covers.. and noticed I do NOT have a broken fin on the head, like I thought. Sweet! So, it looks good on that (and both) side(s) now. Well, it looks like crap still, but at least it's not broken!

Oh, and what's this!?



10 gallons of awesome. It's rough, like the rest of the bike. Couple dents and needs paint.. but like the bike, it will be nice.

Spent the rest of the night polishing stuff.
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Old 12-20-2010, 10:38 PM   #171
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Oh, and both of my tail-light cans had gaps around the bottom/sides, like datchew's.
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Old 12-21-2010, 05:23 AM   #172
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Bonus points if you can tell me what this means:





The repair manual (Old blue) talks about those marks vaguely in terms of using them to identify proper timing gear for the camshaft.
If I was to speculate, I'd guess that due to machining/casting limitations of the era, they weren't able to get all the shafts to respective relative position as much as they wanted, but they had a means to measure it and adjust the diameter or some feature of the cam gear in order to make up for it.

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Old 12-21-2010, 05:26 AM   #173
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Oh, and both of my tail-light cans had gaps around the bottom/sides, like datchew's.
I have no gaps man (now.) No idea what you're talking about.







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Old 12-21-2010, 07:12 AM   #174
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!!!stop!!!

Do NOt turn another wrench!


until you buy this book

http://www.barringtonmotorworks.com/gallery.php?sid=14&gid=97


It is a bit spendy, but it will save you many times over its cost in shortcuts and proper procedures of working on your /2 projects. I have had a few /2 bikes over the years and I am suprised at how helpful I have found this book for my current R50/2.

also subscribe to the "slash2" yahoo group, years of discussion archived on how to fix stuff or who to send stuff to.

and buy your parts from BMWHucky/ Hans Lowe.
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Old 12-21-2010, 10:02 AM   #175
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Do NOt turn another wrench!


until you buy this book

http://www.barringtonmotorworks.com/gallery.php?sid=14&gid=97
Thanks for the tip.

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also subscribe to the "slash2" yahoo group, years of discussion archived on how to fix stuff or who to send stuff to.
Oh, I am.. and I recently had to delete 87 emails in my inbox about how America is going down the shitter.

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and buy your parts from BMWHucky/ Hans Lowe.
I plan on it!
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Old 12-21-2010, 11:08 AM   #176
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Oh, I am.. and I recently had to delete 87 emails in my inbox about how America is going down the shitter.
Ya, they go a bit weird on that list; same thing happens occasionally on the airhead list.

I've seen (read) some world class pissing matches there and then gave it up for good.
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Old 01-01-2011, 05:01 PM   #177
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Do NOt turn another wrench!


until you buy this book

]http://www.barringtonmotorworks.com/gallery.php?sid=14&gid=97


Ho-Lee Crap Batman.

Go read Slacker's advice again.
I bought this book (finally) for a christmas present and have been reading it for 4 days.

It has EVERYTHING you need to know before diving in.
Why didn't somebody tell me about this before!?!?!?!??

All the painful lessons and countless emails and phone calls could have been avoided by simply reading this first.

The good news is... I'm on the right track and haven't blundered seriously yet.
Oh, and my blurb a few posts earlier about your markings on the case is apparently right on the money according to page 127.
They have #'s ranging from -10 to +10.

The bad news is that I could be a lot further along if I'd bought this earlier!

So trust me on this. Buy it. It's amazing. I'm very very pleased with it.
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Old 01-01-2011, 06:09 PM   #178
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Push the key in, and you make contact with the main switch plate.
If the electrical system is intact, the bike will start and run.
Turn the key left and you turn on a daytime running lamp under the main headlamp. Turn it to the right and you turn on the main 35W headlamp.
If it has a battery, the indicator on the bucket will light up.
Red means your battery has something.
Green means you're in neutral.
If you get it started, your red indicator will go out when your regulator reaches 6.2 volts or so....
Your green indicator will go out when you depress the left foot shifter.
You can access a workshop manual and owners manual here...
http://danedgcomb.smugmug.com/
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Old 01-01-2011, 08:11 PM   #179
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So trust me on this. Buy it. It's amazing. I'm very very pleased with it.
Will do.



...when I come up with $117.
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Old 01-03-2011, 12:13 PM   #180
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more than likely your timing needs love...if you've spark then your magneto/coil is putting out...they REALLY like it at the right time...
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