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Old 03-20-2012, 11:43 PM   #1
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It was a dark and stormy day...

After more than a year I rolled it out into the pasture on a dark and stormy day (today), to get some pictures. Starting with a pile of old and rusty parts I learned how to clean, sand, powder coat, paint and polish till it became a new born 1965 Bultaco Matador. This is my first attempt at building a bike and it feels pretty good!!



































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Old 03-21-2012, 05:42 AM   #2
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Wow! Nicely done!!!!!
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Old 03-21-2012, 06:48 AM   #3
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Nicely done! The stock seat would sure provide a little more cushion for the "boys"!

Growing up my neighbor had a black & red matador,,,,it sure seemed alot faster than the Jap dirt bikes I had as a boy! His was stock, with the headlight/taillight, speedo etc.
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Old 03-21-2012, 08:36 AM   #4
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Good job! Very well done! She's beautiful.

But I've gotta ask - isn't the front fender on backwards?
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Old 03-21-2012, 08:45 AM   #5
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it doesn't get any better then that. Have you gotten to ride it?
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Old 03-21-2012, 12:00 PM   #6
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Old 03-21-2012, 12:08 PM   #7
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Nice work.Enjoy it.
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Old 03-21-2012, 07:17 PM   #8
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First.. it's new life is going to be as aTrials bike so I don't plan on doing much sitting. Besides the seat is probably the only thing on the bike I didn't touch.

I'm guessling the person who mentioned the front fender is on backwards is refurring to the guides for the brake cables. Actually the brake is on the wrong side.

Got to run right now but will tell you more about the build later. There is another thread here on ADVRider that shows most of the build and I will post the link as soon as I can.
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Old 03-21-2012, 08:25 PM   #9
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F...ing awesome work! Got some before shots?
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:16 PM   #10
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I'm guessling the person who mentioned the front fender is on backwards is refurring to the guides for the brake cables. Actually the brake is on the wrong side.
I'm not familiar with these bikes, so had no idea the brake, or the guides, were on the wrong side.

What I did see was the cut of the ends of the fender. The lower edge looks like it should be the forward edge, and vice-versa. The fender just looks like it should be swapped end for end.
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Old 03-21-2012, 11:17 PM   #11
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F...ing awesome work! Got some before shots?
Yes... Here's a link to the build thread

http://www.advrider.com/forums/member.php?u=52463
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:04 AM   #12
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My background is I'm an artist, potter and musician and I do build a lot of things, but I have never attempted to build a bike before. I felt pretty confident that I could learn the skills to make a pretty good looking bike, but I question my mechanic abiltity and was very uncertain if the bike would run when I got done. My budget was pretty limited and except for the fenders, and spark plug I did the build from what parts I could get my hands on. I couldn't afford to get correct Bultaco parts in some cases so have used things that were close and mostly from the period. Mostly I took the old parts and cleaned, fixed, painted or powder coated them, not to concerned with making like the orginal, but very concerned with making it feel right.

In the end I'm pretty darn proud on how it turned out.

My first concern was that when I had put oil into it a few months back one of the seals leaked and everything just drained out. I don't remember fixing it, so when I put oil in yesterday I was very surprised this morning not to have a drop on the shop floor. So with a little more hope I went to a nearby town that has some ethonal free gas and got a couple of gallons. and late this afternoon, I tried to start it. My buddy, who has been working in my shop with me and has been rebuilding a beautiful Austin Healy Bug Eyed Sprite, came by for encouragement. I mixed up some fuel and put a little in the tank and "tickled" the carb. I then kicked it and got a pop on the first kick, which surprised me because I forgot about turning the switch on. I couldn't remember which way was on but the pop was encourageing. I kicked it about five more times and it roared to life and I mean roared. Even though it looks like there's a muffler on the bike, it's essentially a straight pipe with a fat spot towards the end. The engine ran smooth but was idling very fast. I messed with the trottle adjustment but couldn't get the idle down. Gave up on trying to do anything about the idle and pulled in the clutch and tried to get it into first. At first there was a little grinding, but then it popped in. I slide the clutch out slowly and I was off. With the giant gear in the back I didn't go very fast, even at the high idle speed. I shot down the driveway, got it into second and than back to first, turned around and shut her down. Bill and I messed with the throttle adjustments and mixture but couldn't get her to slow down. So I kicked her into gear again and this time out the driveway and went down our little road in front of the house. Got it up to third gear, up shifting then down shifting and just as I was going by a neighbors house his car came out of the drive. I jammed on the brake and it actually stopped. He pulled out and when I went to go again the clutch just grabbed without any slip and I almost lost it. Yanked it back in and let it out much more slowly and things were fine, getting it back to the house.

The good news is, it seems to run really good even if a little fast.

Next steps...
1. Figure out what's wrong with the carburator
2. Run the clutch and gears to see if that smooths out
3. Figure out how to make it just a little quieter.

But right now I am all smiles and feeling good
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Old 03-22-2012, 04:34 AM   #13
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Old 03-22-2012, 05:52 AM   #14
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Damn sporty taco build there. She would make a great coffee shop/donut runner for Sunday mornings.

What was the finish and prep on that wonderous black exhaust man?

A bit of you tube so we could hear it run is in order!


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Old 03-22-2012, 06:11 AM   #15
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Cool story! Nobody would ever know it wasn't a pro job. It looks great!
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