El Bandito

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  1. Wansfel

    Wansfel I'm not lost! The world is just a bit misplaced.

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    Project blog link

    Since i couldn't get the pictures to show, I moved it all to a blog.
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  2. Timmer

    Timmer Curious Adventurer

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    Keep us posted. BTW, your pictures don't show up for me.

    I've got a '82 CM400 I need to bring back to life sometime. It's a very low miles bike I found some years ago and rode for a while, but it became very hard to start and I think it's carburetion. Where did you find your rebuild kit?

    Timmer
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  3. craydds

    craydds Long timer

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    I can't see the pics, either.
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  4. Wansfel

    Wansfel I'm not lost! The world is just a bit misplaced.

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    Made some edits on pictures, try it now. Tim, I picked up my "rebuild kit" from http://www.speedandsport.com/ It only consisted of the main bowl gasket, a couple of o-rings, and the banjo bolt (fuel inlet) gasket. I could use a new needle and I was able to save the original bowl gasket and could have gotten it to work ok without the kit, but glad to get at least the new orings installed. Found this online for a CM400. Had LTD 454 once very similar to the CM. I used a heavy degreaser for most of the carb (and tank) and used acetone on the brass jets. The varnish was VERY thick.

    Got it runnning pretty well. Potent beastie, but now I need to dissasemble some more and start rebuilding the forks, steering head bearings, and brakes next. Also need to pressure test the crankcase and see if I need new cylinder gasket or crank seals. A real challange to ride aggressivly given the right shift.
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  5. craydds

    craydds Long timer

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    No pics yet.
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  6. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    There are places,maybe in Spain that do new fiberglass side panels for those things and other bits and pieces,pretty rare old Bultaco what with the center port cylinder and right side kicker. Double downtube frame,they were a direction Bultaco headed and then went another way.

    Engine parts are real hard to come by,I parted a couple and they went like hotcakes mostly back to Spain.
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  7. Wansfel

    Wansfel I'm not lost! The world is just a bit misplaced.

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    Remarkably, every bit of fiberglass is sound with no cracks or any other problems. I was surprised the tank cleaned up so well. Last ran pre-ethonal and I will keep it that way. So far, the engine seems to be sound in all regards. I don't know yet if the crank seals are good. If I do have to strip it down to change the seals, I will have to pick up or build some tools and will pull the cylinder and check the piston/rings/bore, but no obvious problems there yet. Not sure if the crank seals are hard to find. I understand the fork seals are pretty common. Did find an official (copy) El Bandidto Bultaco engine manual (not included in the Clymer's pre-'74 book.)

    Its actually in such good shape, I have to consider keeping the paint, etc. as is with its "as used" patina rather than attempt my version of a complete restore. I am starting the polishing process on the cases, rims, centers. I tend to restore for use rather than show and the problem with this bike is it is not real conducive to riding unless you are into vintage MX. Its a handfull with outdated suspension and the shift/brake situation. Of course, part of its alure is its period reputation as being more than most could handle.

    So far it has been fun to work on.
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  8. PSchrauber

    PSchrauber Long timer

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    Still no pic's, even the blog has a problem showing pic's too!
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  9. Wansfel

    Wansfel I'm not lost! The world is just a bit misplaced.

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    Ok. I've reset the picture folder sharing so maybe now they will show?????:ear I did find a problem on my end.
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  10. craydds

    craydds Long timer

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    Checked out the blog. COOL BIKE! Get it running, send to me and I will test ride it for you, no charge. :rofl
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  11. Scootern29

    Scootern29 Long timer

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    If'n it was me and I had that bike, I would do a full restore on it and park it indoors. I love pelican fender Bultaco's. The rest of em.............not so much.
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  12. PSchrauber

    PSchrauber Long timer

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    Now it works / I can see the pic's, cool bike very 60'ish. :nod
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  13. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    The 1976 Montesa 250 Enduro I just found is a nice runner,stock paint still,engine rebuilt,powder coated frame,SS spokes,new square Amal carb,seat redone,etc.
    It starts and is ready to go racing as found.
    You never know what might turn up on craigslist for 500.00.
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    blaine.hale Long timer

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  15. Wansfel

    Wansfel I'm not lost! The world is just a bit misplaced.

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    I picked up an Ebay Clymers for pre '74, but it doesn't have anything on the Bandido. I also picked up a service book on the Montadera/Bandido engines from speedandsport.com which is ok (pictures are kinda dark), but doesn't have the parts break down of your copy.

    Thanks, This helps a lot:clap
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