Leaf's New Lawn Ornament...

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by Leaf, Jul 28, 2012.

  1. MotoJ

    MotoJ Mobtown Hacker

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    Hmm. If you paint the bike frame, then you hafta paint the car frame the same color. Black is easier to spot paint if any rust starts to bleed through.

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    Black frames with blue tank and tub looks OK. Or maybe white or silver would look good?
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  2. Leaf

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    Hmmmmm, yeah. I'll just leave the frame black. It'll be ok with the black pinstriping tape. Black paint is cheaper, anyway, and I don't think I have enough blue to do the frame and still have enough left for everything else. >_>
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  3. Leaf

    Leaf Been here awhile

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    I finally got the axle bolt out. It ended up that the caliper mount was rusted fast to the axle. A whole lot of PB Blaster, a nut to keep the end of the axle from mushrooming, a sledgehammer, and a couple hours of worrying it back and forth finally got it out. So it seems I finally found something that makes my arms hurt more than driving a sidecar outfit with too much trail too fast. :p

    Stripped off pretty much everything except the engine and triple trees (The exhaust is loose, but I'm not going to take it off until I pull the engine; afraid of bugs crawling in there and using the engine as a condo). Soon I shall have it all off and be able to fix the rust on the frame and paint the engine (it's starting to peel here and there, the engine I mean).

    It seems a bit silly to me to do all that work without knowing if the engine is even any good, but it's going to be a while before the carbs are finished soaking and rebuilt, so I have to have something to do in the meantime... >_>

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    I got all the exhaust collars off without breaking any studs. Yay me! Seven of them weren't too bad, but one of them had me worried. Patience, PB Blaster, not too much torque on the ratchet, and lots of worrying back and forth usually gets 'em off of there eventually without breaking anything, though. :3

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    So, I am missing some mounting bits for the oil cooler (#6 below). And it looks like the holes on the bracket have been drilled out. -_-' It was originally screwed onto holes drilled in the fairing mount with english bolts, but I hung it from the frame with tie wire when I removed the fairing mount. Here's what I've got.....

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    The fiche is very busy, and I can't really tell whatall I am supposed to have to mount that thing. The fiche seems to indicate that I need 2x #30 and 2x #32, but the mountings on my frame are female threaded studs rather than male. o_O Any ideas? Is there supposed to be a #21 on top of the studs on the frame? If so, how do you think it attaches?

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  4. MotoJ

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    Did you drain the oil yet? What did it look like? Any water? If no water and it turns over you're probably golden. What do the plugs look like? How many miles on the OD?
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  5. Leaf

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    I haven't drained the oil or had the plugs out yet. It probably has a shade of condensation in it from sitting out regardless, but I don't like the idea of the case sitting empty and getting more condensation in it until I am ready to drain it and pull the motor. The plugs I figure I'll just leave in for now, too, though I 'spose I ought to at least pull one and look at it. :p

    That's kind of just an excuse, regarding the plugs. I'm going to fess up to something bad now....... *ducks*

    I don't actually have an 18mm plug socket, and on the other bikes I have always just used one from the farm when I am down there changing my oil (proper disposal facilities down there), or fudged it with the closest english plug socket I have, since plugs don't need much torque anyway. >_> But I am half afraid these are seized and I want to get a proper-fitting socket before I go breaking them loose. If I round off some seized plugs with an ill-fitting socket, I'll be making sad-faces, breaking out the vice grips, discovering they won't fit down in there, and making even sadder faces....

    A hair over 20,000, or thereabouts. Pretty low for a touring-type bike, I think. There are people on the DOHC/4 forums that have 80 and 90k on them and they still run fine, so I think I'll be in good shape with a tuneup. They say that the key to getting lots and lots of miles out of these motors is to keep the valves in spec, checking them every 5k, along with the tension of the cam chains.

    The rings are definitely not stuck. I was able to turn the engine over fairly easily by putting it in 5th/high on the centerstand and heaving on the rear wheel.

    I must say though, I didn't realize that valve adjustments on these DOHC engines were such a pain. Valve shims. -_-'

    Still, a basically free bike, I guess........
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    So, I am missing some mounting bits for the oil cooler (#6 below). And it looks like the holes on the bracket have been drilled out. -_-' It was originally screwed onto holes drilled in the fairing mount with english bolts, but I hung it from the frame with tie wire when I removed the fairing mount. Here's what I've got.....

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    The fiche is very busy, and I can't really tell whatall I am supposed to have to mount that thing. The fiche seems to indicate that I need 2x #30 and 2x #32, but the mountings on my frame are female threaded studs rather than male. o_O Any ideas? Is there supposed to be a #21 on top of the studs on the frame? If so, how do you think it attaches?

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    Looks like 22 is a support plate for 7 which would be a rubber bush with a threaded rod through it (male both ends).
    And maybe 7 is a grommet with 8 being a metal sleeve all held on by 30 & 32 (nut & washer)
    Just guessin though.
    Enjoying this as much as any build so far so stay with it.
    Cheers, Bruce
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  7. Leaf

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    Ah yes, so it appears!

    I have a #7 on the oil cooler, pressed over the little tab on the bottom. I'm not sure what it's for. I have no #8 that I can see...
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  8. Leaf

    Leaf Been here awhile

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    My carb rubbers and such got here today, but I am still waiting on the float.
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  9. MotoJ

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    Dontcha love gettin parts in the mail? Like Christmas every time..
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  10. Leaf

    Leaf Been here awhile

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    ... except that when the package arrives, I remember how much I spent on it. XD
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  11. supermotosean

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    1981 Honda CB900 Custom Subframe
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    Not sure if you need it or not, but just saw this in the hack want ads & thought of you :wink:
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  12. MotoJ

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    Ha, I just sent him a PM about this!
    Obviously you'll have to change to clevises on the hack frame or weld the balls to this subframe, but easy enough.
    $100- That's a steal. How come you have all the luck? How do you ride with the horseshoe up yer ass?
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  13. Leaf

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    Doh, I think I sent the PM to the wrong guy. XD

    New PM incoming! Lol.
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    NP, I did a miserable job of trying to quote from another thread :lol3 Hope it helps/works out!
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  15. Leaf

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    In other news, my air filter and oil filter got here today.

    Yep, only one oil filter. :p Once I am sure the bike is ok, I'm going to put a car filter adapter on it.

    Too bad I am going to be traveling for work most of next week and won't have much time to fool with it. Maybe I'll take all my carb stuff with me and work on them in the hotels. I am sure housekeeping will love that.... >_>
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  16. Leaf

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    Sh1bby69 is now $100 richer, and I reckon I have a subframe on the way. :3

    Thank you, Sh1bby. You are hereby awarded the Leaf Medal of Awesome. :beer

    I admit that I am an awful, awful tightwad, and that my toes curl when I blink. I had an internal argument with myself over squeezing money out of my tight, tight wallet for something I could probably build myself with enough junk metal, time, headscratching, and mistakes, but I think I'm going to end up having to fork out $200 for a new petcock anyway, so I guess my tight nature just hasn't been keeping up with inflation! :p

    Let's reexamine the totals.... :3

    Tug: $205.95

    Hack: $850 shipped plus $100 subframe = $950

    Total so far: $1155.95

    If I stay under $1500, this will be a nice machine for the <$1500 thread. Or am I thinking of a different forum? >_>
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  17. MotoJ

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    Don't forget that link for Dean at Balto Cyle Salvage. He won't sell you a bad part. $200 for a petcock?- no f***in way!
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  18. Leaf

    Leaf Been here awhile

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    I tend to exaggerate. :p

    New OEM petcocks are listed at $77.19 on Service Honda. Strangely, examples on ebay are listed at higher prices. o_O
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  19. sh1bby69

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    Hurray!! Glad I can help out a fellow inmate! :clap I'm currently working on getting mine together!
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  20. Leaf

    Leaf Been here awhile

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    The subframe got here today! Thanks again!

    I've been out of town for a week and a half, and have gotten behind on working on this thing. I think I might forget about pulling the motor and painting the frame, and just try to get it together and running.

    Then I can tear it down this spring and do it right.....

    Gotta have something for this winter, though. I'm not sure if the exhaust on the Hawk will survive through the winter unless I make time to tear it apart and paint everthing again, and the clutch feels like it's starting to slip more....
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