Time to grow my moustache, the garage smells like Guzzi.

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Lucky 7, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. Lucky 7

    Lucky 7 Been here awhile

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    Parts are in!

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    I didn't get much done on the bike through the holidays, but I did manage to get my parts ordered...that is, those that weren't given to me as presents for Christmas.:wink:

    I now have the new Gilardoni jug/piston kits, a new clutch, new spline, new MAC slashback mufflers, new valve guides, and a shiny new generator cover since the bike didn't have one on it at purchase. All I have to do now is put it all back together. That sounds easy, right?

    Actually, I need the head shop to do their work, THEN I can put it back together. I installed the new pistons on the con rods, then both sides went back on to the crankshaft for balancing. Even though it's essentially just a dry run assembly, I got everything installed properly on the crank journal (at least as I understand it). Oil passage up for the left rod and down for the right, both pistons installed with arrows pointing forward. Right side installed to the front, left is aft. Proper torque...best practices, I remind myself, best practices...

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    I dropped off the guides and shaft at the machine shop today. I made sure to go over the installation method with them, and he was quick to assure me that they always do the hot head/cold guide installation. I went with standard size quides and new clips, the rest is in their hands. I think it'll be fine...mostly I'm just excited to get everything back and start the rebuild.

    All my sheet metal is still at paint. It was supposed to be done the first week in December, I guess it's a good thing that I'm in no immediate need of it.:huh It's funny, I've yet to have any of these oldboy shops meet their own timelines. Chrome was weeks late, powdercoat was a month late, and paint is going to be 2 months late by the time I actually see it. I doesn't really bother me, I know how those guys are, but it still makes me smile and shake my head. Five years running my business and I haven't missed one deadline. We're spawned from different schools of thought it seems.

    Anyway, that's my update for now. Hopefully my parts are back from machining in the next couple weeks and then I can get to reassembly. Oddly enough, I'm expecting the reassembly process to go much quicker than the dis-assembly...much less cataloging, photo taking, and staring in abject confusion I suspect.
  2. Lucky 7

    Lucky 7 Been here awhile

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    HOLEEEE CHRIST!! I actually got my engine parts back!:clap

    Lately, my once a week calls to the machine shop and the painter have started to feel suspiciously like work. Unsurprisingly, once I turn something over to the experts (he says, resisting a strong impulse to frame the word in quotes), I always start to feel stressed. Managing service providers sucks.

    Me in the garage working = zen

    Me managing vendors = :baldy


    Okay, okay...at least I actually have something I can start working on again. I've basically been down for two months at the hands of outside help. No more!

    The valve seats are all resurfaced, new guides installed, and springs shimmed to spec. Purty!

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    Also, the the freshly balanced crankshaft awaits installation.

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    The one thing I have been able to work on while I waited on parts was my gasket seats. The old gaskets had formed a near molecular bond with the castings and took every bit of my patience to safely remove. My fingernails were powerless against the old gaskets, and my caveman brain kept eyeballing the screwdriver...so near at hand...so efficiently destructive...

    Here's what I was up against. The rear main bearing and cylinder surfaces were the worst, but all of the oil delivery junctions took some work too:

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    Thankfully the patient section of my brain (all 5% of it) triumphed and eventually it all came off without a scratch. The system involved many coats of aircraft stripper (thanks for that tip, Charlie. It proved invaluable)

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    Then a carefully broken strip of 1x stock (read: cracked over the knee)

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    Many coats of stripper and much scratching later, I have a clean block and associated parts.

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    I'll probably spray them down with wheel cleaner once more and give them one last hosing before I get started on the rebuild. I'll admit, it was a task I wasn't terribly excited for, but I'm really happy to finally have all the gunk off of the parts.

    I have a few impending deadlines for work, but I think I should be able to get started on the rebuild shortly, something I've really been getting excited for. I expect much manual reading will be in my immediate future...with this long wait, I think a bit of a refresher will help me out.
  3. Lucky 7

    Lucky 7 Been here awhile

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    So here's a question for you guys:

    Thanks to Pete Roper's rebuild guide, I have a good idea of what needs threadlocker, what needs moly paste, and which gaskets should get sealer. He recommends Loctite 517 for the gasket sealer, but I'm not finding it readily available.

    Is there another Loctite sealer that I should look to, or can I just go with some silicone gasket sealer instead? It goes without saying that I'd like to do this right the first time and save myself a second rebuild. Also, I'd REALLY like to keep any oil out of the bell housing and clutch. Having ridden it with a fouled clutch, I can attest that it was unpleasant at best.
  4. MZRider

    MZRider Neo-Luddite

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    I don't use Loctite anywhere as a gasket sealer or threadlocker.

    I use Permatex 300 in three locations. The first is on the rear main bearing flange, the second is the lower third of the timing cover (the upper two thirds is greased) and the third is the distributor gasket.

    Base and head gaskets go on dry.

    Sump and rocker cover gaskets get greased.

    The cam plug is sealed with JB Weld.

    The lower two bolts of the rear main bearing flange I seal with with Hondabond. I also use Hondabond as a low strength thread locker on all of the other main bearing flange bolts (front and rear) along with DIN 137 wave washers replacing the original locking plates.

    If the clutch was oil fouled, that was likely due to leaking clutch pushrod seals. The stack of six o-rings as recommended in Guzziology is what I use there. I can send you some of those if needed.
  5. Lucky 7

    Lucky 7 Been here awhile

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    Thanks guys, much obliged.

    And Charlie, you were already kind enough to send me the o-rings!:wink: Some permatex, new oring stack, and sealed off breather lines...my new clutch SHOULD be staying dry, but here's hoping. :)
  6. MZRider

    MZRider Neo-Luddite

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  7. Lucky 7

    Lucky 7 Been here awhile

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    Thanks man, I haven't seen that one before. There are some helpful hints in there regarding timing that I'll need (along with the rest of it). Timing gives me cold sweats. This would be easy if I could just throw it all back together...but timing is the fly in the ointment...

    I'm sure proper timing doesn't matter that much, right?:D

    I picked up my moly assembly paste and some permatex yesterday. With a little bit of cleanup, I should be ready to start building next week. I'm really happy to be moving forward on it again, I really hate letting a project languish.

    As a side note, I'm sure my wife will be happy for it to be finished. While I've had engine parts out and about in the shop, I put a moratorium on woodwork to keep the sawdust infiltration to a barest minimum. Once I have the powerplant/tranny sealed up, I can get to some of those furniture projects she has in mind.:deal
  8. Lucky 7

    Lucky 7 Been here awhile

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    Back in the saddle!

    With my engine parts back in from the machine shop, I was able to take a few afternoons to start assembling the engine.

    First things first. The Gilardonis go dark:

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    That's about 10 coats of DupliColor engine Enamel. The finish came out quite nicely, and I think it will be plenty durable. If it becomes necessary, touch ups will be easy thanks to the low luster finish.

    Then it was time for final prep on the block. This little crack was going to be a problem.

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    After a thorough cleaning, JB Weld covers it nicely. To be safe, I used a touch of silicone on the threads of that oil sump screw as well. No point in risking leaks.

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    That done, I cleaned up the oil pump and got it installed along with the front main bearing. Oil feed dowel goes at 12 o'clock, check, check...

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    The cam gets slobbered with Moly paste:

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    As do the front and rear bearing surfaces:

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    It took a bit of searching on the Googlebots, but I went with Honda's moly assembly paste. It was at the local dealer and seems to be of proper molybdenum percentage. Pete Roper's rebuild guide has largely been my bible, but the paste he uses wasn't readily available. The Honda stuff was in stock 10 minutes from my house. Perfect!

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    The cam is installed:

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    As is the front collar:

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    I've been using the torque specs from thisoldtractor (found here), but whenever listed I'm cross checking them with the service manual. So far, and unsurprisingly, they've matched, but it can't hurt to double check.


    With the front squared away for now, it's time to get the crank installed. Some more moly paste goes on. This photo was prematurely taken, but I've been trying to make sure that every surface shined by friction gets a liberal coating of assembly paste.

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    Before the crank could go in, the block needed some clearance to allow space for the pulley extension of the crank. A few 2x4s did the job:

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  9. Lucky 7

    Lucky 7 Been here awhile

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    The crank drops in and the weight of the engine doubles:

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    The new seal went into the rear main without much difficulty. The rear main went in with oil feed dowel at 12 o'clock. I pushed it in as far as I could, then a few long bolts went in to stabilize its location. Apparently you can tear the seal if you're not careful, so I set the bearing down so that the seal was just above the crank journal, then (with plenty assembly paste) I took care to pull the crank back upwards to slip it back through the seal. That done, I could draw the main bearing the rest of the way down, never allowing the crank to drop back out of the seal. Done!

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    Connecting rods go in place, proper orientation and torque ensured. Oil feed up on the left and down on the right.

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    Careful examination of the Gilardoni paperwork (you read Italian, right?) and the rings went back on in their proper order and alignment. The top ring especially takes a close eye to ensure it's correct top/bottom, but after some peering I was certain I had it right. The gap in each ring went to 120 degrees from the last and the whole assembly dropped into the cylinder.

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    The plan was to get the piston started in the cylinder and then slide the whole assembly down the bolts until the conrod and piston lined up. Halfway through this procedure I realized that there was more to do before the cylinder could drop on. Duh...

    Cam followers are important. And yes, that's blood on the gasket surface there. I'll get that off before I drop the gasket on...:lol3

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    Then the gasket drops on, followed by the orings on the two short posts.

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    And NOW it's ready for the cylinder/piston. Plenty of assembly paste on all associated parts and a careful examination and re-examination to make sure that the wrist pin and clips are properly seated. I find myself checking, double checking, and triple checking before anything gets it's finally positioning. Care during this phase strikes me as paramount.

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    There's one installed piston and cylinder! Brand spankin' new and ready for another 60,000 miles.

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    The left side follows shortly. I failed to mention this before, but I've also been trying hard to make sure that all the parts go back in the same place. These guys look and measure exactly the same, but I figure it can't hurt:

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    The Gilardoni specific head gaskets drop on with the oil passage matched up:

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    Then the heads drop on. This thing is starting to look like an engine...and get heavy like one too. Syri dog surveys the neighborhood from the comfort of her re-appropriated parts rug.

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    I installed the two short stud bolts on the heads (not to any torque), but left the rest unfinished for ease of crank/cam turning. Timing gears go in place matched up with their marks.

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  10. Twotaildog

    Twotaildog Old Poop

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    It's a beautiful thing!


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  11. Lucky 7

    Lucky 7 Been here awhile

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    Oil breather tubes go in. I used Permatex on the big tube (top right) due to some of the reports of leakage from that gasket. Leaks into the bell housing are the mortal enemy of the clutch, as I found out from the initial test rides.

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    Before I went any further, I decided to drop the valve covers temporarily into place to keep the valves sealed against dust. Before they went on, I did a little hand paint on the letters. Love it.

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    I'm going to leave the fin guard text in its 'vintage' state. I sort of liked the faded, spotty red.

    I'm starting to get some proof on concept on the color scheme. I'm really digging this look, I can't wait to see it in the bike.

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    Now it's time for the clutch. New parts on the left, veterans on the right. That's new Stucchi clutch plates, new springs, and a new intermediate plate.

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    The flywheel is first, torqued up with the help of a temporary starter cog and the immobilizer tool.

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    I had scrubbed and re-scrubbed the flywheel thoroughly, but the threads still felt a little crusty, probably thanks to the soup of oil, dirt, and clutch dust that had been accumulating in the bell housing. A quick run with the tap and they're all nice and smooth.

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    Once again, the time had come for creativity in tool application. For some reason, going into this I was thinking I could just compress the clutch using some long bolts until it came close enough for the stock length bolts to bite. Of course, I wasn't thinking about the need to line up the intermediate plate with the teeth on the flywheel. Crapsack.

    A pipe clamp and some hand clamps set to reverse, all of it lined up to a rafter, took care of the problem in short order. A few good squeezes on the hand clamps and the pressure plate dropped down far enough to allow the intermediate plate to be lined up.

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    I almost set the whole gimble up without the starter cog in place, but that wouldn't have gotten me very far once compressed with a immovable pipe clamp in the way. I threw it on top and off to the side to allow me space to line up the intermediate plate.

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    With everything compressed, lined up, and seated, the starter cog gets bolted in place

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    Clutch installed, as well as the rest of the oil sump.

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    Although the friction plates are very closely aligned, I realized afterward that it probably would have been smart to use the spline to align everything and then set the compression gimble on top of that, ensuring that it all stayed in alignment. Alas, I'll need to mess with that again at some point. I'm hopeful that it's close enough to allow the spline in, but if not I'll figure something out. Worst case scenario I take it apart and reinstall it, which wouldn't be the end of the world.
  12. Lucky 7

    Lucky 7 Been here awhile

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    Hmmm, well your concern gives rise to a concern of my own. The Honda paste is badged as an assembly paste which "creates a long lasting film for all sliding parts".

    I went with it on the recommendation from Pete Roper, who apparently uses moly paste and only moly paste as his assembly lube. For that reason alone, I'm hopeful that I made the right choice. He's done a lot more of these than I have, but what do I know? Now you have me worried. I'll look into it.
  13. Lucky 7

    Lucky 7 Been here awhile

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    Yeah, so I've been reading. Priming the oil pump seems to be a key component. As I understood from the Roper rebuild guide, that's what the moly paste is for, to protect everything before the oil gets there.

    I just spent some time combing for info on moly assembly paste and found quite a few positive results, including this from a Honda mechanic:

    Moly 60 is an assembly paste, intended to provide lubrication of a rebuilt engine until oil is pumped there after the engine has been started. It is not intended for long term lubrication.

    I think it will serve dutifully until the oil system pressurizes, but just to make sure, I may take some of the pre-prime measures listed on thisoldtractor to ensure that the oil arrives as soon as possible.

    Thanks for bringing it into question. As GI Joe taught me, knowing is half the battle.
  14. Lucky 7

    Lucky 7 Been here awhile

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    Another long awaited piece falls into place as my parts finally come back from paint. While the time frame was ridiculously overshot, I was relieved to find that the end result really is beautiful. He did a great job.

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    It's not apparent in these photos (sorry, they're not great), but that's the Audi Glacier White Pearl on the tank and headlight can. I wanted something with a bit of metallic depth to it, but nothing too bass boat. In the sun it really looks beautiful. Just a little sparkle.

    I'm really happy with it. For the price and the quality of the end product, I'm willing to forgive the turn-around time. It should look amazing when assembled. As you can imagine, having everything back in final finish really has me excited to pull it back together. Soon enough, soon enough...
  15. Twotaildog

    Twotaildog Old Poop

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    :thumbup Good Choice.


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  16. davebeef

    davebeef Buffoon

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  17. blaine.hale

    blaine.hale Long timer

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    That molly paste is incredibly concerning on the surfaces you used it on. I'd further specify that molly paste goes in non-oiled spaces like a spline or an axle. The "sliding" places may be a bit misleading. I can only see that gunking up and clogging oil passages when oil is introduced to the engine. I've always and forever just put oil on things like the crank and con rods etc because, well, that's where oil goes when it runs. Mixing lubricants ain't always the best.
    I hope, for your sake, it turns out alright.
  18. eldomike

    eldomike Who Cares

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    He did a beautiful job on the paint work....

  19. davebeef

    davebeef Buffoon

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    Right. I'm afraid I'm going to further my opinion and say what others are obviously getting at. PITA as it is strip the whole lot down and rebuild using engine oil. It is NOT worth the risk. You're time and a gasket set pales into insignificance compared to a f**ked engine with no miles on it. Some might say this is speaking out of turn however I would suggest keeping quiet is possibly doing you a bigger disservice.
    Good luck
    Dave.
  20. blaine.hale

    blaine.hale Long timer

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    I always say you haven't done it right until you've done it twice. :D