War and Pieces- Soviet Sidecar Rig Resurrection

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by MotoJ, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. MotoJ

    MotoJ Mobtown Hacker

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    Stalled a little. The bike is all together and wired, tank sealed, but still haven't tried to start her up- I need help getting her out of the basement. Exit is a 30" door with a 12" high curb sill. Takes a little manhandling, even with ramps. Leaks at dampeners in the forks, oil pan, and transmission drain plug that need to be addressed. Nothing major.

    Still working on the valve adjustment trying to get the compression up. Only about 40lbs now. I think the rings just need to seat some (I hope!). I have it timed at no advance so the points are just cracked at TDC, gapped to .45mm on each lobe. Should I be advanced or not when setting the gap?
    I have the set screw in the points case set so that the plate stops just short of full advance.

    Not sure what else to do there- anyone know how to time these flatties with manual advance?

    I was going to save the reveal for later, but technically she's not done, so here's where I am now:

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    I'll post all the progress pics later, showing how I got to this point....

    Please excuse my basement! I need to clean up and get some order to things again...
  2. Prmurat

    Prmurat Long timer

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    Beautiful!!! Just FYI.. I am going to see a K750 today and I am blaming you for any consequence!!!
    Do you know if the forks of a CJ are compatible with Dnepr?? I just saw a front disc brake kit!! (i have problems with my right arm and any help for stopping if welcome, drums are usually a nono!).
    Thank you and keep the photos coming!!
  3. Biebs

    Biebs BMW Airhead

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    Looks great your time and effort to save / restore this unit is :freaky comendable and 50 years from now when this is still running your efforts will be appreciated - kinda like an artist who's work is not valued until he is gone!!!

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  4. MotoJ

    MotoJ Mobtown Hacker

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    I like the K750s- 4 more horsepower than the M72- blinding speed!

    I wouls think CJ forks are compatible or at least could be machined to fit somehow. You might have to press a longer stem in or machine for bearings or something, but I'm sure they could be made to work. The M1 CJ forks are direct copies of the M72. No disc brake mod though.
  5. MotoJ

    MotoJ Mobtown Hacker

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    looks great your time and effort to save / restore this unit is :freaky comendable and 50 years from now when this is still running your efforts will be appreciated - kinda like an artist who's work is not valued until he is gone!!!


    Thanks Biebs! Not running yet though. The whole thing could still go Kablooey! That's when i cut my ear off...
  6. matman1972

    matman1972 Lost in the woods.

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    Just FYI, when I did my last rebuild with new cylinders, pistons and rings, I ended up with between 50-60 psi cold with the kickstarter. Went up to about 80-90 warm with the kick after riding. 2500km later, it is around 130-135 warm now. It does tend to build as the rings seat.
  7. MotoJ

    MotoJ Mobtown Hacker

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    Matt, thanks for that info- I was lying awake last night wondering what I did wrong!
  8. J-Dub

    J-Dub Combat Commuter

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    This is so cool! I'm always looking forward to updates to this thread. Thanks so much for sharing your progress. I think this aesthetic is what every new Ural buyer is after, and we're all willing to accept the shortcomings in outright speed and maybe reliability just to get a little piece of this nostalgia. Love it! :clap
  9. matman1972

    matman1972 Lost in the woods.

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    Now, if it doesn't rise as it warms... Then stay up at night worrying....:lol3
  10. 100mpg

    100mpg Self Imposed Exile

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    WOW!!! It looks great, glad to see it in showroom (Maybe better?) condition.
  11. MotoJ

    MotoJ Mobtown Hacker

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    Thanks! Trust me though it's not showroom- more like a 30 foot bike...
  12. Paint shaker

    Paint shaker Been here awhile

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    Looking good!!! Hope it starts right up and runs for you!
  13. MotoJ

    MotoJ Mobtown Hacker

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    Thanks, me too!

    Great site, BTW. I dig the Buells. Looks like you're a talented roadracer, too. Keep the shiny side up!
  14. MotoJ

    MotoJ Mobtown Hacker

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    .... I've been neglecting this thread for too long. I'm skipping over a lot, but I finally had the first start this Memorial Day.
    It was hot as Hades here in Baltimore. I kicked and kicked and dripped all over the thing for about half an hour and nothing. Checked the valve adjustments and points for the zillionth time- everything OK. I was about to kick it over and jump up and down on it, but took a break instead.

    After 45 minutes cooling down, I went back out, and two prods later:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNmxHRAwrQ0&feature=player_embedded

    It's an unedited mess with lots of pocket footage, but it shows she lives! My creation lives! Bwahahaha...

    She's really loud. My neighbor in the vid heard it start from across the street, in his basement, with the radio blasting. My neighbors are gonna hate me....

    I got it out in the hood and rode her around for a half hour or so. Pulls strong, but needs tweaking. It was way to hot out at that point to mess with, so it went in the shed.

    Carbs out of synch, forks overfilled and leaking, oil pan leaks, centerstand didn't stay retracted (trail of sparks),and spring fell off, shifter dogs need adjusting, etc.

    I'm pretty happy though. My first complete rebuild!
  15. Paint shaker

    Paint shaker Been here awhile

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    Excellent news!!! Glad to hear you got it running!! Post some pics when you get a chance! :freaky
  16. MotoJ

    MotoJ Mobtown Hacker

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    Thanks! I was wondering if I'd ever get it done.
    There's a link to a video in the previous post. A couple pics, too:

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  17. Great job and congrats!!! Keep up the great work and keep posting - I want to hear what she's like once you've gotten all the adjustments and tweaks done :D
  18. Leaf

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    \o/

    Nice. :3
  19. 100mpg

    100mpg Self Imposed Exile

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    Wow, that bike is so dam cool and looks great! You did a great job. That has to be one of the most uniqye motorcycles on US highways! I wonder if you could get it in a magazine?
  20. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    Great job! Congratulations!