What would you do if you were me?

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by lucky6600, Oct 10, 2012.

  1. lucky6600

    lucky6600 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2010
    Oddometer:
    714
    Location:
    Cromwell CT
    I figured since it has pretty much nothing on it, I might take off the tramission and lube the spline as well.

    [​IMG]


    It didn't look that bad at all, so I had it cleaned and put it back.
    Along with clutch arms and bearing were cleaned, and lubed




    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    Yes.... the oil pan had NO gasket and this is what it looked like

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]




    And, half hour later

    [​IMG]




    [​IMG]
    #21
  2. lucky6600

    lucky6600 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2010
    Oddometer:
    714
    Location:
    Cromwell CT
    The wire harness on the project bike were totally messed up, so I had to swap with the part bike.

    [​IMG]


    So, take a guess which one is the "better" one?

    [​IMG]


    That wasn't really as hard as I thought

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    I had to do it twice because those turn signal legs. Those legs service as ground for the turn signal and the new paint prevent it from grounding.

    [​IMG]



    Thought swap the fork gaiter should be an easy job, but only found out the bottom screw at the right leg was messed up so I decided to rebuilt the forks and swap with "better" parts.


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    Cleaned the front wheels, brakes, bearings .... and whatever up front.
    running with new cables and stuff. The front part of the bike looks like a real bike now

    [​IMG]


    And, I was lucky enough to find that pair of aluminum turn signals from a friend, $60 a pair shipped to my doorstep. I was told there are not available any more?? is that true?






    [​IMG]


    The part bike looks pretty "clean" now

    [​IMG]
    #22
  3. lucky6600

    lucky6600 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2010
    Oddometer:
    714
    Location:
    Cromwell CT
    What I found while I was looking at the two sub-frames that I have now was and one is bended which has pins for seat hinges, but the straight one has NO pins for seat hinges.

    what do I do now uh??

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]


    here is the question for you guys


    What would you do if you were me?




    :evil:evil
    #23
  4. crazydrummerdude

    crazydrummerdude Wacky Bongo Boy

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2006
    Oddometer:
    7,652
    Location:
    El Segundo, CA
    Awesome project, now with so many extra parts! Very cool.

    :evil

    Worked for me!

    #24
  5. JonnyCash

    JonnyCash turd polisher

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2011
    Oddometer:
    1,658
    Location:
    Midcoast, Maine
    I have a straight /5 frame that is free for the taking should you want it. I can't offer the subframe to you, since I turned it into a paddock stand for my RD350. Let me know. I'm in Mid-coast Maine, don't know if you ever get up this way.
    #25
  6. Big Bamboo

    Big Bamboo Aircooled & Sunbaked

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2010
    Oddometer:
    4,361
    Location:
    Big Island of Hawaii
    Forget the hinges and make a lift off seat. To do this add another bolt to the seat pan and another hole opposite the existing lock pin. Makes it much easier to access the tool tray if you decide to go with panniers... See more here (note: he says this is for a /6 seat, but you can add a plate to the /5 subframe to make it work, or mount the bolt to the subframe and put a hole in your seat pan,,,) http://w6rec.com/duane/bmw/seatmod/index.htm
    #26
  7. Big Bamboo

    Big Bamboo Aircooled & Sunbaked

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2010
    Oddometer:
    4,361
    Location:
    Big Island of Hawaii
    Very cool idea!
    #27
  8. Big Bamboo

    Big Bamboo Aircooled & Sunbaked

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2010
    Oddometer:
    4,361
    Location:
    Big Island of Hawaii
    There's a guy on the IBMWR.org marketplace looking for a /5 frame with title under R-Airhead Twins Parts Wanted: http://marketplace.ibmwr.org/ads/rapw
    #28
  9. JonnyCash

    JonnyCash turd polisher

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2011
    Oddometer:
    1,658
    Location:
    Midcoast, Maine
    ^ I don't have a title for it. In Maine, you don't need a title for a vehicle that is older than 20 yrs. There are some other states that work like this, too. Thanks for the referral though.
    #29
  10. disston

    disston ShadeTreeExpert

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2011
    Oddometer:
    10,400
    Location:
    Silver Spring, Md
    $60 for a pair of Aluminum turn signals is a very good friend indeed. They go for much more than that.

    You're doing a good job.

    Since the original frame is trash. Take the data plate off the head stock before you throw it away. Souvenir.
    #30
  11. lucky6600

    lucky6600 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2010
    Oddometer:
    714
    Location:
    Cromwell CT

    Thank you so much for the generous offer. In the past, I will just get into my car and drive to your location. However, I have to pace myself this time, and I really have to focus on this project first before putting myself even deeper.

    Once again !! THANK YOU.

    CT is also the state that they don't give out title for older cars/bikes so that makes life much easier sometimes.




    That's an awesome idea ..... but only problem is I have the /5 SWB which has only a bar connecting the sub-frame
    [​IMG]









    Yes, I will say it's a fair deal considering someone painted it black and it took me about a hour to make it looks like aluminum again.



    :norton
    #31
  12. lucky6600

    lucky6600 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2010
    Oddometer:
    714
    Location:
    Cromwell CT
    The bike is at the stage of testing ...
    It took me awhile to find those good used exhaust system, and I just can't wait to fire the bike up....


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    However, life is alway full of unexpected.
    While I was trying to make sure the point was set correctly, this happened.....


    [​IMG]



    It looks like this is not that uncommon for a 40 years old machine according to this http://www.bmwmotorcycletech.info/cams.htm

    It looks like my choices would be either getting a Boyer, $200. Or tap it which can be done at a friend's shop, but he suggests having the engine off to make it happen.....
    It has taken me about 2 months to get everthing together now .. take everything apart again ??

    I understand an electric ignition is the way to go, but this bike is NOT going to put miles on it after it is riable. therefore, it doesn't have to be "reliable".

    What would you do if you were me ??





    :ear:ear
    #32
  13. chasbmw

    chasbmw Long timer

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,384
    Location:
    Bath Uk
    Why not fit a crank mounted ignition, I think that Eduralast make a cheap one. . The Boyer will still need a thread on the end of the cam to secure the magnets.
    #33
  14. lucky6600

    lucky6600 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2010
    Oddometer:
    714
    Location:
    Cromwell CT
    #34
  15. chasbmw

    chasbmw Long timer

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,384
    Location:
    Bath Uk
    Let's see a photo without the A/R unit.

    Is there enough meat on the end to mount the Boyer, you would still need to drill the end of the cam, but getting the drill hole absolutely central is not really necessary, and could maybe be done at home
    #35
  16. disston

    disston ShadeTreeExpert

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2011
    Oddometer:
    10,400
    Location:
    Silver Spring, Md
    When I broke one almost 30 years ago I sold the bike as scrap to another mechanic. He bought a new cam but it was a 336 and he didn't want to do that. So he ended up epoxying the broken piece of thread back on. I never saw the repair myself but he had the bike for a little while and I think it did hold. Just have to be twice as careful as before.

    Lon was his name. He used to date my girlfriend of those days before I knew her. He wrecked my bike or dropped it anyway one night under DuPont Circle in the tunnel. He called my girlfriend to pick him up and she showed up with her 1976 Dodge Aspen. They put my '74 R90/6 in the trunk and Caroline drove Lon home.

    Lon later told the story that he thought he could ride this bike drunk, "Because Charlie rode it drunk all the time."
    #36
  17. spo123

    spo123 Man About Town

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2006
    Oddometer:
    860
    Location:
    North Shore Mass. USA
    Get some BRIGHT LIGHT, a sharp CENTER PUNCH, and a small Ball Peen HAMMER.
    Remove the ADVANCE UNIT, carefully.....try to leave AS MUCH OF THE BROKEN BOLT stub as possible......PB Blaster and let it soak in.
    Now the difficult part.

    The broken bolt WILL have a very slight RIDGE across where it snapped.
    VERY CAREFULLY, with the motorcycle in first gear, probably on the center stand....(either with or without the front wheel).....IF the wheel is removed...SECURE THE center stand, so it will not FOLD up.

    TAP the center punch CAREFULLY and methodically against the aforementioned ridge, about halfway from the center to the outer edge.....What you need to do is to UNSCREW the broken stub with the center punch and the hammer.....It CAN be done......:eek1

    This may take lots of TIME, SWEARING, SMASHING other things.....etc.

    Do NOT give up.....FIRM, but not SMASHING the punch....Once it begins to move....SMILE.
    Please report back to us.
    The THREADS might just be SAVED.

    There are a few other possibilities...I will let someone else chime in with these.

    See 'ya,
    spo
    #37
  18. Houseoffubar

    Houseoffubar fine beer sampler

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2010
    Oddometer:
    1,823
    Location:
    Bothell, Washington
    +1 patience, and care can remove anything!
    #38
  19. JonnyCash

    JonnyCash turd polisher

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2011
    Oddometer:
    1,658
    Location:
    Midcoast, Maine
    Guys, it's not a bolt that broke, the snout of the camshaft has(had)a threaded stud on it. The ATU goes over it and is held in place with a nut and lock washer. That said, maybe you could grind off what is left of the stud, and then drill it and tap it for a bolt. It would be pretty touchy work, that's for sure!
    #39
  20. bikerfish

    bikerfish flyfishandride

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2010
    Oddometer:
    1,740
    Location:
    western pa
    I had one break 25 years ago, I drilled and tapped it for a screw, still holding after all these years. it's not that big a deal, no need to remove the engine, sell the bike, scrap it, or spend hundreds on a different ignition system. an hours work and a 5 cent screw and your in business again.
    #40