1967 Bridgestone 350 GTR

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by Fast Idle, Sep 17, 2018.

  1. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    Yep, pretty happy with what I see so far.
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  2. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    Thanks villageidiot. Sounds like you had a blast with the mopeds. My first bike ever was a Sears (Puch) moped with a two speed. The whole clutch lever rotated on the handle bar, down for first and up for second. Sure was a lot of fun back then. I think it topped out at 35. I remember I use to get up some speed and then stand up on the seat with my arms stuck out straight to the sides. No shit, seriously stupid but that thing was stable and I never wrecked it.
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  3. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    The drive gears and rotary valves get pulled next.
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    And the stripped out shift shaft gets removed.
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    Ready to split the cases.
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  4. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    ahh, yes the sears allstate, or puch ms50, i think they came here in about 56, I used to have 150 of em, mopeds, when asked what mopeds i have, id say "one of each"
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  5. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    Wow, this thing looks amazing inside!
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    A six speed transmission and labyrinth center seal
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    I'll set these assemblies aside and get the cases cleaned up.
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  6. Richarde1605

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  7. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    Waiting to hear back from the Bridgestone parts guy. Sent him a list of all the gaskets, seals, and o-rings needed to put the engine back together. Hopefully he's got everything.
    Now that the engine checks out I can get started on the frame. There are a few small repairs needed before powder coating.
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  8. Salsa

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    I can vouch for the fact that the Villageidiot can build some fast mopeds. I had trouble hanging with him on my 4 speed Honda powered moped. I think he was sandbagging. The only thing I could beat him at was stopping. I smoked my tires and he smoked his shoe soles. LOL

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  9. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    Worked on the frame repairs yesterday. Straightened the right exhaust hanger and welded a few small cracks.
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    Rear engine mount crack
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    Right exhaust mount tab
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  10. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    Removed the lower engine mounts so the frame can be powder coated.
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    A re-purposed air chisel bit ground to fit 3/8" drive sockets works great for this kind of stuff. Used an old socket with the air hammer and they came right out.
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    Knocked the steering races out too.
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  11. fast1075

    fast1075 Not a Lemming Supporter

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    1967 grease!!! How were the rotary valves? Any nicks or chips?
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  12. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    The left valve had one nick in it. Other than that everything looks good. And the left valve from the second motor looks great so I'll use it.
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  13. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    The plan is to finish all the repairs and prep so I can take the parts in for powder coating this week. The center stand repair is next.
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  14. villageidiot

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    looking great!
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  15. JagLite

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    I was thinking it looks dirty! :dirtdog

    It is so much nicer putting it back together all shiny and new. :wings
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  16. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    I've been over on the Bridgestone forum and made some inquires.
    According to the gurus over there, this bike IS the lowest serial number survivor known.
    Can you believe it?
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    3legs Real men ride sidecars Supporter

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    Way to go. That just doubled the price of the bike:clap

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  18. RickS

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    So now it has to be a 100 point restoration.
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  19. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    It's a double-edged sword! :photog
    Didn't want to put a lot into this bike but this does change the game.
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  20. Kai Ju

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    But it's in really good hands, looking forward to dessert again...
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