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Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by Fast Idle, Sep 17, 2018.
But that’s just way way cool!
I can't think of better hands for it to be in.
Spent a lot of time today checking parts availability and pricing. There's stuff out there, but not everything. There's been quite a few of these bikes restored to pristine condition over the years using NOS parts. So the NOS stock pile isn't quite what it used to be. Tons of Bridgestone parts for sure but for all the models.
This may be a proceed as usual restoration for me while always keeping an eye out for better parts. Bolt on stuff can always be swapped out when it becomes available. I did order engine parts including seals, gaskets and o-rings for the rebuild. Even a new right carburetor cover so I won't need to use the welded up one.
Pulled the bushings from the swing arm. They looked great but they are phenolic.
Dissected the seat so the pan can go in for powder coating with the rest of the frame parts.
The pan needs a few small repairs but is pretty solid for 51 years old. Going to be fun dealing with a seat foam solution.
Some of the chrome parts will need to be re-plated. Can anyone recommend a good place to send them to?
Chrome is very subjective.
In my world there’s only one place I’ll send chrome. I won’t post it, but feel free to PM me if you want the information
I want to follow this project .... but my heart is just not in it.
Oh wait ... it that a home made bearing press like the one I made ...
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Man, you don't waste any time. In for the show.
On another subject, I recently purchased a very low-mile, very clean condition 1967 Jeep Gladiator pickup truck. Undergoing an engine refresh (rings, valves/hardened seats, seals) and automatic trans rebuild. To suggest that your approach to restoration is influential to me would be a mild understatement.
I am thinking the same thing, to do a full strip down and rebuild with everything like new.
I need to start small though...
I think I will start with my hammer.
I can get a new handle, then a new head, and carefully mount them together just like the factory.
I should be able to get it done before next summer... if I work on it some every day!
Shipping would be expensive, but my buddy has used this place for several vintage Honda restorations. The parts always come back flawless.
All the time I've spent looking into original parts for this bike got me thinking about tires. Bringing the bike back as it rolled off the assembly line means having 50 year old Bridgestone tires. Not normally something I would put on a bike because I want to ride them but I'm considering it in this case.
So I started researching what the original tires were and then went out to the shop to see what was on the bikes. The 67 had original issue Bridgestone 3.25-19's front and rear. A ribbed tire in front and a K70 type tread on the back. The rear had 50% wear with weather checking and cracking. But the front tire looks pretty good.
No model name on them. Just "BRIDGESTONE", "MADE IN JAPAN", and "3.25-19 4 PLY RATING".
Even had a Bridgestone tube and rim liner in it. And hardly any rust on the inside of the rim. I'm use to seeing rust on the tubes and liners of these old bikes.
Gave the tire a quick wash for a better look. No cracking.
And plenty of tread.
Just need to find the right stuff to spray on it and I'll bet it would look really good.
So the quest for correct tires is halfway complete.
I know there is a back tire out there somewhere.
OK, who's got one in the shed?
As Bridgestone is still making tires, do they make anything that looks right for it? 50 year old tires means no riding the thing if you ask me. Even if they look good.
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The accolade 03 tire they make looks remarkably much like the old tire you took of. Maybe worth to look at.
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Could be. Might try it on another old tire first.
I do have two sets of wheels.
Here's what the back tire looks like. Same size and markings as the front, just a different tread pattern.
Took the frame parts to the powder coating shop yesterday. Hopefully see them back next week.
It was cold but sunny out when I got back so I decided to soda blast some chrome parts.
Most parts cleaned up really well. Light surface rust and oxidation that just went away with the soda blast. Should look great after hand polishing.
The front fender is stainless steel but the rear is chrome. It looked bad at first.
But it cleaned up nice. Took some chrome polish to a spot after the soda blasting to check it out. The chrome front fender stays cleaned up good too. The front stay has road rash so I have a new one coming.
This should get me to a short list of what needs re-chroming.