1967 Bridgestone 350 GTR

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

  1. 3legs

    3legs Real men ride sidecars Supporter

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    Now you're just showing off Steve (i'm just jealous) :lol3:lol3:lol3
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  2. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    Time to unlace the wheels so the hubs can get cleaned up and polished.
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    The rims are nice but the hubs definitely need some attention.
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    Looks like the nipples were actually yellow. They appeared to be clear zinc on the outside.
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    Only two rusted ones. Next to the valve stem where water must have gotten in. Other than that there's just some surface rust that should blast away.
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  3. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    Rear wheel is first up.
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    And then the front.
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  4. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    Started cleaning the fenders to remove the layers of mud and dirt from underneath.
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    Got through the mud and realized there was some sort of rubber undercoating. Never ran across that before. Is this factory? I'm thinking it is.
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    Same on the rear fender. Well preserved. Just a little bit of surface rust. Cool!
    Most of the undercoating peeled up with soda blasting. I'll blast it some more and finish it up.
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  5. Kai Ju

    Kai Ju Long timer Supporter

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    Is your soda blaster a cabinet style or the non recoverable/outdoors ?
  6. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    Outdoors!
    Just and old cheap siphon feed blaster. Works pretty good but I have to kick or shake the hopper now and then to keep the soda flowing.
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  7. RickS

    RickS Long timer Supporter

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    I bought me a soda blaster Last night to see what it will do on my 450. What pressure you running?
  8. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    Around 70-80 seems to work good.
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  9. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    Not all the NOS Bridgestone parts out there still look new. This rear sprocket was all I could find.
    She's not real pretty but she's got nice teeth! :photog
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    It will need to be stripped to bare steel and re-plated.
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    All of the cables are in pretty rough condition. The only NOS cables I could find were the tach and speedo, the rest will have to be rebuilt.
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  10. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    Been polishing the aluminum parts up one by one. Bead blasted the top tree and then started wet sanding.
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    Shiny fresh metal starts showing up.
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    And eventually it gets polished. A beautiful alloy and casting from 1967 lives on to look new again.
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  11. Bt10

    Bt10 Been here awhile

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    Have you considered vapor blasting for a step in the polishing?
  12. braindead0

    braindead0 Head Fisherman

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    I'd be considering hiring day laborers ;-)
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  13. fast1075

    fast1075 Not a Lemming Supporter

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    More parts sent thru the will be was machine. How many gigajoules does it take to run that thing? You transported that top tree to seconds after it came off the buffer.
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  14. Beezer

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    I'm sure you know Flanders but here a link for other old schoolers

    http://www.flanderscables.com/

    I remember when I found out that cables were bike specific. walked into a certain motorcycle shop and asked for a clutch cable. "what bike".... hey, just a regular clutch cable. "I gotta know what bike"... ok.. Bultaco model 85, 1972-3. I might as well have asked for fresh weasel meat
  15. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    I know a guy who knows a guy...
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  16. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    I have not. Mostly because I have a bead blast cabinet and don't have a slurry blast cabinet. :photog
    In fact there are no vapor blasting outfits in the state that I am aware of.
    Sure would be nice to have wet blast cabinet but they are kind of spendy.
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  17. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    Finished up on the rear shocks yesterday. I had originally soda blasted the best looking 2 out of the 4. Then I noticed a slight difference between the two sets. All the same dimentionally but I had picked a mismatched set.
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    They needed to come apart anyway to finish cleaning and remove the baking soda from under the covers. That's one of the things about soda blasting. It will find it's way into any opening.
    I took them all apart to select the best pieces and have a matched set. A strip of inner tube and an oil filter wrench worked great for removing the upper eye and cover.
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    The upper cover is threaded so it's a jam nut for the eye.
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    DSC00064.JPG Now the shocks can also be checked for dampning.
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  18. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    Cleaned up all the best parts and bead blasted the top eyes too.
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    Ready for reassembly.
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    Good to go.
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  19. Kaw4Life

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    Is the goal here the same as the 900, to keep all factory?
  20. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    Yes
    Unless by some miracle a set of expansion chambers from one of these old race bikes shows up! :evil
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