Dickin Around in Doug's Garage

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by rtwdoug, Oct 16, 2009.

  1. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    I think you should convert that FXR into a racing bagger.

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  2. rtwdoug

    rtwdoug prominent underachiever Supporter

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    Went for a ride on the 35 VL today, made it about 1/4 mile, and hit the rear brake, and the wheel locked up. Everytime I hit the brake, it locked. So I came home and jumped on the 48 chief instead.
    I just tore into the rear wheel, and one of the bearing cages inside the brake hub had broke, I have no idea how or why. It looks like it had been broken for awhile, by the wear on the break. I just had it apart when I installed new tires in Colorado, and have maybe put 3 or 400 miles on it. Everything looked OK then.
    I have a spare VL wheel, but of course its a front, and the bearings inside the brake drum are different....

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  3. rtwdoug

    rtwdoug prominent underachiever Supporter

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    inner axle was a little pitted and had some light wear ridges, but its better now.

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  4. riggpigg

    riggpigg Known,but not famous Super Supporter

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    Looks as though that sprocket mighta been used too much when it was new............:lol3
  5. DJones

    DJones Been here awhile

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    Classic line!

    I've got lots of stuff that was used to much when it was new, or maybe I just kept it to long.
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  6. riggpigg

    riggpigg Known,but not famous Super Supporter

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    We missed ya in Arkansas man!!!!....was a good time!!!
  7. rtwdoug

    rtwdoug prominent underachiever Supporter

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    I picked up this '45 Chief last month, and want to get it tuned up and pretty before I send it down the road. It looks like over the last 15 years of sitting, the gas leached past the petcock threads and raised the paint on the tanks. A local friend is going to repaint them as a partial trade towards an old Penton I found back in the spring.
    Unfortunately tho, some DPO had lined the tanks with Kreme, which as we all know, is Krap, ands its lifting off. So I have to get the old liner out, and reline them with either Redkote or Caswells. Im going to try to get them cleaned out with acetone first, if that doesn't work, ill have to have them hot dipped at a radiator shop.
    Fun Fun!


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  8. eldomike

    eldomike Who Cares Supporter

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    I've heard MEK works but never tried it...I hate that Kreem Krap
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  9. Oilleaker

    Oilleaker Ne’er do well tinkerer Supporter

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    If you’re repainting anyway, MEK will take it right out. Add a few pieces of chain in the tank to loosen up any stubborn areas. If you’re real careful you can do it without damaging the paint but mine cracked around the filler cap from the fumes.

    Plug any petcock opening with wine corks and fill the tank. Keep it in a garbage bag outside to hold the fumes in and let them work. The fumes are pretty nasty so do not attempt indoors
  10. ShOqUePoT

    ShOqUePoT GS Pot

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    Do you know who you're talking to? Doug could probably give classes on this stuff, as long as OSHA's not around. The only reason he's trying Acetone first is because he probably got a drum of it free with the purchase of a vintage Harley. :lol3
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  11. r60man

    r60man Long timer

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    That Buick is sweet, and having the book is icing on the cake. A steal at $500.
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  12. Oilleaker

    Oilleaker Ne’er do well tinkerer Supporter

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    Always a good idea to start with the least expensive/ life threatening option. Just sharing personal experience of what worked for me
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  13. rtwdoug

    rtwdoug prominent underachiever Supporter

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    I already have acetone, but if that doesn't cut it I will try mek.
    I havent used it before to remove Kreme.
    Bad thing with these tanks is the steel baffles inside, so its hard to get all the krap out
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  14. Oilleaker

    Oilleaker Ne’er do well tinkerer Supporter

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    If you can get some lengths of chain in and shake it, they’ll help and are easier to get out than nuts and bolts. I had the “genius” idea of using cut up chain saw blades, which was very effective but took some creativity to remove once they got tangled up inside the tank.

    Also it may flash rust almost immediately after pouring off the mek, so keep a bit of motor oil handy to shake around and coat the bare steel til its ready for gas
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  15. rtwdoug

    rtwdoug prominent underachiever Supporter

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    Polly has been working on restoring the broken indian clock sign from Colorado. Just have to figure a way to replace the few missing bits, but its looking much better

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  16. Center-stand

    Center-stand Long timer

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    Well I learned two things about Polly. She has an eye for detail, and she is patient.

    Maybe you'll run across a busted up sign with enough good edge to cut out some pieces and glue them in.

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  17. rtwdoug

    rtwdoug prominent underachiever Supporter

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    Terry got this last week, and I put 100 miles on it today in the mountain roads of N Arkansas.
    I shouldn't have done that.
    I may have to go get one. Ive never had a new motorsickle before.

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  18. vee2win

    vee2win oldnwiser

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    New bikes spoil. Old bikes toil.
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  19. 2WhldZEN

    2WhldZEN If it don't go-chrome it! Supporter

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    Go ride an FTR...you’ll either forget about the Triumph or need to make room for two modern bikes.
  20. rtwdoug

    rtwdoug prominent underachiever Supporter

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    I was hot n heavy for an ftr until I sat on one. The scrambler fits me damn near perfect.
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