Guzzis, Mustangs, Triumphs and other Projects

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by mach1mustang351, Sep 26, 2014.

  1. mach1mustang351

    mach1mustang351 Long timer Supporter

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    You all remember my TR5T triumph?? We went into winter with it running a bit, but fueling terribly with a worn out Amal.

    Decided to make a JRC order for myself.

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    I was going to go with the Amal Premier, but I liked the idea of this carb, I can lose the choke lever, simple carb, and it comes pre-jetted.

    Hopefully I can ship customer bikes and get this engine broken in
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  2. mach1mustang351

    mach1mustang351 Long timer Supporter

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    Finally got the Express scooter buttoned up. It was a wild ride, I lost my a** on time into it, I was also not under a time crunch so I was able to do other projects. Here are some hero shots of the rig

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    I also got a start on the XS750. It had an overflowing carb so I dropped the float bowls to clean them out.

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    Making moves!!
  3. mach1mustang351

    mach1mustang351 Long timer Supporter

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    Got one piece unboxed.

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  4. mach1mustang351

    mach1mustang351 Long timer Supporter

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    Not the most photogenic stuff to work on, but the electrical gremlins in the XS750 are all sorted out.

    The bike would crank with the key off, and the headlight would stay on regardless of key position, but turn off when the headlight off, switch was off. And it had an intermittent stalling.

    Went to work testing the basic starting circuit. All the "parts" were working fine, starter, relay, button etc. I decided to take of the rank and seat to inspect after I saw several components changed and some wire loom cut.

    I found this mass

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    I decided to investigate and found this

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    Those are a bunch of male and female bullet connectors. As I was peeling the tape off, the connections were very loose and hardly making contact. This all went to the right side switch, so repairs were maid. The best part was, there was a hot wire from the switch with a male connector that was not used, and wire tied to the frame. Sound out why I was getting an intermittent arcing sound.

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    Verifying function before wire repair.

    I'm pretty sure that was the intermittent stalling (kill switch wires ) bit the crank issue and headlight issue were still there.

    Verified function of the ignition switch. It was good and capable of switching.

    Decided to go after the fuse box and upon removal found that the fuse box had been replaced with a non stock type.

    At this point I gave the customer the option. There were so many modified things in the harness and the fuse box issue, we can start clean. New harness, new fuse box OR we can punch the clock and try to fix and work with what we have. Decided to go option two... Fix what we have.

    I verified that the circuits were all working, but not all were switched with the key.

    Long story short, after studying the wiring diagram, and voltage testing tons of stuff. I found that the new fuse box was wired incorrectly. I rewired the box correctly, fixed a few wire ends and all works as it should.

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    Toasting a job well done!!

    (And to the peanut gallery. That isn't my final wiring to the fuse box... That was still test wiring)

    got a few more things to button up, then it can go home.
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  5. mach1mustang351

    mach1mustang351 Long timer Supporter

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    Got to include the assembled product

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  6. mach1mustang351

    mach1mustang351 Long timer Supporter

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    Not the most productive work Saturday, but it was fun.

    Got the triple off the bench and took it for a test ride before giving it back to the customer.

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    Pretty cool bike. I've always admired these, it was cool getting to ride one a bit.

    I've been tripping over this in the garage for weeks and finally put its tire on adjusted it for sale.

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    Put a battery in my 1000SP and took it out for the first time this season.

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    I also started putting my new JRC carb on the TR5T

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    Get the carb buttoned up, do some cleaning and get the VStrom rolling!!
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  7. Scoozi

    Scoozi Long timer

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    That Yamaha is very tidy, it's been a long time since I've seen one that good. Nice to see that you've got some time to work on your own 'bikes and maybe even get a chance to go for a ride too? I take it that working for yourself is turning out alright?
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  8. mach1mustang351

    mach1mustang351 Long timer Supporter

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    it's been much better now that my wife and I have an understanding I get to work in the garage 2 days a week (Wednesday night and Saturday when she gets off work). I have stopped advertising until I get the VStrom gone. I also have a batch of tires coming for Alaska Travelers.

    I wish I was full time with it, I look every day for a proper building, but there isn't much in town and what is available doesn't suit what I want to do.

    It's been hard because the day job, is still not ideal, but I have a new boss and a bit better understanding of their ways, so it has been better there.

    I still want to do this full time. So I keep going along
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  9. mach1mustang351

    mach1mustang351 Long timer Supporter

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    So I have the 2014 Stelvio and it always had a soft brake pedal. Even when I picked it up new, I rode it back to the dealer and said "hey, does this rear brake seem soft?" The answer then was nope, that's how they work, so I accepted it. I rode it from California to AK last year and was so sure it wasn't working it tried to bleed it several tomes, no air came out, but it didn't get better. Fast forward to now, I got with a friend of mine that has one and asked if his rear. Brake was nearly worthless. He said it worked fine. So I decided to do something.

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    Step 1: Strip it naked.

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    Step 2: bleed this thing until it acts right or figure out a part to replace. I ran about half the reservoir of fluid through it and got some air out. Bleed at the caliper again to be sure and it seemed to firm up quite a lot.

    A little irritating I have been riding it since new that way. Not sure if I should be mad at the dealer or mad at me.

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    VStrom got on the bench and tear down started for the piston ring job.

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    Uhh oh... Stuff is labeled already... This means someone has been here before me... That makes me very nervous.

    I may step back and look at this thing again and just make sure before I get deeper into it.
  10. mach1mustang351

    mach1mustang351 Long timer Supporter

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    Oh!! How did I forget???

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    Getting ready to take a boat ride up here.
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  11. mach1mustang351

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    Tore into the VStrom today. I decided to remove heads and see what's going on. As I said in the post above, I got really nervous yesterday when I found that someone had been that deep into that bike. I decided to pull the heads and see where I was at and go from there.

    I didn't take any pics of the year down because the bike was pretty much stripped already from when I got started on it.

    Got the head off and found this.

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    And this...

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    And this...

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    And this...

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    The good news is, the rear looks okay.

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    So here is how I think it went down. The guy I got the bike from seemed pretty straight up and he said he was told it needed piston rings because it was using a bunch of oil. I think this was the issue... But someone went in to fix it and mis-timed the motor and we had contact. They then put it back together and sold it as still using oil.... Which I'm sure it was. The only part I can't say for sure, is if this guy knew and screwed me or if he got screwed when he bought it. He claimed he rode it a while then the oil consumption was too much.

    Anyway, I have decisions to make.

    1. I already sold a bunch of farkles off of it and can sell a few more pieces and get back to the black.

    2. Source a new head, piston, and if I'm lucky, hone the cylinder and get it back together and sell complete. The issue here is, with that hole in the piston, how's the bottom end?? What came out of there.

    3. Source a complete motor, sell complete. It looks like I can get an engine for about $600

    4. (Most fun idea, but also stupid) order C&J flat track chassis, order big bore kit and go ice racing this winter and hooligan racing next summer

    I was hoping to make about $2k on this deal, but with a simple re-ring off the table, best case I'm looking at probably $1k i can fix the motor in it.

    This is an open Forum, chime in if you'd like
  12. ddavidv

    ddavidv The reason we can't have nice things

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    $600 for a used engine seems pretty reasonable and would solve a lot of problems.

    I just went through a similar issue (ruined head, bad piston, bore okay) in my RE project. The seller of that also thought it only needed $80 worth of parts to fix. The list of shit wrong with that bike is legendary. Anyway, parts for my little India single were cheap but not far off from the $600 figure you have for a whole engine.
    Sell off your good head and recoup a little bit.
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  13. mach1mustang351

    mach1mustang351 Long timer Supporter

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    i agree, $600 is low for a complete motor that will reduce possible issues. I got this bike as a flip when I got slow on customer work. I am also balancing if I want to pay another $600, push back the timeline, and make less money than I thought I was going to get anyway.

    Decisions decisions
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    Decided to go part out, I put some feelers out there with a few pieces and I took the offers.

    So this is where we are:

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    So if you need VStrom stuff... I'm the guy (ad in flea market)

    I also picked up a "some assembly required" CRF50

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    Not sure how much room to flip it... It was $180 and it is all there, motor isn't stick etc. I'm thinking clean it up. Paint the frame, make it look good and run and it might be a good December sale for Christmas. I think a clean, sorted one should get me $350-450... Or I keep it for a few years and my 8 month old can use it Someday.

    My logic is also, I need to always have something to do so I can keep my social media advertising going, etc.

    One of my satisfied customers asked that I take a look at this:

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    Remember everyone's favorite Honda Scooter?? This is one of his PWCs. He has another to bring me after this. Story is, it burned up the rings, a buddy rebuilt the motor, after an hour on the water, it lost compression and wouldn't restart. So looking at an engine repair and tracking down a root cause. I'm thinking oiling system (if it's oil injected) or maybe over the years there is a blockage in the block or in the water lines causing an overheat.

    We'll see. Not my first 2 stroke, but definitely my first ski
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    mach1mustang351 Long timer Supporter

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    I am so excited. The Indian getting boxed back up and ready to come to Alaska.

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    mach1mustang351 Long timer Supporter

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    The FTR1200S is here!!!

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    Maiden Voyage

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    This this is nasty. Crazy power, stops a ton, comfortable for a sporty bike, I'm in love

    And a fun pic with my first Indian (now MY son's first Indian ) and my new Indian

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    mach1mustang351 Long timer Supporter

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    Bad pic, but I got right to work on it, and didn't really think about pics.

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    A fellow inmate found me and scheduled some work for his triumph on his Alaska trip. It kind of escalated and got some more work. Forks off for new seals.

    Also discovered the motorcycle kit for my new balancer leaves a lot to be desired. I have calls and emails into Ranger to fix it
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    mach1mustang351 Long timer Supporter

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    Big week this week, finally got my order of Heidenau Tires. It's been tough getting to this point with them.

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    Last month I had to recertify my ASE Master Tech certificate.

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    Since I passed them all again and retain my master tech for 5 more years, I decided I had to catch up on 4 wheeled projects... They all need something

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    The van was the biggest project today. Steering gear box, power steering fluid flush, front brakes, rotors and repack the wheel bearings. The silver Volvo got new window regulator rubbing blocks, now the passenger window isn't off track, it also got a bath. The white Volvo got an oil change.

    After all that crap, I had some dinner and decided to go take a bike ride.

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    I absolutely Love this bike.

    Hopefully a bike repair post tomorrow
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  19. Gestalt

    Gestalt Been here awhile

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    Does anyone care about motorcycle reviews?? I rode an assortment of bikes this season, was thinking about posting some reviews... Not that my opinion matters... I'm not sure exactly who gets to keep all those $0.02

    Yes why not, we have everything else, I must admit no other chain is anything like this one but that is not a bad thing, I have been really enjoying this " Man without a plan whatsoever" chain, so keep up the ecletic work my friende, enjoying every post. Really most entertaining, and interesting, it is good to not take yourself so seriously from time to time.
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  20. mach1mustang351

    mach1mustang351 Long timer Supporter

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    I appreciate that. I try to have a little bit of a plan, but between all my projects, the customer bikes, and all that, it seems like a free for all at times.