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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    Got the FTR out and warmed it up. Got a bit of a video of it idling and a walk around. Most of my action is on the GSXR thread.

  2. mach1mustang351

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    I haven’t checked in on my own thread in a long time!! Is anyone still interested in what’s happening in my shop? Well here is some stuff.

    the winter started with no real customer work, so I took on this GSXR race bike project. i wound up not having enough front end parts so I got into a deal on a 1996 GSXR1100 with a bad motor, so I did some upgrading.

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    this was during mock up, but it postures up pretty well I think. More of the details are on my GSXR race bike thread in “Some Assembly Required”

    I got deep into this thing, then customer vines started coming.

    I got a Suzuki savage in. It needed some carb work, a bit of wiring, brakes, handle bars, oil change, exhaust wrap and some other little things.

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    Working through a Kawasaki Vulcan right now, lots of little things on this, fork rebuild, brakes, front tire, oil change, fix a coolant leak and some more.

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    got the WR from last season out of the shed and got it running

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    This wandered in on Sunday.

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    supposedly it needs a head gasket, but it doesn’t seem that way. More diagnostics to come

    there was also some sad news... I sold a bike

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    The Stelvio was the best street bike I’ve ever had. Unfortunately, with the baby, I can’t see any multi day trips in my near future, so it’s best for it to go to a new home.

    I also worked a deal with my Snap On rep and got a new tool box

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    I traded a car I have had for 15 years and did a tremendous amount of work. My lifted AMC Eagle wagon

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    it was sad to see it go, but Have only driven the car, maybe 200 miles the last 3 years. It’s time for it to go to someone that will enjoy it.

    I just had a new project dropped off.

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    Pre-unit Triumph project. I love Brit bikes and I’m glad to have one back in the shop... now time for some inevitable headaches :rofl

    I’ll try to be more active and keep you all up to date.
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  3. Gestalt

    Gestalt Been here awhile

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    Good to see you back, I enjoy your thread a great deal. Keep up the good work.
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  4. mach1mustang351

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    Kind of a frustrating night, lost another light In the garage.

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    getting hard to see in here.

    I really wanted to button up the Vulcan and get it gone, had to do a brake flush it had some pretty gross fluid in there

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    One of the screws was stripped and had to be drilled. so it became a bigger project than it should have been.

    The bike came to me partially disassembled. Went to button up the intake clamps and one of the clamps was broken, went to install the air cleaners, one air cleaner was falling Apart, and the other side had a stripped screw and again, had to be drilled.

    sometimes they fight back it seems, tomorrow is a new day
  5. mach1mustang351

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    This side X Side was brought in for a head gasket replacement. I ran it, and really didn’t get the feeling it had a head gasket issue. It seemed to run well, wasn’t smoking or any classic symptoms. i pulled the plug and it looks reasonable

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    It was low on on coolant in the radiator, but was severely overfilled in the overflow bottle. This tends to make me think it might be overheating.... that could be a head gasket, or thermostat, or fan not kicking on. More diag work to do.
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    Last weekend, a friend of mine who works at a Volvo dealer got into a XC70 Wagon and we were going to work a trade for my S60R. I have had a “service suspension” warning on for a couple weeks, and he wanted to check that out. I haven’t worked in a shop in 2 years and the last time I took in the car for an oil change, no issues were reported, so other than the warning, I wasn’t worried.

    He comes back and has a list for me. Driver axle seal leaking, angle gear leaking, passenger axle seal leaking, thermostat housing leaking, belt worn... and the warning... all 4 active ride control struts / shocks are blown.

    Tonight I set about removing the angle gear so I can reseal that. No pics of the process, cause everything was coated in gear oil...but here it is out

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    definitely covered in gear oil.

    I used to work in a shop that did a lot of Volvo and I have done these before. Man is that a different job “flat backing it.” It came out in a bit over 2 hours, which isn’t terrible, but in a shop i would have them on the bench in about an hour, and not be mad and have my back hurting :lol3
  7. mach1mustang351

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    Little bit of catch up with the happenings. I got the Vulcan all buttoned up and sent home. It’s going to come back and get a couple little things addressed but it’s come a long way. Tire, forks, hardware missing, brakes, fluids, more and more.

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    did some work on the Triumph... the clutch hub was legendary among the friends that knew this triumph for being stuck in place. I took a run at it.

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    I did break a puller bolt... but I won in the end

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    Next for that one, we’re gonna for the hard tail, rebuild the forks, and make the wheels work.

    the side by side project from above, i was ignoring it cause the customer wasn’t urgent, and I’d prefer to work on the other things I had. I did my favorite head gasket check. Hold the cooling system under pressure for a long time... then crank and see if coolant comes out the plug hole.

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    yep.... got quite the splash everywhere. I was surprised, cause the system didn’t loose a ton of pressure. But that’s all the confirmation I need... I’ll have to tear into that one here soon

    In more frustrating news. A neighborhood “Karen” called the city to complain about my working in the garage. None of the other neighbors got complaints... even the kids that work On cars in the street in a daily basis are okay... but I’m not. I don’t know my neighbors well, I mainly keep to myself. I always work with the door closed, and stop at a decent hour... and rarely use the compressor or air tools after 7 because the baby is sleeping. Oh well, somehow I upset someone. Haters gonna hate I guess
  8. mach1mustang351

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    Time to check in. As we all do in the summer, it’s all about projects around the house too. I am working on painting the back shed.

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    I also have the ongoing bar area project down stairs.

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    I have another cabinet upper to hang, then order up some counters.

    We also had the Hot tub freeze this winter so I spent a lot of time sorting out the issues that brought about. Finally got it all sorted and ready to go.

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    I had to move a deck to gain access to the tub and decided to address a stability issue there when I put it back together.

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    the deck is now solid.... Jack is testing it out

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    I got a new tune file for the FTR and took it out for a spin here recently.

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    this new tune file is awesome. It’s almost like a new bike. Best money spent on the bike in my opinion.

    busy busy busy
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    It really progress.... but a huge step. Remember my BSA A65?? It’s been 2 years since anything happened. I called the guy that’s building my custom triple clamps and brake brackets, I told him to put me in line to get that work done.

    here’s a couple pics cause you gotta have pics

    here’s how I got it

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    here’s the cool wheel I’m using in the front

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    the triples are going to use the conventional Yamaha R6 forks and a 320mm Brembo brake
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    I have enough experience with Brit bikes to know they will cause trouble and not really want to be repaired. I need to remove the swing arm pivot pin and this is what this evening in the shop got me...

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    about 1/4” ... I broke two home made pullers, but it did move, so I’m off to get better materials tomorrow and hopefully make it happen
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    Getting more done.

    got the swingarm pivot out

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    hardtail mocked up

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    got an ADV bike!!!! First one of the season. Not much going on there. Just an oil change and it needs a chain and sprockets.

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    I got a CB750K in. It is in really good shape, just needs to be caught up on some maintenance. He has an older one he likes better, so this will get enough to make it Road ready... and it will get all sorted this winter

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    did some rearranging and got an additional bench in the shop, still more work to do cleaning up after moving in the new box

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    I was moving stuff around the shed and found the frame and the swingarm. I’m thinking of using this setup on the A65 build.

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    This Gixxer came in with the request to fix the turn signals and figure out the overheat at idle.

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    it escalated

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    Bike was downed and bent the sub frame and tweaked the front end. The triple clamp broke off the steering stop on that side, so likely needs triples... decisions need to be made