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JAWA 350 Rust to Riches

Discussion in '2 smokers' started by spokester, Feb 19, 2016.

  1. spokester

    spokester Long timer

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    The riches, in this case, are mainly psychological. If you're looking for a concourse restoration you might want to skip this story. I just wanted to get this block of rust running so I could ride it. Also, to save it from further decay. Any sizeable expenditure was out of the question on this project.

    Donated to me by a friend, this 1960s JAWA 350cc was retrieved from a metal scrap yard.
    It literally took months of soaking and heating to eventually free the cylinders, note smoke in photo! Luckily I just happened to have this super-awesome CZ crankcase splitter which was a dead fit on the JAWA.

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  2. spokester

    spokester Long timer

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    Going back together with cleaned up parts. A few new seals, gaskets, bearings and some new oversize piston rings that had to be end-gap filed to fit the standard bore. Yeah...I know! The rims were solid blocks of rust, so I scoured them down with a wire wheel in a die grinder and spray painted them silver :) Reused the 50 year old Barum tires. They remained unseated on the rim, I didn't think they could take the pressure to seat them since the canvas cords were visible through the cracks in the tread. Note unbelievably awesome Czechoslovakian baffle design for the top fork nut :) :) :)
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  3. spokester

    spokester Long timer

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    So here's the project coming together. Note super amount of rust from the gas tank. Filler cap incorporated a clever cup to measure oil, equally rusty. A bit of bodgery with muriatic acid, tank coating, wire brush, sandblasting and the ever present can of silver spray paint... Kickstarter pedal and the gear shifter are the same pedal, you press it inward and swing it back to kick. Then it pops out to shift with. Pressing on the gear shift pedal automatically disengages the clutch for hands free shifting. I love the "power egg" style of the engine :)
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  4. spokester

    spokester Long timer

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    Proud moment in a JAWA owner's life, a big fat crank up on some vintage (hoarded) 2-stroke oil at 16:1 ratio! Then a hack job on the chrome gas tank panels, more silver paint! I carefully retained the original red finish. It's sort of an industrial rust inhibiting coating, purportedly applied at the factory with a broom. Note black painted mufflers, a departure from my usual silver. Too impatient to let the tank coating dry, I rode it with the auxiliary fuel container.

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  5. spokester

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    Reaping the riches! It was incredibly rewarding to ride this one, the pulling power is fantastic. I'm a huge fan of "Power Egg" style engines :)
    It really brought back some fabulous memories of the 60s. :D
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  6. Gort

    Gort Been here awhile

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    Me Likestky!
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  7. spokester

    spokester Long timer

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    Its a rewarding feeling to make people happy :clap
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  8. spokester

    spokester Long timer

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    Here's some more rust for ya! GERMANY 2010 064.JPG Barn Bike & Jawa.jpg BARN BIKE II 030.jpg BARN BIKE II 035.jpg
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  9. Scootern29

    Scootern29 Long timer

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    This is making me look out the window at mine which I think is a 1959 or 60 and wondering if I should kinda do the same thing as you.
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  10. spokester

    spokester Long timer

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    Yeah, I think a lot of people get overly hung up on fancy paint jobs and restorations when they could carry on without all of the fancy stuff.
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  11. JRAM

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    Nice to see another classic brought back to life! Thanks for sharing the pics and your inspiring work!
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  12. sidetrack one

    sidetrack one Chief Tiddler Supporter

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    Fantastic!!!!!!:clap:clap:clap
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  13. hoodellyhoo

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    Great job! I'm about to undergo a similar resurrection on a Honda S65. All of the individual pieces are too heavily corroded for a "proper" restoration but it's a complete bike so why not just slap some of that silver paint on it and ride it!
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  14. spokester

    spokester Long timer

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    I agree, 100%!
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  15. AtLarge

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    Great job! Funky and cool at the same time.
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  16. jimroid

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    Great way to bring one back from the dead! That is a really neat bike complete with great action shots!
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  17. spokester

    spokester Long timer

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    Thanks!
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  18. BertieBassett

    BertieBassett RustRider

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    That's a great job! Here's my '64 250, waiting patiently to be resurrected....she's been off the road since 1970....... image.jpeg
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  19. swarfie

    swarfie Classic S/Car Racer

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    I've posted this elsewhere here but this looks like a likely spot to show it again. Mine was also pretty rusty and I also had to paint the chrome side panels on the fuel tank. Won 'Restoration of the Year' award at my local club when I finished it. Runs like it looks now.

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  20. spokester

    spokester Long timer

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    I remember this one, awesome Job!
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