Meanwhile back in the shop-Alaska

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by Fast Idle, Sep 14, 2019.

  1. Kai Ju

    Kai Ju Long timer Supporter

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    You know that there are people charging big bucks for what you do, but their output doesn't match yours.
    Simply amazing...
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  2. Garry Mayfield

    Garry Mayfield AHRMA 20z

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    Just in case you run into an unexpected bs deal. and need to share some cussing. Mine today. Simple transmission repair on my Cheney 650 Triumph. As it turns out the motor mounts are welded and the inner transmission case won't come out without removing the engine.


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  3. BergDonk

    BergDonk Old Enough to Know Better

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    That's why God invented angle grinders isn't it?

    Bummer :baldy
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  4. Kai Ju

    Kai Ju Long timer Supporter

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    Yeah, but look at that weld...
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  5. BergDonk

    BergDonk Old Enough to Know Better

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    CGI :D
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  6. Scrivens

    Scrivens Long timer

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    Classic. Is there room to rotate the engine forward and up if all the mounting bolts are removed? Doesn't look like you need to make much clearance to pop the inner off.
  7. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    A brief detour from the Cobra yesterday to work on the 78 GS1000. Would like to get the new tank together and put on the bike.
    Just temporarily to get it running and check things out. The whole bike will come apart when it gets it's turn.
    The petcock was in dire need of a rebuild.
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    Cleaned then soda blasted the parts before installing the K&L kit. Had to re-glue the inlet screen to the body.
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    Polished the seat for the vacuum operated valve. It's an o-ring seal. I hate vacuum petcocks but will use it at least for now.
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    A little fuel lube on the o-ring and the petcock seals.
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    Waiting on new mounting bolts and sealing washers.
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    Ordered a new gasket for the fuel gauge sender too. The new tank came with one installed and I'm hoping it works. I'll pull it, check it out and reinstall with a new gasket.
    The unit from the original tank had the wire corroded off.
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  8. Wildebeest90210

    Wildebeest90210 Long timer Supporter

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    In my de-railed TZ thread I spent a post rebuilding the petcock, very therapeutic and on a really small scale as satisfying as building a whole engine !
    I realise we are talking to a niche' group here :D
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  9. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    The zinc is back in state, might see it tomorrow or Saturday. Lots of things can start moving once it's here. Have to tell you that our friend @villageidiot has been working overtime making things happen for this build. Many thanks my friend. :super

    Parts cleaning and sorting continues.
    Rear fender parts. All new except the cushion spacers.
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    Lots of cleaning to do on electrical parts. Picked the best ignition switch that even has a key.
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    It cleaned up well and ohms out good.
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    Have new shells for all the harness connectors.
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    Put ties wraps on the rubber boot to keep it firmly in place since it is a little weathered. P1070607.JPG

    Not an OEM key but it works. Been looking for a factory pre-cut but nothing out there yet.
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    Polished it up anyway.
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    There's a washer in the re-plate batch that goes under the nut. P1070623.JPG

    The horn needs a restoration. There's a cool looking chrome grill that's out for plating. I need to get this stuff cleaned up and painted in the mean time.
    The inside looks like new.
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    Will have to re-plate some zinc parts.
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    Sand blasted and painted on one side. Will paint the other sides tomorrow.
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  10. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Life is for good friends and great adventures Supporter

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    Way to go with the details :clap. I've never seen anyone rebuild a horn before. Inspiring!
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  11. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    Thanks. Had to on this one, it's pretty rare.
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  12. zzzak

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    Just popped out for lunch.

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  13. Bowler

    Bowler Been here awhile

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    Where'd you get those shells? I'm looking for new ones for the wiring loom of my GSX1100E(T) :)
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  15. pancholasvegas

    pancholasvegas The Gambler

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    @Fast Idle What kind of spray can paint are you using for the little details like the horn when you paint them? Or do you actually break out the spray gun for little stuff like that?
  16. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    I got these at 4into1.com
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  17. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    I cheated and used Krylon All In One. Too much effort to set up the paint booth and break out the spray gun. :photog

    But it is good paint for something like this. May not be catalyzed but it holds up very well. And this bike will live an easy life. :-)
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  18. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    I'm curious, what will become of the rusty gas tank? I have a project in mind -- I want to make an aluminum replica GS tank for a bike I'm building. I could use it as a pattern if it's too shagged to be useful as a gas tank.
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  19. sruss67

    sruss67 Been here awhile Supporter

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    This thread is inspirational on so many levels, just saying :-)
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  20. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    Not sure yet Al. It's nice & straight other than being full of holes.:photog
    I still think it could be a good usable tank once lined with epoxy. But would I ever need it? Who knows.
    I'll have to think on it.
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