Meanwhile back in the shop-Alaska

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

  1. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    Still cleaning and sorting electrical parts. Going to use the Titan harness since it's in pretty decent shape.
    There are no repairs or damage. Just needs a good clean up and some new connector shells.
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    Will soda blast and clean all the terminals.
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    Cleaned and sorted the tail light stuff too.
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    Picking up the zinc plated hardware in the morning.
    Thanks again Colby.
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  2. zzzak

    zzzak Long timer Supporter

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    Talkeetna to Denali.

    Been watching this series and its very very very good if you want a closer look at Alaska, amazing place.
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  3. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    lookin really good there Steve.
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  4. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    Thanks. I'm glad I found these bikes together at the same time. They were both kinda rough so it really helps building one from two. Ideally it would have been nice to start with one clean bike but happy to have these. The Cobra is 54 years old and being a one year bike there's not a lot out there for parts. Not even much for the Titans. Would have thought there would be more.
  5. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    Picked up the hardware this morning and it looks great. A box full of eye candy.
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    The sprocket looks excellent.
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    What's this? Did I get someone else's parts?
    I see, they used the clips to ensure the small screws didn't come loose.
    Three free shiny new roach clips!:lol3
    But they're only good for 10 amps so no smoking the high powered stuff.:photog

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    Thanks Colby
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    Back to the electrical. Got the horn assembled and tested.
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    Connected it to 12V and nothing happened, not even a click. :dunno
    Had to clean the contacts up and adjust them but it works great. A nice tone not a wimpy beep beep. Should look great once the chrome grill returns from plating.
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    Still more electrical to go.
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    The coils ohm out good and they cleaned up pretty nice.
    Just dirty to start with.
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    Had yellow paint on the core ends. Probably meant they passed hi-pot or some other QC.
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    Masked the coils to glass bead the rusty core ends.
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    Repainted the yellow just for kicks.
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    Installed new plug caps, harness connector shell, and the re-plated brackets.
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  6. JagLite

    JagLite Long timer Supporter

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    Wow those plated parts are beautiful! :raabia
    You cleaned and bead blasted them before sending them out I'm sure.
    The plating shop probably appreciates getting well prepped parts.
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  7. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    the plating shop does only plating, no prep. Give em shitty parts, get back shitty parts.

    I got another guy for prep for plating, but what Steve is doing works great too. But when I have a whole car worth of plating, I just hand it to the guy to prep it, I won’t stand at a bead blaster to save a buck, when I can make more money than it costs to have done in the same time.
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  8. 3legs

    3legs Real men ride sidecars Supporter

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    Geez Colby if deliveries didn't take so long to get from the good old USA to down under I'd send you my parts for plating. Has to be better than the shit they served up to me the last time.
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  9. zzzak

    zzzak Long timer Supporter

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    Amazon have a new service to Alaska, maybe that's the answer.

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  10. 3legs

    3legs Real men ride sidecars Supporter

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    :lol3 Would still be quicker than Auspost.
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  11. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    If it's save-able, then that's not the right tank for me. :). Thanks for considering it.
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  12. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    Nothing new on the Cobra yesterday but AK650 and I got the Atlas loaded, transported and unloaded back here in the shop.
    Have a few things to do before it goes into place but hopefully up and running in a few days. It's in nice shape and I'm now the 3rd owner.
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  13. r60man

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    I am sure you will make great use of that bad boy. Congrats!
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    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    Now you just need a bridgeport and you'll be in business.
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  15. Arktasian

    Arktasian Feelin the BMEP

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    Not sure how much you've done previously with lathe or milling machine F.I. but based on the results of bike refurbs you've been so generous to post about I suspect your craft and the reading/ viewing material offered here will reveal a paradigm shift towards even more excellence, and it will be harder to rationalize time spent here viewing your work (to the wife, no problem otherwise).
    It is my belief that everyone should have both a lathe, and a milling machine.:thumb
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    3legs Real men ride sidecars Supporter

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    Translated to " can't wait to see the [email protected]#king excellent work you will create with that thing". :D
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    The three things I didn't have but now couldn't live without: Lathe, mill, tractor with a front loader. I honestly don't know how I managed without them.
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  18. villageidiot

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    FORKLIFT.

    We have 5 trailers at work, boss was gonna buy a little trailer mover apparatus, I sent him a link for $3k Toyota forklift. Is it perfect, no, but it moves trailers with ease, makes dumping scrap metal a breeze, can pick up engines and move them easy. Not sure how we did it all without it. Sure took a lot more time and a lot more labor
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  19. Fast Idle

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    Some GS1000 parts arrived. Seat pan and fuel tank parts.
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    And a few Cobra bits.
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    Perch bolts and switch/throttle housing screws
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    Dust seal o-rings so the brakes got finished up.
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    Rear tube
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    Finally got to start assembling a few things.
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    Going to have to get started on the body and paint work pretty quick. Can't put on the shocks or front forks until the paint is done.
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  20. Fr8dog61

    Fr8dog61 Been here awhile

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    Good stuff!
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