Felix's project bike

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Laurence
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Felix's project bike

Post by Laurence » Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:40 pm

Felix has been after an mt for ages now and last weekend we actually found one within budget, so welcome to the club, I'll apologise now for a future of breaking down and camping in the rain..

First things first, strip the bike and squeeze it into my car :shock: I don't think we could have fitted any more bike into the back, bloody surprised the boot shut!
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The bike's not on a bad state, but hasn't been run in a while as Ady was using her a welding jig. It's more of a let's find the bits we don't have and try to make it look presentable rebuild..
Today we connected up all the ignition and she actually sparked, I told him to look happy but this was all I got..
We've flushed the oil tank and engine out, but weirdly found a load of clear liquid that wasn't water (sunk to the bottom of a bucket of oil..) Any idea as to what it could be? Ady said the bike came from a museum. Is there a fluid you'd put in for storage reasons?
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Hoping to rig up a carb and get her fired up soon
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Re: Felix's project bike

Post by Wirralman » Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:15 pm

Good luck with your restoration and registration

You can get preservative oil. It is designed to coat engines to prevent rust but is not a lubricant for a running engine. If an engine is in deep reservation this type of oil can be used. I'm pretty sure you can get similar wax- like stuff for external paintwork ( just look at new cars being delivered ex factory on transporters or being carried on board ship).

You will never clean inside the frame, it might be worthwhile initially using some cheap oil and run the engine, then draining it and filling up with decent quality oil. I'd be tempted to change that before a normal service interval

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Re: Felix's project bike

Post by Laurence » Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:24 pm

Surprisingly there was actually steel under the rust!

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Re: Felix's project bike

Post by Wirralman » Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:43 pm

Laurence wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:24 pm
Surprisingly there was actually steel under the rust
The tricky bit now is how to safeguard it in future ? I've tried 'heat resistant exhaust paint' but that doesn't stay on for long at the engine end of the pipe nor the silencer. I just kept cleaning and re-painting but maybe someone can suggest a better solution ?
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Re: Felix's project bike

Post by deadgrass. » Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:58 pm

i agree eric ,i recon the only solution is use daily [no good for me as they are only toys, still too busy working]
or stainless.

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Re: Felix's project bike

Post by Laurence » Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:24 pm

Wirralman wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:43 pm
Laurence wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:24 pm
Surprisingly there was actually steel under the rust
The tricky bit now is how to safeguard it in future ?
Yeah that is the tricky bit.. I've been playing with black log burner paint on other exhausts with positive results. Not sure if it will hold up on the headers though, time will tell!
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Re: Felix's project bike

Post by Minter » Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:44 pm

Looking good Laurence!

Are you going to tell Felix about the forum one day!!
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Re: Felix's project bike

Post by Laurence » Sun Feb 17, 2019 7:32 pm

Minter wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:44 pm
Are you going to tell Felix about the forum!!
He is on here somewhere!

Today we set about fixing the nonreturning kick start lever.. turns out that the bolt under the crankcase that holds the spring had been previously undone, doh! :roll: All sorted though and now torqued up to 75nm!
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We really need to flush this engine through again.. that oil looks full of shit
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Re: Felix's project bike

Post by deadgrass. » Sun Feb 17, 2019 7:53 pm

Well done so far young uns,
Keep up the good work.

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Re: Felix's project bike

Post by Wirralman » Sun Feb 17, 2019 8:52 pm

deadgrass. wrote:
Sun Feb 17, 2019 7:53 pm
Well done so far young uns,
Keep up the good work.

Dave.
I totally agree, great to see you getting stuck in. For ideas check out the Initial Servicing Guide in Top Tips/ Technical section, first post so easy to find

Keep up the good work !
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