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Mikefoxw
07.12.2012, 02:27 PM
Hi Chaps,
Would appreciate any advice. I'm in the process do restoring the Diana. Trying to install engine into the frame which has been beautifully painted so trying not to scratch it !!!!
Book says from right hand side and then lift ?what
Any tricks / tips gratefully accepted.
Cheers
Mike

239desmo
07.12.2012, 04:42 PM
Hi Mike,

Was wondering how you were getting on with this. :)

Scott888 is your man to give you a definitive answer but oddly enough my Clymer book I purchased on the the bay of doom arrived this morning so I happen to have it beside me at work! I have the Haynes manual and "lost" my Clymer but much preferred it as details on various clearances was much more comprehensive than Haynes.
Deputydawg has possibly just done this recently so he may have a suggestion or two as well.

As you say fit from the right. Presume carb and exhaust is off the engine?

My thoughts are protect the frame with something before you start. I used foam pipe insulation from Wickes which has a perfect internal diameter to fit around the frame when you slice it open.
Can't remember how much it was but a few quid for several metres of the stuff.

I would suggest minimum of 2 bodies preferably 3 when you fit the engine back in. One either side and one who can use their eyes to guide you into place.
You want to attach the engine at the rear first and then at the front.
I would be tempted to get a trolley jack and a put a piece of wood on it and sit the engine on that.
With the the trolley jack taking the weight you can slide it in from the right and adjust the height as well and being on castors makes it easier.
Avoids the situation your back/wrists/fingers giving out just before you get a chance to locate the rear bolt.

239desmo
07.12.2012, 07:15 PM
Other thing I forgot was that presumably you have a frame complete with forks, swingarm , wheels etc?

Might be easier depending on state of rebuild to drop frame onto the engine and build from there?

..and we need photos! :D

Mikefoxw
07.12.2012, 08:01 PM
Yup, frame has swing arm and centre stand on - I've got a hydraulic bench to support the engine. I remember it being a bit awkward getting the engine out originally. I'll protect the frame as you suggested - great idea.
Carb and exhaust are off.
I'll keep trying once I get a hand. Photos once I figure out how to upload them!
Ta

Davie
07.12.2012, 08:02 PM
Other thing I forgot was that presumably you have a frame complete with forks, swingarm , wheels etc?

Might be easier depending on state of rebuild to drop frame onto the engine and build from there?

..and we need photos! :D


+1 sometimes easier to lift the frame onto the engine

Mikefoxw
07.12.2012, 08:10 PM
engine and tank

239desmo
07.12.2012, 08:12 PM
Yup, frame has swing arm and centre stand on - I've got a hydraulic bench to support the engine. I remember it being a bit awkward getting the engine out originally. I'll protect the frame as you suggested - great idea.
Carb and exhaust are off.
I'll keep trying once I get a hand. Photos once I figure out how to upload them!
Ta

With engine on hydraulic bench is it low enough to "slide" into situ?
Some of the benches I have seen would have the engine too high for that.

239desmo
07.12.2012, 08:13 PM
engine and tank

VERY nice!! :cool:

mbg
08.12.2012, 10:53 AM
engine and tank

+1 Very nice indeed. A candidate for Lanark classic show next year! :thumbs:

Mikefoxw
08.12.2012, 12:42 PM
Success !!!
Thanks for all the help guys - the block with the jack was the answer

:lol2:

239desmo
08.12.2012, 04:06 PM
Glad it all went ok. Lovely job on the frame as well. :cool:
You realise we need photos now on a regular basis as the build continues? :)

Mikefoxw
15.12.2012, 06:18 PM
Front forks and rear shocks on

Mikefoxw
27.12.2012, 08:22 PM
Wheel, headlamp & rear guard

239desmo
28.12.2012, 09:22 AM
Like your centrestand! :)

Mikefoxw
28.12.2012, 05:06 PM
How's that?

RWG
01.01.2013, 07:58 PM
Looking very preety, not a fraze I would normaly use to describe a bike but I think very fitting, a cracker.

Mikefoxw
01.02.2013, 05:03 PM
On the scrounge again guys. Just finished making the loom and need to buy a battery.
Original was a Tudor 6v. I've kept the bike 6v.
What amp should I get.
Mick Walkers book says original was a Safa 13.5A but later bikes used a Yuasa 1338-6A.
Any thoughts?
Cheers Mike

Derek
01.02.2013, 06:48 PM
I'm not sure why you've kept 6V apart from originality. I realise that most classic bikes are seldom if ever used in the dark but the biggest advantage of changing to 12V is that bulbs are readily available almost anywhere. Whether you change to 12V or stay with 6v, go for the biggest capacity battery that will fit in the available space.

Scott 888
01.02.2013, 07:15 PM
On the scrounge again guys. Just finished making the loom and need to buy a battery.
Original was a Tudor 6v. I've kept the bike 6v.
What amp should I get.
Mick Walkers book says original was a Safa 13.5A but later bikes used a Yuasa 1338-6A.
Any thoughts?
Cheers Mike

Hi Mike

Im using the 6volt version of this in both my singles no worries so far.

http://www.classicducati.com/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=398

Scott

Mikefoxw
02.02.2013, 07:49 AM
6v Purely for originality ! Thanks . I'll go with the Classic Ducati one.
Cheers

Mikefoxw
03.02.2013, 07:29 PM
Front guard, all electrics done and speedo

239desmo
03.02.2013, 08:23 PM
Getting there and nice to see the original centre stand in situ again. :)

Mikefoxw
20.02.2013, 05:50 PM
Rear wheel, seat and tank

mbg
20.02.2013, 07:28 PM
Very nice. The Gibsons are impressed. :D

Mikefoxw
01.04.2013, 05:34 PM
All done - just handlebar grips to go on - roll on summer !

BeePee
01.04.2013, 06:34 PM
All done - just handlebar grips to go on - roll on summer !
Now that is a seriously cool bike, can't wait to see it, when's the first day out ?