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  1. #21
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    Quote Originally Posted by sam View Post
    Im not hung up on that one, my philosophy is to make better.
    I agree Sam, so long as the improvements can't be seen and aren't irreversible.

    Old enough to know better, young enough not to care

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    I've got to agree too; if improvements in reliability and safety can be made, without detracting from the bike's classic 'feel' then I'm all for it.

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    Goosebumps,,
    You'll find Australia is a good place to find spares if you can't find them anywhere else. Ian Gowanloch bought 10 shipping containers of bevel spares in the 1980s and he still has most of them. I got a Darmah wiring loom from him (I think it was about 75) in 2014. He has many other unobtainable spares, but is a difficult guy to contact. His email address is [email protected]
    Cheers,
    Derek

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    Thanks very much for all your comments guys and information. Much appreciated. Always been a little nervous about buying things abroad with import Tax etc. Maybe I just need to drag myself into the 21st century!!!

    The last couple of days I've been busy in the workshop stripping the bike to its bare bones. To be Honest with the temperatures we've had lately its been a bit of a struggle. Once done I can look at each item and evaluate

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    With everything removed its easy to retract the centre stand and lower onto box. Once resting remove the three attachment bolts and gently lift the frame off the engine

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    Now I have to make myself an engine Stand to make life easy for myself

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    Default Stands

    Some 4x2 3/4" ply 4 castors perfect mobility with or without the frame.

    Scott
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    Engine stand for working on the engine, not so good to attach the frame though!
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    Always looking for a solution to a problem spent the last couple of nights with nose dripping making up a stand

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    As the engine was running with no apparent issues my intension is not to strip the engine but to remove corrosion and polish to an exceptable standard. Therefore needed the stand to be adaptable so I can access all areas

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    As can be seen the broken fin on the case which I will sort out once clean

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    To be honest, in the grand scheme of things the cases arn't that bad but don't not have an even finish. Where they've had oil on the there in pretty good nick. where they've been polished previously they've corroded. So as said I'm not really bothered if they end up polished or Dull grey as long as its even. Once happy will polish brightwork.
    In the good old days there was a chemical called deoxidine 624 which would have brought the cases up like new but now hard to get. So any advise on good cleaning products to sort out the minor pitting corrosion on the cases that has been tried and tested would be appreciated.
    At the moment I'm using tubs of elbow grease!!!!!

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    Goosebumps: of note but probably of no consequence, your vertical cylinder head lower bevel bearing support is the wrong way around. I wish I had a workshop like yours; my bikes in bits in my living room. Every time the kids and dog come to stay, I have to move the whole bike against a wall. Good luck with your rebuild. I hope you are having as much fun as I am.

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    Wow!!!! good spot. I will look into it. Many thanks

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    I meant to write top bevel tube support, not bearing support. There's a FaceBook group named after this common observation. Keep posting pictures!
    Last edited by 81mhr900ss; 31.01.2019 at 06:07 AM.

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    Yeah your right it is around the wrong way. Not sure if it makes any difference though. Must admit the deeper I delve into the rebuild the more that doesn't appear to be correct. What was originally thought to be a relatively easy project is now becoming a little bit of a money pit.
    The workshop isn't quite as it appears in the background of the pictures. Its cold. The lightings poor and very cramped but agreed its stable and i don't have to keep reorganising things.
    At present I'm dealing with the corrosion on the cases and slowly getting the result I want. Once done and the cases polished I will post further pictures,
    Also getting the Frame and swing arm ready for Powder coating which I believe should be semi gloss black unless anyone knows any different?

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    yup; money pit! I just picked up my new Hailwood screen today, a curved piece of Perspex or something similar for about US$310 including shipping (shipping was about the same as the screen). I may have to sell a child...

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    If the worst comes to the worst with my rear Campagnolo is it possible to fit a Pantah rear wheel WM4 2,50 x 18’’? Any help would be appreciated.

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    Yes, the Pantah wheel is the same, but watch out for brake discs, they are either 4 or 6 bolt fixing and are not interchangeable, even if you drill new holes as the offset is different.

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