Lord Gruntfuttock

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    Driving the wife mad by buying projects and tinkering in the shed at 5am...

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  1. Must be able to find a generic seal by dimensions...? Cool looking scoot btw.
  2. Never had anything to to with these air-cooled things, following with interest...
  3. Before I changed to alloy heads I used to put a squirt of Moreys in with every fill on the Fairmont. No idea if it did anything, but felt like I was doing the right thing. Also, pics of Impala...
  4. Water pump was new not too many miles ago, and I was surprised at the corrosion considering I always run inhibitor in the coolant... Only really on the backing plate, inside seemed sweet... And I imagined a new pump would do the same pretty soon, so I cleaned it up and epoxied the plate while I was painting other stuff... Should hopefully stay a bit cleaner. Similarly cleaned up the sump and laid gasket on the block after installing the oil pump (that I'd messily primed beforehand)... And loosely buttoned up, will torque when the sealant has set a bit, didn't want to squeeze cork out... Used Permatex #2 sparingly on the timing cover gasket, looks ok (forgot to assembly-lube fuel pump eccentric but can get that through hole)... Coupldn't find a backing plate gasket in my new kit, but found one in the garage from previous builds. Assembled on dining room table in the sun for max danger while wife at netball... And pump on, so nice using new ARP bolt set. Looked at making up my own, but they're oddball lengths so this was easiest... And ready to start putting the top end on now, be nice to get it bolted up, always nervous when engines are left open too long (only been a few years)...
  5. Good to see progress on this, interesting about the wheel sizes, score on selling the wrong ones, plus the random gasket...
  6. Yeah it does. My only reservation is it resembles the bikes ridden by those violently homosexual SOA blokes...
  7. Need a mirror so I can see if I'm being followed on my speed runs (paranoid about being oblivious to cop behind me while I've got my nose on the speedo and butt crack exposed attempting land-speed record) - so pulled one off the CB360 in the shed. Factory Honda item and free, but had a 10mm thread so bought a couple of adapters on trademe. Seller sent me the wrong ones though, and doesn't have any more, so looked at Barrying up an adapter, then realised there was heaps of meat on the mirror mount, so just drilled/tapped it out... And looks bloody good cleaned up and installed, considering it was a rusty old bit I was going to discard... Since I'm going to try to register this keeping things factory looking (apart from rorty exhaust ) can only help...
  8. Got my lockdown s/s staples so had a go at stretching seat cover on. Went ok but wished I'd warmed it up first, ran the hot air gun over it halfway through and made it much easier to work with. Still got to pull the YAMAHA lettering even with the bottom edge and finish stapling, but looks ok...
  9. Barried up a tool to tighten the steering locknut tonight, couple of big washers, a big nut and bolt, and some drilling and tapping... Will it work? Fuck yeah... Just managed to torque to 27 ft-lbs to seat bearings without it failing (shouldn't have used brass screws in retrospect) before backing it off a full turn and re-torquing to 7.2 ft-lbs. Feels tighter than I would have set it to by feel, so good to know it's to spec. Job done...
  10. Managed to buy the correct shielded lower taper bearing over lockdown, so bunged the steering stem together. Stem in freezer, bearing under the hot air gun for a few moments and drove it on with old bearing shell... And glad I painted it, looks good, just got to figure out a way to torque up the locknut under the top yoke for correct clearance... And looked at the tank, just been sitting there cos I couldn't be bothered cleaning it... And of course one bolt on the side covers wouldn't undo, felt like the whole thing was spinning, so no option but to drill it out... And after grinding it flat and trying to drill out the bolt, the whole thing came out when it got hot, was nervous drilling in case I drilled through the plastic but thread had a blind hole so that couldn't happen... So re-tapped the square brass fitting... And cleaned the hole and epoxied it back in... I cut some slots in the brass fitting to help retain it in the plastic, should be ok if I don't gorilla-install the bolt. When that's set I'll move onto the tank cleanup...
  11. Milestone today. both my girls went solo. Pretty brave of the wee one, she can't hold it up as legs are too short...
  12. Massive progress today, painted the sump and water pump. Painted sump twice actually, as dropped it on the scody garage carpet just after finishing the top coat. There were some swears...
  13. Yesterday I got the kids on it, eldest was rapt to ride a motorbike on her own (first time) although younger one was grumpy she was too small... Beauty was I could put it in low ratio and 2nd gear and they could chuff away reasonably safely (1st was too 'snatchy' on the throttle, couple of wheelies). Sadly though it stopped going after 30-odd minutes of backyard laps, low battery volts, oops... Tested it this morning after charging overnight, and getting over 7V when revving, but drops to 6V with the lights on, hopefully the low revs/lights on was what drained it. Time for another test run. Went with lights off and ran well, plug looked ok too, was a bit sooty after yesterday's low speed chuffing... And I seem to have built a Honda with british bike levels of oil retention. Hopefully just coming from clutch adjusting nut, might need a new o-ring... But 20-odd kms of good riding today (apart from a moment of panic when it started running rough miles from home, switching to reserve fixed that... And how's the serenity...