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. Lord Gruntfuttock

    Hilux Brake Disc Backplates

    Got part number? I always search that on Ebay when looking for bits. Often find good deal...
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    Truenotch 1982 FA50 Bonsai transporter.

    Shit that's quick for a FA...
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    Otago/Southland Meat discussion thread

    If it's not an X series Falcon, H series Holden or shitty old motorsiccle it is beyond my comprehension. Baffles me why anything else exists tbh...
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    LG's 1985 Yamaha TT250 Thumper

    Had a bash at making a bearing installer thing, threaded rod, coupla nuts and some big washers, around $10 all up. Sort of worked... Went a bit skewiff trying to do both sides at once. Was trying to get it done at lunchtime so was rushing things a bit, and the bigger lower bearing shell got a bit angled, so I knocked it out again and put it in the freezer. Got top one in anyway so will have another go after work...
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    LG's 1985 Yamaha TT250 Thumper

    So with that parked up did a little more on the TT. Checked out the m/c I got from eBay, looks in good shape... Got the tricky little circlip out without the right tool after a bit of swearing fiddling... And gave the caliper another go, the pins were pretty well stuck with dried grease, but got them apart. Boots look ok but think there are some clips missing... And gave it a good cleanup, cleaned the seal grooves with some cheap Ali brushes. Worked well enough but shed a lot of sharp little spines... Then had a go at putting steering head bearings in. Failed miserably. so gave up and had tea. Then I wanted a clean job, so pulled each wheel spoke to lube threads. Quite like jobs like this, esp with Jon Toogood's 'Planet of Sound' going in the background - really enjoy that, the bloke has great musical taste... And it spins pretty true. Prob needs another 20 mins to sort properly, will ping each spoke to check tension by tone and re-true...
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    LG's 1985 Yamaha TT250 Thumper

    In the middle of pissy rain shot down the beach for a run on the TC and a mate's old TS250... Only got to 85kph but it felt like a lot more. The old farm bike suspension was bottoming out on the humps left by the tide. It's bogging at full throttle so I've since adjusted the pilot mix screw (shouldn't make any diff at WOT) squeezed excess oil out of the filter and tightened the carb fixing. might give it a run on the road this week to fettle, but riding the Nevis next weekend (hopefully) so won't need a top end speed, just want it to keep going...
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    LG's 1985 Yamaha TT250 Thumper

    Looks like the full toolkit is in there... And was going to put new set of points in, but may have to remove magneto...? Not keen to get too far into it if it's running tbh... And more bits for the TT arrived, no real excuse anymore just gotta pick something and get into it...
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    LG's 1985 Yamaha TT250 Thumper

    Yeah old forum is dead, all web searches direct you there. They've set up a new one though and are migrating info over. Scored a TS TC100 service manual copy through it so that's a win...
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    LG's 1985 Yamaha TT250 Thumper

    And hooned the TC tonight. Hit 90kph going round to a mate's place, plus it has brakes (dropped it during brake test and snapped off original suzuki mirror). Pretty sure I'll make the metric ton if I give her a few tweaks. Really trying to find some service manuals online but haven't had any joy. Tried to join a TC forum but having difficulty registering. Might have a Barry-blocker... Sent one of the moderators a message so will see how we get on...
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    LG's 1985 Yamaha TT250 Thumper

    TC again. Had a go at making an air filter, must be cheaper than buying obsolete real ones... Not too much science in it... Used a JB superglue that came with a brush for applying to the foam. Next one I'll oversize slightly as pinching it together while the glue set made it a bit snug... And oiled up. never used proper foam oil before, used the plastic bag and squeeze method... Man that stuff is sticky, usually just squirt some 20W-50 on, but the blue sure makes it easier to see where it has covered. Seems to have worked ok, will prob make one for the TT similarly, although that's a harder shape...
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    Lambretta build

    Yeah heard he'd died. Called in there once yrs ago, very knowledgeable on Brit bikes...
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    LG's 1985 Yamaha TT250 Thumper

    Rim Nice new bearings, rim and spokes all ready to go, how hard can it be...? Fucking hard, forgot how tricky this can be. Had a few goes at getting the under/overs right... But got there in the end. Only loosely fitted, I've gotta lube the spoke threads before truing it up yet (cos I was doing it inside didn't want to get messy anti-seize everywhere)... Actually did it twice, first time looked right, but the spokes were going a different direction to original, Good pics of original wheel helped get it right...
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    LG's 1985 Yamaha TT250 Thumper

    Back to the TT. Steering stem lower bearing was a bastard to get off, came pretty close to giving up and getting another one. Tried gentle heat first cos I wanted to save the lower seal, no go... Then welded some blobs on, usually the heat loosens it and some decent whacks on the weld will shift them, still no go. Actually bashed the welds off, fractured the bearing metal beneath... So out with the Ali diamond cutting disc and dremel... This worked, cut a decent slot then smacked a large screwdriver into it and it cracked loose. What a lot of effort for a small job...
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    LG's 1985 Yamaha TT250 Thumper

    I always start quick. Completion rate not great however... Anyway, spent this morning on the TC. Thought I'd check the front brakes as there was bugger all there on my high speed runs. Pads looked like they were varnished. Luckily I had a new set in my box of random bits, so thought it'd be a 10 minute job to swap out... But drum was full of oil. Scratched my head where it was coming from then discovered fork oil leaking from the bottom allen head screw and tracking into the drum. Bugger, meant I had to open forks up, I wanted to avoid that as they seemed to go up and down semi-ok. The muddy state of the remaining oil meant it prob wasn't a bad idea anyway... And disassembled. I just take pics so I can remember how it goes back together, thinking it would be a few days till I get some seals... The old ones were fairly well stuck, (45 odd years in there) but came out ok with a tyre lever... And bugger me, local Suzuki shop had seals in stock. Grabbed some oil too, spec says 5W but I went 10W cos it's a wee bike and I'm a wee fatty... And all assembled again, a good day's work, and they do feel much better. Can't put brakes back in unfortunately cos need new oil seal, ordered one in bike shop while I was there... Good practice for checking the TT forks anyway...
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    LG's 1985 Yamaha TT250 Thumper

    Mix of eBay US, Partzilla and Ali. Used youshop to forward packages from eBay sellers. Just went round the block on the TC. Going much better, 86kph and prob more to come...