Frame Ready For Blasting, But Engine All Fud Up

| April 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

Earlier in the week my dad had called me with and update on the tank.  More bondo, more sanding, and ‘bondo reducer’ was required.  He was told that the bondo reducer helps to feather it out more, and it looks to have done just that –




When I went to get paint, I was told to get a pint of medium reducer and a quart of paint.  Not knowing any different, I ended up getting a can made up of ‘ready to spray’ which had the reducer already mixed in.  The guys at the paint shop told me this would be plenty for a gas tank.  Once my dad showed up with the paint however, the painter had a different opinion.  He said he’d wanted to do 4-5 coats, and with what I’d brought he’d be lucky to get more than 2 on.  So, I went back and got another can and told the supplier what he’d said just to see what they thought.  I didn’t know that paint and reducer was a 1 to 1 mixture, meaning 1 pint of reducer and 1 pint of pure paint made up one quart of paint.  The supplier said a quart usually does an entire bumper of a car, but they weren’t going to argue with the person actually doing the work.  Fair enough.

I got another quart of ‘ready to spray’, and this actually saved me some money because 1 quart of un-reduced paint was pretty close the the same price as two ready made.

During the week, my dad had the opportunity to get a little more sand blasting done –


I’m not sure if I’ll be using the center stand because of the new headers I’ll be building, but we’ll see once we get the bike put back together and I start welding up the new pipe.  I’m not going to use the old headers I’d chopped because of the additional tubing that was run down through center of the pipes.  This was done to help reduce noise and also keep the chrome from getting too hot and becoming discolored. I’m going to powder coat the new headers and wrap them in heat tape.  I’m not much of a fan of chrome.

I got back to the frame to add some finishing touches.  I needed a place to mount the voltage regulator, starter relay, and also needed to drill holes for mounting the fuse box and LED turn signal relay.

New mounting bar –


– and stuff drilled and mounted to it –


The above pictured regulator is in pretty sorry shape, and one of the plastic connectors is crumbling, so I’m buying a new one and it has the same dimensions.  My dad made a mounting bracket for the starter relay that will accommodate the existing rubber sleeve.  I chopped the bolts down and put the seat on to make sure everything fit, and my dad start working on making the parts for holding the battery.  Since there’ll be so little space, we decided to go with this –




And then drilled the holes for the fusebox –


Right below the fusebox is where I drilled a hold for the turn signal relay.  Everything fit together real nice.

I took the grinder with a sanding disk to the frame and got as much welding spatter off it that I could.  While lost in the moment I became distracted by my dad make some odd gestures.  I looked up and asked what he wanted, but then noticed he was looking directly behind me.  I thought one of his customers had showed up, so I turned around to look and a buddy of mine was standing right behind me.  And I just about sanded his forehead off.

Good one Shaun.  That’s the second time you’ve scared the crap out of me.  Payback is a bitch – wink wink.

Anyway, frame was look’n like she was ready for a little blasting finally, so it was time to take our attention to the carbs.  I’d had them soaking in a 70/30  –  Pinesol/Water blend for about 8 days and when I pulled them out it was obvious some of the really nasty crap had been dissolved.  I was mostly concerned about the different jets, pipes, etc. being booger-ed.


I still had two issues though:  emulsion jets and pilot jets were not playing nice.  My dad uses Kroil Penetrating Oil on his guns and gave me a bottle to try out.  I tried it on one emulsion tube, let it sit for about 20min, and it popped right out!  Next we tried it on the pilot jets and two of them finally broke free.  The third one though, that was another story.  No matter what we tried it wouldn’t come out, and we didn’t have an easy-out small enough to get in to it.  Funniest thing, my dad’s neighbor right then popped in and said he had just what we needed, and sure enough he did!

But first, we needed to get medieval on it’s ass –


We drilled out the jet slightly, which helped release some of the sidewall tension.  Next, in went the easy-out, and with a couple turns……TA-DA –


Tubes out, jets out, and also removed the needle valves, carbs are just needing a little one over with some pipe cleaners and I think they’ll be ready for the rebuild.

So the day was coming to a close, and I still wanted to do a compression test.  We’d setup my battery on his charger the week before and it was ready to go.  We pulled the engine out, removed spark plugs, hooked up jumper cables to the battery and starter, and tested each cylinder.  The min psi at sea level is 126, and the max is 146.

We got the following:  23 psi, 30 psi, and 90 psi.  –  My feelings were in the following order:  Fucked, Shocked, Relieved.

Now, I couldn’t really expect too much here.  This puppy wasn’t running when I bought it, and the reason given by the previous owner was ‘electrical problems’.  The wiring harness is shit, the carbs were touched in ways they shouldn’t have been, and to really think the engine was in tip top shape was obviously naive.  But honestly, I’m kinda glad, because this means; more experience and understanding of how things work, I’ll really know the condition of the inner workings, and we are now really going to be in my dad’s element.  As he said, up until now we’ve been flying a bit blind.  He’s got all the tools we need for rebuilding an engine minus the parts.  It could just be some shitty rings, or some valves that need some love.  But either way,  I know I’m in good hands here.

So, it’ll be about two weeks until I’m back at it.  In the meantime, I want to continue with interviews.  I’ve got a small biz owner and a couple garage builders lined up for the near future, and I’m looking forward to see some cool custom shit.

Anyway, thanks for reading, and I hope this season is shaping up quite nicely for you.

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