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  • #27961
    nairb
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    Well we have to start somewhere.  Its very complete which is a change.  I have not heard it running.  I know there are some issues to fix …. like the starter clutch is slipping and the brakes need sorting.  Most of the electrics are working.  The oil was very clean.

    Here is a pic.

    As usual with my new projects I take most bits off the bike to check and re-grease if needed.  So-far its looking good.  The exhausts will need attention and hopefully they can be rescued.

    Some parts are very dull and need a good polish, as usual with a machine of this age.

    I am surprised to find most bolt heads and those chain adjusters are particularly dull.  They dont look like chrome plate.

    My question is what are they plated with?.  It looks like zinc.  It come off with acid.  Does anybody know what it is.

    I am Tempted to have those chain adjusters re-chromed.  But they were not chrome originally?.

    Ta

    Nairb

    #27964
    Kaptainkwak
    Keymaster

    I believe they are zinc plated, including the chain adjusters which if you intend to restore is good for you as zinc plating is far cheaper than chroming.

    #27966
    nairb
    Participant

    Thanks Kaptain.  I was surprised that they were Zinc plated.  In fact most things seem to be.  Well they have all been de-zinced, polished and sent to the Zinc platers.  37 bits all re-zinced for 20 quid.  Much quicker and cheaper than chrome plating.

    I know I need to fix the starter clutch.  I have not tried it yet.

    Are those “Starter Clutch Repair Kits” off ebay OK to try.   Just thought I would ask before getting one

    Nairb

     

     

    #27968
    Kaptainkwak
    Keymaster

    It is much cheaper and easier. You can give zinc a very light buff to shine if you want to.

    I can supply starter clutch repair kits. I have a great relationship with Zpower so if I don’t have it here I can usually get it there. Just let me know.

    KK

    #27973
    nairb
    Participant

    So, a new discovery.  Those fork caps.  I thought they would be steel and chrome.  Mine are not rusty, just dull and scruffy.  So I took them off for a clean.

    I guess they are an alloy with chrome?.  Anyway, not being rusty is a bonus, and they have gone back on a bit brighter/cleaner.

    It’s only a small thing and for a change does not cost a fortune to fix.

    #27984
    nairb
    Participant

    The bike was bought as a non-runner…… so there had to be a reason? – right.  Sometime its just lack of use and stands in the shed for years.  But this bike was complete and turned over with compression.  All the electrics worked except the starter system.

    “The starter clutch needs fixing” said the PO.  Fair enough, I thought.

    So I have had a look before buying the necessary starter bits.  Oh dear.  Somebody had put the rotor back on and hammered it into place.  The woodruff key was not in the right place.  There are bits of metal and a poor looking rotor.  The actual starter bits still look OK.

    Is it possible to buy a woodruff key?…… but I expect the rotor is all churned up and beyond fixing.

    This is bike restoring.

    Anyway, the exhausts were at a specialist being fixed until they rang up to say they were beyond repair.  I suspect they could not be bothered….. maybe.  So that’s become another issue

    Onwards.

    #27985
    nairb
    Participant

    Just an update….. I finally looked at the end of the crankshaft where the rotor is held in place by the woodruff key… its all been cut away, or broken away.

    So, that’s the electric start done for at least.  Maybe it can be tightened up enough for the generator to still work.

    Hopefully the engine is ok……

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