Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Two Steps Forward ...

One back ....
A few weeks ago we got our little Honda project over one of the humps in a rebuild... the frame and running gear were assembled and dry fitted for a little gander at how things lined up.

Problems surfaced though with a very out of alignment front wheel. Some measuring and reassembly proved that the front fork we had so painstakingly refurbished was way out of true and the metal distorted to the point where only major surgery would fix it. So ... faced with the prospect of cutting and welding without a template to work from ... we decided to go shopping on e-bay.

As luck would have it, we found a guy who was parting out a C100 and had a front fork assembly he claimed to be in good shape and mostly rust free.

Turns out that bike he was dismantling for parts must have been ditched in a pond or mud pit or manure pile. The bottom end of the forks was packed solid with some kind of crap that took 20 minutes of pressure washing to get off ... followed by a couple more hours of wire brush and scraping. The funny thing is it turned out that the parts ... once cleaned ... were actually in pretty good shape. So ... stay tuned and well have (with luck) the refreshed and refinished parts back together.

On the other major part of this restoration project ... the engine is now going back together.

A new gasket between these two halves of the bottom end a few seals installed and tomorrow we can button up the engine crankcases, shifter and kick start hardware. The new piston needs ring installation (set the end gap on the new rings) and the top end parts are just waiting to be stacked up over case and torqued down.

Cheers!

OMMAG




2 Comments:

Blogger Riverman said...

Gasket between the halves? Can't you just use Gelseal?

9/12/2012 11:46 AM  
Blogger OMMAG said...

Maybe ... but the material is pretty thin .... and I have a gasket set.

9/12/2012 10:26 PM  

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