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Old 06-13-2012, 08:16 PM   #61
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Sweet! Good work Kat. Can't wait to see the video of you old man's face when he hears it fire again.

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Old 06-14-2012, 09:26 PM   #62
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Front master rebuilt. Rear master disassembled, dipped, and cleaned. Both calipers disassembled, dipped cleaned. Parts will be here tomorrow and with any luck I can have it back together and stopping again tomorrow night.

I gotta say at this point I'm getting tired. Every night immediately after work in my shop until 10-11 PM. I'll also tell ya this: Saturday will be worth every minute I spent.

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Old 06-15-2012, 09:10 PM   #63
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First off, thanks to everyone that helped identify parts and encouraged me to do this. I managed to pull it off somehow. Brakes all work, clutch works, starts and runs but no test ride yet. Not sure if I can bring myself to do it and will probably let him ride it first. I also redid all the safety wire I removed so it's pretty much ready for tech at any vintage race he wants once I get the new windshields and number plates.

Some semi final pics from tonight. It will get washed and detailed one more time tomorrow before everyone gets here. I'm really burnt out at this point but it's done.







Doesn't that old Airheart shine up nice??






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Old 06-16-2012, 03:10 AM   #64
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That looks fantastic!!

Btw looks like a late model Fastback in the background, if the wheels suggest it..

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Old 06-16-2012, 07:36 AM   #65
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1974 MGB Roadster. Last of the Chrome Bumper cars. Other side is a 1969 Jaguar E-Type.

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Old 06-16-2012, 08:07 AM   #66
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Since I've made everyone read the thread before I divulge my secrets...here we go.

Go to O-Reilly's get yourself a bottle or two of this.



Then spray it on a DRY bike. No water, bike must be cold. Let it sit about 5-7 minutes, maybe 10 if things are really crusty and nasty. Super greasy caked areas might require some scrubbing, but only after sitting for 5 minutes. Simply hose off. That's it! That's how I got that old bike so shiny.

Be careful of aluminum or painted surfaces. I haven't had any issues but I always wax right after I'm done using this stuff. There is a warning on the bottle about it and my old boss let it sit on a Krylon painted surface for 20-25 minutes and it peeled the pain up. You've been warned.

This stuff also works great as a parts cleaner. We have a small (1 gallon) solvent tank and use this stuff in place of solvent. Wear gloves, it's kind of nasty but it won't hurt the parts. Works GREAT and it's reasonably cheap too.

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Old 06-16-2012, 09:05 AM   #67
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Freakin awesome!

One of the best threads on here in awhile!

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Old 06-16-2012, 10:32 AM   #68
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Freakin awesome!

One of the best threads on here in awhile!
Thanks! Can't wait to see his face when he sees it.

Funny thing....I stay with my parents in Renton when I do work in Seattle. All Dad did was talk about fixing it up Tuesday night when I was there and going riding again. Found a place in Florida to make him a windshield...won't be needing that!! Really hard to keep my mouth shut and not let on about it.

For him to get it we're going to do a treasure hunt type thing. I saved all the nasty parts from the carb and brakes and each "find" will be one of those parts. Wonder how long it will take him to catch on?

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Old 06-16-2012, 11:48 AM   #69
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Since I've made everyone read the thread before I divulge my secrets...here we go.

Go to O-Reilly's get yourself a bottle or two of this.



Then spray it on a DRY bike. No water, bike must be cold. Let it sit about 5-7 minutes, maybe 10 if things are really crusty and nasty. Super greasy caked areas might require some scrubbing, but only after sitting for 5 minutes. Simply hose off. That's it! That's how I got that old bike so shiny.

Be careful of aluminum or painted surfaces. I haven't had any issues but I always wax right after I'm done using this stuff. There is a warning on the bottle about it and my old boss let it sit on a Krylon painted surface for 20-25 minutes and it peeled the pain up. You've been warned.

This stuff also works great as a parts cleaner. We have a small (1 gallon) solvent tank and use this stuff in place of solvent. Wear gloves, it's kind of nasty but it won't hurt the parts. Works GREAT and it's reasonably cheap too.

Thanks so much - ALWAYS looking more ways to dissolve CRUD...
GREAT work BTW -
Need a picture of the SMILE tomorrow!!

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Old 06-18-2012, 11:14 AM   #70
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Wife has pics on her computer I'll get some up soon....he was giggling like a schoolgirl most of the day whenever he looked at it. Not only did he take it for a blast up and down the road, I got to ride it also! What a blast! Absolute complete grin a minute.

So I've already taken the liberty of emailing the WMRRA Vintage Class rep with some questions.....Dad has new tires and grips picked out, Mom got him a helmet so.....just about there. There was much talk of the past, talk of the future, talk of me or him riding it at races etc etc. He still has his AMA race license from the 70's when he got it.

All in all, totally, absolutely 100% worth every second I spent working on it. Even got the old guy to choke up a little bit but that didn't last long.

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Old 06-18-2012, 11:27 AM   #71
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Great thread, hope to see you guys in vintagevill soon. Bring that thing to the Ridge :-)

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Old 06-18-2012, 11:34 AM   #72
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Great thread, hope to see you guys in vintagevill soon. Bring that thing to the Ridge :-)
That is the ultimate goal! That place rocks. I got to do TOR there twice in one weekend....

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Old 06-18-2012, 11:41 AM   #73
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Glad it came together for you just in time.

Pretty funny using the crusty old parts as a treasure hunt.

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Old 06-18-2012, 05:10 PM   #74
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It doesn't get any cooler than that! Bike sounds awesome too.

Nice job taking care of the old man.

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Old 06-18-2012, 07:07 PM   #75
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Awesome! Smiles all round. Thanks for the thread, it is inspiring me.

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Old 06-19-2012, 05:06 PM   #76
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I thought for fathers day I'd drag this thing out of my shop, clean it up, make it run, make the brakes work, shine it up, and present it to my Dad for Fathers Day. I know it's only two weeks away, but I think I can get it all done since it's in half way decent shape.

The hardest part is the clear windscreen which is custom and currently has a large chunk missing. If anyone knows of a fabber in the Portland local area hit me up. This is not mission critical but if I can get it done I'd like to. Dad says he knows someone that can do it, so it may have to wait. He has expressed interest in doing this in the past, but doesn't currently have the space to do it. I'm thinking if I can get it done, it would probably make his day and maybe inspire him to go buy another bike and do some riding again.

Regardless, this piece of history deserves to be brought back to life. He used to race at PIR in the late 70's early 80's, and was racing at SIR when Mt St Helens blew. He was one of the last people over the Toutle river bridge before they closed it. I'll have to check the plaques, but I know he consistently place in the top three in the class he ran which I believe was 500cc Singles. More details will come.

It's a 1970 something Honda XL 250 with a Powroll bore, stroke and camshaft. I believe it's punched out to somewhere around 380cc. He hand made on a lathe the front and rear hubs to run disc brakes. Hand made the fiberglass fairing, seat, gas tank, and pretty much every other part except the frame and motor. Truly a work of art!!

Progress tonight so far....



You thought FMF invented the PowerBomb header? Think again. Dad was using that design in the 70's, and here's proof.



Pay attention to the race number....



Carb slide


Inside of the carb bowl.....never seen one quite so black before.





So tonight I'm going to source a carb kit. Tomorrow night is to tear down both brake systems and source rebuild kits for those also. After that, it should be cake to make it rideable again.

If anyone has any advice about old fiberglass gas tanks, I'm all
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Fantastic old Cafe, great idea. The bore stroke kit for that motor Wow.
With the right gearing I can see it keep up with the 500's.
You are going to take it out and at least try it. :} The fellows on 500forum site will get a kick out of this one...

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Old 07-01-2012, 12:15 PM   #77
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Had no idea this bike was going to be within feet of my garage until just a couple of minutes ago. Your dad was chatting with me about taking it to the track again.

Can't wait to hear that thing in person.

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Old 07-01-2012, 01:58 PM   #78
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Had no idea this bike was going to be within feet of my garage until just a couple of minutes ago. Your dad was chatting with me about taking it to the track again.

Can't wait to hear that thing in person.
HOT SHIT!!! I know who you are now! We drool every time you open your garage....FYI. If you see some drool spots mysteriously appear on your bikes it wasn't us......

I'm the guy in the Black Nissan Titan that stays there for a day or three every once in a while.

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Old 11-02-2012, 07:27 PM   #79
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Wow that turned out fantastic! Rad bike with a cool story

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Old 11-09-2012, 08:11 PM   #80
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Nice build!

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