I worked on the bike most of the weekend. I have been cleaning polishing and painting mostly. Most of the bike parts are ready to be installed and are being stored strategicly under my boat.
As you may remember I had a really rusty starter clutch and rotor. Got a replacement from psychocycle and installed it Saturday. I had trouble getting it in place on the spindal so I made three "starter clutch assembly tools". They can be seen in the attached photo. Do not be fooled. They may look like pieces of bent wire but much design engineering went into them.
As you can see the clutch looks much better. I did manage to get the seals out of my front forks. I did not realize that there is a tool known as a seal puller. (this shows my level of mechanical knowledge) I am still fighting the water pump. It seems to be "welded" in the cover. I will keep soaking and tapping. (the force is getting greater) The bike frame has been completely painted. In fact, I began putting components back ON the bike.
I also installed the new timing belts. Long story short, If the engine is at TDC and both pulleys say up and the arrows point to the marks on the cover (right and left), I am good to go? That seems what everything boiled down to!
I also got my gas tank back and new tires. I got the Dunlop 404 tires. I think they look good and am told they perform pretty well.
I'll keep plugging along and will keep you posted. I think I am beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel! Ernie
Hope for the best, expect the worst and take what comes!
1977 Candy Sirus Blue Wing (gone but not forgotten!): Ernie's 77 Resto
1998 Yellow/Creme Valkyrie: Valk Redo
1976 Sulfur Yellow Wing (sold): Melloyellow to live again
1976 LTD #1353 (my new love!): And away we go . . . . LTD style
1970 CT90: Had too much time on my hands so . . .
1/4 of 1975 Wing #898: Team 898 - raised from the ashes