Hi, I bought 2 bars of polishing soap. Use the brown to start and finish with the blue. You can get finer soap for mirror finishes but I didn't want the extra bling. The ally on the TSA pipes was raw so it was quick and easy to get them looking shiny. I did my Belgarda forks too, that took ages as they were anodised and had a very fine milled finish to them that I had to polish out;
The Rgv forks will get the same treatment at some point
Last Edit: Dec 28, 2017 21:58:50 GMT 1 by dusty350
Hi Jon, That's good to know about the carbs I didn't want to change them if it wasn't necessary, but I would like to fit an airbox at some stage. I was looking at the swingarm today, and felt the hugger made it look a bit bulky ;
So I decided to remove it and I think it looks better;
This bike is my inspiration;
Nice start for you there Dusty, the standard RGV Hugger can be cut down if ya like, check mine out!!
The chain guard part is getting removed after the MOT
Hi That looks good. If I did cut down the hugger that is about the length and shape I would go with. I would probably get an old knackered hugger to try it on though when the time came, don't want to mess my decent one up !! Thanks for the pics
Hi Well, the Lc has been relegated to the shed down the garden ! I have a few jobs that need to be done sooner rather than later. The oil light refuses to go out, so I am guessing a problem with either the sender or the wiring, so that will need investigating. Also, the back brake master cylinder is missing the small screw that holds the plastic pipe secure - it looks a bit worst for wear in general so will need looking at. The mudguard bracket on the right fork leg has obviously broken off and it looks like JB weld is holding the mounting screw captive. This means the mudguard is mounted outside of the repair- possibly stressing the muddie. I will pop the forks out and get a welded repair done and then I might as well polish them at the same time ! Nothing major, just think it's prudent to do it sooner rather than later. I'll take pics as I go
Hi This is beginning to escalate now !! Forks off today as I want to get a repair done on the mudguard mount. You can see the existing "repair";
It did the job but looks horrible, plus it meant the mudguard had top mount on the outside of the repair. With some light pressure the piece broke off, so I got the paint off ready to take it for welding next week;
Whilst the forks are out I might as well polish them - be rude not too as they need some tlc;
Now I am looking at the wheels thinking whilst the bike is jacked up I might as well get them powdercoated, not sure to go black or white ?
Last Edit: Dec 28, 2017 22:00:27 GMT 1 by dusty350
Hi All change ! Been thinking a lot about this lately, and finally come to a decision. The Lc is getting stripped right down! Didn't think I would be able to do it but my back has improved enough, and I cant leave things alone ! Frame will be powdercoated, powervalve engine from the F2 is going in, wheels will be powdercoated, forks polished, Metmachex swingarm purchased for Lc/Rgv wheel, plus I want chrome Allspeeds. F2 rolling chassis will be sold, Lc Allspeeds and Rgv arm will go too to fund the other bits. This will be the last hybrid Lc I build !! Watch this space
Done a bit more since. All that's left now is swingarm, yokes , engine and rad which I'll do tomorrow if my back feels up to it. I dropped the fork leg off today. My local fella is gonna build it up with weld and I'll shape it and then polish it up. Then I need to get the engine out of the F2, so lots to do.
Last Edit: Dec 28, 2017 22:02:15 GMT 1 by dusty350
Dusty, what you going to do when you've got more time on your hands , love the-build mate , your inspiration bike is sooo good and I'm sure yours will be fantastic , hoping you will need to sell it when it's done at a knocked down price , Ps gotta send you some photos of my 2 ongoing rebuilds ,if your able to upload them Kind Regards Gringo
Hi Gringo Good to hear from you mate. 15 months to go - don't want to wish my life away but I can't wait !! I would love to restore bikes for a living, but there's no real money in it if you do it right They all get sold in the end so you never know That inspiration bike is lovely, but with the right parts could easily be replicated. My Lc is now nearly completely stripped. Back is a bit sore now so I'm leaving the engine removal for a few days. I have decided to fit a Metmachex arm designed for an Lc with Rgv wheel. I have a plan of how I want the bike to look - small can chrome Allspeeds, Metmachex arm, rgv wheels and forks, my F2 engine but the rest Lc. I am gonna break the F2 - rolling chassis will be for sale soon plus any other bits I don't need. I bought a nice Metmachex off Carbon Paul, designed for a Ypvs wheel in an Lc, but the Rgv set up is just too wide , so I will have to re sell that too! Any pics you need posting, send them across and I'll post them for you.
Hi Fork has been repaired and I picked it up today. The damaged area was built up with magnesium weld and shaped to look standard again. Cost me a fiver, though I did treat them to donuts which got them very excited !! Not sure whether to polish the fork bottoms or paint them. Does anyone know how you remove them from the chrome sliders ? I have also looked into getting a Metmachex swingarm that will accept the Rgv wheel. I saw the add on ebay -£715.00 posted. When I sent an email today confirming a few things, I'm told to fit a chain protector is £25.00, mounting tabs for, and including a chain guard is £40.00, and postage is £30.00 I know they are nice, but £800 for a swingarm I have a Lc Metmachex for a Ypvs wheel, but it's approx. 25mm narrower at the wheel spindle than an Rgv arm. I had a quick look the other day to see if the Rgv could fit this, but I will be looking a bit more closely this weekend !! Forgot to add that if I wanted slotted adjusters as opposed to concentric, that's another £60.00 !
Hi The Lc is now completely stripped of all parts. The frame looks in really good condition which is good. I'm not sure whether to get a bracket for the pv motor welded in like the last one I did, or make a bracket that can be bolted in. Will research the second option a bit more. I need to improve the lock stops on the bottom yoke, and I need a better side stand, and once that's all done the frame and parts can go off for powdercoating - gloss black again. Wheels will be white gloss. Rear end will be a Metmachex, hopefully, and the front end will have the Rgv forks fitted. I started to polish one today, taken about an hour and a half so far with a bit more to go;
Not a great pic, but you can see the difference. You can also see the repair to the mudguard mount on the left leg. Just needs a hole drilling in it. Footrests will get polished too. The engine and loom from the F2 will be going in this, and I am swapping my TSA pipes for some chrome small can Allspeeds. I am selling/breaking the F2 rolling chassis to fund this, so hopefully it will be a quick build. More soon.
Last Edit: Dec 28, 2017 22:02:57 GMT 1 by dusty350
Hi The Lc is now totally stripped down, and I am in the process of collecting parts. I have ordered a Metmachex arm that will take the Rgv wheel - should be delivered this week hopefully. I have a nice pair of chrome Allspeeds out of a Ypvs/Lc hybrid that I swapped my F2 Tsa's for. I'm still polishing the Rgv forks - they are proving to be a pig to get nice . My Lc clock bracket is at the engineers at the mo - I want it angled up a bit so the clocks don't sit as flat as they did. I now have a nice standard seat that's been recovered, and a good straight sidestand too, and I am hoping to pick up an airbox and better inner mudguard tomorrow. Once I can find a piece of angle steel for my pv motor mount to get welded in, the frame and yokes and other parts can go off for powdercoating.