Post by donkeychomp on Sept 5, 2018 22:26:30 GMT 1
Yes please Dusty that sounds like a great idea so some pics would be good to see. Now I've got the angle of dangle correct on the swing arm it's time to make a template up for the shock mounting then whip them over to Clive's.
I've only cleaned up the top one! I had to see if they fit and what they look like. Closing up the workshop (that has now been de-cluttered) I just stood there and stared at the old girl, smiling to myself. One day she'll be a runner!
Post by donkeychomp on Sept 11, 2018 21:26:14 GMT 1
A good day today. Having a new boiler fitted at my mum's place so had quite a bit of time to tinker...thought I'd start by filling the fork legs. Mindful of the springs underneath I carefully undid the left one...hmm no spring. Lets do the other side and sure enough BLAMMO out it shot causing the forks to collapse and poor Elsie was on the deck...
So I topped up the forks with the correct amount, then rang a mate (Dusty as he is nearby, cheers matey) to pop over (this week sometime) as I need someone to hold up the forks as I put the spring back on! That or a third arm...
Then back to the clocks. The speedo has the new dial now and voila a complete set of LC clocks. Might put them on the little RD but probably will either keep them for use later on or bung 'em on eBay, they seem to collect rather large sums these days.
Post by donkeychomp on Sept 12, 2018 20:06:32 GMT 1
Dusty popped over this morning and the forks are all back together, thanks a lot matey! That spring I found turns out to be off the brake arm and not off the forks after all! I'm now cleaning up and polishing parts to go back on...
Post by donkeychomp on Sept 12, 2018 21:51:13 GMT 1
Yeah those pipes are the dogs doo dahs! It just puts a massive grin on my face every time I see them!
Next job is the plastics. Doing things that are basically free to do at the mo as I am 'as poor as a church mouse who has discovered on returning home a gas bill and the wife has left him for another mouse and taken all the cheese' (Black Adder lol). I have a cunning plan (sorry) for the graphics. I was going to make my own but I think I will paint them on. Smoother look. Going to do the tank as well but that will then be moved to a cat free zone!
Post by donkeychomp on Sept 13, 2018 22:20:47 GMT 1
The YZF125 rear wheel arrived today along with the spindle, wrapped together yet the seller charged me postage on both. The wheel is shocking. Corroded ally and bolts seized on. Not a happy bunny. But I had a rethink. I want to keep that Mito rear wheel on the bike even with the bonkers 160 section tyre...so I dug out the Cagiva swinger and had a sit down and a think. Then a lot of measuring. Then out came Mr Angry. I will trim 4mm from each end and this will not disturb the needle bearings inside and then it will slot right in. The shock mount is a headache but doable. But this makes life so much easier. I will just need standard Mito brakes etc and natch they will just fit! The LC front sprocket will need a spacer and the chain will need to be longer but a Mito rear sprocket is the same width as an LC one...
And later on on my way back home I was driving past Dusty's place so took a gamble to see if he was in to collect a part. I ended up with a ton of parts and a coffee! Thanks Dusty, very kind of you. I have found a selection of parts you need btw!
The Mito swinger. Both sides done and yes all the needle bearings are on the deck. I am 1mm out in total so needs a little shave off the edges.
Kept on thinking. And came up with a final plan. The little RD can stay as she is. I do love the looks, an LC basically on a wee frame with 'kin twin discs. Totally bonkers and cute at the same time lol. So that will be built as intended. The TZR will be as finished as I can do her without buying anything and then for sale.
Did a few sums for the LC. I need front and rear calipers. A loom (make one as said before) and a lot of engine internals. The RD is ready to rock as I have all the parts I need (apart from small end...I am now being sent a selection to try and an exhaust is needed). As for my many spares what Peter (he's on here as reedpete) said got me really thinking. I need another A/C in my life and why not use my bits on one of those? A 250D frame must be as cheap as chips so I will keep my eye out for one that is as close to gratis as it gets!
Not been able to do any bike work for a while as life has been a bit chaotic recently. However....I had some spare time today and finally got the Mito swing arm on. So glad I persevered with this idea. Not only do I think it looks brilliant but I get to use the Mito rear wheel and of course a brake will just bolt on.
The shock mountings aren't that far off. The right side of the swing arm still needs another session with Mr Angry and right now I'm not sure what direction to go in. Either use the Mito linkage some how or get the engineering lads to weld and strengthen something in there to use the LC shock. Note red rigid 'shock' care of Homebase...
Post by donkeychomp on Oct 18, 2018 22:26:38 GMT 1
Managed to get a few moments today with the LC. Got a cush drive off eBay so that went in and I whipped the swing arm back out for the final bit of tweaking. Satisfied all was dead straight I then put in the spacers (still need new needle bearings!) and the swinger now fits like it was designed to fit. Really pleased with this.
Looking at it the Mito shock mount actually aligns with the LC coil and I could just bolt it together but of course it would collapse and I'm not sure if the stress on the mount would hold up. But there are a ton of options here I just need to sit down with a coffee and a Jaffa cake or 8 and figure it out!
Post by donkeychomp on Oct 19, 2018 21:18:33 GMT 1
I know what you mean Mike I had a Mito...but I think this will be a little easier than that. So with the wheel ready to go back on, albeit with one bearing not going in (I'll sort that later) it was time to get it all back together. I used some solder as I have no lock wire to hold on the exhaust...
Post by donkeychomp on Oct 20, 2018 23:25:54 GMT 1
Thanks Mike. Who's bike is that? Me likee. Headlamp. Not a huge fan of fairings though I have owned a few bikes with them fitted as standard. No way is Elsie going to have her zorsts and engine hidden! Still waiting for some correct size headlight brackets. Now on seller #4 as the last 3 sent tiny ones, not designed for 50mm forks...dimwits lol.
Post by donkeychomp on Oct 24, 2018 22:35:27 GMT 1
Buoyed by my plastic welding triumph (lol) I decided to make a new tang for my seat but had no real idea of the size. Popped over to Dusty's for a measure up on one of his seats and he gave me this box...
To say I was surprised is an understatement! Cheers matey, I owe you several! So...an engine build is on the cards. I've done a few small jobs on cars recently and have a small float to play with. First off is get the bottom engine case vapour blasted. Then follow Dusty's precise 'How to rebuild an engine for idiots' thread, the idiot in question is me...
One problem area is the frame. Notably the powder coat that is now blistering and all over the place too. In areas that are just tubing, nothing bolts there I haven't touched it yet the bare metal is visible underneath the coat. I've never seen this happen ever and the place I use have always been A1. I do know they will redo it for me though and gratis as well, the owner is a cracking bloke.
Hi mate That looks like the frame was contaminated with something. I'm surprised they didn't notice it when they wrapped it afterwards. I will be keen to hear what Luke has to say about it though. Tell him the whole forum is watching ...
Post by donkeychomp on Oct 25, 2018 22:05:43 GMT 1
Yes mate. Going there tomorrow to drop off a wheel and I'll show him the pics I took. I'm sure he'll be more than happy to do it again. I'm there all the time getting stuff done and have put a ton of work his way!
Got the engine out and the cases will be off to the vapour blasters tomorrow. Next job is take the frame and swinger to the engineers to get something done. I have several ideas but will discuss them first with the ever helpful Clive and see what he thinks is the best solution.