Post by donkeychomp on Nov 28, 2018 23:46:02 GMT 1
Not a lot to report really. With what little spare time I have I've been concentrating on the little RD. But as I am at an impasse at the moment the LC got her headlight on lol. I really should get her taken apart as that swingarm and frame needs to get done...and it will! Just not right now lol.
Post by donkeychomp on Feb 22, 2019 23:00:59 GMT 1
Just to let you all know this hasn't been forgotten! To be honest the lack of finances has meant Elsie has languished in the dark recesses of the workshop but there are things I can do to her, namely the bodywork.
Side panels. From this...
I'll do the tail section next then the tank. If matey who bought the TZR ever turns up and actually pays for it then I might be able to finish the engine. Got a used crank for an exchange with Norbo and the only other bit I need is the gearbox. Oh, and pistons! So the TZR dosh should just about cover that!
Post by donkeychomp on Apr 12, 2019 23:40:28 GMT 1
Still chipping away at Elsie when I get a chance. Was a dry day and the wind had died down so the tank (finally) got prepped for paint.
I was going to make my own water slide decals for this but seeing I'd need a printer that takes a bigger size than A4 it ain't happening. Think I'll stick with my fave option, the classic two tone blue!
Alex, You are an inspiration!!, that’s three builds you have on the go then!. I have too many projects, and neither the time, funds or space to do them. I need to reprioritise (if that’s even a word)!!!
Keep going mate, excellent work.
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Post by donkeychomp on Apr 20, 2019 22:33:44 GMT 1
Cheers Bezzer! Was 4 but the TZR has now gone to a good home so I have a smidgen of funds to chuck at Elsie. I have designed a mounting bracket for the Aprilia clocks so that idea can go to the local engineers and they can make one up for me.
Post by donkeychomp on May 11, 2019 20:28:56 GMT 1
Carried on with the front end. Plonked the clocks on with my home made Meccano-esque bracket.
All seemed well until I tried to fit the headlight. Wouldn't go on so I made the bracket a bit longer and...
It fits! However the clocks are now too high up, but I can remedy that.
And the rear of the clocks needs a cover. Not sure if they ever had one as these would have sat behind a fairing that would have hidden it all. Unless the Aprilia clocks were used on an un-faired model? I shall investigate...
Hi Alex Great repair on that front muddie - you would never know it had been damaged !! Those clocks would look good sat next to each other, like an Lc, in a bespoke housing. They are quite bulky looking, imo, as they are at the mo, and as you say, designed for sitting behind a fairing where it wouldn't show otherwise. Bit of CAD design maybe ? Looking good mate
Post by donkeychomp on May 18, 2019 21:05:06 GMT 1
There are no clock covers. So I shall mock one up using CAD and get it made up. Then had a go at chain alignment. Well, I say had a go but I took out my very long ruler and was gobsmacked to find out that everything lines up as is!
And this is the stance I want. So a bit of welding to move the shock mounting on the swinger is needed...
Alex as Matt says looks great, amazing what you can do esp on a budget a real credit to you mate.
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Post by donkeychomp on May 20, 2019 22:06:25 GMT 1
Thanks a lot lads. I actually had a chunk of money (a chunk to me is a few quid lol) to get some engine parts but my truck is throwing a fit at the moment. Starter motor packed up and had to get a new one today and fit it there and then on the flippin' High Street! One prop is almost falling off. Brakes are shot and a front wheel hub is loose. Oh the joys of classic car (and bike!) ownership...
Sometimes fate just smiles on me. Been searching for ages for a speedo drive (Mito) and various other parts and all are beyond my price range by a country mile.
Then on Tuesday on eBay an entire Cagiva is there being broken. Not a Mito but the brake disc and forks seemed identical so I contacted the seller asking for the speedo drive, front and rear brakes and the four clips that hold the mudguard on, also asking for sizes etc so I know what I am getting. Wednesday morning he's replied. With no sizes but quotes for all the parts I wanted. If I had a mortgage I'd need a second one to pay for it all! Slightly gutted I decided to think about it a bit then later on a Mito Evo pops up on eBay and this seller is also breaking it. Asked for a quote again and was so surprised at the price I almost dropped my coffee on my lap. For everything I want he says he'll send it by DHL for less than the price of the single speedo drive from the other bloke. Paid up and am eagerly awaiting delivery tomorrow. Expect some pics lol!
Well, if we gloss over the fact that the engine has no internals
The frame and swinger needs to go to see Clive. He's repairing my prop at the mo so when I pick that up I'll have a chat with him. Few bits still needed. Speedo and throttle cable. Foot rests. A horn, not fussed about having twin ones. Reed blocks and reeds. And a couple of pod filters. At least then externally she'll be done!
They came with the semi hybrid Lc, and don't look like they've had a lot of use, although they are missing a few internal parts. I trawled through Allens carb site and the missing bits will cost about £30 to replace. I'm sure I've got the part numbers somewhere. The pods look hardly used, although they are the metal end cap type. These carbs will fit the Lc inlet rubbers. You can have a look at them if you collect the other bits
Post by donkeychomp on Jun 16, 2019 22:54:06 GMT 1
Some things are working out and some aren't. Happy to report both calipers are fine, the pistons slide in and out with ease so as you can imagine I am very relieved.
I painted the swing arm and that is all now back on the bike with the correct caliper mount too.
However the front end is not so rosy. The speedo drive is the correct one but doesn't sit correctly in the wheel and it's making everything too wide to fit together. Going to have a think about this as I must be doing something wrong!
Any pics of the speedo drive workings and the wheel Alex ? Whilst you have the calipers on the bench, I would strip them and clean the seal grooves to be safe, and have them work properly. They get a lot of corrosion in there.
Post by donkeychomp on Jun 17, 2019 21:03:18 GMT 1
The speedo drive...
Instead of slotting neatly in it just 'sits' there and is too proud. I thought this bit might be the culprit...
But the more I look at everything the more I think my right fork leg is bent. See how the wheel doesn't line up...
What I'm going to do is take the front end off and put the wheel and drive on first then see if the yokes line up correctly. If the leg is bent it's not the end of the world as they are relatively cheap...still a pain in the ass though!
Is that definitely the correct drive for the wheel Alex ? It looks very deep compared to your wheel. Other thing to check is the wheel bearing - is it seated fully ? The part you have "arrowed" in the pic would need to be inboard of the 2 prongs to fit - at the moment it's never gonna fit/work, so either the wrong drive for the wheel or something isn't fitted correctly. And yea, the wheel isn't central, but don't forget the speedo drive would centralise it as it acts as a spacer too. I presume the drive isn't fitted in that photo ? If not, the spacer on the left in the pic would push the wheel to the right without anything to stop it. Try spinning your fork leg 180 degrees in the yokes, and see if the leg moves away from the wheel - that could indicate a bend.
Post by donkeychomp on Jun 18, 2019 20:55:41 GMT 1
All very good points Dusty! It isn't the right speedo drive. After a ton of head scratching today I worked that one out. The bearings are seated as they should be too. The forks are straight as well. But...as someone just pointed out on the A/C forum I am using an Aprilia RS125 top yoke. Whilst the forks are the right diameter for the yoke they might be aligning the bottom of the forks slightly inwards! So back to the original plan and I'll take the top yoke off and see what's what!