Hi mate Build this 400, and finish the Café racer are my current goals. Who knows after that ? I've ticked a lot of boxes in recent years and it gets harder to do something "different" to what I've done before. I would love to renovate a Td3 or a Tz A or B but they are silly money to buy, and parts are even sillier I do often think about doing a Yammagamma - early Rg frame and Pv engine -never done one of those before I'm sure I'll think of something when the time comes !
Thanks. Waiting on the swingarm now, then I can get a rolling chassis together fairly quickly, but then funds dry up until I sell the 430. But if I get it rolling I can fit the engine and it starts to look something then
Really pleased with the set up It means the frame and a couple of other parts can go off for powdercoating. I bought a side stand off ebay some weeks back, and being off a German bike, I needed to cut down the side stand spring post for a single spring, plus the kick stand part sticks out too far now it doesn't have standard pipes, so cut that down too;
I am a tight arse I am an idiot I really need to crack on and get my LC sorted. I am a moron.... Just some of the things I say with more regularity than I would sometimes like.
One thing I don't say often enough and I can't emphasize how much but you,your builds and your write ups really are an inspiration.
When and I mean when, my build is finished, it is going to be thanks to people like you. Watching/ reading your build threads makes me realize that 'using that nut even tho it's a little rusty' or ' that bit of plastic with a crack in' won't do. If it isn't right, it doesn't get fitted.
I thank you sir, and I hope that one day , when my LC is built , it will be something I am proud of. I will have you to thank for that . And when that time comes, I hope you take the credit you deserve.
Hi Mark, Yea, slots are the way to go I think. As you know, the Eccentric adjusters have their issues !! Plus I think the slots look better anyway. Flames - very kind mate. Anyone can bolt this stuff together - you need patience, and above all, a good dose of OCD ! I've never been fortunate enough to own a new bike, so I try to build one instead. Build for YOU though. There is a fine line between trailer Queen and good useable bike you don't mind getting dirty ! I do think if you spend time on decent finishing, it's easier to keep parts clean and in good condition, and above all, safe and reliable. There are some very talented bike builders/restorers on this forum, and there are lots of bikes here that I would love to own. I get inspiration from those guys too, and that's why this site is such a great resource for us all Tommo, the 430 is my other Ac that I got back in December last year;
I used Microblast in Windsor for this one. They have done loads for me over the years, but I used Jamie at Mac Clean 44 for my last frame, and would have done again, but he is solid with work, and I'm impatient !! So back to Microblast who turned it around in a week, and have done a great finish in gloss black, so I'm really pleased. Ready to start the rebuild now. I need to get the wheels done soon so I can fit bearings and tyres, and then I can get it rolling which will make life a lot easier.
Cheers. I found some nice stainless bolts for the engine mounts, plus some time back I bought 2 new rear engine mounting brackets, which are gloss black and match the frame. The front engine bracket was a NOS item that I had powdercoated though;
Yep, I'm gonna get a new sticker for it. Lc ignition is totally different and wouldn't fit inside the plastic housing. The bracket that's part of the ignition barrel housing is offset, so can only fit one way, making it upside down ! Good 'ol Shambits !!
Now that is coming together really nice. Cracking job so far I am spending ages zooming in on all those little details and thoroughly enjoying your work Dusty boy. I like the little reservoir on the master cylinder, neat touch. Was that an aftermarket part or did it come with the m/c? Looking at this and the other great builds going on is at last giving me the boot up the ar*e I need to get my own build back on track Top job mate
Cheers fellas I'm pleased with how it's coming together. Microblast have done a lovely job of the frame, and the alloy forks and swingarm really contrast against it well. Next big part is wheels. I have got to decide on colour - that will dictate bodywork colour. I was originally thinking of something a little "off piste" like Ford Tangerine Scream, but I'm leaning more towards a standard Ac scheme now, probably my favourite "White Heat" - white and red speedblocks like my original 430e. Just got to decide on either white or black for the wheels ? Will get them to Jamie this week, all being well, so I can hopefully get it on it's wheels in the next few weeks. Then the engine is ready to bolt straight in. Still got loads of parts to source though, so it wont be finished anytime soon. Hi John The master cylinder reservoir is from a firm in Australia. With post, it costs around £85 !! I looked for a long time for something "off the shelf" in this country but found nothing like it. This particular one was bought by the previous owner of the 430e, after I gave him the details of where to get it, but I've previously bought 2 from Aus for different builds. They are trick, but the postage makes them a bit expensive. When I was at Metchamex a couple of weeks back, Garry had made a couple very similar for his bike. I wonder, if there was enough interest, how much a batch of say, 10, would cost to manufacture ? They will fit any Nissin master cylinder so would be good for loads of bikes. I often think the large reservoirs and pipe work can spoil the look of the handlebar set up on smaller bikes like Lc's/Pv's, so this is a neat solution. Food for thought