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Mailman’s XS2 a full on restoration

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Mailman, Mar 1, 2018.

  1. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty & Demi - I suggest but THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    I’ll be there he’ll ride it - but t he won’t get it dirty.
     
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  2. Downeaster

    Downeaster Everything in XS Top Contributor

    Sitting on it in the garage and making Vroooom-vroooom noises doesn't count as riding...:confused::doh::laughing:
     
  3. mrtwowheel

    mrtwowheel Honda Etched On Brain Top Contributor

    That paint looked really good Bob. Then I cleaned my screen and it looks great now.

    Scott
     
  4. MrBultaco

    MrBultaco it ran before being parked Top Contributor

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    Great paint job Bob...with that said, you have upped my prep. for painting with rattle cans. I only use 400 wet and prime and paint. I thought my paint jobs came out good.....guess it's time for an eye exam.;)
     
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  5. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    ..... or at least clean your screen....:whistle:
     
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  6. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    What can I say, as Jim noted earlier , automotive refinishing was part of my job description in my life BTPO ( Before The Post Office ) old habits die hard. As in most things in life, preparation is everything. :D
     
  7. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    ....and in painting... it's 99.9% of the job. :doh:
     
  8. cra-z1

    cra-z1 XS650 Junkie

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    Paint looks good on the engine.
     
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  9. MrBultaco

    MrBultaco it ran before being parked Top Contributor

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    Two of my 'rattle can' paint jobs...one with Dupla-color color match ('14 Honda Civic) and one with a color match ('04 Jeep) from a Sherwin-Williams paint store that puts the paint in spray cans.
     

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  10. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Thank you sir!

    Those look very nice indeed! I wouldn’t have known those were spray can paint jobs if you hadn’t told me. Really nice. You know I did all that prep work, but you remember that sample I did on an old fork leg? All I did to that was wet sand it with 400 grit and soap and water, wipe it off and shoot it. It looks just as nice as my engine! :D
     
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  11. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty & Demi - I suggest but THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Dang - those are very pretty bikes Mr. B!!
     
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  12. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Well I’m edging up on the engine build. I went through all my inventory today to make sure I have everything I need on hand and ready to go. Hopefully next week I’ll have built up my nerve enough to just plow right into it.
    First I went through all my gaskets and o-rings.
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    Then I went through my pistons and rings ( I checked the rig gaps a couple days ago BEAUTIFUL) filters, brass and copper washers, sealants, new valve adjusters, cam chain, cam chain guide, spark plugs etc.
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    I went through all my parts, and hardware and checked that they had been cleaned and are ready to go.
    I did order , what I hope to be the final parts for my engine today. One of my acorn head nuts had some funky threads, so I ordered a couple of those. And I ordered a set os stainless sidecover bolts because I had a couple that were badly corroded. A new gasket for the dipstick and somehow ,Mister Meticulous here ,managed to misplace those two chrome cam chain nuts that bolt to the front of the cylinder.
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    Man I turned that garage inside out looking for them. I don’t know what happened to them, so I also ordered a set of them.
    You have to know how that’s driving me crazy. I photograph, clean , tag and bag EVERYTHING! So now that I ordered replacements , I’m sure I’ll find them.

    This week I will re install my rockers, with new o - rings and tappet adjusters so it will be all ready to go.

    And finally , just a bit of fun. My bike had the original dealership sticker on the tail light housing, I was hoping to save it but it is too deteriorated, so I had a replacement made , not an exact replica but just to keep the spirit of its origins intact. It’s the same dimensions.
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  13. robinc

    robinc Member of the 'yellow meter gang' Top Contributor

    Nice dealership decal detail Bob. When I bought my 78E, BB, the PO said " you XS650 guys are sure weird about your original dealer decals".....lol.

    Ah man, you're gonna lose points for this one Bob .... ;)

    Anxiously waiting your reassembly posts! :thumbsup:
     
  14. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Bob, ditch the valve cover gaskets. Contact @gggGary for a set of his super duper o-rings.
    Re those cam chain guide bushings.... 2many said there's been cases of Mikes being too long... pushing the guide too far into the chain cavity. When you get 'em, post up here the length and I'll measure a set I have and we'll see if they're correct.
     
  15. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Thanks for the tip Jim! I’ll check them out. As for the o- rings , do those only fit later models? I can’t remember if those o- rings fit an a machined groove in the valve cover or not. My valve covers have flat surfaces.
     
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  16. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Yeah.... you need the grooved covers for the o-rings.
     
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  17. robinc

    robinc Member of the 'yellow meter gang' Top Contributor

    Ya, that's a good point Bob. My TX has gaskets, not o-rings and no machined groove for an o-ring like on my 77 and 78.
     
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  18. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Ah well, if you don’t have oil weeping on your motorcycle engine , you’re just not riding it enough! Haha! :laugh2:
     
  19. robinc

    robinc Member of the 'yellow meter gang' Top Contributor

    I'm going to get decals made up that say that! :D
     
  20. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    May want to review Jim's thread:

    http://www.xs650.com/threads/just-passin-through.51880/
     
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