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    Darn and darn again.

    I guess this is the end of my dreams of becoming a G string model!
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    Motor bike graveyards.

    I've seen many pictures of motorcycle graveyards, brings tears to the eyes. When I was stationed in Malaysia there was such a graveyard we found up near the ferry. A great big overgrown paddock hiding hundreds and hundreds of Brit bike parts: Frames, wheels, engine cases, crankcases, cranks...
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    Fuel distributor done and dusted.

    I binned the fuel distributor I was making, too big, and made another smaller one. The design has changed a little: There are outlet spigots either side of the fuel distributer which feed the carbs via fuel hoses, the two outlet spigots are joined by a 4.5mm through hole. A line from the...
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    A very enjoyable five days in hospital.

    I was admitted to Hospital on 25 July 2022 for hip replacement surgery, fixing the bung first surgery, it was a big operation, three hours, the surgeon saying there was a lot of damage. By 6:30 that night the surgery was completed and I was transferred to a ward and medications started. By...
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    Fuel distributor.

    As you all are aware, when fuel runs low in the tank, one carb can run dry, BS carbs overcome that problem by linking the carbs via a short hose between them. I run VM carbs on the TX so there is no fuel link. Previously I had a jumble of hoses and T piece barbs linking the petcocks, but that...
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    Fork damper, order of parts.

    I've searched this forum and the Web trying to find the order of the parts on the fork damper tube, zilch! Absolutely no breakdown of these parts, seems Yamaha added these parts after they wrote the manual. I think the parts go in the order I've assembled them, but two questions remain: The...
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    Clear coating aluminium.

    I removed all thar rubbish Bulldog, polished the parts again and clear coated them with 2 k clear. A little disappointed in the finish, particularly the side panels.. The line block and risers came up pretty good without losing too much shine though. Partly my fault I think as I rushed the...
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    Two days wasted.

    I just spent two days polishing the aluminium parts, then scrupulously cleaning them ready for painting. Bought some Bulldog adhesion promoter and sprayed the parts ready to. Hit them with 2k clear, what a waste. The Bulldog promoter is so thin it is almost impossible to avoid runs unless the...
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    A trip down memory lane.

    in the late 40s a number of veterans from WW2 formed a Co op to build themselves houses. Originally there were around a dozen members, but that number was gradually whittled down to six as some members pulled out. All six houses were sited on the corner of Toorak Rd and Francisco St in...
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    A bit broken.

    I thought this might interest some, it's a car, but the same could be applied to an XS650.
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    Milk, cream, butter, yoghurt and cheese.

    Milk comes from the cow, if you let it sit for 30 minutes or more, cream forms on the top. If you churn or stir it for hours on end it turns to butter, if you add bacteria it turns to yoghurt. Now let it sit around until it goes off, add some salt and you have cheese. Simplified process it...
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    Some old pics.

    My big sister died of covid a couple of weeks ago, her eldest son was kind enough to email a couple of pictures from her collection. Here's a couple of very old pics: First one is of my brother, Mick, starting his BSA Bantam that he converted to a scrambler, me and the old man watching on...
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    Final re build.

    The time has come for the final rebuild. All the bits painted, motor in the frame and up on the bench for piecing everything together again. I'll polish the aluminium as I get to it. This time around I'll try Glisten clear coat and possibly some 2k clear on the aluminium. I'd prefer to use...
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    Japanese art.

    Some marvellous Japanese fabrication and welding. The weld in the last picture is hilarious, the weld actually missed half of the bracket, the rest of the weld has holes scattered through it.
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    Painting.

    Painted the tank, seat, guards, headlight and callipers with 2k clearcoat this morning. Unfortunately, I can't wear glasses under the respiration so I couldn't see too clearly - bloody great run on the tank, damn. It's been over 40 years since I used 2k, so I couldn't remember what coverage...
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    Hospitals aren't the safest place to be.

    My sister entered hospital a few weeks ago for life saving surgery. She recovered OK from the surgery, but contracted covid, she was moved to the covid ward but died a few days later. Probably the best for her as after the op she could no longer eat solid foods, had to have a pureed diet, plus...
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    Hospitals aren't the safest place to be.

    My sister entered hospital a few weeks ago for life saving surgery. She recovered OK from the surgery, but contracted vivid, she was moved to the civic ward but died a few days later. Probably the best for her as after the op she could no longer eat solid foods, had to have a pureed meals...
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    What'd this for.

    What's this little nib for, looks like a spring anchor, but I don't remember anything being connected to it. If it's not used, I'll chop it off.
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    A quick bog.

    I took the frame in to be blasted the other day, while there I compared the powder coat black to the acrylic lacquer black I'm using, a good match, so I've decided the get the frame powder coated. After the frame was blasted I took it home for some light bogging before the powder coat, I...
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    Alternative starter gear spring fix.

    There are a few posts around on different forums dealing with starter gear spring fixes. They are all basically the same, place the hairpin bend of the spring in the vice and crush it using the vice. This may work, but gives very little increase in the tension placed on the gear. On my spare...
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