Wednesday, 6 May 2015

No fool like an old fool

Of love and hate

The short Version:
It starts and then will not start 

Week 1 Fires up but will not keep running
will not start again.

Change condenser, timing etc.
Fired up again went down the road

Then will not fire at all

After it fired up in the video, went for short ride, mis-fires and return
Will not start again

I later discover a loose pushrod. 
still will not start and take it off

Two weeks later the old fool bought a racing coil from joe Hunt and re-fitted the mag
Fired up 2nd kick, (after 3 kicks I hadn't switched on) does not like choke.
Go for 20 mile ride. She goes like a rocket, what blast.
Next day will not fire up

Something it has now done 3 times- fires up and then will not start again

So the old fool thinks…. hmmm
I'm going to fit the old starter motor
So one week later it fires up 
and stops
And will not start again
looks good don't it

Saturday, 12 July 2014

hallo world, on the road again and a few miles of smiles

The bitch charging @ 14.5 amps
 A little addition for my co pilot for those short trips
 made a new bracket and utilised an old exhaust bracket
 Two up to Friston, a little event on the village green 

My co- pilot didn't like the way her feet tried to slide off the pegs so a little mod required.
Christine starts on one or two kicks.
So all this time , apart from the ultima electronic iggy piece of shit, the alternator was not giving a full charge and then no charge after it came loose.
I had two weeks notice before the chopper bash of imminent probs, but as she would not start without a new condenser, thought I had sorted it.

Going to trawl through my blog list and delete some hipster trash - as I seem to miss the ones that matter - people like TC that spend a day making a bracket!


Saturday, 14 June 2014

chopper bash repairs...

the screws holding the alternator came loose damaging the outer threads
 put a new rear inner tube in
 and when I got the tyre back noticed what was left of the nail still in the tyre
 the gearbox sprocket seal was leaking too - and the spacer was worn , metal shavings in the box?
 nice logo
 had to tap a deeper thread for the alternator screws
used longer bolts to hold the cycle electrics alternator 
28 year old alternator
fitted a  'big fix' gear box nut has a seal - we'll see…

Monday, 2 June 2014

Off to the Chopper Bash in Holland and a very long weekend...

 In which we meet Luke
 and James who had run out of fuel
  then later found couple of big rocks for the Bitch to sit on when the slow puncture finally decided to flat and rip the valve off coming onto dual carriageway R4
 and Nick bless him pulled the tyre off and put in the old inner tube 
I had packed at the last minute
 big raised bridge at Zeizate
 little did I know that she would not start again
 so the others carried on , I got a recovery truck jump start about 9pm
and then she cutout @ 9.30pm 
 and pushed her a couple of miles into the Bash about 10 pm that night
a lovely event, great people
 good times
club house bar
 
a lot of top quality great bikes
 we diagnosed the alternator was fucked, so battery on charge all night
 Nick and Spike load up
a bit stressy but we made it home, 500 mile round trip

Had a lot of help and cannot thank everyone enough.
A big thanks to Angelo and the Chopper Bash Crew

Saturday, 26 April 2014

of love, internal goings on and strange happenings

in love again...
a trip to SoLow Chops and it seems it can happen to other people, 
the 'S&S' engine in Clives bike turned out to have big bore (for a 1340) barrels on a 1200 size crank about 5:1 compression!  
 Jays Ironhead was smoking so he found cracked front rings and wrong piston in the rear
 getting the miles in
 something has been eating my bars
pulled her out of the garage for mondays trip out and at first 
thought this was road rash but it looks like I've got 
some garage monster addicted to powdercoat

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The Bitch is back...

 earlier last week
a 140 mile trip to Beakys and meet Mr Tibbs and son Drew
and the likely lads inc leightons mate and Leighton, Nick, Tom and Spike
the mag come back from testing @Paul Bruschan Auto Elec
it seems that there is no pin in the drive gear
and probably why it was sold on originally, 
it had sheared and the gear jammed on
Saturday 4pm 12th April, 
2 litres of oil, one litre of six month old petrol and… 
she fires first kick!
oh and new lights too.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

More stuff from a planet far far away...

 Finally a full bottle and Free!
148Bar and thats after welding a tab... 
Removed last years muffler brackets...
New Tab welded on Exhaust pipe...
thats better ... 
A little reminder to self ...
The joys of rural life, Ren did a swap for her Chutney... 
last time I replaced these little circlips I could actually see them! 
oooooohh 
Olives - How! End of  March?...
Outside the back door in Orford the good life...
A little tip my mate Nick gave me , if you are rattle canning, 
heat up the can in hot water, it works too... 
After realising I do not have three hands, had to take apart the handlebars with internal wiring through the top tree to the twin headlights
fixed to a bracket that clamps the lower tree to the fork legs
a bit of a juggling act involving words like fuck fuck fuck