Monday, 20 February 2012

eu-fucking-rika!

Christine breathes fire at last
Well dear reader, the reason she runs badly isn't due to: 
timing,  the cam, an ignition fault, a bad earth, petrol vent, bad plug, carb blockage, coil, plug leads, et al. 
Its due to the pratt who didn't adjust the pushrods properly.

'With the tappet at it's lowest position, adjust the pushod to the point where it has no "up/down" play...but you can still spin it between two fingers. It's OK if you have a slight amount of drag when spinning...but you have to be able to spin it.'
Does "no up/down play" include that of the compressing spring? or should that spring compression not be taken into consideration?

That spring should be compressed so that the solid adapter is fully seated in the tappet. Then as the engine warms up and the cylinders grow allowing valve lash the spring is supposed to take up the lash resulting in a quieter engine.


I didn't compress the spring so the rods were running loose and not opening the valves. 
The revelation came to me yesterday and I realized it just had to be the pushrod adjustment. 

So dudes, feel free to take the fucking piss...

Ps.
As soon as it seemed she was firing properly, I gunned her down the road. She's got long legs with that 25T trans sprocket and we barely needed 4th gear on the back roads - an absolute pleasure.

13 comments:

The Tinslecat said...

Brilliant mate, one of those little things that you can't suss, but when you do, it puts a massive smile on your face. Looks like the weather is turning too, so plenty of riding to get her broken in?

roland said...

glad for you mate.can't wait to see

Basher said...

Congrats.....it's amazed me how you've stuck with it, well deserved.

Benny said...

thank fuck for that. well done sir

arcadian said...

My sentiments entirely Benny. thank fuck for that.

JBMFT said...

Congrats. Again, your patience is astounding.

Quaffmeister said...

Nice one mate, chuffed for ya!

Bit previous with the bedroll on the front ain't ya?

grant said...

Trevor my man, let the Lord be praised and the angels sing... It's bin along road, but patience is a virtue, and all good things come to those who wait... but I don't think the wise men meant this long...congrats..

arcadian said...

I did it my way...

grant said...

That you most certainly did... all the best for the test ride..

Guy@GK said...

Good to read about your Eureka moment... look forward to seeing it on the road.

baz !!! said...

loved.. the saga of you getting her goin all the up's and downs hope it was worth the pain blood sweat n tears... love it

arcadian said...

Thanks everyone, hope someone else is saved the pain reading my shitty tales.