Sunday, 30 August 2015

I could not end the month without another shitty tale...

Monday. This oil leak has plagued me since I started and had another go - this time making sure the little screws I had put in with blue loctite previously, removed and cut the ends off them (and put the plastic grip the correct way round!) installed with loctite instant gasket sealant. plus another crank seal along with a rubber o'ring installed behind it flush against the bearing and sits in the groove on the crank.
And discovered the bearing was shot on the clutch hub. My circlip pullers were not big enough so Mark at the local garage got them off for me. Stuck it in the oven and still could not separate it. back to mark who had a 10 ton press and he ordered and fitted the new bearing. 
Friday afternoon go to test ride. I had just started our little cold start routine, when my neighbours pulled up with granny so I held off blasting them. Forgot if I had pumped the the throttle and gave a couple more. Didn't fire on two kicks - too much fuel I guess. Third Kick - and Kapow - she kicked back at top of stroke.
Cracked the gearbox kicker cover and discovered a fucked starter cog too
Saturday morning. Hmmm - remembered I had a spare box for the next project
that had been plundered by someone but found a cog which I cut and ground off the damaged bits
and fitted my shaft into the cover
She tried to have my leg again starting her, so redid the timing, I had been running slightly advanced but without this problem.
Next mistake. 
Ride to Krazyhorse 50 miles to pick up a starter crank without test ride first!
Put in some fuel out of can in garage.
Clutch squealed a bit. Bike ran bad hoped it was fuel. We didn't stop for fuel.
Would not start there. Usually one kick and the primary is making a noise. Eventually George Kicked as my Knee playing up. Then went To Clive at SoLow Choppers thats behind a Gas Station and fill up.
Won't start again, tried to have my leg, clive thought the timing advanced? and making a big noise when she does start.
Take off primary cover everything tight thank fuck but there is this noise.
Started to Rain! and I get her going leaving a nice puddle of oil from the breather.
The misfire cleared as the new fuel came through, a little damp but we got home safe. Phew.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

out and about and the ups and downs in what has become a wet august

My brake seized on the way to The Hook Up 
So I refixed the spacer , not exactly same spacing so req'd a washer
Great dust caps from Tom for the Bitch
nice custom brackets 
on this genny shovel 
@ Solow choppers in Stanton Suffolk
Clives (owner) Amen springers he got from Johno
Brians 48 Pan  
came down from Norfolk 100 miles 
Like me didn't get the message that the event
was called off, but we got a Tee anyways!

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

She loves me, she love me not , she loves me… not

And... 4th time lucky
New Rotor with rear earth magnets fitted, won't start
Next day fit new set of points and
Bingo fires on three kicks
Try Stop and get it to start again, so go and get helmet etc.
20 mins later wheel outside and doesn't start, so try WOT
and off we go, 20 miles runs great, so we stop for fuel on the way back, just to see if she'll start.
Keeps me waiting 20 mins on red hot motor, take out the plugs, always dry , clean refit and bang we're off home.

So adjust the points next day - a tight 15thou, and she fires up.
Great, get my gear and she will not start.  Change plugs (18 thou gap)
starts after three kicks and wheel her out on street.
This time we do 50 miles, she goes like a Raped Ape!
I can't say how good it felt, acceleration is amazing.

The next day Sunday, will not start, no pops and no bangs
and nothing since.

Monday, 3 August 2015

There and back again, The Hook Up Chopper Show

On the Road Maintenance 
- thank fuck the foot brake mounting bolt had not left the building 
gas stop 150m  
est arrivé 280m
FTH put the show on 
chris' shov pan in dirty white 
the drink of the day 
how they do it in wales 
bitch on a showfield - sickboyz Wade in the distance
hills and valleys 
Robs lovely gen shov  
I liked this  - and won a prize
time to fire up 
fire lighter lee 
Sunday homebound - phew a 580 mile round trip