Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Got power to the coils, cleaned the points and it runs. Kind of half assed. Left cylinder smokes a little, right never got hot. Doesn't seem like the right is getting fuel. I'll give the carbs a run through.

Its impossible to get on the center stand without a front brake. So I fill up the reservoir and find a nice leak at this coupler. Someone twisted it til its stripped both ways. Wont loosen, wont tighten. Good times.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Good, The Bad, and The Wiring

All back together and in the frame with new rings, cyls honed, valves, lapped, a few hardware runs (no matter how much they say "its all there" with a basket case it never is), checked, re-checked, torqued, re-torqued, gapped, cleaned, lubed, wired, gassed, and ready to go... except there's no voltage at the coils. Boo. The manual says not to run without a battery. It will kill the rectifier they say. So I figured Id put a capacitor in place of the batt. Ive done this on a couple of bikes and have had no problems. I want a kick only bike. The mag should run the bike just fine. Cant check the stator til it runs. Might hook it up to a car batt to get it all hammered out. Fawk wiring. Its a love/hate thing for me.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

New addition to the Family

Picked up a CB500 twin roller with a basket case engine. Its 99 percent all there. I was going to use it for parts for the Bastardo (rear wheel, trip trees, disc brake) but its all together and Ive seen what can be done with them. Im leaning hard towards a hardtail attack chopper that Bird so inspiringly touts. Check out Attack Choppers and be forever transformed if you havent already. Yes, I know its not a Harley, yes, I know its not extremely powerful, yes, I know its a Japanese bike. I like what I like and thats that. For now, Im going to make it a runner first and finish up El Bastardo before I have too much madness going on in my tiny garage.

Some assembly required......naturally.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

ShineFest 2 Madison, NC

Great advice.
Inside of an early model modified. Click to see larger.

Making my Santa list early this year. Please please please?