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Alistair's 1970 Commando resto/mod project

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Re: Alistair's 1970 Commando resto/mod project

Postby grandpaul » Tue Apr 05, 2016 8:38 pm

Danno, seat will ship to you tomorrow. Thanx.
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Re: Alistair's 1970 Commando resto/mod project

Postby grandpaul » Tue Apr 05, 2016 8:40 pm

"Let there be light"

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These two photos are the result of 3-1/2 hours of frustration trying to figure out the internal schematic of a modern all-in-one switch that is absolutely baffling, even after opening it up and at least narrowing down the horn button and turn signal switch. The circuitry that drives a built-in high beam LED indicator is causing the strangest readings. Add to that digging through my entire shop including two large tubs of salvaged wiring harnesses to produce a pair of black/yellow and black/white wires of sufficient length to run from the Boyer box down to the ignition stator, and I didn't get to scratch off too many items on the final punchlist...

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I did install the ammeter and idiot lights, and connected all the electrical components except the headlight. All tidy and working (nice fat spark).
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Re: Alistair's 1970 Commando resto/mod project

Postby grandpaul » Thu Apr 14, 2016 7:36 pm

Rearsets done, just need to adjust pedal levels after the seat returns from the painter.

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Brake light switch has been installed since this photo was taken, that was a BUGGER due to the elecrical contacts being very close to the muffler...

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Re: Alistair's 1970 Commando resto/mod project

Postby grandpaul » Thu Apr 14, 2016 9:13 pm

Front wheel arrived from Buchanan's; perfect, as usual. New Avon AM26 & tube will get mounted tomorrow and it'll be a roller again.

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Forget the other all-in-one, couldn't get the screwy thing to work correctly. This one is just what was needed. Turn signals have not been spec'd, but the bike is ready for them.

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Re: Alistair's 1970 Commando resto/mod project

Postby Fast Eddie » Thu Apr 14, 2016 11:40 pm

GP, one problem with the switch you have sir; it is very easy, especially with gloved heads, to turn your lights OFF when intending to DIP them!
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Re: Alistair's 1970 Commando resto/mod project

Postby grandpaul » Fri Apr 15, 2016 4:26 pm

Front wheel installed with new rim, tire & tube, also new front brake cable. Kickstand installed. It's sitting on it's own. Just waiting for the painted parts and it'll be done.

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Re: Alistair's 1970 Commando resto/mod project

Postby Danno » Sun Apr 17, 2016 6:19 am

Very nice work Paul, as usual. I had an issue with the bright/dim blade switch. Swapped the wires and it wasn't the bulb or connections. The cure turned out to be bending the copper contact inside the switch to make a more positive contact.
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Re: Alistair's 1970 Commando resto/mod project

Postby grandpaul » Fri Apr 29, 2016 4:45 pm

4/22 - Prep & priming done on the bodywork.

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4/29 - Just picked up the parts from the painter. Looking good. Just need to put the rear wheel back on, replace the upholstery, and install the bodywork. I already started it up a couple of weeks ago, so it'll be done by tomorrow.

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Re: Alistair's 1970 Commando resto/mod project

Postby grandpaul » Mon May 02, 2016 10:32 am

Just need to find the gas tank hold-down hardware and nip it up, then take it out for a test ride. looks pretty nice.

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Primary side beauty shot

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I always liked this perspective shot...

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Quarter tail shot.

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That's it. Bike wil be delivered to the BMOA RALLYE at Lake Sommerville in a little less than 2 weeks' time...
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Re: Alistair's 1970 Commando resto/mod project

Postby Danno » Wed Jun 29, 2016 5:34 pm

I would wager Alastair will be very pleased with the end product.
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Re: Alistair's 1970 Commando resto/mod project

Postby Tin Man » Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:21 pm

Love it. Beautiful work Paul.
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Re: Alistair's 1970 Commando resto/mod project

Postby Scout63 » Sun Feb 19, 2017 3:13 pm

Very nice. I love your step by step narratives. They are so helpful in planning out my rebuild steps. And the bike is beautiful. I did like the beach bobber also. I imagine the PO loved cruising it.
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