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Re: Mitch's 74 Basket Case

Postby johnm » Mon Feb 29, 2016 9:48 am

[quote="htown16"]Rear brake, cleaned and greased, brake shoes had plently of meat left so were reused.
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Hate to be a problem but.

I do not trust old brake pads. If the bike has been stored for a long time, perhaps with a bit of moisture in the air the adhesive holding the linings on fails. I personally had this happen on the rear brake of my 1974 Roadster and I know of at least two other cases. The linings came off and rotated jamming the rear brake.

So if it were me I would not trust the old linings and either replace or personally I reglue and add a few rivits. All my drum brake bikes have rivits added to the brake shoes.

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Re: Mitch's 74 Basket Case

Postby htown16 » Mon Feb 29, 2016 4:50 pm

What type of rivets do you use?
Here's the fork's finished, new seals, new stanchions and new Progressive springs.
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This project is about to go on a hiatus. Most of the subassemblies are finished and the next big step is to start bolting them together. I have another project that needs some attention devouted to it. I bought this Trident about 2 1/2 years ago.
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It was a non runner and look liked all it needed was carbs cleaned and some new tires. Well as usual once you start working on something you see more and more things that need fixed, worst problem was badly dimpled valve tops from damaged adjusters, requiring the head to come off and the valves to be replaced. Between the suprises and other projects, I finally finished it this last December. It's sitting there waiting for me try to start it and see how it goes. If all goes well I may be back on this Norton in a few months. But I'm determined to straighten the Trident out first. Also, it's prime riding weather in this part of the country right now. The Thunderbolt, Bonneville and 72 Commando are all shined up and running good, along with the Sportster, so time to drop the wrenches and put on the helmet. If you want to follow the Trident saga, here is the link.
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Re: Mitch's 74 Basket Case

Postby htown16 » Sun Jul 03, 2016 5:41 pm

Well the Trident started on the third kick, no smoke and good oil pressure. Rode it around the neighborhood. The carbs needed dialed in and by the time I got the parts here and installed our weather had turned hot. Not a good time to be fine tuning an air cooled engine and I don't enjoy getting soaked with sweat anymore. So it's on hold until the fall. Which leaves time to get back on the 850.
The enamel paint on the frame had a good chance to cure, so up on the lift to start the reassembly process.
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Front end mostly assembled.
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Re: Mitch's 74 Basket Case

Postby grandpaul » Sun Jul 03, 2016 7:35 pm

I like it when the fresh frame gets strapped down and shiny stuff starts getting bolted on.
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Re: Mitch's 74 Basket Case

Postby htown16 » Sun Jul 24, 2016 12:56 pm

Yep, reassembly is ten times more enjoyable than stripping down and cleaning the 40 years of accumulated muck off parts.
More progress.
Front end finished with new tire and tube.
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New MarkIII style isolastics, swing arm spindle and bushings and shocks.
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Up on wheels with the gear box installed.
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Next step is to build up the engine in the frame. Bottom end has been rebuilt, cylinders bored and new pistons and rings and head has been overhauled.
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Re: Mitch's 74 Basket Case

Postby ELMZY » Sun Jul 24, 2016 8:36 pm

Lookin' good............
In a great workshop !
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Re: Mitch's 74 Basket Case

Postby grandpaul » Mon Jul 25, 2016 10:38 am

Houston, we have a roller!
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Re: Mitch's 74 Basket Case

Postby kkrumm@cox.net » Fri Aug 26, 2016 4:10 am

Keep up the great work!

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Re: Mitch's 74 Basket Case

Postby htown16 » Thu Sep 08, 2016 4:39 pm

Bit of an update
Rebuilt bottom end with new bearings bolted in place.
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+20 bored cylinders with new pistons and rings
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Timing cover with AMR anti-wet sumping mod, polished and in place.
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Re: Mitch's 74 Basket Case

Postby grandpaul » Fri Sep 09, 2016 5:58 am

You'll be ready right in time for the rainy season.
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Re: Mitch's 74 Basket Case

Postby htown16 » Thu Oct 20, 2016 7:41 pm

Update time
Alternator, clutch and primary installed
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Rebuilt head installed and Amal Premiers added.
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Re: Mitch's 74 Basket Case

Postby Tin Man » Fri Dec 23, 2016 6:55 am

Just reread your post. Great work on the bike. I learned a lot from the post.
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