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Re: Ricks '75 MkIII Roadster resto/furb

Postby grandpaul » Thu Jan 19, 2017 5:32 pm

Chain & chainguard installed. Located spacer and installed center bolt a few minutes later.

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Z-plate, footpeg, shifter, exhaust supports installed.

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Passenger peg mounts & exhaust installed.

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Re: Ricks '75 MkIII Roadster resto/furb

Postby grandpaul » Thu Jan 19, 2017 5:34 pm

Right hand electrical quadrant is really cruddy inside.

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Disassembled, cleaned & painted right side quadrant.

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Hand controls and cables installed.

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Re: Ricks '75 MkIII Roadster resto/furb

Postby grandpaul » Thu Jan 19, 2017 5:36 pm

Whole lotta shiny stuff going on...

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Timing cover installed, this side is looking good, too!

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I hope to fire it up soon...
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Re: Ricks '75 MkIII Roadster resto/furb

Postby grandpaul » Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:43 pm

Rear master cylinder reservoir, front was similar

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Clean master cylinder reservoir

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Rear brake plunger, lots of grunt

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Clean rear brake plunger

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Re: Ricks '75 MkIII Roadster resto/furb

Postby grandpaul » Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:45 pm

Rear master cylinder, totally gunked. Nice aftermarket stainless unit. Front wasn't as gunked up.

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Clean rear master cylinder.

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Rear piston was dirty, but it's stainless, so no corrosion. Front was in good shape.

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Re: Ricks '75 MkIII Roadster resto/furb

Postby grandpaul » Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:47 pm

Rear brakes done including hoses, just need to fill and bleed.

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Front brakes done except filling & bleeding. Both terminals were broken off the brake light switch, replaced with a good one off the shelf.

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Re: Ricks '75 MkIII Roadster resto/furb

Postby grandpaul » Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:53 pm

Starter housing will get a re-paint.

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Dirty starter parts...

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Nice 4-brush conversion!

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Commutator has a bad groove. I need to chuck it up in the lathe and turn it down, then undercut the mica in the slots.

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Re: Ricks '75 MkIII Roadster resto/furb

Postby grandpaul » Tue Jan 24, 2017 1:35 pm

Starter Overhaul: Step 1 - chuck the armature in the lathe, center it and cut the commutator down till the low spot JUST cleans up.

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Step 2 - chuck the armature up in the mill vice and use a tiny bit to undercut the mica. Last time I did this was 38 years ago in the Navy, and we used thin, sharp hacksaw blades; took forever.

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Nice and clean, ready to spin up.

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Re: Ricks '75 MkIII Roadster resto/furb

Postby grandpaul » Tue Jan 24, 2017 1:38 pm

Almost like herding cats, getting those 4 brushes back in their holders! I use o-rings to hold them, 1 at a time.

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Starter bearings lubed, and ready to re-install.

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Re: Ricks '75 MkIII Roadster resto/furb

Postby Robert_Norton » Tue Jan 24, 2017 5:38 pm

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I thought you sold your green VR880 copy months ago. Did you have more than one set of that bodywork?



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Re: Ricks '75 MkIII Roadster resto/furb

Postby grandpaul » Tue Jan 24, 2017 8:13 pm

Robert_Norton wrote:I thought you sold your green VR880 copy months ago. Did you have more than one set of that bodywork?

The buyer commissioned me to install electric start on it. I already had the starter and the bike already had the VR transmission cradle ready to take it. Norvil belt drive basket is being modified to accept the ring gear, and inner primary is being cut open to allow the starter nose to poke in there. This solution is about $500 less expensive than a CNW which he balked at.
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Re: Ricks '75 MkIII Roadster resto/furb

Postby grandpaul » Fri Jan 27, 2017 3:13 pm

I had noticed this hairline crack (previously glued) on disassembly, but thought it would be okay. As soon as I started to attach the wire, it cracked open...

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Nope. Failed on installation. Over $100 for a new OEM solenoid delivered, but that's what the client wants.

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Static timing time...

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Confirmation that I had the correct mark; on the MkIII, it has a tell-tale notch that you can use if you have the plug tool.

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Lots of little stuff done (no pix), but waiting on a final small batch of parts including a tach drive gasket, new matched set of idiot lights (no way was I going to use 2 old and 2 semi-new), and the starter solenoid. Rear end almost done, just need some detail alignment.

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Re: Ricks '75 MkIII Roadster resto/furb

Postby grandpaul » Fri Feb 03, 2017 12:28 pm

Refurbished console with new decal and all new matching idiot lights.

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The brand new OEM starter solenoid was inoperative out of the package so I've temporarily installed a generic automotive one (works great). I also installed a heavier supply cable from the battery to the solenoid, to better match the dual cables leading to the starter.

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Re: Ricks '75 MkIII Roadster resto/furb

Postby grandpaul » Tue Feb 07, 2017 2:33 pm

A bit of a fuss to start up until I swapped black/yellow and black/white wires at coils. Then, vroom, vroom, great oil return.

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Didn't leak a drop after a brief ride, should stay that way.

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I need to adjust the grab bar and pop the fork dust boots over their abutments. seat hinge needs to be screwed on. All little stuff.

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Nice and tidy. Should be able to have it out for a proper test ride tomorrow. Thankfully, the weather is PERFECT.

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Re: Ricks '75 MkIII Roadster resto/furb

Postby Danno » Tue Feb 07, 2017 2:47 pm

Looks new!
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