Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Installing Head Races and Swing Arm Bearings

This is officially the start of the actual rebuild.  This is the first 2 parts of the bike I am putting together.  Up till now it has been all dismantling and preparation.  Now we are rebuilding.

Now this might seem like a simple job - putting in the head races.  Line them up and bang them in.  I did this and the first one immediately went in sideways.  So I stopped and decided I needed some expert help.  A local bike mechanic has a very nice workshop and all the equipment and experience you need.  So it was off over there.  First we did the head races.  Clean up the interior surfaces and make sure no powder coating is interfering with the fit (nice to have some help!).
Nice and clean - ready to go.
Then we put in the race and clamped it in the jaws of a 10 ton press.
Nice and easy does it.  Why don't we all have tools like this?
Now onto the swing arm.  Using the other half as a bolster to make sure they are fully seated.

And back in the 10 ton press.
 In you go.
And fully home.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Frame Powder Coated

This is what we started with (click images to enlarge):
Rusty, dirty and not so nice. . . .
and this is what it looks like after powder coating with a satin black finish:
  I am in love.


Sunday, 30 June 2013

Front Caliper (2nd one) Preparation for Painting

Despite my problems with the first caliper and some of the paint blistering, I am preparing the second caliper to start a new process which hopefully I can then reproduce on the first one.  So to strip the caliper I am again using VHT Aircraft Strip (very expensive and eventually does the job after a couple of applications).
On the first application you get this:

Which you then wash off and it looks like this:

There is still quite a bit of paint to come off so put on another coat of VHT Aircraft Strip:
Then wash it all off again and what I did was to put it in my Ultrasonic Cleaner with some Automotive Parts Cleaner solution for about an hour at 70 Deg C.  When they came out and dried off you could clearly see why I am having a painting problem.  This caliper was much worse:
 The oxidation on this part is severe.  Vapour blasting it is.
 But on the other surfaces it looks OK.  This is deceptive as the oxised parts will reject the paint.


Friday, 28 June 2013

Another Way To Get a Piston Out of a Brake Caliper

I have managed to get pistons out of brake calipers before using the air pump method but this one wouldn't budge.  My solution was to dremel a couple of slots in the side of the exposed piston and lever them out.

 Once the slots are in you will need to use something to lever the piston out.  I used various sizes of allen keys to keep the slot at the correct height for levering.

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Caliper Painting Problems (again)

 Try as I might to get these calipers painted properly.  Always seems to bubble up in certain areas.  I bought an ultrasonic cleaner.  I stripped the paint again and cleaned them up in the ultrasonic then I applied paint prep liquid (spirit based fast flash off) bought from a specialist car paint place.  Then I did the 3 coats of paint (as per VHT instructions) and finally baked it in a 200 C oven for 1 hour.

 This was the painting part.
 Looks quite glossy before curing in the oven.
 My painting garage.
 After curing.
 Bubbles blew up in certain places.

 Looks like the lunar surface.
 But I have now got my suspicions.  These parts where it has bubbled were where there was considerable oxidation.  Although I had ultrasonically cleaned the caliper I do believe that this deep seated oxidation was not properly removed.  I could still see some discoloration where it was obvious something was going on.  I think next time (how many more times do I have to do this?) I will bake them at 200 C after cleaning and before painting.  This might removed any moisture that is trapped in the oxidation.

The bugger was that as I got them out the oven with some rubbish oven mits, I burned my hand, let go of the tray and dropped them on the floor.  So I am going to have to do them again anyway!

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Items Sent to Powder Coating (Day 305)

I went through all my boxes of parts, looked over the dismantling log and pulled out all the components I thought were capable of being powder coated.  So I have the frame (click images to enlarge):


and a selection of other parts including the main stand
 the side stand, swing arm, side stand bracket, top and bottom fork yokes, rear brake caliper bracket and the 2 front fork air balancing tube widgets
 then there was the battery holder, ignition key set, horns, front wheel dust seal, air box side covers, speedo bracket, brake caliper arms, rear indicator arms, starter motor cover, horn cover (x 1 ??), electrics plate, handlebar clamps, exhaust bracket and a part next to the starter motor cover which I forget what it is.
 Then I have the helmet lock, seat lock, rear master cylinder and some bits I have put on other photos.
I have requested the satin black finish.  I tried to put in every conceivable part but you always forget something!  I left behind all the triangular engine brackets and the other horn faceplate.  Lets hope they won't mind doing a few little bits at a later date.

When I got to the powder coating company they told me they could not do the items with the locks in them as they would be ruined by the process.  They had previously told me that they couldn't do brake calipers either which is a shame as I will now have to persevere with the VHT paint.