The angle grinder's been working overtime this weekend.
Spent yesterday morning drilling/grinding off the front mudguard mounting bolts, then giving it a bit of a clean up.
Finally got the swinging arm out today, thanks to the next door neighbour and a serious amount of cutting. It wasn't pretty but eventually done the job.
Another 10 hours spent in the shed this weekend.
Finally got the sump drain plug out with a hammer and chisel.
Picked up more parts from the powder coater.
The rest of the time was spent cleaning up a few bis and bobs.
Ah, nothing like pounding on a classic with a hammer and chisel. Really makes you feel like a craftsman doesn't it?
Wheels ready to go off to Anglia Wheels for fitting new chrome rims. Not 100% sure about the finish on the hubs, maybe a bit to blingy.
Cylinder head cleaned up okay, it would have been a lot quicker and easier to send it away for vapour blasting tho.
Well if something had to go sideways, at least it’s probably the cheapest bit of casting on there and they are plentiful.
I’ve probably mentioned this in the past, but.....For things like the cylinder head, someday you should try some proper (if you can find it) industrial strength aircraft paint stripper. The stuff they sell at auto parts stores doesn’t do that great of a job. Just do it outside and avoid the fumes. It a pita, but the results are amazing if you find the right stuff. Did some disgusting Commando cases one time and afterwards you’d swear they were NOS. Doesn’t alter the surface finish in any way, so great for restoration work. I hate any blasting that alters the finish.
Dont worry, thats a common race mod for easier access to the oil pump connections! Just grind it smooth.
One step forward two steps back.
I suggested to the owner that I'd take the frame to a reputable local powder coater, but he said his mate could stove enamel it for half the cost.
The frame was finished a couple of days ago and got to say the finish looks great. For some reason the guy who done the shot blasting thought it was a good idea to blast inside the frame.
I'd fitted the oil filter cover, dip stick and sealed up the oil line fittings to hopefully stop any media getting in but he decided to remove them before blasting. It'll be a pig of a job to sort out.
Picked up the wheels this morning, at least they turned out okay.