Yes mate, it is the dealers bike. It looks half decent in the pic, but not so much up close.It looks well cared for, is this the dealer's bike?
What's the plan?
Sorry about the crap pic it was as good as I could get from underneath the bike.Is that the factory plug in there? Hard to tell from the photo, but it looks different. ... mine is the first incarnation of the OIF (wish I had a better acronym... something about oil and the floor) , so the plug may have changed by 78. I can use either a 1/2 BSW or 13/16 “normal” socket. Yours looks smaller, with a flange on it. Maybe they reduced the size in a failed attempt to keep folks from reefing the shit out of it. I would be inclined to warn the owner just in case someone jammed something foreign in there and things are going to go south.
He has a TIG welder, only problem is I'll need to get the engine over to Brightlingsea, which is a bit of a faff.View attachment 98441
Does he have a TIG welder? I did this one a while ago.... it was in something important, so was sweating bullets setting it up, so the drill would be centred and not take out any threads. Works well for small stuff, but with the flange on the drain plug it takes more than these guys to budge it. If he bevels the end of whatever he welds on there, then you can sneak in there and get reasonably good penetration on the backside. Don’t think I would want to use anything other than TIG. Easier to control things and actually see what’s going on. Either way good luck... it is gratifying when the little bastards come out without any drama.
If you lived closer, I could fix you up with a NOS rim, but the catch is it’s amongst a bunch (all unlabelled) and you might go mental figuring out which ones are drilled for conical hubs.
I've been using a large wrench on the head of the bolt in an attempt to free it.Can you cut the head off the bolt and drive it through the rest of the way ? bolt must not be anything exotic or it wouldn't have rusted to begin with.
I'll give it another go when or if the engine ever comes out.I've had pretty good luck freeing rusty pins with a heat gun and penetrating oil. You would need to lay the bike down, heat the swing arm and dab penetrating oil, with a paint brush, where the pin protrudes. It should suck the oil in just like solder would.