Sunday, March 29, 2009

Timing Belts

Wow...timing belts are hard to get right. 10th time's the charm.
Without the help of my better half, and some coffee to calm my nerves it wouldn't have happened today.

So I get to ride 60K miles before those need to get changed again...I hope.

On top of the timing belts, I finished up the carburetors and got them back on.
Note to self, always check what you ordered to make sure you're actually using those parts and not the old ones.
Needless to say, I managed to get the carbs altogether, with the airbox assembled when I realized that I had ordered re-build kits for the carbs already.
So with that realization, I had to pull them back apart, and put the new gaskets, floats, and o-rings in.

So with the carbs together, they went back on the bike :)
Also, the shiny black intake manifolds on the engine I think look sweet.

Now here's the catch, I'm currently torn between keeping the rear fender or ditching it. I like the look without the rear fender, it makes the bike look shorter and more aggressive, IMO.
Although, without the fender it also means some more work before I get to ride. With the fender it doesn't look too bad either...

Well besides mounting the seat, and getting the exhaust made up there's not too much more.
There are a few things that I'll need to clean up, brake lines mainly because they are old, and the new handle bars made the first run down to the splitter have too much bend for my liking.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sweet I got the new seat in and managed to have enough sun shine and non crappy weather to work on the bike.

I like the way the seat flows with the bike lines...although I'll probably get the seat recovered to make it more retro I think it's good for now.

I'm now in the process of finding or building a rear taillight/blinker and license plate holder. I want to do something like a 6" x 2" led brake light along with blinkers coming out of the old seat bolt mount points.

The rear fender will be just big enough to clear the seat in the back and flow with the frame I'm going to do that I have yet to figure out.

Anyway, once it gets a little nicer I'll be putting the carbs and radiator system back on and then taking if for a spin around the block to make sure everything is working at least enough to get it to a shop for some custom exhaust pipes :)

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Getting closer

Handle bars are on now with the grips and control levers and such. Still need to get some new brake lines front/rear since the older ones are showing some age.
Finished the paint up, although this picture isn't showing it.

Also, got all the engine covers all shiny which makes it look at lot better.
I should be getting the seat in soon, and once I have something that I can sit on it'll be off to united muffler for some exhaust work...which I still have to figure out how I want to set it up.