Wednesday, 6 September 2017

My bike: Chain, gear pedal and brake torque arm

This week I have been busy with work but I manged to fit in a couple of more jobs.

The first being the new front sprocket enabling me to fit the new DID chain and to re-fit the left hand engine cover. Other items installed this week were: gear shift pedal and rubber, rear brake torque arm.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

My bike; Engine

This last week I sent off my engine to the Honda M Shop in the Netherlands for refurbishment. There are people in the UK that are perfectly capable in doing this work but Dirk at the Honda M shop specialises in these little engines, has everything in stock and his prices are extremely competitive.

So the engine went of for a complete overhaul including;

New piston and ring set
All new bearings
All new oil seals
New clutch
All new bolts
All new gaskets
Engine paint and refinish

The only hiccup we had was that the carburetor was actually broken so this got replaced with a genuine 18mm Kehlin.

All the work was carried out over 3-4 days and my engine was posted back to me, all in including postage both ways the engine was away for 10 days, not bad!

Dirk also posted back the old parts, check out the state of the original piston bellow!

Thursday, 17 August 2017

My bike, foot pegs and odd jobs

This week I had a parcel from CMSNL turn up, with lots off small parts with the view to finishing a few odd jobs.

Firstly the front wheel right side spacer to replace a corroded one, rear sprocket bolts, chain tug bolts, new side stand spring and some new foot rest parts.

you can see I have not yet bent the tab over in this picture to lock the bolt off

now on the bike a looking factory fresh!

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

My Bike: graphics and some light assembly

This week I wanted to look at the graphic set I bought to feedback to the members of the Honda M Club (UK). I only actually need the side panel set, seat unit and front mudguard as the fuel tank, fairing and belly pan are all NOS and have the factory graphics on them. I also wanted to see the difference in the quality, colours and alignment with the fuel tank and it was also a good opportunity to check the painted panel colour with the NOS tank.

Tip: clean the panel first then wet it with soapy water. Cut out the graphic you need tight to graphic to help with alignment. lay the graphic on the wet surface and adjust for perfect position, tease out all bubbles and creases. Keep working it until you are happy and then carefully remove the decal backing while working on the decal to prevent lifting, then leave to dry.

Decals were via ebay seller Classic Motorcycle Decals

I also fitted the front mudguard and mudguard brace with new stainless steel bolts and also the rear inner mudguard piece that protects the Preo Link assembly.

new tail unit vs old
new LH panel vs old
pair of side panels
front mudguard
alignment and colour check

Monday, 7 August 2017

My bike, restoration update, rear brake

Apologies for the lack of updates recently as I have been super-busy with work so my bike has had to go on the back burner for a couple of months.

This week I decided to mount the rear brake pedal, unfortunately where this item was powdercoated it didn't fit the frame so I had to remove the paint from the pin and the frame before assembling with plenty of copper grease. A new split pin was fitted to retain it and the re-plated adjustable brake stop and return spring fitted.

I also have had the new decal kit turn up plus an assortment of bolts and nuts to fill the gaps where the original was too poor to be re-used.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

My Bike: Rolling Chassis

This week I torqued all the suspension linkage bolts and assembled the front forks and added the wheels, no I have a rolling chassis!

I have also tried a vlog style video to talk about this step.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

My Bike: Bodywork, bolts, wheels

Job 1 this week was to re-assemble the tail unit, this evolved re-riveting the internal metal support, re-fitting the seat lock, rubber grommets and re-fitting the indicator blanks.

The second job was the mask the spoke blades on the front wheel and have a go at painting the front hub.

the 3rd job was to install the new taper head races to the frame and fit the triple clamps. I used this Pyramid parts kit bought of ebay. The upper and lower bearings are different with the lower pressing directly on the the steerer, remember to fit the seal on first! Also pay attention to the lower race as it needs tapping inside the frame's head tube all the way to the frame stop, this way the bearing is in the frame and the seal works properly. I actually didn't use the supplied top seal and retained the dust shield of the original MBX headset, firstly it assembles better this way and secondly keeps it looking standard.

lastly I got some more bolts back from zink plating, so the nuts on the suspension linkage now all match!

Monday, 8 May 2017

My bike: Body parts back from painting

This week I have the bodywork back from painting, so apart from this not too much to report. I have painted the fixing screws that hold the rear indicator blanking covers on, these were good condition so I just wanted to blow them over to tidy them up. I have a good tip here, screw them in to a bit of old wood then you can get the heads all done with ease.

The paint is considerably better than standard and although colour matched and a perfect match for the NOS petrol tank the NOS side panel is now looking a little yellow, so that panel will now also be painted to match perfectly.

Monday, 24 April 2017

My bike: rear suspension assembly

With the frame and swing arm back from powdercoating and all the suspension links and bolts previously done I thought it was time to get the back end together.
Firstly I wanted to get the Pro-Link decals on the swigarm while the swingarm was off the bike, to get a good positioning I just studied some original images. Next the swing arm bushes were put back in with plenty of copper slip and the swing arm offered up. The linkage was put in place as part of this has the swing arm pivot run though it, then lastly the shock was put in and all the nuts done up finger tight to check it was all correct. lastly I re-riveted the vehicle ID plate back on.

So far I am extremely happy with the results, although there is a small error that needs fixing... There are three nuts on the linkage that I mistakenly had re-plated silver, when they should be gold. I do have a couple of more bolts I want plating, so these 3 nuts will have to be re-done!

note vehicle ID plate
please excuse the grease smudges!

My bike: the frame is back from the powdercoaters

I just got the frame and some parts back from the powdercoaters, this is a bit of a landmark moment as although I still have some sub component restoration to do and the engine, everything from now is re-building.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

My Bike: Restoration update, painting prep

This weeks restoration update mainly involves removing stickers in preparation for painting. Fortunately I only need to prep 1 side panel, the rear fairing and front mudguard. Firstly I tried heating the sticker with a hair dryer to see if I could lift the graphic, but this didn't work so I had to use Nitro Mors and elbow grease. With the hard graft now done I can hand on the body work to my brother in law who will finish the pre-paint prep and paint with the correct Honda colour of NH0.

The other job I have been experimenting with is still the hub re-finishing (see last weeks post). I spent a bit of time masking the boomerang spokes with the view of spraying the hub but there is going to be no way to get access to spray paint the hub, to be cont...

Monday, 10 April 2017

My Bike; this weeks restoration update, wheels

This week I have started fork on both wheels. The rims and the blades of the Comstars are in very good condition, however the hubs need some work.

I gave the wheels a de-grease and wash to get a better look and the paint is very tatty, the problem with the Comstar wheel is it is not designed to come apart so the hub needs to be restored in the wheel.

As I can see it I have three options.

1/ Polish the hubs. This is not the standard finish, could be a lot of grief.

2/ Mask the spokes/ rim and spray paint the hub. Because of the spokes its going to be tricky to get an even coverage?

3/ Brush paint the hubs. Possibly the easiest option, but I don't want brush marks in the finish.

If anybody has an idea please leave a comment bellow!

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

My Bike: This weeks restoration update.

Not massive amounts this week as I have had a busy weekend but I have got some more painting done. I also finished of the upper belly pan mounts (not pictured) as I ran out of black the other week.

Not that happy with the swing arm links, this is the second attempt after I originally brush painted them with Hammerite Smooth, I'll inspect and decide which way to go.

Re-plated bolts fitted