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Maddogs 1956 D3 Swing-Arm Budget Restoration
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hey MD,

what lacquer were you using on your finish coat?

thanks, db

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NoviceD3er said
hey MD,

what lacquer were you using on your finish coat?

thanks, db

Hi Dean,

It came from a professional automotive paint shop.  Asked for a clear lacqueur that was oil and petrol resistant.  It's called Auto Clear HS 496 2k clear (520 0000000) think the 2K is the important bit.  Other than that there is nothing on the can apart from all the usual safety instructions in a zillion different languages.  Guy in store said to leave to inure for a day before re coating and leaving for a further week before exposing to petrol and/or oil.

Sorry, not much of a help.

MD cheers

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May 5, 2015 - 5:52 am
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thats helpful, thanks.

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October 23, 2015 - 7:14 am
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Finally some progress.......  Managed to purloin some pennies from the nearly empty coffers (don't tell top management) and get some more enamel and lacquer......  Been back and revisited the bits I wasn't happy with.  Also replaced the rubber bushes on the swing-arm and shocks (swear tin did very well out of it)...

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Light wasn't very good hence poor quality pics; was going to take outside but Melbourne weather being what it is, it started raining...  Have also decided that the tank I did earlier is not up to scratch and have started refurbing the old black D1 tank I have. Currently in process of removing old damaged transfers and cleaning up the paint for re laquering.

Just need a job now and I can order the  bits so work can continue.

MD cheers

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October 23, 2015 - 10:45 am
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Its getting there .

I could agree with you, but then we would both be wrong

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October 23, 2015 - 10:54 am
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Yea! all I gotta do now is work out how this jigsaw puzzle goes back together again without damaging the new paint work! LOL

MD dunnodoh

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October 23, 2015 - 11:24 am
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Maddog Leary said
Yea! all I gotta do now is work out how this jigsaw puzzle goes back together again without damaging the new paint work! LOL

MD dunnodoh

Very, very carefully and slowly. wink

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Well I'm beginning to think my old girl doesn't want to be restored.......  After the debacle with the slightly warped center stand (see 'wot I did today' thread)....  I went to fit the center stand only to find one of the threads the brake plate bolts into has stripped....  Marvelous! rantingrantingrantingranting  could have gotten away with it; but! it's on the side that holds the stand spring loop......  Then spent an ages searching for Grandads' old tap and die set to try to fix; but gave up as my mood was not improving and I noticed that the center bar has a couple of slight kinks in it......rantingrantingrantingranting....

Oh the joys of Bantam ownership.  Could be worse, could be raining - oh it already is......

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These Bantams are set to test our patience, The treads for my brake plate where that chopped out that I had to cut it down and weld nuts onto the frame.

Keep up the good work.thumbs-up

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Oh dear and it was thinking i was the one with bad luck. It will all worth it when its done that is when the real fun begins

I could agree with you, but then we would both be wrong

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On my project D5 the threads for the brake plate are at funny angles and are different sizes. If I had a welder and I could weld then I could use Cocorico's method. Instead, i have bent the brake plate forwards so that the brake pedal actually stops before it gets level with the middle of the points cover. I've seen another solution which is to make a homemade brake plate, slightly wider than the original. I think you'd struggle to find a bantam without this issue of the brake plate bolts and threads being wrecked. It's the force of the bike being heaved onto the stand for decades.

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 If I had a welder and I could weld then I could use Cocorico's method.

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cocorico said

Dookie said
 If I had a welder and I could weld then I could use Cocorico's method.

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That'll be the codeine! 

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That'll be the codeine! 

Mmm, my drug of choice (after fermented grape juice).

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Dookie said
On my project D5 the threads for the brake plate are at funny angles and are different sizes. If I had a welder and I could weld then I could use Cocorico's method. Instead, i have bent the brake plate forwards so that the brake pedal actually stops before it gets level with the middle of the points cover. I've seen another solution which is to make a homemade brake plate, slightly wider than the original. I think you'd struggle to find a bantam without this issue of the brake plate bolts and threads being wrecked. It's the force of the bike being heaved onto the stand for decades.

Yes, that area was very 'hacked' about on mine too.  Probably why there wasn't the stand loop and spring when I got her.  Also the stand that came with the bike was wrong for the D3 model. When cleaning the gunk off with the 240 volt wire brush found a large crack in the cross member of the stand.   When cleaned out, went to straighten it and the thing broke in half like an over stressed paperclip.  Have re-tapped the thread and for the moment seems ok fingers-crossed.....  Made me a be paranoid now lol.  Thought I'd been more than diligent during the strip down.  Maybe I should have been wearing my glasses; went through a denial phase with those things as I didn't want to believe I was in need of them.  (However my arms soon proved not to be long enough to hold things far away enough to focus......Lol).....

Hey ho, onward and upwards.....

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Right...  Decided to make a move today.  Started a trial fitting session on the frame components and the old girl continued where she left off!!!! (being wotsit minded and belligerent).  Was finally able to coax her together...  Good job none of you were watching as the air was quite blue - as was my thumb when the 'nudge' rubber mallet I was forced to use missed its mark!....rantingrantingranting......

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Some of you may notice that the swing arm spindle end isn't in the right possie yet....  Thumb was giving me jip so I called it a day.

MD doh

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Ok, after 'creating' a new rear light from the remnants of the two I had;

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I thought I would have a look at the centre stand and the bits n bobs that go with it.   Using the original foot rest bar (several hrs of arguing with it with a large lump hammer and engineering vice to get the bumps out) which had been bashed, abused and bent in several places over the years.  Managed to get it reasonably straight.  I like the slight bend in it as it reflects the old girls character from when I rode her her all those yrs ago

Offered up stand only to find a large gap between the stand lugs and the frame - spacers required; then found the stand loops were a lot larger than the centre bar - more spacers required....... Brake pedal - spacer required....  To cut a long story short and after a lot of faffing about, fossicking in the old parts boxes, hack sawing, grinding and swearing, My D3 finally has her under cart on... Including new rubber boots.  Not quite concours but a step forward....

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Happy fettling!  

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Getting there, Are you going to be brave and try to fit the steering stem again ?

I could agree with you, but then we would both be wrong

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It's on....  Well the bearers and stem (bottom yoke and head stem).  Will have to 'insert' the legs and retouch them...  Swapped the legs over and they now both fit happily in the lower stem....  Go figure.......  Wont worry about them until I get word that the fork springs I have on back order are in.  Just waiting on my order from Rex Caunt so I can start the engine rebuild......

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Oh can you keep us posted on the fork springs? I may need some too. Where have you ordered them from?

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