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April 11, 2019 - 12:41 pm
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If your exhaust has a spark arrestor inside the rear pipe, take it out to clean it - mine wouldn't run until we discovered it (after renewing seals and just about everything else!)

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BSAdave said
Been busy,

I ordered a universal front mudguard for £13.00 and it arrived this morning and was soon fitted, im not sure if i like it but it does the job.

 

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I took the carb apart to give it a good clean, the bike would run but only on half throttle , I have ordered a rebuild kit as the gaskets will need replacing.  

The front mudguard looks ideal and was a bargain!  My mate bought a genuine Yamaha one for a DT175 some time ago and it cost him about £150.  Cheers.  Bruce.

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April 12, 2019 - 2:10 pm
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After reading Cocorico advise about the spark arrestor , i took a look, I was not expecting to see what came out of there.

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Looks like a mouse nest. might explain why t would not run correctly.

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It also looks like the tip of the arrestor is broken off , I found a complete new old stock one for a very good price and in the UK as well.

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I removed the sump guard so i could drain the oil out and replace it with new. I found one of the fixing brackets had snapped off the main body, it is only held on by two small spot welds I also found a crack in the main body.

I took this back to the shed and welded up the crack, then my welder packed up completely, I'm not going to bother fixing the welder it has been on its last legs for ages. while removing the rust the other bracket fell off. grrrr.

I drilled a fixing hole and nut and bolted the brackets on. not ideal but will do.

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I then removed all the rust and treated it with Krust. while i was at it i did the same with the chain guard and battery holder.

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Glad I remembered - I had that bike in the early 1980s when living in North Wales. Here it is after reassembly with some nice red hammerite on the forks and tank. whistle

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April 12, 2019 - 3:16 pm
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cocorico said
Glad I remembered - I had that bike in the early 1980s when living in North Wales. Here it is after reassembly with some nice red hammerite on the forks and tank. whistle

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Can't beat a bit of red hammrite, I painted my RD 250 frame with it, It was the 80's .

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April 12, 2019 - 3:45 pm
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Is this the selenium rectifier ?

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I doubt they still used selenium rectifiers then. Looks like a high power resistor.

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Been busy with the paint spraying, silver shows every defect, The petrol tank had a lot of dents , i managed to get most of them out by using a angled metal bat and putting it through the filler and carefully working it . I though all was well , it looked great in the primer, once I started to apply the silver , it looks bad, still not sure if i will fill it or leave it how it is.

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The rear mudguard is giving me some problems, it is made of very thin metal and it has a chuck missing from the back of it along with a split, I had a go at welding the split up and beating it back into shape. the welder burnt through the metal, Has i mentioned earlier the mig welder is playing up and it the power can't be turned down along with the wire feed only working when it feels like it, bit like the youth of today.  I found one on ebay for  £17.00*Converted from US $22.00 +£48.86* postage then of course you would have import duties.

I was thinking of cutting it back and making it shorter as most of it will be behind the number plate. Bit of a bodge i know. Im sure some one with metal work skills could put it right but that is not me.

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Been busy spraying and spraying, I sorted out the problem with the rear mudguard , A member of the FB community had one for sale, it had been powder coated but the rust dimples could be seen, the good news other than that it was in one bit. I sanded it back and filled the dimples, which was then sanded back and etch primed and sprayed , I left it hanging to dry, the next day I found it had fallen down and the whole paint job was ruined. It was a similar problem with the petrol tank, this time it was the petrol that leaked out and totally ruined the paint job. this had to be done again, so far fourteen tins of rattle paint has been used.

I have got the NOVA number now. so it is full steam ahead.

The petrol tank had quite a lot of dents most of which I managed to get out by using a metal rod inserting it through the petrol filler and carefully teasing them out. Not perfect but passable.

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Has i was typing this the Tank decals and side panels i had commissioned turned up. The company i used are ** Please log in to view **

Some good advise on how to use the stickers

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I was not happy with the mudguard i purchased it was just too big, I managed to find NOS one in Indonesia for a very good price. it has also just turned up after only eight days. 

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May 8, 2019 - 11:34 am
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This is what the bike would have looked like when new.

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That’s looking great Dave, great work tracking down the bits.

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I really needed to have a tidy up in the operating ward ( shed) . The amount of dust from the full out from all the spraying and sanding was remarkable. The 1957 D3 is still on the hospital bed awaiting me to get the frame rubbing done so i can send off the paper work, I have had a good go at it but just can't get it done correctly, I got it off the hospital bed and got that into the sunshine as well.

Moved the Suzuki outside into the sunshine , and cleaned and swept the entire shed out, tided up the tools , Still can't find the 10mm socket.

The side panels were sanded back and given another two coats of paint , the rear section of the mudguard was given another coat of clear coat and is looking very shiny,  I fitted the chain guard.

All the exterior rubber cushions and bands have deteriorated and i have been replacing them as i go along,  The cost of these bits of rubber is expensive and I did not factor this into my build costs, every bit that bolts onto the frame has these rubber cushions. having the parts book is estental if you plan on doing a Japanese restoration. The changes from one year to the next is ridiculous . One thing i have learned is how to determine the size of bolts needed by using the part number.

The part number can be used to show the original size, if the last 5 digits say 10301 then the thread diameter is 10mm and the length is 30mm. This makes buying the correct missing bolts so much easier .

Still with the too large front mudguard.

 

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