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Old 07-20-2008, 06:22 PM   #16
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Could be worse right? Looks like it's coming along...
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Old 07-20-2008, 06:27 PM   #17
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Surprises are, well, surprises! As we stripped down, I pulled the rear wheel and found absolutely no lube. Nada. Dry as a bone, rusty even. So... given that the rear wheel splines are the easy ones.... I best get into them all. And who knows what the bearing inspections will bring.

Splines showing some wear, but certainly useable with lots of life. I WILL grease these puppies when they go back!
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Old 07-20-2008, 06:33 PM   #18
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Pulling it all apart, now....

Headstock came apart hard. I think that the upper bearing must be an interference fit, cuz every time I would re-set it I would have to "press" it back out (bigger hammer + 2x4). Anyway, bearings were dried grease and dirt, but upon cleaning up (lotso solvent, grease, etc) they're in decent shape. No notchiness, smooth as can be.

Photo is of the lower bearing "as found" and the upper bearing after solvent wash and before grease.


PS Cleaning is good for the soul. Something about putting it back together nice and clean with gobs of fresh grease.... oohh la la!
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Old 07-20-2008, 06:36 PM   #19
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Cleaning is good for the soul

Re: cleaning.......

For example, the bar mounts, before and after a little time on the wire wheel. Gotta love that wire wheel with these old bikes.
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Old 07-20-2008, 07:42 PM   #20
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Well lubed tranny splines

The dreaded "oil on the shelf" makes itself known.....

Yes, there was oil on the shelf. Matter of fact, there was oil on the shelf, oil around the pan, oil around the shifter, oil around engine, the back of the tranny and the shiftrod actuator were covered in oil..............

So, we decided to pull the tranny. No problem with lack of lube here, no sireee...........! Lotsa lube, lotsa lube everywhere.....

Another photo of "what you best hope not to find"......the tranny face:

PS So the question was: is this from the tranny input seal, or from the rear main seal, or???
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Old 07-20-2008, 07:45 PM   #21
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This is the engine side of the deal:

.... black fingernails that week......
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Old 07-20-2008, 07:47 PM   #22
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The shelf, in all its lubed-up glory....
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Old 07-21-2008, 09:35 AM   #23
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Just another "hope you don't find this"..............

Pic of a new throwout bearing, and of a nfg bearing. By the way, this needle bearing was supposed to be an improvement over the ballbearing used in the /6, but word has it that they needles don't last long either: think about the difference in radius of a radially-placed needle: the outside wants to go faster than the inside, so there is constant scrubbing going on, somewhere.... not a great solution
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Old 07-21-2008, 09:49 AM   #24
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great work so far.

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Old 07-21-2008, 09:56 AM   #25
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Wire wheel

Someone asked a question about the wire wheel... don't have a picture of mine, but it looks pretty much like this. I bought a cheapo Delta at Lowe's for maybe $50, took off the grinding wheels and the safety shit, and put on a brass-coated wire wheel on one side, and a buffing wheel on the other.

By the way, bufffing and polishing supplies can be found at jeweler supply houses. Lowe's and HD have the very basic stuff only.

PS ALWAYS wear safety glasses when working with wire wheels, ALWAYS. I had a wire come off when I was getting pretty aggressive, and it stuck in my cheek... hate to think of what it would do to the eyes.........
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Old 07-21-2008, 10:09 AM   #26
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What was your question?
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Old 07-21-2008, 10:28 AM   #27
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What was your question?
Well, at least I know someone reads that stuff........

I guess I shoulda been "more clearer". Someone asked ME a question with a PM, I told him I would post a pitcher...will edit, to make it better!
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Old 07-21-2008, 10:33 AM   #28
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Old 07-21-2008, 10:39 AM   #29
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The project has been slow, the posting has been fast.... I actually started the project back in May. I worked on getting the seat pan away from the seat this weekend......aarrghgh.




Wait til I have to post "real time"......
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Old 07-21-2008, 05:02 PM   #30
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Slow down, you're making me look bad!
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That's okay, wire brushing bits is cake, sooner or later he'll find he's polishing turds that have to be replaced. Then the cursing and tool flinging will begin.

He had a fire though, that's a good start.

Fugit ... I'm in.




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