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Old 10-13-2010, 04:04 AM   #16
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Find a local shop with a stud welder or order one for yourself.
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Old 10-13-2010, 04:15 AM   #17
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And the oil cooler, above the sprocket, it was a Tenere addition as well
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Old 10-14-2010, 12:16 AM   #18
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Thank for that. I was thinking along the same lines. My brother is dent puller on cars and uses a form suction cup and slide hammer.
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Old 10-14-2010, 12:33 AM   #19
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Did I mention I hate using paint stripper.

Did I mention I hate using paint stripper.

A couple of mates suggested that I should get the frame sand blasted. I thought good idea, but I just have a go myself with some paint stripper and a buff on the end of a drill. To see what happens.

15 mins later. Emptied a cup of bull dust (Sand ) out of the back bone.


2 hrs later, sort of half done. After the frame is finished being stripped. I go over it with some 400 wet and dry to remove the last of the rust.


I thought I apply the same process to the tank. With not much luck. The tank has been painted 3 times in it life and I hope it is not the layers of paint holding the fuel in.

Found out today this Tenere, is a very early one. In that it has a 28 Litre tank instead of a 32 Litre that came out on the 84 model.


Also picked up the engine today. Complete with gear lever weld to the input shaft. Oh joy with a dremel. The engine has been missing a oil filter cover and spark plug for a couple of years
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Old 10-15-2010, 02:23 AM   #20
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Found out today this Tenere, is a very early one. In that it has a 28 Litre tank instead of a 32 Litre that came out on the 84 model.
Really? I thought the 34Ls all had the bigger 28L (sometimes quoted as 30L) tank and the only size reduction came with the 1VJ because of the airbox moving under the tank?
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Old 10-15-2010, 02:58 AM   #21
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This is where I need Andy to chime in here. From what I gather. In Aus the 83 came with a 28 Litre tank and the 84 on came with a 32 Litre tank.
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Old 10-15-2010, 03:08 AM   #22
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Old 10-15-2010, 03:43 AM   #23
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Spent another couple of hours with the paint stripper this arvo. Just got to do some cleaning up. That will most likely take longer than the stripping part

On the way home from work. Picked up one of these and some grit. Had a bit of a go without much success. Made a lot of mess without much benefit. Should read the instructions. I think was holding the gun too close to the job.


Looks like I will be doing some welding on the week end fixing up broken bits and few cracks I have found.

Do you think I need a new guard?


Where is a good place to order steering head bearings, swing arm bearings & fork seals from?
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Old 10-15-2010, 09:16 PM   #24
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Did I mention that I dislike pant stripper. Finished that messy job. Now onto cleaning up and start on welding up some cracks and remove the old steering head cups from the frame.


Am I getting any where? The dints and rust is not as bad as I thought. Also will get some POR15 and line the inside of tank while it is naked.
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Old 10-15-2010, 09:41 PM   #25
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Those 34L tanks are REALLY thin.
I got one and its been welded on too.
the metal feels 1/2 as thick of the metal used on the XT550.
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Old 10-15-2010, 10:07 PM   #26
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Yep, they are the thin side. Hopefully I can bend up some steel and poke the inside and try and push the dint out a bit.
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Old 10-15-2010, 11:22 PM   #27
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That's it for a Saturday arvo. Welded up the rear indicator mounts, coil mounts and those pesky steering head bearing cups.

Next stage painting the frame...
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Old 10-16-2010, 06:45 PM   #28
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Time to brake out the spray guns.

Most of the restoration threads I have read opt for powder coating as their best friend. While powder coating does has some advantages. Like someone else doing the job. Powder coating frames on trail bikes might not be the be best thing. Powder coating is tough, but brittle. Once a stone chip starts, it quickly spreads and starts lifting the rest.

I going for the tried and tested method that was done on frames from the 40's on through the 70's. If you own a airhead you might just reconize the colour of the primer. I have gone for an epoxy based enamel. Not quick drying and takes a good week to cure. When properly dry, it is tough and flexiable.

I suppose 10 years of being a spray painter might be useful and hence my aversion of hating paint stripper. In a previous life. I have painted semis, buses, tractor, motorcycles and a few hundred aircraft. From F111, Macch MB326H, and parts of F-18's. As well as working in a panel shop for motorbikes.
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Old 10-16-2010, 07:17 PM   #29
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Old 10-16-2010, 10:36 PM   #30
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Shiny red paint. Just have to let it harden up for a week before putting the new steering head bearings in. Plenty more to get on with.


After painting the frame. Went over to Andy Gadget for a coffee. Might as well take over the lower triple clamps and press the bearing off. Feels like the bearing has been on for at least a million years. Nothing a bit of heat and a 30 ton press cannot handle.
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