The Sultan of Bling
Looking forward to seeing the and result, wait until the tyres are on though, always looks better
Managed a few hours this morning and another couple this afternoon.
Stripped and cleaned the carbs and changed the alternator brushes. Had a bit of a scare when I started the bike and it melted through the tie downs. Luckily one strap held long enough to stop the bike falling over.
Thing was I knew they were against the headers but when I tool the wheels off earlier in the week I had no intention of starting it. It was just with doing the carbs and alternator brushes I thought I'd start it and check for leaks and that the bike was charging OK. It completely slipped my mind. Interestingly there was no smoke or burning smell. I let it run for a minute, switched off and popped into the house. By the time I got back one strap had snapped that the other was halfway through. Not a mark on the pipes either so nothing to scrape off.Woh, woh woh! You started the bike without the wheels fitted and you got a bit of a scare? Jayzuz I bet you did!!!!
Scare can barely describe it, major trouser incident in the rear baggage area is more apt!!! Glad you managed to catch it though. :thumbup:
Look forward to seeing how the wheels worked out.
That's relaxation therapy you have discovered, highly addictive once you startThe other evening task was to spend a bit of time polishing the exhausts and they are coming up rather well. I'm now running the risk of "doing a Thunder" and taking bits off and polishing them.
Someone stop me please!
A little. the bottom half was actually shinier that the top half as someone had had a go at it before. I gave it a quick once over as I'd had the bike out round the block a week back and the salt had got to it and it was covered in white speckles.Starting to look good there. Have you had a go at the front cover or was it that shiny already?
The wheels came up very well and I'm glad I used the lacquer as they don't jump out at you too much. I think its also going to be pretty durable as the front tubeless tyre (with a tube fitted) took a fair bit of levering and even without rim protectors (but highly polished levers) the wheel was unmarked.That's relaxation therapy you have discovered, highly addictive once you start
Wheels look great, fantastic job :thumbleft:
I'm leaning back to black. With a gold or silver pinstripe (and maybe a fine red one along side) I know it's not original but an original R45 doesn't really float anyone's boat and at least with a retro paint job it will, superficially at least, make it more appealing to those not in the know.Any final decisions on colour yet?
Just occurred to me, Avus Black is the same colour the Bumblebee bike I'm working on uses so here's the paint formula if you want it.
I'm seriously thinking about it and were it not for the pinstriping I would have. I've actually got a big 3hp / 13cfm compressor and reasonably priced hvlp guns aren't hard to come by and I'd probably need to invest in something to pull the moisture and oil out of the air.Paint it yourself. JimJam is right about the cost of a profesional doung the work. They have a wage to earn.
DIY, buy one of these
Apollo Spraymate HVLP Turbine Paint Spray System | eBay
Suprisingly good finish form this. I have an older model and use sometimes it instead of the profesional kit I have. Its High Volume Low Pressure and is very economical on paint.
Celulose paint and consumables including clearcote £60, paint for bikes are not covered by the directive re watebased paints so any paint factor will mix it for you. Half a litre of black is more than enough. Rattle can primer from the paint factor (good quality as professionals use it) and half litre of clear, five litre can of high quality thinners.
With that kit you have no excuse, even the £15 HVLP guns on e bay will do a good job. Water/oil separators are peanuts and with that compressor you could run a power sander.I'm seriously thinking about it and were it not for the pinstriping I would have. I've actually got a big 3hp / 13cfm compressor and reasonably priced hvlp guns aren't hard to come by and I'd probably need to invest in something to pull the moisture and oil out of the air.
Keeping in mind that this bike is restoration on a budget I may well give it a whirl but it will mean vinyl pinstripes under the clear. It would certainly be more satisfying knowing I'd done the whole job in-house.