I'm still working like a mad-man ( real make-money-work ) weekends and all,
so haven't been able to do much on the bike.
A few later night hours is all.
But here's a short update to let you know that I haven't sunken into the ground.
Took the carb apart as it dawned to me that I probably forgot to drain
it after a start-up attempt looooooong ago.
Methanol is supposed to be quite aggressive so I was a bit worried:
...bad news: yep, I forgot to do it
...good news: no damage apart from a bit of corrosion in the bottom of the float bowl
Weird: when putting it back together the rubber-seal between the float-chamber and the bottom-piece
was too small...must be the methanol that made it scrink
The trick is to immense it in WD-40.
Hence the yellow container with the seal emmenced.
Yep: WD-40 will make it swell up.
I know from a test I did once when a discussion came up
about using WD-40 to loosen up a brake-piston if stuck in the caliber.
NOT a good idea as the test shows:
The WD-40 will make it a LOT harder to get the stuck piston loose:
Honda GL1000 front brake seal :
...after a few hours in WD-40:
...and after a couple of days:
Got the carb together all right.
Made an "inner fender" / splash guard.
Should have a double-curvature at the rear.
Whacked it in the blindingly naive hope that I could actually do that
BAM...BAM....BAM...BAM.....I don't need no stinking english-wheel...WHACK....WHACK....yes I do!!!!
Maybe I should invest in some proper tools instead of delude myself
that it can be done with a plastic-tip hammer and a tiny anvil.
Never mind for now. It'll work:
...will go in here:
Got the parts ready for the roller-starter:
...One piece of scrap aluminum
...Two pieces of POM Delrin
bought cheaply from the local plastic whole sale dealers cut-off-pieces heap.
It's an amazing material.
The rollers will be shaved 'smooth' at each end,
and stuck directly into corrosponding holes in the Delrin , which can easily
act as 'bearings' for the rollers on each side.
...One Mitsubishi starter from the auto junk yard
Took the starter to pieces to remove the 'arm' from the solenoid to the cog-wheel
..as the starter will be connected directly: cog-wheel--axle-->roller,
and as the bike starts, the cog-wheel will run for a short while freely ( not dragging the starter-motor)
by means of the over-running clutch ( blue arrow ) on which the cogwheel is attached.
More on all that later.