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    Had a few of these years ago, good bikes but those front discs caused me some pain in the wet
    TBF, you were warned!


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    Common problem at the time and why they started drilling them.

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    That looks bang tidy for such an elderly bike. I reckon you're onto a winner. The tank looks amazingly good for the vintage, hope it's as good on the inside, ditto the exhausts.

    Whatever the ultimate value, they were actually decent bikes to ride, surprisingly torquey with very light steering and a lovely burbling exhaust note.

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    I passed my test on a T250 Hustler.

    Looking forward to seeing how you get on with this

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    Nice project. Not having to do the tank will save you big money, but like you say, you'll get hundreds of hours of entertainment out of it - its not all about the numbers.
    I had a 1977 model for a short period in 1981. The motor was lovely but the thing was a pig to ride, I suspect it may have been slightly twisted!

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    Progress continues - just about got the black stuff all apart for the powdercoaters. This morning was spent removing the very stuck swing arm bushes. The forty years of neglect and congealed grease meant that they were in solid. After half an hour in boiling water I used a threaded stud together with appropriately sized sockets to push them out. In my youth I would have carried on whacking them with ever bigger hammers until I'd broken something expensive, so I guess with age does come a certain amount of wisdom...

    Not having any luck finding mudguards or pipes, so it looks like I'm going to have to do something with the ones I have. Any ideas?

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    Progress continues - just about got the black stuff all apart for the powdercoaters. This morning was spent removing the very stuck swing arm bushes. The forty years of neglect and congealed grease meant that they were in solid. After half an hour in boiling water I used a threaded stud together with appropriately sized sockets to push them out. In my youth I would have carried on whacking them with ever bigger hammers until I'd broken something expensive, so I guess with age does come a certain amount of wisdom...

    Not having any luck finding mudguards or pipes, so it looks like I'm going to have to do something with the ones I have. Any ideas?
    You could try and make replicas from sheet aluminium, it's time consuming and takes a few goes but does feel fantastic when you get it right.

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    You just better hope those pipes aren't rotten out. They don't look so bad.

    I would be tempted to use a de rusting agent like a rust removing gel. Use it sparingly with fine wire wool on the pipes external surfaces. Looks like surface rust.

    The mudguard looks like a write off. Either way it would need sandblasting first so I guess you could do that and see what, if anything, is left.

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    You could try and make replicas from sheet aluminium, it's time consuming and takes a few goes but does feel fantastic when you get it right.
    How 'structural' is the mudguard - do the forks legs need it to maintain rigidity between them? Just thinking that a steel brace under the ally might be needed.

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    How 'structural' is the mudguard - do the forks legs need it to maintain rigidity between them? Just thinking that a steel brace under the ally might be needed.
    Don't know, on a GT185 the rear mudguard supports the taillight which is quite heavy.
    The front X7 mudguard would probably fit, but to me 124 seems a lot for a mudguard, and yes I am a tight wadge.

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    Thanks for the suggestions. I've stripped the top of the front mudguard, and it's beyond salvage, mostly filler beneath the paint, and a large hole in the mudguard itself. I'll take the dimensions and if the Franco will fit the forks I think I don't really have an option. The back is more marginal, and I'll strip as much as I can, maybe cut the damage out and re-weld it. The light unit that bolts to it is ok, so if I can stabilise the rust and get a reasonable surface then I'll get a light grey satin powdercoat on it.

    I'm afraid making my own ally m/g is rather above my limited payscale!

    Next decision is whether the stanchions need re-chroming @ 140 a pair, or whether I want to try araldite and 1200 wet and dry first. Now the rust is off it's already pretty smooth, and I think I might get way with it, especially if I mount it so that the shiney bit is to the front. Out of sight, out of mind etc.

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    TBF, you were warned!
    You must always read that before attempting an emergency stop.

    Was it Hondas that had the important warning label about not putting brake fluid on the indicator lenses?

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    Common problem at the time and why they started drilling them.
    Unfortunately, not the best solution as radial slots would have cleared the water while holes retained it.

    Luckily, pad improvements overtook the holes.

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