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    The October 2017 issue of Classic Motorcycle Mechanics has an article on seat re-covering - with a seat that uses clips rather than staples. Newsagents might still have copies before next month's issue comes out this week.


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    Black bits are now at the coaters, and work has started on the rear mudguard. I had it blasted this morning, and I've cut away the rotten bits, the rest is sound. I think it unlikely that I'll be able to powdercoat it afterwards, unless I can find someone to do lead or silver soldering to fill the gaps, so I'm considering filler and paint, followed by a chrome vinyl wrap. (won't be me doing it!) Other approach would be to get a twopack paintjob as near to chrome as I can.

    Probably going to be a disaster, but what the heck?

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    Seat base stripped and primed. The new cover has arrived, and I'm going to stitch a wire round the base, using the existing cover as a pattern, to give the clips something to hang on to. I soaked the exhausts in citric acid solution for 36 hours, and they've come up loverly. I'll still need to use a bit of hammerite silver on the inner side where the chrome has lifted, but it won't show once they're polished and waxed. The chain guard and the rear shocks have also come up a treat. Next job is to topcoat the base and fit the cover.

    In a moment of economic madness I've ordered and received a zinc plating kit. It would have been cheaper to just buy new fittings and fastners, but where's the fun in that?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugwash View Post
    In a moment of economic madness I've ordered and received a zinc plating kit. It would have been cheaper to just buy new fittings and fastners, but where's the fun in that?
    Ooh, I'd be interested to learn how you get on with the plating kit.

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    Default Re: Suzuki GT250B - Winter project 2017

    Empty your box please

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    Quote Originally Posted by Druid View Post
    Empty your box please
    Done. Sorry!

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    Finally got around to dismantling the forks today, and found out why they weren't moving very much to start with. The left fork is about 3mm bent from top to bottom, whilst the right fork is out by 1mm.

    At least I won't have to get them re-chromed now

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    Pretty sure you can get the fork stantions straightened, by putting them through a roller...

    EDIT: http://www.motoliner.com/motorcycle-...aightening.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by skatty View Post
    Pretty sure you can get the fork stantions straightened, by putting them through a roller...
    Bearing in mind that they also need re-chroming, I'll bite the bullet and get new ones. Re-chroming a pair costs about 150, plus whatever they charge for straightening. I can get a pair of new ones for about 250, so I might as well do it properly. Anyway, if I don't spend a fortune, Tomcat will be disappointed in me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugwash View Post
    Bearing in mind that they also need re-chroming, I'll bite the bullet and get new ones. Re-chroming a pair costs about 150, plus whatever they charge for straightening. I can get a pair of new ones for about 250, so I might as well do it properly. Anyway, if I don't spend a fortune, Tomcat will be disappointed in me.
    He'll still fucking whinge and moan and bring politics into it, whatever you do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yorick View Post
    He'll still fucking whinge and moan and bring politics into it, whatever you do.
    No need to stoke the fire, its a rebuild thread

    Pugwash, I've got some stuff on the 900SS that needs zinc plating if you want to recover some of your investment? Are you doing the gold passivate finish?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GiantPygmy View Post
    No need to stoke the fire, its a rebuild thread

    Pugwash, I've got some stuff on the 900SS that needs zinc plating if you want to recover some of your investment? Are you doing the gold passivate finish?
    At the moment I'm still at the "it'll be a fucking miracle if this works" stage. I will be trying passivate, and if it works I'll keep you in mind. Watch this space over the next few weeks.

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    At the moment I'm still at the "it'll be a fucking miracle if this works" stage. I will be trying passivate, and if it works I'll keep you in mind. Watch this space over the next few weeks.
    Top man, if anyone is going to make a bob out of it, lets keep it in the family

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugwash View Post
    In a moment of economic madness I've ordered and received a zinc plating kit. It would have been cheaper to just buy new fittings and fastners, but where's the fun in that?
    Mate did it for a BSA B40 he's restored and got some good results. I've just gone for SS on the Guzzi.

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