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Re: Pennsylvania 350 GTR
« Reply #20 on: April 29, 2016, 08:25:25 PM »
My error Brian. What appears to be a screw in the drawing is called out as Item 33 2137-9000 8 Rubber Plug. Good idea on the measurement technique. Until this thread, I had not realized there were dowels peened into the case to stop the fork guide pins. I am always learning something from this group and these motorcycles! Happy day!  ;D
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I guess my other quandary is, if the dowel stops need to be interference fit (and I agree they should be), why would they be missing in DCR's motor? Vely intelestink! This is a topic, I think other members should weigh in on. Dowels missing? Other fixes? etc...
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Re: Pennsylvania 350 GTR
« Reply #21 on: May 31, 2016, 10:23:27 AM »
Picked up a "new" tank recently. It's in really good shape and looks nice now that I buffed out the paint and cleaned up the chrome. The inside was also better than I expected. Hot water, simple green and a small bag of fish tank gravel sloshing around cleaned it up nicely. I did the Evaporust soak just to get any hidden rust and discovered a very slow leak around the bung. I will have to address that before using this tank.

I took the knee pads off to clean it and discovered a name and some other details. I have no idea who or what it references, but I find it interesting so i figured I would share with the group.
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Re: Pennsylvania 350 GTR
« Reply #22 on: May 31, 2016, 10:53:26 AM »
Looking good dcr, but the way that mirror is positioned, one would think you're keeping a eye out to make sure no condors sneak up to swoop you off your pride & joy!  ;D
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Re: Pennsylvania 350 GTR
« Reply #23 on: May 31, 2016, 11:45:57 AM »
Either that or dcr is REALLY TALL!... ;D
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Re: Pennsylvania 350 GTR
« Reply #24 on: May 31, 2016, 12:40:30 PM »
You guys spot everything - I bumped it as I was moving it around the garage and it ended up in that odd position. No condors around PA, just a few bald eagles here and there.

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Re: Pennsylvania 350 GTR
« Reply #25 on: June 10, 2016, 12:41:24 PM »
Comforting to see your pile of rust GTR-BTR. The tank I refurbished had about that much and I considered it a little crazy to refurb it.  I guess "cracy-ness" loves company. The metal was found sound after splitting the tank and abrasive cleaning the inside. Double checked for leaks with a pressure test of the reassemblied tank before chrome and paint. Results are satisfying.

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Re: Pennsylvania 350 GTR
« Reply #26 on: June 10, 2016, 03:19:26 PM »
Splitting the tank - that sounds somewhat appealing and troubling at the same time.

What is the process of splitting the tank and what is involved in putting it back together?

Your pieces look REALLY good.
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Re: Pennsylvania 350 GTR
« Reply #27 on: June 11, 2016, 11:15:46 AM »
   Hi Bob,
              ''Results are satisfying'', that's an understatement ;D ;D,   your tanks and side panel look absolutely fabulous to me, hope mine come out that good.  Great job and colour match to how I remember the original paintwork is spot on. No good me asking who did the work, I'm in the UK  :(.  Would also be interested in hearing how the tank was split and how the colour match was achieved?
   Keep up the good work, Brian.
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Re: Pennsylvania 350 GTR
« Reply #28 on: June 11, 2016, 12:44:49 PM »
Just to add a "way ta go!" on the paint, etc.
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Re: Pennsylvania 350 GTR
« Reply #29 on: June 11, 2016, 11:36:24 PM »
Davis,

nice job on the refurb! I think a lot of us are jealous, I know I am!

What sort of locking fuel cap have you fitted? I have not seen a BS locking cap before?

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Re: Pennsylvania 350 GTR
« Reply #30 on: June 12, 2016, 08:55:27 AM »
No need for jealousy, I'm just trying to keep up with you guys. Just persistence and some $ (thank you Honey for your patience too).

The tank seams were carefully sanded off (leave as much flange as possible for the re-weld butt weld). When apart, the halves were paint stripped and de-chromed, which I have found pretty expensive. (If anyone has a line on cheap chrome removal please let me know). In half, the pieces are easy to remove dents from and to clean the inner surface. I used about the best weld guy in our area to TIG weld the halves together (quality weld is of course important here). Actually, the old tanks can leak from this weld, so applying a quality, fresh weld is an upgrade. Check at the same time the weld around the petcock mounting port, these can fail as well. Also, a good leak check before chrome is important of course.

I enjoyed this project and am interested in doing another (I know Mr. Reed, I really have to get to finish the engine build to finish my first GTR!). I now may do one to the point of being chromed with illustrations.

Paint came from lifting the badges on two old battery covers where the paint appeared original. I had a good local painter (who paints vintage Corvettes - so this guy is good) who consulted with his paint rep. I can probably get the paint codes from him. Also, if anyone wants him to do the job I am willing to be your go-between.

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Re: Pennsylvania 350 GTR
« Reply #31 on: June 29, 2016, 09:29:13 PM »
Finally back from vacation in Costa Rica (awesome place) and had some Bridgestone time. Got the tank issues squared away so its time for fuel and starting this beast up. Put a gallon of premix in the tank with no leaks - that's definitely a plus. A small quick squirt of starter fluid and it starts right up. The left side is smoking quite well but the right seems to be lacking. Apparently the right cylinder isn't firing but I didn't have time to explore the cause. Ill check for spark and fuel tomorrow but at this point, I'm thrilled that it actually started up.

The right carb is leaking a bit - I suspect its a float valve issue which should be easy enough to address.
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Re: Pennsylvania 350 GTR
« Reply #32 on: June 29, 2016, 09:53:17 PM »
Whoo hoo! Nice going dcr. Sounds like you are on the downhill. Good luck the rest of the way...
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Re: Pennsylvania 350 GTR
« Reply #33 on: July 09, 2016, 09:15:57 PM »
Rectifier was bad - swapped out for one that isnt shorted out. Started up and took a quick trip around my development - man this thing is very quick and kinda loud.
1966 175 DT and 1968 350 GTR

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Re: Pennsylvania 350 GTR
« Reply #34 on: July 09, 2016, 10:30:05 PM »
Amen dcr...Quick and loud! Get her out where you can really let it go and you"ll get the full effect! If its a good runner, like most of 'em are, you'll have no problem finding the ton!  ;D ::) ;D
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Re: Pennsylvania 350 GTR
« Reply #35 on: August 12, 2016, 09:58:00 AM »
At what RPM does your 350 idle?
1966 175 DT and 1968 350 GTR

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Re: Pennsylvania 350 GTR
« Reply #36 on: November 28, 2016, 11:06:21 PM »
Hello, looking to paint my Gtr and was wondering if happen to get the paint codes used to paint yours, which by the way looks fabulous. Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated.  I'm sure there are others that could use that info as well . Thanks Kawajockey

 


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