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Engine / crank seals
« Last post by gtrman on Today at 08:13:16 AM »
Mine were loose.. i had a machinist who is also a racing engine builder, fasten them with screws. Just lije Kawasaki. I have a pic if interested. I haven't started the bike yet.
OFF TOPIC not Bridgestone related / Re: shippers for car doors?
« Last post by old smokey on Yesterday at 10:52:23 AM »
Thanks for that thought Moonpup.
I don't care if it takes a couple weeks for them to reach the destination, I just don't want to see any damage incurred and the purchase price plus shipping shouldn't be more than a complete rebuild of the original doors.
350 Talk / Re: latest article 350 GTO
« Last post by old smokey on Yesterday at 10:48:55 AM »
I see the article claims this bike was made during the first week of production. I don't see in the article what the serial number might be, anyone got other source info?
To me it looks like the chain guard isn't chrome, but maybe just the angles of the photography make it look painted.
OFF TOPIC not Bridgestone related / Re: shippers for car doors?
« Last post by moonpup on June 24, 2017, 08:22:52 PM »
You might check with the bus lines, I remember fellow Z-car club members shipping things like fenders, doors, etc. and commenting on how cheap it was compared to other methods.
OFF TOPIC not Bridgestone related / shippers for car doors?
« Last post by old smokey on June 24, 2017, 07:26:07 PM »
Not even related to motorcycles, but my brother is going to have an '85 Mustang GT restored and the doors aren't the greatest for starting with. They could be done, but might be cheaper to start with better used ones. I am in the Phoenix AZ area and might have a lead for better rust-free doors. The question is how to have them shipped to Indiana from Arizona without paying more than the work required on the original doors?
350 Talk / Re: latest article 350 GTO
« Last post by BS Mechanic on June 23, 2017, 03:13:54 PM »
I'm impressed! This group has good eyes!
General Discussion / Re: 350 gtr starting trouble
« Last post by old smokey on June 23, 2017, 02:30:19 PM »
Another thing you might try if you think the plugs are actually sparking when in the cylinders, I like to shoot a little model airplane fuel (10 or 15% nitro) into the carb. If you are anywhere close to having the proper fuel/air mixture along with spark the model airplane fuel (made for glow plug engines) will give you hope. If you leave the fuel lines connected to the carbs you can fill those with model fuel and get 5-10 seconds of run time.
When you are testing the spark plugs removed, are you grounding them to the engine or the frame?
General Discussion / Re: 350 gtr starting trouble
« Last post by mrjones on June 23, 2017, 01:01:24 PM »
 Today i got my battery back refitted it and checked  the spark, bright purple strong spark, plugs back in and ..... nothing!! wasnt even trying to start! back to the drawing board and try some of the other things suggested. 

 As for the neutral light 5th gear indicator  i am missing the copper "connector" and the black unit with 2 wires coming from it is cracked, yes its leaking oil but i wanted to get the bike up and running and find every last thing i need before sending for parts, it takes time and the uk government taxes every parcel!

 I didnt know the rectifier could "steal" charge from the battery ,i was looking for an earth short! which i cant find, however for now ive disconnected the earth lead and will get an up to date rec/reg and an optimiser, but first i want it running!
350 Talk / Re: latest article 350 GTO
« Last post by BRT-GTR on June 23, 2017, 06:26:25 AM »
        Hi Marcus,
                         You are right, well spotted, definitely not original BS handgrips !    Kawasaki also used the same pattern handgrip as BS. These are available at low cost on the internet but the modern copies use a harder plastic compound. These can be uncomfortable on your hands on longer trips. Guess how I know that.
General Discussion / Re: 350 gtr starting trouble
« Last post by BRT-GTR on June 23, 2017, 06:17:19 AM »
                     I struggled to find a charger suitably for our relatively small 6amp/hr battery, most have a too high charge rate.
    Would recommend the Optimate2, 12v, 0.8A charger which will handle STD, AGM, GEL and EFB  batteries. A fully automatic, intelligent charger which can also be left attached over winter to maintain your battery.  Available on the internet for about £37 ($44).

     Do you know why the battery went flat ?  After 50 years, the original selenium rectifiers are notorious for allowing the charge to leak back, while the ignition is turned off. There are several good posts on the site showing you how to make a low cost modern rectifier, maybe someone can provide a link.
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