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Geoff's 1976 900SS Rebuild
Posted: Fri Jan 28, 2005 11:46 am
Hi y'all. My name is Geoff Probert and I'm restoring a 1976 900SS that I picked up on eBay in July last year. This post is in response to requests (Steve!) to post pictures of progress etc .... more to follow - as progress is made! I'll start with some pictures of the disassembly....
Note the attempt by previous owner at '75 paint job
Pitted stanchions = new stanchions courtesy of Forking by Frank
Rebuilt carbs immediately and engine started ok!
Messy old electrics
In fact it was all pretty messy
More to follow soon......
Posted: Fri Jan 28, 2005 5:23 pm
The electrics were no better under the dash
Bit of a dog'd breakfast at this time
Needed a lot of shelf space
Cleaned up the rims and hibs and respoked the wheels
The boys were impressed
One of the Conti's needed some work
Up to date with this batch of photos
Posted: Fri Jan 28, 2005 5:36 pm
Heads were in good condition but needed a decoke
One way of remembering the spoke pattern (it's actually so easy this isn't necessary)
That Conti reparied nicely
A lot of bits went for new chrome (still waiting on the gas cap....)
And these bits went for new paint
Resilvering was required
Always worth putting in a pic of a failure too: dash wrinkle finish paint looks crap on fork sliders and triple trees!!
Rear shocks are being rebuilt; one surprise was that the damper rods were different lengths....
Parts for cad plating
Parts after cad plating!
I won't be splitting the cases, but heads and pistons will get a decoke (after 11000miles)
Cheers! Watch for updates through the spring; target on the road is end-March 05!
(by the way I have litterally hundreds of photos of the disassembly, these are just a precis; if you need a pic of a part or the position of a part, ask; I may have it covered already!)
Posted: Sat Jan 29, 2005 11:11 am
I'm sorry, I don't see any photo's...
Posted: Sun Jan 30, 2005 2:49 pm
I don't think ofoto allows linking photos like that? Or it's done wrong. Either way, the only way I can see the pics is to view the source file for the page and then cut/paste the info into a new page...
Posted: Sun Jan 30, 2005 4:14 pm
yes guys, like i say in the directions for HOW TO POST PHOTOS IN THIS GALLERY, oFoto is not allowing this stuff so should be avoided. Geoff did what he had to do correctly, but something on the oFoto side of things is not allowing the image to show up.
Please read the directions at the link below.....
http://www.bevelheaven.com/~BB/phpBB2/v ... hp?p=22#22
Fixed the photos
Posted: Sun Jan 30, 2005 5:52 pm
Didn't have the time until this evening; Ofoto's obviously crap for hosting - suggest you move all ref to it from your page Steve!:P
Posted: Sun Jan 30, 2005 7:08 pm
Fantastico! Geoff, thanks for taking the time to post all these photos, everyone sure appreciates it!!!
Posted: Sun Jan 30, 2005 7:57 pm
Bravo, more please.
Posted: Sun Jan 30, 2005 9:06 pm
Looking good! I'm trying to figure out what I want to fool around with once my GT is done, and I'd like to find something like that to start with.
Have fun with it.
Posted: Mon Jan 31, 2005 10:19 am
Yes, the foto's are there at last, thanks!
Posted: Sun Feb 13, 2005 8:15 pm
Got the front tyre on plus disks; what order do the spacers/ speedo drive/ wsher go on to the front spindle??
Built up the forks with the new stanchions; getting the new zipper stitched in this week
And got the frame back from spraying..
Posted: Wed Feb 23, 2005 6:55 pm
Ok, few more bits, some progress! Frame's in the garage, and Joe PROMISES rest of painted parts due next week!!
New zipper installed
Additional swing arm grease nipple
Bearing er, drift tool and results
resilvered reflector - BIG IMPROVEMENT, eh?
Posted: Sun Jun 05, 2005 4:45 pm
Looking good, Geoff!
Keep the photos coming, I think you're going to have a beautiful bike on your hands in no time!
Posted: Sun Jun 05, 2005 5:23 pm
Ok Shanners has shamed me in to putting some more recent pics up. In fact the bike runs - sort of. I'm trying to diagnose a rear cylinder misfire (more like it only occasionally fires....) at the moment otherwise I'd be happy. Lucas Rita; there's only so many ways to skin this diagnostic cat.
I'm just waiting for a replacement Galfer front brake line before I put the front fender on...(the one I received earlier had accidentally chromed threads so was out of spec for a 10x1.0mm thread size!
This last one illustrates the mess coming out of my rear exhaust port. I've swopped the HT leads around to no visible effect, I've shorted out the plug and that's how you can hear the thump thump of an occasional fire versus no thump on that pot when shorted. I need to think, hard.