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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 10:33 pm 
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Been working with Jon64 for some time now on giving the White Lightning a bit of a makeover. After 16 years and 32000 mls in all weathers she was getting a bit rough around the edges and, as many of you know, she arrived at East Kirkby last year with a serious case of bubbling fuel tank and a broken front cylinder head. I have been project managing getting all the bits and outside services together while Jon has been twirling the spanners.

Today we got the engine back together.

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Front cylinder head has been ally welded. Cam cover has been cut down. A circlip on the crank was repositioned improving oil flow (this had been assembled incorrectly at the factory). And every surface has been refinished or polished. Crankcases, barrels and heads were vapour blasted, acid etched then repainted. All the shiny bits including the previously hidden oil pump have been polished and the meat in the rocker cover sandwich was powder coated white to match the frame and wheels.

For those concerned about the lack of mechanical work everything was in good order including the oil pump drive gear which was upgraded at 20000 miles and is showing no signs of wear.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 1:02 am 
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Looks good Steve. Who painted the cases?

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 10:30 am 
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:yup: looking good , will it be all done for Em's day ?

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 2:19 pm 
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Cases painted by Buzz, our highly skilled valetter, Mick. Wait until you see the bodywork, that has been done by Bean in our Parts Department ;) It will definitely be at Em's Day, Barney.......hoping to have it ready for the Birthday BBQ here on Easter Saturday.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 3:35 pm 
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Thats stunning!! Im aiming to get a finish on mine like that, long way to go though! Was whole engine torn down for vapor blasting?


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 9:59 pm 
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Looking good Steve, beautiful finish

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 10:46 pm 
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Looking good Steve, but you know you can't vote for your own bike!

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 12:03 am 
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I was thinking about getting someone else to judge, SillyB lOl We weren't planning to take it right down but someone carelessly let some scrapings of paint drop into the crankcases so it seemed wise to take it all the way. Wouldn't have found the misplaced circlips otherwise ;)

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 9:10 am 
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That's gorgeous 8-)

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 8:57 pm 
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Lookin good Steve. I Hope that welding doesn't let you down, it'd seem such a shame after all the other work that has gone into it. I thought you'd have gone for a new head which would have been at cost to you wouldn't it :?: .....You're not origionally from yorkshire are you :hehe:


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 11:09 pm 
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Very nice :yup:

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 12:21 am 
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Eey oop, our Dave lOl Stock heads were on back order at time I wanted to order so took the chance and will mount with longer studs rather than stock bolts when it goes back together. My tame engineer has done a first class job with additional reinforcement but in the long run you're probably right ;)

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 11:07 am 
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I thought Thunderstorm heads were no longer available.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 11:31 am 
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pash wrote:
I thought Thunderstorm heads were no longer available.


Didn't show as obsolete at the time, Pash but it was quoting a long lead time :(

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 1:56 pm 
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ursus americanus wrote:
pash wrote:
I thought Thunderstorm heads were no longer available.


Didn't show as obsolete at the time, Pash but it was quoting a long lead time :(

Steve

You know better than me, only what I had heard.

Maybe time to move on to rubbermount Sporster heads and XB pistons ;)

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