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Post by Celt500 on Fri 27 Feb 2015, 11:59 pm

This is going to be the cleanest CB500 on these islands!
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Post by jerryfudd on Sat 28 Feb 2015, 12:00 am

somehow I doubt any CB could be cleaner than sullivj's tango but I'll give it a go
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Post by sullivj on Sat 28 Feb 2015, 6:55 am

@jerryfudd wrote:somehow I doubt any CB could be cleaner than sullivj's tango but I'll give it a go

Yours will be cleaner... 

But then it should be... It's 99.8% brand new parts and cost 4x what Tango cost me!
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Post by peatrich on Sat 28 Feb 2015, 12:32 pm

I cant decide between motad an delkevic headers. Why did you choose motad?
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Post by jerryfudd on Sat 28 Feb 2015, 1:11 pm

I searched lots of forums about downpipes and the 'sandy' ones were said to be terrible, there was definitely more positive over negative on the delkivic and that they had got better over the years however not a bad word was ever said about Motad.

That said I spoke to someone who had a Motad silencer on a CB500 and wasnt unimpressed but didn't have a compliment about it either.

If you speak to Wemoto they seem to be pretty good at dishing out 10% discounts. if they don't let
me know and I'll see what I can do.

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Post by jerryfudd on Sun 01 Mar 2015, 10:57 am

another update......

with assistance from sullivj and his good friend Alan which I'm very grateful for - or maybe better put I nervously assisted as they did all the work turning the engine over and measuring (I made the tea and bacon sandwiches) we got the valve clearances measured.

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result of which is that 3 of the 8 need to be replaced but we've decided it'd be better to get back to a running bike first.

with that done I started painting the engine yesterday and have just put on the 2nd coat and aswell as coating up the replacement sump, water pump and starter motor so will either get some pics up today or mid/late next week when the remaining coats go on (I've had to order more paint).

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Post by jerryfudd on Sun 01 Mar 2015, 12:35 pm

few early pics of the motor....

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....pictures actually don't do it much justice it looks better in person


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Post by peatrich on Sun 01 Mar 2015, 1:31 pm

Thanks Jerryfudd. I'll have a closer look at the motads
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Post by sullivj on Mon 02 Mar 2015, 6:33 pm

Obviously, the black engine offends every 'must be OEM' bone in my body  Wink ,........ but I do have to concede that the paint looks like it's going on well.

Nice work.
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Post by Beresford on Mon 02 Mar 2015, 6:48 pm

@sullivj wrote:Obviously, the black engine offends every 'must be OEM' bone in my body  Wink ,........ but I do have to concede that the paint looks like it's going on well.

Nice work.



To be for ever known as the "Rattlecan Special" !! Rolling Eyes
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Post by jerryfudd on Mon 02 Mar 2015, 7:10 pm

you wouldn't know it to look at it - bloody good paint!
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Post by badseeds on Tue 03 Mar 2015, 3:29 pm

The paint looks great!
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Post by Guest on Tue 03 Mar 2015, 4:37 pm

Stunning - a little 'want it too' now Smile
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Post by jerryfudd on Tue 03 Mar 2015, 4:40 pm

will be back working on it tomorrow - I've got 3 days off to get it ready to go back in the frame at the weekend so expect a lot more pics soon.
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Post by jerryfudd on Thu 05 Mar 2015, 1:06 pm

colour has developed quite a bit and had some set backs with areas that id missed sanding.

this is where we are at now - I would say 1-2coats more and ill be done and ready for Saturday's refit Very Happy

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terrible lighting in the pics really doesnt do it justice.

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.....and here is a quick 'before' pic when it came out the bike

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Post by eternally_troubled on Thu 05 Mar 2015, 1:16 pm

Looking good!

I would like to do this but I'm not sure I can be bothered with spending the amount of time I know that the sanding must have taken!

Are you planning on leaving the valve cover silver or are you just painting it separately?
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Post by jerryfudd on Thu 05 Mar 2015, 1:23 pm

I removed the rocker cover for the last couple of coats to make sure that I'm not left with a silver line when I replace the gasket but its also satin black.

I've got a new OE cover (the where you can manually crank the engine), inspection cover and shiny rocker cover bolts aswell as a full set of S/S cap bolts to give it some contrast.

Time wise I think its probably had about a total of a week put into it from start to now.
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Post by sullivj on Thu 05 Mar 2015, 4:55 pm

@jerryfudd wrote:Time wise I think its probably had about a total of a week put into it from start to now.

Only if you include the time you've spent literally watching paint dry!
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Post by jerryfudd on Thu 05 Mar 2015, 4:57 pm

....still takes that time - can't go any quicker than that
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Post by sullivj on Fri 06 Mar 2015, 11:39 pm

Tomorrow is THE big day....

I don't want to obviously over-dramatise this moment BUT... My very good mate has spent more than a week painting the engine of "THE most expensive CB500 on the planet" (Maybe even the Universe!)...

Tomorrow, we HAVE to refit it with military precision... Anything less would be considered as a dramatic end to our friendship.... If I even THINK about scratching it, my life won't be worth living....

Wish me luck... <GULP!>
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Post by jerryfudd on Sat 07 Mar 2015, 6:37 am

ha! the degree of military precision will probably depend on how many pints of Harvey's sullivj has consumed the night before.

.....I'm sure it'll be fine Very Happy

......right? 

think I'll be more nervous when the day comes to fire the engine back up for the first time!

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Post by jerryfudd on Sat 07 Mar 2015, 4:56 pm

well. what a day.

firstly massive thanks to sullivj for coming round again to help out with getting the engine back in.

so here we are.......

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engine in and what a pain in the ar$e that was (yes, there was some minor dinging which i need to clear up later too but couldn't be helped).

so, with that out the way on went the downpipes, link pipe, exhaust, swapped out the sump, filled with oil and put on the rad and silicone hoses.

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Post by Llewelyn1965 on Sat 07 Mar 2015, 5:11 pm

Looking good!!
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Post by eternally_troubled on Sun 08 Mar 2015, 1:23 pm

Looks ready to ride to me Smile
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Post by jerryfudd on Sun 08 Mar 2015, 10:02 pm

its getting there - hooked up the battery today to get it turning over on the starter to get some oil back around the engine.

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