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Old 05-05-2011, 09:22 PM   #41
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Looking good man.
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Old 05-05-2011, 09:25 PM   #42
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The highlight of my day! I thought this old Bates headlight was beyond use with the rust that was coming through the chrome. Originally I thought I would have to paint or powder coat it. Well, I pounded out the dents as best I could and then my wife suggested I try to clean up the chrome (she has started calling this her bike). Anyway, thanks for the suggestion Kim, it came out pretty decent. It isn't perfect, But it's perfect for this bike. And, I saved the original Bates sticker!!

From this.............................to this
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Old 07-20-2011, 03:53 PM   #43
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It's been a while since I posted any progress pics......mostly because it's been slow going. I cut up the Cub oil tank and had a plug welded in. I finished the mock-up and tore it back down, sandblasted the frame and painted it. Most of the bits and pieces are made, but I am still tracking down some parts. (anyone have the oil screen / supply spiggot for a Triumph cub oil tank.....they seem to be hard to come by).

Some pics of the re-assembly.
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Old 07-20-2011, 05:41 PM   #44
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Sweet 650 man you should be stoked. Thankyou for not stretching it 10" ...good choice on the oil tank too. Your brother would be grinning ear to ear!
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Old 07-20-2011, 05:49 PM   #45
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very nice.
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Old 07-20-2011, 05:51 PM   #46
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dude this is a nice bike. normally im not a fan of british stuff (could be cause i havent seen to many of them and dont know crap about them) but this bike really appeals to me. good job man your brother would be proud.
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Old 07-20-2011, 06:35 PM   #47
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Thanks for the support guys. I will probably be a little emotional the first time I get it on the road, and every time after......I will be thinking of my brother.

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Old 09-03-2011, 12:25 AM   #48
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A quick update:

Oil lines plumbed, ignition wiring complete. Lots of other stuff done. No updated pics of the bike though.

I put the rocker boxes on and hit a huge problem. I turned the engine slowly through and the right piston would hit the valve. Initially I though valve timing was the culprit but it wasn't. I went through all this on another thread here in detail and asking for help. Turns out one of my NOS pistons was machined incorrectly. One of the valve cutouts was not cut correctly and was hitting the intake valve. So I pulled the head, cylinder and took the pistons to a local guy who re cut the valve cut out. I put it all back together and threw the tank on for a test start. Would you believe it started on the first kick after a healthy tickle? SWEET!!! I'm Stoked.

So now it is timed and ready to run.

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Old 09-03-2011, 12:33 AM   #49
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Painted the base coats on the tins today. I will clear tomorrow morning. Overall I am satisfied with the results. I can tell that it's been a while since I've done painting though. I think that with the clear it will really pop.
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Old 09-03-2011, 01:13 AM   #50
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Dang, man. I cannot WAIT to see this put together! I'm really excited. It's so clean and simple, but elegant and sexy at the same time. Great build, nice to see something beautiful and modified, yet not extreme.

Your brother would be honored. =D
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First off, rest in peace to your brother! I also have a 650 hand me down I am trying to piece together. Where did you get your front end from, I've been looking for a while now found fork tubes and bars, needing trees and lowers and not much luck. Great build and lots of inspirational idea's in your project keep em coming.
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Thanks Rockett, Just trying to put something together that is functional and that I like.....and within a budget. I look at a lot of builds on this board and I feel like a hack.....so I'm glad you like it.

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First off, rest in peace to your brother! I also have a 650 hand me down I am trying to piece together. Where did you get your front end from, I've been looking for a while now found fork tubes and bars, needing trees and lowers and not much luck. Great build and lots of inspirational idea's in your project keep em coming.
Trees, lowers and front wheel off a 71 or 72 Triumph. Would have liked to find some 68 style lowers but they are a little pricey for this build. I see them for sale here on the board from time to time.

What year is your 650?
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Thanks Rockett, Just trying to put something together that is functional and that I like.....and within a budget. I look at a lot of builds on this board and I feel like a hack.....so I'm glad you like it.

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Old 09-03-2011, 08:42 AM   #55
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thats tough man, i don't think anyone wants to come into a bike that way but at least your doing the right thing by preserving his memory
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Old 09-03-2011, 12:45 PM   #56
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Great story and build. Love the paint and pipes and everything else too. Yes he is/will be very proud. Take him as your guardian angel and ride with him.

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Old 09-03-2011, 03:41 PM   #57
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Another cool Brit to soon hit the road. Kudos. I'm sure your brother would be stoked.
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Great story and a cool bike to boot! Can't wait to see it all together.
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Old 09-03-2011, 04:28 PM   #59
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One step forward....Two steps back.

Frustrating day. I had to clear the tins today to stay within the 24 hour window for the base coat. Well, I woke up to a steady rain....and I don't have a place to paint inside. So I went about to setting up my easy up tent as my spray booth. It was just a light breeze and the rain......humid too. Horrible conditions for a good paint job.
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Old 09-03-2011, 04:33 PM   #60
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Oh and how did yu get the headlight to clean up so well? or did you plate that also?
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