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Re: BLUE OYSTER GIMP CLUB NEWBIE(400C)
« Reply #75 on: May 15, 2019, 08:24:05 PM »
Clutch perch assembly now. managed to get the correct collar from USA to fit handle to perch as it's not a collared bolt that's fitted incorrectly. They're only on E/F models ::) ::) ::)

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Used a saved OEM cable strap to hold clutch cable to frame ;D ;D

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casing now on

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Fitted side stand next

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Left side cases on 8) 8)

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Re: BLUE OYSTER GIMP CLUB NEWBIE(400C)
« Reply #76 on: May 15, 2019, 08:40:45 PM »
Exhausts next with NOS baffles I bought off Dave James last year. Many Thanks Dave ;) ;)
As for the exhausts. Pictures I hope will show how they're original finish, no rust anywhere but there's a couple of bits of road rash. A small dink under where the left rear footpeg is and a scuff near the gearchange. The downpipes are gorgeous and can't make my mind up if they're original finish or rechromed??
Anyway, I've decided to fit as is so as not to spoil what generally an original, possibly NOS in the recent past although a little abused. Thoughts, Please??

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Look Gorgeous on bike 8) 8)

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Re: BLUE OYSTER GIMP CLUB NEWBIE(400C)
« Reply #77 on: May 15, 2019, 08:54:36 PM »
Anyone else been hunting new rear shocks like Me. Been put on Yambits email waiting list weeks ago and have since rung them again. They said their suppliers still haven't received any from manufaturers :o :o
Been in touch with a couple of EBay sellers who are selling Black spring versions and same story from them, no chrome versions available. Assume must be using same manufacturer. It's a great shame as I've had a pair from Yambits on the back of My F for 2 years now and very pleased how they work, especially as I ride mainly 2 up. Suddenly had a thought and checked on Norbos website. he sells both types along with Hagons. Got in touch and duly purchased a pair from Him. Looked great on arrival but as picture shows a slight problem with diameter of mounting point holes :'( :'(

Old pair on right in picture

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New 1's on arrival

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Cured the problem by heating up the rubber bushes and pushed the internal bush out. Fit perfectly now. Thanks Norbo

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Re: BLUE OYSTER GIMP CLUB NEWBIE(400C)
« Reply #78 on: May 15, 2019, 09:42:20 PM »
30th April all was ready for 1st fire up since rebuild began. Premix in auxiliary tank ready to bleed 2T pump through to carbs. kicked her over about 8 times and she fired into life :D :D
That was for about 3 seconds. Then she was only running on right side. Kept her ticking over with pump cable pulled out to give max output until oil came through carbs pipes and attached them to carbs. Tried checking a few things, putting choke on/ off and left side would attempt to run for a split second then die again. If I increased revs into the needle jet range, left cylinder would spring into life :o :o.
Gave up that night.
Went in next night, stripped left carb checked all was well. Blew through jets and passages with compressed air and tried again. Still no good :'( :'(

Chats and texting with Simon of Chase superbikes our local 2 stroke specialist. Nick Chambers, Vertically challenged OLD RD USER, Little Phil to You all ;D ;D
Tried 2 more carbs, still the same. Took airbox to carb rubbers off following advice from previously mentioned. Stuck fingers across back of left carb so air being sucked through the gaps in My fingers and left side would spring into life. Same applied when I sprayed WD40 into left carb. Last check suggested by Nick was Latex gloves cable tied loosish around carb mounting rubbers, plugs out and kick over. Right side good tension on glove, left side useless. Therefore proved air leak on left side.
Engine out and strip down again 5port :'( :'( :'(
1st stripped off points casing, then removed armature to be greeted by the obvious problem

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 Seal was nowhere near touching crank shaft to seal. FFS, another stupid missed problem by Me. Turns out what you see is the E/F type seal which is larger as the flywheel shaft on them slides into this size seal on fitting. I'd missed the obvious again ::) ::)

Engine out AGAIN. Stripped down. Got another pair of genuine seals

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All back together and now runs real sweet and crisp. Response to throttle is immense. Should be as carbs have All Gen Mikuni Jets and Needles ;D ;D ;D

Hex bolts on right side case temporarily to be able to torque correctly. Will replace them 1 at a time with the correct Olive screws after a day or so after checking no oil leaks ;) ;)

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Got a deadline to keep now as I've booked an M.O.T for this Saturday afternoon, 18th May, peace of mind for Myself. Don't agree with an old vehicle not having 1. They should be mandatory as far as I'm concerned, but who am I but a Minion.





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Re: BLUE OYSTER GIMP CLUB NEWBIE(400C)
« Reply #79 on: May 16, 2019, 12:10:01 AM »
This is up to date as of Tuesday 14th May. Got tank out of storage and fitted out with a brand new tap but changed the filter otherwise the reserve would be very early as it's an LC tap. Yambits for the felt washers, amazing they're Gen packets with Yambits part number stuck on. New genuine fuel pipe as well

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Re: BLUE OYSTER GIMP CLUB NEWBIE(400C)
« Reply #80 on: May 16, 2019, 08:37:40 AM »
Looking good Paul  :) Only problem now is which one to take to Rally
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Re: BLUE OYSTER GIMP CLUB NEWBIE(400C)
« Reply #81 on: May 16, 2019, 03:42:34 PM »
No choice there Gary. 400F of course, plus I'm selling this 1 after a week or 2 test riding 8) 8) 8)

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Re: BLUE OYSTER GIMP CLUB NEWBIE(400C)
« Reply #82 on: Today at 08:20:15 AM »
Tank and side panel fitted. Must admit this colour is growing on Me 8) 8) 8)

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Checked the charging circuit. 1st pic is without engine running. Well Pleased with the output :D :D

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The expensive Bling part now

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Club advertising now ::) ::) ::)

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Tool tray

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Calliper Decals

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Re: BLUE OYSTER GIMP CLUB NEWBIE(400C)
« Reply #83 on: Today at 08:30:07 AM »
Seat assembly

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Got a bit of fettling to do with seat cover as I'm not happy with the tank end. Will let it settle and sort before fitting the stainless steel strip. Also it'll have a stretch when I take her for MOT.

Outside yesterday, Saturday 18th May 2019 ready to head off for MOT test. Very Pleased with the results, What do You think Mr James & Mr Dawkins??
Can I be a full Member of the club now??  SORRY PINKY

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Well, Pleased to say she passed MOT with flying colours :D :D
Came the long way home and had a big grin all the way back. Very responsive and crisp on the throttle. Accidently, honest officer!! pulled a couple of wheelies 8) 8).
Need to bleed rear brake, still feels a bit spongy but brakes do work, feel great. Got a local charity bike show today, so I'll have a rest from fettling and do a few things next week. Hope to take her to a couple of local bike nights next week, then she'll be up for sale. :) :) :)
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Re: BLUE OYSTER GIMP CLUB NEWBIE(400C)
« Reply #84 on: Today at 09:30:45 AM »
Yes, that came out good!  :)
Guess you can answer the tech questions about crank seals now!  :D >:( :)

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Re: BLUE OYSTER GIMP CLUB NEWBIE(400C)
« Reply #85 on: Today at 10:49:25 AM »
Well done, an excellent restoration and another one back out on the road.

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Re: BLUE OYSTER GIMP CLUB NEWBIE(400C)
« Reply #86 on: Today at 01:18:39 PM »
yes well done paul a great restoration i can not wait to see it

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Re: BLUE OYSTER GIMP CLUB NEWBIE(400C)
« Reply #87 on: Today at 06:00:51 PM »
come on Tink, no seat trim, wrong mirrors. bitsa  :D :D :D :D, but on the other hand well done sir you have the gimp club membership  :-* :D
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Re: BLUE OYSTER GIMP CLUB NEWBIE(400C)
« Reply #88 on: Today at 07:31:08 PM »
It's still a common Blue Oyster Gimp RD  :D :D :D
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Re: BLUE OYSTER GIMP CLUB NEWBIE(400C)
« Reply #89 on: Today at 08:51:10 PM »
5port, Yes I will ::) ::)
Little Phil, sorry you probably won't see her,  I'll be selling shortly, unless you pop down here.
Tez, no idea of correct mirror style ;) ;)
Pinky, Thanks as always :P :P :P