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Thursday, 13 January 2011

GBC and the Flame Thrower, part II.

Ok, just in case you left a comment on the previous post but haven't noticed my reply, I'd like to say...Thanks for all your suggestions, luckily I didn't have to do anything serious (like welding, cos I can't weld) but I soaked it over night with WD40 and then set fire to the darn thing this morning, and gave it another wallop for good measure. I forced a small flat bladed screwdriver bit into it and that got a grip so I was able to get more leverage on it. Bingo. Next problem...

Yep, so, got the split pin out of the spindle, then couldn't get the spindle out. There seems to be a lot of rustiness about Terry. I gave it a dose of WD40, tapped it gently in both directions, managed to get the tip of a small flat bladed screwdriver in the groove to try and gently lever it out, with some persuasion from a small hammer, but it wasn't shifting. On Cubbie I simply grasped the spindle with a pair of long nose pliers but this one was stuck firm. Out with the flame thrower again. I really quite like that particular toy - Mrs BC got it for my birthday a couple of years ago and I haven't really had cause to use it...until now...then I had one of my better ideas. Mole grips. Problem solved. With the jaws clamped on the end of the spindle I was able to twist and pull the spindle free.

Right, undo the 4 screws that hold the inner cover on, but there are only 3 and, you're there before me, the last one was stuck fast. Where does that expression come from, I wonder. I really couldn't be bothered with the gentle approach so it was out with the flame thrower again and it soon gave up the fight. Gently wiggle the cover up and off, being careful not to pull any bits of the gearbox out and hey presto, there's the distributor shaft, timing stuff and oil pump. Something odd struck me about the oil pump, I'm sure it shouldn't be like that. See if you can spot it in the pic.

Next job was to remove the big coggy thing and drop the tappets out (now I know why the things at the top in the rocker box that I call tappets, aren't really tappets), and then the timing pinion. But I don't have the correct puller for that one so we're back on hold for now. Still, at least progress is being made, if a little slowly.


Anonymous said...

Good work yer GBCness.

I'd love to solve you're oil pump problem, but can't; however 'stuck fast'. Many moons ago 'fast' tended to mean solid, strong, that sortuv thingy: steadfast behaviour, colourfast clothing, fast asleep.

Keep up the good work, I think you might deserve some choccy!

ng :)

Gorgeous Biker Chick said...

Aaah, I see, thanks NG, you are a mine of information!

Anonymous said...

Cheers, and most of it completely and utterly useless!

ng :)

Anonymous said...

Notice your trusty manual there. Too bad it never goes as easy as the manual makes it sound. "Re-assemble in reverse order of disassembly"...that's assuming you manage to get it apart in the first place. Hammers,"flame throwers",and colorful shops around the world. I better get going on my Triumph, you've got a head start there. Hairy Larry

Stuart said...

Well done GBC, you just needed a little help from your old friend, Percy Verance. Keep up the good work :-)

Anonymous said...

Interesting photos GBC

The oil pump looks as if it wasn't hooked onto the offset peg on the bottom of the distributor shaft?

I wonder if that was why the bike was "retired"?

Graham B

U N said...

Good work GBC; so far, so good! However, like Graham B I'm slightly concerned as to why the engine was 'retired'. After all, good engines aren't taken out of bikes and taken apart for no reason. All part of the learning process, I suppose.


Gorgeous Biker Chick said...

Thanks chaps, am enjoying this project so far, even the struggles with reluctant nuts and bolts.

I'm trying to find out some more about why the bike was 'retired' which might turn up a reason for disconnecting the pump.


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