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General Discussion / Latest project
« on: July 03, 2018, 08:18:51 PM »
  Started a new project a few weeks ago it's a 1800 x 50mm belt sander.  Finally finished and works a treat, man this thing will move a lot of metal really fast.  It has a what I think is a 2 horse power 3 phase motor and it has serious grunt.  I have a 320 grit belt on it at the moment but I have some 60 grits on order and hopefully they will arrive soon, the 320 is becoming very smooth very fast.
p.s. Hope the photos attach ok.

General Discussion / Repco specials
« on: May 31, 2018, 07:16:37 PM »
Repco catalogue sale from today until 10th June. Aerosols
Brake Cleaner
Carby cleaner
Silicone Spray
Belt Dressing
Lithium Grease
   Choice of any 4 for $10.  The carby and the brake cleaners are good products and usually priced between $8 and $12 depending on brand.  I picked up $20 worth this morning, hopefully last until the next time they come up.

Tech Talk / New pipe
« on: April 01, 2018, 08:25:30 PM »

  just finished a new pipe for my Cotton.  This time it's a step backwards as far as performance is concerned.   It is as close as I can find to the original flat megaphone pipe that this Cotton had when it was new.  I have been looking for a while and contacting Cotton club members in the UK plus a couple in USA and finally I was given the approximate dimensions for the pipe.  So here it is.

Not a lot of work with this pipe but still satisfying to see it finished.

General Discussion / just not cricket
« on: March 30, 2018, 09:17:50 PM »

   Well is it just me or has the Australian media done it again?   I know that this ball tampering thing is not on and is cheating but does the punishment fit the crime?  Apparently in the past other national teams (not Australian) have been caught tampering with the ball and the guilty players end up with a loss of one match payment or a game off as punishment.  The problem with Australia, is the power of the friggin media.  They most cases they choose who is elected to govern, Who gets the job of party leaders and when was the last time anyone but these arseholes actually decided that a cricket captain needed to be replaced or picked a new captain for the Aussie cricket team.  These blokes have done the wrong thing but it shouldn't be up to Tracy Grimshaw or Alan jones or any of the other parasites in the media to decide their fate, and like it or not they do. The embarrassment they feel should almost be punishment enough.  But these fellers have lost their place in the team, millions of dollars in payments and indorsements plus being paraded in front of cameras to publicly apologies to all of Australia     I'm not a cricket fan, in fact I think they should all have a bat and ball to play with and that would relieve all the pressure.

Tech Talk / Improvements to lathe
« on: March 28, 2018, 08:08:59 PM »

   Being self taught machinist I have always struggled using the dual calibrated dials I find that I tend to creep up on the finished size rather than trust them.  I would like to fit a proper digital readout but they are a bit to expensive for me at the moment.  So over the last couple of days I have converted a pair of cheap verniers (digital calipers) into a home made DRO for the tailstock and longitudinal movement on my lathe.  They can be zeroed and then measure the movement the same as a shop bought DRO but at a cost so far of less than $20 for them both.  I will be fitting one to the cross slide as soon as my new set of verniers arrive from China.

  This one is fitted using a aluminium block which I made using my Milling machine and then securing the readout section of the verniers onto a plate screwed to the tailstock body with good old Stikaflec.

This one is removable and only used when needed.  It secures itself to the carriage using rare earth magnets and the readout is mounted on another aluminium block which I milled so that it fits neatly onto the lathe bed and is held in place with more of the same magnets.

This one I store just at the back of the lathe and it fits in place in a couple of seconds.


General Discussion / Media beat ups
« on: February 19, 2018, 08:29:56 PM »

  Am I the only one who thinks that most of this Barnaby Joyce crap, that is all over the air waves at the moment, is a media beat up.  There's nothing much for these parasites to report on, so they badger this poor bastard mercilessly for something to do and I don't even like the prick.  They are insinuating that it was a quick shag, and because of that he should resign. Yet they don't put the pressure on these politicians when they have sold out our manufacturing industries.  Spending millions of dollars overseas on trains when that money would have kept our train building strong and employing heaps more Aussies.  Or pricks like Joe Hockey standing there and daring the car makers to close down, arsehole.  Who knows, this couple might end up together for 20 or 30 years and lets face it, not all marriages last, in fact I saw it reported by these same media arse wipes, that up to 50% of marriages in the US and Australia end up in divorce.  How would you like to be in the trenches with our prime minister ( Mr potato head ) as soon as there was any pressure, he folds and throws his mate to the wolves, hardly a Winston Churchill type is he and Bill Shorten is just as bad but at least this dickhead is in opposition.  Who know maybe some princess or film star will get up the stick then these reporter can concentrate on them and leave this poor bastard and his girl alone.

General Discussion / 18th this year
« on: February 15, 2018, 06:10:30 PM »

  When will they try to do something about it.  Heard on the news this morning another school shooting in USA, 17 dead plus more injured.  They reported that this is the 18th school shooting so far this year. Is that possible?  I have never been a shooter or owned a gun and before I get jumped on by those who do, I don't believe in completely disarming the population either but the weapons available in USA are mind blowing.  This kid had weapons that should not be available to the public including smoke grenades, stacks of ammo and I assume, at least one automatic gun.
  I know the American constitution allows the population the freedom to bear arms but I wonder when it was written.  Did they think that guns would ever evolve into the types of weapons produced and available to US citizens today.


Husqvarna / Husky Auto
« on: February 12, 2018, 12:10:52 AM »
  A friend of mine has acquired a 1977 husky 360 auto.  The bike was in bits but he has it almost done and is hoping to have it down at the OZVMX Expo in March.  He is now ready to rebuild the wheels, new spokes, paint etc, for this he needs to know the wheel offset for both wheels.  If any of you husky blokes can help him out it would be appreciated, maybe even shout you a beer at the Expo.
   Regards Zane

General Discussion / Sponsors
« on: February 08, 2018, 04:14:22 PM »

  I don't watch a lot of TV but this morning the wife was watching a morning show.  In the middle of all of the adds for funeral insurance was an ad wanting people to become child sponsors here in Australia. Hundreds of thousands kids living in poverty, what the f#*k has happened to this country?  I know there have always been needy families, even back when I was a kid but are things so bad now that we have to get sponsors so some kids can get enough to eat plus school uniforms, supplies etc.
  I blame the Liberal party, no reason for this other than I just don't like the bastards.


General Discussion / Side-Piper build
« on: January 28, 2018, 10:20:01 PM »

   Just added some more photos to my CZ Side Piper build thread.  I thought that when more photos were added that the thread would be move back to the top of the list so that members would see it, but it looks like that doesn't happen so I will have to go back through some build threads and see what I have missed.

General Discussion / CZ Sidepiper build
« on: January 11, 2018, 10:16:25 PM »
My wife purchased this bike for me a few years ago it was in the condition you love to find them. The bike was complete right down to the original clamps and even a set of new Barum tyres still wrapped in the original tape. Since then it has sat in my shed waiting it’s turn.

  I started the build by getting the forks rechromed and the frame powder coated.  The fork bottoms and triple clamps were then polished and the forks rebuilt.

 The seat was in great condition so just a clean and wax conditioner for it.  The tank was also in good nick so, after trying to find the correct colour, I was pointed to a paint company that had the right one by Tony27 on the OZVMX forum. Tony among others has been a big help with information for this build.  I contacted a local paint company whose rep managed to find me a complete set of colour swatches, which were mainly for Fiat cars, but had every colour they had ever made and from them I selected the colour I believe to be right.  I had the paint tinted ready and a bit later I prepared and painted it.

 I had my son-in-law cut out a heat shield for the exhaust from stainless steel on a water jet cutter then I rolled it to the correct shape and fitted the brackets to hold it in place.  I repaired the chamber, removed a few dents and then I had the header pipe and chamber rechromed along with the kick starter, gear lever, handlebars and a heap of other bits and pieces, as well as getting other stuff zinc plated.

 The fibreglass inner guard / airbox was repaired and painted along with the rear fender.

  I powder coated a heap of smaller parts using my do it yourself home powder coating system.

 The original foot pegs were solid mounted with no spring back so I fabricated a new mount and purchased a quality set of flip back pegs, powder coated then fitted them.


 The front guard was rough so I had to scrape all of the dry flaky shit off it then sand it with finer and finer wet and dry and then polished it and gave it a coat of clear.

  The wheels have been the biggest problem with the whole build. I purchased a set of stainless Buchanan spokes from USA which I was not happy with. When it came time to lace the wheels, the heads of the spokes were bigger than the originals and this caused a bit of anxiety but my mate who laced the rims for me has found this problem before and found a way around it.  I searched for a couple of years for the correct colour for the hubs.  Again heaps of help from forum members even had a member  Scootern29  who lives in USA go to the trouble of buying a can of paint which was close from a local supplier, painting a swatch for me and sending it to me in Australia free of charge. Thanks again Scott hopefully one day I will be able to repay the favour.  Many of the colours  were close but I am really fussy and like to get things right, so I went to a local auto paint supplier checked most of their colour cards, had a few tins tinted and eventually, after spending a heap of money, found what I believe is as close to being right as is possible.  It is a 2 to 1 mix of the last 2 tins I had tinted so, if I can manage to get some photos up and you think like me that the colour is right then I have all the info you will need to get your own tinted.

Just started on the motor, seems to be in great condition, still on standard bore which shows no sign of wear.  The bottom end is also great so a bullet dodged there.  I might get away with replacing the seals all around and hopefully have it finished for the show and shine weekend in March.
  As I do more I will try to update this post with a few more pictures.  ( That is if I have managed to get some to stick this time. 
p.s.  I have probably about 4 or 5 ltrs of different coloured golds in my spray booth more than I will ever use.

   Added a few more bits over the last couple of days, still waiting for some bits to arrive. 

  This model doesn't have a cover over the front drive sprocket so I had to fabricate one

Added the chain, coils, seat, tank, rear brake rod plus other stuff

  Well, it's done!  Fitted new levers finished the cables, made and fitted a more correct rear brake rod and pushed out into the back lane for a couple of photos.

 So now a bit of a wash and polish and it's ready to go.


General Discussion / CZ Project
« on: January 10, 2018, 09:37:28 PM »

   I've been rebuilding a CZ side piper for a while and was going to put a thread on here about the whole restoration.  The problem is now that Photobucket has made a complete arse of themselves I find it impossible to load the photos onto this site.  I joined another host for a free 1 month thing but the photos copied onto here were only average, Hoony improved them a bit but they were still not as good as Photobucket.  I have been taking photos right through the build, from doing up the frame to polishing most of the alloy, painting, rechroming, rebuilding shocks, wheels the whole thing, a lot of work and I don't just want to put a couple of lines on here without showing the complete build including photos.  Anyone no of a free host that is ok for us users with only basic computer skills or should I try to put the rebuild up on another place and maybe put a link on here so any members interested can have a look.

Husqvarna / 360 Auto
« on: December 05, 2017, 09:32:48 PM »
   A friend of mine is doing a rebuild on a 360cc Auto from the 70's.  He has asked me if I know anyone that he can get info from regarding this build.  The main problem he has is he hasn't got a computer, he told me he sometimes goes to his local library and uses theirs but I think he just bumbles through.  I know nothing about these autos, so I am of little help to him.  I have let him know about a couple of good Husky ebay sites but I think he just wants to be able to ask a question or 2 when the need arises.
   If anyone knows of someone that I could put him in touch with or a good information site, this might help.

General Discussion / Another new friggin tax
« on: December 04, 2017, 08:14:52 PM »
   Another tax but this one we pay directly to the beer and soft drink companies.  It seems these companies are prepared to administer the collection centres for the new container deposit scheme in NSW out of the goodness of their hearts.  This extra tax has been put in place to appease the greens and is suppose to stop the containers being discarded.   Instead everyone will return them to the collection centres and put them 1 at a time into the reverse vending machines along with your details so they can give you your refund via Paypal or similar, ( no chance that info would be shared or of getting a heap of nuisance emails etc from a site as secure as a bloody vending machine ).  It's great news if like me you live in Cessnock NSW because we only have to drive to Singleton or Newcastle for our closest centre a round trip of about 80km which will cost me more than I would expect to get back for the cans.  These centres are expected be open for around 28 hours a week for deposits and 8 hours of that will be at weekends.  The weekend crowds waiting for their turn will look like the opening of the friggin Olympics.  I imagine that the extra profit for the drink companies will make will be unreal when they estimate the cost of a case of pepsi might increase by as much as $4.80,  I usually buy them when they are on special for around $10. Of that $4.80 increase I expect they might buy back only a very small percentage of those sold and the difference is all profit, no wonder they are so happy to help out.   It may end up working but I doubt it will make any difference to the amount of drink containers discarded.

General Discussion / Vale Bob Tait
« on: November 13, 2017, 06:46:23 PM »
  Lost a mate in July this year.  Bob Tait who was probably the smartest man I have ever known, designed and built a 3 cylinder 500cc 2 stoke bike back in the 70's, doing most of the work himself including the frame.  He was building another one at the time of his death, this one a 750cc using 3 Greeves barrels but I guess that one will never get finished.  He designed the front end for the British land speed record attempt and wrote and published at least 2 books.  All of this is incidental, the fact is he was a really good bloke and a good mate of mine for a long time.
  He lost his wife a while back and never really got over it.   We used to talk on the phone for sometimes a couple of hours at a time, he was a very interesting fella and the time used to just fly.  I had been trying to ring him for a couple of months without success and because I met Bob when we were both members of the Dot owners club back in the 80's I contacted them to see if they new how he was getting on or if he had moved closer to family or maybe gone into a retirement village.  The last thing I expected to hear was that he had passed away.

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