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Tech Talk / Re: Fuel Tanks Cracking
« on: May 16, 2020, 03:51:51 PM »
If it is only fine cracking, What about a fuel tank sealer paint?
I used some stuff many years ago which was very thick and rubbery on a tank which had some fine cracking and it worked for a long time. The cracks filled up with the paint and sealed themselves.
I strapped the tank to a cement mixer with sand and gravel in it. After a while the interior was perfectly clean and nicely abraded and once dry ready to paint.

Tech Talk / Re: Non destructive testing and engine part measuring
« on: December 05, 2019, 07:50:48 AM »
A forum member sent me an email recommended MT&C engineers in Silverdale, Sydney for crack testing. I checked and they are very reasonably priced so I might get them to magnaflux the crankshaft and rods and I will do the rest at home.

Tech Talk / Re: Non destructive testing and engine part measuring
« on: December 04, 2019, 05:34:15 PM »
Thanks, Yes, It is a bit of an overkill sending stuff away so I have explored the "at home" suggestion and it looks like the go.
The penetrant die kit isn't expensive and a great thing to have in the workshop to check for cracking that you can't see.
Dial guage and mount not expensive either.

Tech Talk / Non destructive testing and engine part measuring
« on: November 28, 2019, 06:43:47 PM »
I just bought a cheap engine with a stuffed top end from a broken valve. I want to get the crank, conrods and case tested for cracks and distortion before going to the expense of a rebuild. Anyone know where I can get this done in the Sydney region?

Tech Talk / Re: Hmmm looking for more top-end. Piston Port 250.
« on: November 24, 2019, 07:12:49 PM »
A mate of mine who is a hard core physicist explained to me once how standing waves develop in exhausts.
On his advice I started with an overly long pipe and kept shortening it bit by bit with an angle grinder. When I got to the sweet spot it went like a rocket. Reattached the muffler and was happy as a pig in....

Tech Talk / Re: Rejuvenating stickers
« on: November 24, 2019, 07:01:15 PM »
If it is still good and clear you can scan it at hi res and send it to a printing company who do stickers.
Alternatively search the net for a hi res image matching your sticker and get that printed.
A friend printed his own on his home printer. It looked good but the first time he was in the rain the ink ran! 

Tech Talk / Re: Reading a plug?
« on: November 24, 2019, 06:51:15 PM »
White in the middle and sooty black around the edges sounds to me like the wrong heat range plug. I suspect you need a plug where the tip runs cooler.

Tech Talk / Fuel additives and stale fuel
« on: November 24, 2019, 06:46:31 PM »
After experiencing detonation with old fuel at high RPM, I found this document which is the best I have seen to explain a very complex subject in fairly easy to understand terms
Essential reading for anyone who isn't using their engine all the time.

Tech Talk / Re: Exhaust welders and fabricators
« on: November 24, 2019, 06:37:06 PM »
Thanks! I will post back how it goes.

Tech Talk / Exhaust welders and fabricators
« on: November 22, 2019, 04:30:13 PM »
Anyone got any recommendations for someone who can fabricate stainless steel exhaust parts? Preferably near Sydney but not essential.

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