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September 22, 2013
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project is essentially done. In spite of a few setbacks this
weekend, I got the Daytona started today. First, when I went to
set the valve clearance, I realized that one of my pushrods had slipped
out of place. Probably happened when I took the spindles out to
groove them. So off came the exhaust rocker box.
next job was to get the bike out of my basement shop so I could try to
fire her up. It was tricky, because there were a few stairs
involved (going up), but with the help of my wife, a friend, and a
winch, we got the job done. Before I did that, though, I took
some pics in the same location as some of the "before" pics.
("After" is on the right.):
today was the day to get her going. I put in all the fluids, and
after tightening a couple of drain plugs, there were no leaks.
The first hint of trouble came when I opened the fuel tap and had
some dripping. After tightening the hose clamps, fuel was still
dripping from the bowl vent on the left carb--a sure sign of a stuck
float, so off came the carb. It was some gasket sealer that got
on the float spindle and wouldn't let it rotate freely. Got it
put back together with a home made gasket.
Then I blew the fuse
by shorting the negative terminal to the seat stay when hooking up the
supply wire. Luckily, I had the original fuse in the old holder.
With all this sorted out, I did a static sync and rough carb
setting, and kicked it. It started on the third kick. I
anxiously waited for oil pressure. and after 10 or 15 seconds got
scared and shut it off. I double checked my oil plumbing, and
sure enough, I'd stupidly reversed the feed and return lines. I
know I'd visually checked this before, but the two hoses were crossed
over behind the swing arm gusset where I couln't see them, and I could
only tell by feeling. So, had to drain the oil, switch the hoses,
and try again. Another nervous few seconds, and the oil light
I ran it up and down the driveway a few times, and
while she doesn't run as smooth as I know she can, she had a thrilling
amount of power. I'm sure final tuning and timing will sort
everything out, but I called it a day today pretty happy with the
progress. A couple of pics after the first ride:
parts catalog lists around 2000 parts for this bike. A
check of my receipts shows that I replaced a little over 400 of them.
All of the others were either painted, plated, or at least
cleaned. The 2000 parts includes some fairly complex
assemblies under a single part number, like the instruments, so the
true number is larger.
Here is a pic of all the parts I replaced:
they weigh about 82 pounds, so whether I go by number of parts or by
weight, I figure about 75-80% of the bike is still original.
couple of people who have seen the before and after pictures have
commented on the total transformation. My reply was "Well, it's
nothing that five years and $4000 can't do."
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