Sidecar antics, one week on (laying on of spanners and other tools; long)

Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by deadmail, Sep 29, 2007.

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    deadmail Guest

    So, today was the day when I had a good look over 'the beast' and gave
    it a bit of a service.

    First, oil change. No nasties, oil not in bad shape and filter not so
    dirty.

    Second, replace plugs and plug caps. No. 1 lead looks a bit fucking
    dodgy at the HT coil, I'm not sure whether these are replaceable leads
    or not so I'll live with it. Well, at least for the time being.

    Third, points, condenser and timing. Hate this. Skip it.

    Fourth, air filter.

    Fifth, points, condenser and timing. Yuck. Skip.

    Sixth, check brakes; all ok.

    Seventh, points, condenser and timing...

    Eighth, check wheels and tyres (naturally *after* I've done 150 miles on
    it... the sidecar one's a bit fucked. Plus the rim is rusty. Anyone
    got a wheel off a Jawa sidecar in ok condition? Failing that, anyone
    got any idea what it would cost to have the rim replaced?

    Ninth, points, con...

    Tenth, quick visual on the engine and *yuck* one of the cam cover bolts
    has clearly been replaced by one that's too long in the past, tightened
    up and *crack*. There's a bit of chemical metal that's been put in
    place which isn't doing a bad job. Clean it. Clean it some more.
    Clean it again (with carb cleaner). Cover with araldite, wait to dry.
    Another coat. That'll do for now 'cos I'm not changing the head.

    Eleventh, **** it. Replace the points and condenser. I've not done
    this in *years* existing points gap was about 0.05mm rather than
    0.3-0.4mm. Hmm. Might explain why it was a little reluctant to fire
    sometimes 'cos I figure this would put the timing out. Horrid job but
    got there in the end (I think); didn't want to run the engine up too
    long 'cos I don't want oil under the araldite until it's had plenty of
    time to go off. Still about 45 minutes to replace points and condenser.
    Even though the condenser's fucked and the points represent a miniature
    of everest and a comet crater I think I'll keep them in case they come
    in handy. *sigh*

    Twelth, quick visual on sidecar mounting. ****. One of the 'bars' which
    goes between the sidecar and the bike, using the centre stand mount is
    not welded together well. Hmm. But even worse... the fucker that built
    it drilled through a frame tube between the two engine mounts at the
    front of the bike to mount a 'bar'. Well, I suppose if I get it welded
    up and fabricate a bracket (or get someone else to) that it'll be fine.

    Hmm... Insurance company are saying the underwriter wants to see the
    registration document. I think that I'm about to be told off about
    having an outfit that's not registered or something. Are you meant to
    tell DVLA when you add a sidecar to a motorcycle?

    Ho, hum, you live and learn. Still it's been fun and a learning
    experience so I'm not complaining. Well, not quite yet.
     
    deadmail, Sep 29, 2007
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  2. About £120, new rim and spokes, from Alf Hagon.

    (I've got two wheels there right now, being rebuilt)
     
    The Older Gentleman, Sep 29, 2007
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    Timo Geusch Guest

    Oh, and from experience a few years back - before setting off to collect
    said wheels, which *absolutely*, without the slightest doubt, will be
    ready for collection when they promised they would be?

    Phone them and confirm.

    When I had the front wheel of my Kanguro rebuilt by them, they displayed
    a rather flexible attitude to timeframes and what constitutes "seven
    days" and "seven working days"...

    They did a really good job, mind you, and I'd be happy to go back to
    them but I'll either make sure that it's not an urgent job or I'll pay
    extra for their "we'll do it right now" service.
     
    Timo Geusch, Sep 29, 2007
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  4. Hm. They've got the wheels for my SL125 right now. I'm not in a tearing
    hurry. Luckily.
     
    The Older Gentleman, Sep 30, 2007
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    sweller Guest

    We spotted the wanky welding at Prescott. Take a picture of it as it's
    even worse than my welding.

    'Sort yourselves out down there'
     
    sweller, Sep 30, 2007
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    deadmail Guest

    I suspect I may buy some proper mounting hardware if it's available from
    Velorex; or their UK agent. Hell, I've even found the part numbers on
    the interweb.
     
    deadmail, Sep 30, 2007
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    sweller Guest

    I suspect it won't be cheap. Angle iron and more welding is the solution.
     
    sweller, Sep 30, 2007
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    deadmail Guest

    I have a plan B.
     
    deadmail, Sep 30, 2007
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    deadmail Guest

    wrote in message
    Plan B's been mostly succesful.

    After some spirited riding the 'crap weld' on the lower mount gave up
    the ghost. Consequently I decided things had to be fixed.

    After five or so hours of angle grinding, arc welding and lump hammer
    wielding I've now got a front mount for the sidecar that fits nicely
    onto an engine mount and will replace the 'crap weld' with a piece of 14
    or 16mm studding and some nuts, washers and polythene water pipe[1];
    making the sidecar removable and fully adjustable.

    It's still misfiring at around 7 thousand RPM so I'm convinced this is a
    coil breaking down since the points and condenser are new and the
    (static) timing's pretty much spot on.


    [1] Who knows, baler twine may yet find a place on this bike.
     
    deadmail, Sep 30, 2007
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    Des Guest

    I have to say I envy cunts like you. During our trip to Blighty last month
    (is it midnight yet, so it'll be 'two months ago'..?), we saw some
    programme on Sky where three teams are given a grand and 48 hours to
    construct some sort of mechanical wizardry on a clapped-out carcass. I
    recall that they had to construct some sort of 'upside-down car' that had
    the bodywork inverted on the chassis or something equally insane. I'm
    ashamed to say that that evening was the moment when I finally found out
    what an angle grinder looks like. Anyway, they managed it. Amazing.

    I recall as a teenager, pestering my parents for a snake as a pet. They of
    course told me to **** off, but I sort of swung it by constructing a 'snake
    house' in the shed, out of old bits of wood. The end result, you'd have
    sworn blind was knocked together by a blind thalidomide victim. Needless
    to say, I didn't get the snake, but I'll never forget my parents' faces
    when I presented my 'masterpiece'. Much biting of lower lip followed by a
    'what is it ?'.

    D.
     
    Des, Sep 30, 2007
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    platypus Guest

    If Sweller's posting that tyre, get him to send the ball of hairy string as
    well.
     
    platypus, Oct 1, 2007
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