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on: September 10, 2019, 07:05:02 PM
                      I decided a few weeks ago that I was bored with the wrapped exhaust. I still like wrapped exhausts, but I just got bored which is par for the course for an 81 y.o. Type A trapped in a Type D body, obsessive modifier who can't ride much any more (pretty crippled up,, don'tcha know? :) ).

                      So yesterday I pulled the exhaust off. This morning I finished Phase 1. Removed all the wrap, wore the chrome on the pipe down to a tooth with a powered wire brush, took the shine off the muffler with Scotch Brite pad. The Eastwood black on the muffler is really attached well and very tough as rattle can paint goes and my back and hands are wrecked for the day :( :( The worst part was getting the two narrow SS hose clamps at the engine end cut off with a cut-off wheel. They would NOT unscrew - paint + heat.

                      All this took just long enough to listen to both Blood On The Tracks and Bringin' It All Back Home on the record player machine which was just right pain-meterwise  :)

                      I should have put the Before picture first. Oh, well.

« Last Edit: September 10, 2019, 08:49:15 PM by tooseevee »
'08 Black AVL Classic.ACEhead 9.8:1/manifold/canister. TM32.Small open bottle/hot tube removed.Pertronix Coil. Fed mandates removed.Gr.TCI.Bobber seat.Battery in right side case. Decomp&all doodads removed.'30s Lucas taillight/7" visored headlight. Much blackout & wire/electrical upgrades.


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Reply #1 on: September 10, 2019, 11:43:38 PM
Looks superb! Those AVLs really are pretty engines, ain't they?...almost worth the sketchier parts availability as the price of admission.
So badass my Enfield's actually illegal  in India.


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Reply #2 on: September 11, 2019, 01:01:16 AM
Nice looking bike!
Clean!


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Reply #3 on: September 11, 2019, 01:20:41 PM
And, every RE owner needs an old B&D workmate...


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Reply #4 on: September 11, 2019, 10:26:03 PM
Got mine!

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Reply #5 on: September 11, 2019, 11:27:59 PM
            Finally got a round tuit this afternoon. Phase 2 I guess we'll call it. Three coats half hour apart.

             The paint in this this can seems more flat than satin even though the can says satin. I may write (with a picture) to Eastwoods. Might get a free can :)

             PS: Had to use the rake because when you need a dowel you need a dowel  :)   
 
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Reply #6 on: September 12, 2019, 02:15:02 AM
My bud from Santa Fe asked me to mod his head a bit. After watching several youtube vids of "On yer Bike" the one that grabbed me is of his IB head cleanup.

His comments were spot on about horrible castings and "they must have trimmed it with an axe"  :)
Noting that I have the tools needed for a decent cleanup I'm giving it a go.
Before:

In progress:

Tools used so far:

Didn't realize just HOW MUCH there is to clean up!  :o
More pics later.  :)


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Reply #7 on: September 12, 2019, 02:17:14 AM
And, tooseevee that's looking great! Another improvement on an already beautiful bike!  ;D
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Reply #8 on: September 12, 2019, 10:04:13 AM
Now of course you run into that little issue of our Indian friends' love of powder-coating the AVL heads and barrels. So once you have ground and polished away the all the casting marks, you will be left with shiny bits sticking out against the 10+ year old powder coated finish of the rest of it.

Chemical stripping and vapor blasting will be needed to get back to bare alumin(i)um. After that, you can polish the edges of the fins.

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Reply #9 on: September 12, 2019, 10:59:18 AM

Before:

In progress:


Didn't realize just HOW MUCH there is to clean up!  :o
More pics later.  :)

Sorry, but I can't see any difference?
Could you explain what you've done please?

Frank


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Reply #10 on: September 12, 2019, 11:36:22 AM
Sorry, WIP was the same pic.This is the correct one:
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Reply #11 on: September 12, 2019, 11:40:22 AM
So far no chem stripping needed until I have to get in between the fins, maybe.
Vapor blasting is definitely in the plan, though.
Not sure if anything can be done about the pitting, but at least the flashings will be removed and the fin edges flattened.
After that, it's a toss up whether to alodyne or paint. 
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Reply #12 on: September 12, 2019, 11:53:20 AM
Sorry, WIP was the same pic.This is the correct one:

That's better - Thanks!

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Reply #13 on: September 12, 2019, 11:58:37 AM
Sorry, but I can't see any difference?
Could you explain what you've done please?

Frank

      He's a lonnng way from finished. Give it a chance :)[/img]
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Reply #14 on: September 12, 2019, 12:05:30 PM
My bud from Santa Fe asked me to mod his head a bit. After watching several youtube vids of "On yer Bike" the one that grabbed me is of his IB head cleanup.

His comments were spot on about horrible castings and "they must have trimmed it with an axe"  :)
Noting that I have the tools needed for a decent cleanup I'm giving it a go.

Didn't realize just HOW MUCH there is to clean up!  :o
More pics later.  :)

      I watched that one along with quite a few others. Those guys are a trip :D ;) :) ;D

      I just don't have the hands (or any other joints) any more to start anything like that although I'd like to. Just doing what I did yesterday was a killer and now I think I'm going to have to respray. I don't think I like the totally flat look and I'm writing Eastwoods about it. The can says Satin and no way is it satin.
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'08 Black AVL Classic.ACEhead 9.8:1/manifold/canister. TM32.Small open bottle/hot tube removed.Pertronix Coil. Fed mandates removed.Gr.TCI.Bobber seat.Battery in right side case. Decomp&all doodads removed.'30s Lucas taillight/7" visored headlight. Much blackout & wire/electrical upgrades.