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Thought I'd start a thread so that I can show you this motor I'm about to resurrect .... and some of the general CX stuff that doesn't go into build threads.

This motor

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came as spare when I bought my 500C about 11 years ago. It's been sitting on a shelf ever since. It is a 78 block, which has the same 2045 first four digits of the engine number like every other 78 block or frame have here regardless of source. {I have parts from several different job lots}

Anyhow .... though the crank turns smoothly and there is no evidence of bearing failure I'm hoping that the crank and bearings are good as this is to be a cheapskate build, replacing only those things that really need it - and replacing all of the missing parts from the parts stash.

It will get new rings and chains, but likely good used OEM tensioner parts.Unfortunately, it came with my 500C. I say unfortunately because this individual was a ....... mechanical ...... butcher .... This motor shows evidence of his attempts to something something or something else this motor. My 500C had many horrors when purchased and I couldn't believe he'd actually been riding it.

Anyhow, the first thing I noticed when cleanup started was this.

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Why would anyone do this much damage? Presumably just to remove a collar .... with a cold chisel. And mangled the O ring face. I can fix that, with a dremel, JB weld and maybe a thicker O ring.

Moving on, I then found this

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How does that happen? Subhuman intervention? I'll look at it when I pull it off tomorrow and make a judgement call whether it's usable. If not, I have another and I've a 50/50 chance it has the same sized bearing hole so I can transfer the bearing. I do have bearings, but I'm as tight as the fishes proverbial with them.

Pulled the gearbox and am dismantling, cleaning and checking it now.

And .... back to that. I note it's not cleaning itself.

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A challenge!
 

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Phreak,

As for the "O" ring surface my only thoughts are people on meth (or maybe cocaine or acid) should not work on bikes??? :D

That is simply beyond words...:vs_party2:

Looking forward to this build, thanks for chronicling it! :vs_popcorn:
 

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That's actually nothing compared to what he'd done to my 500C to avoid replacing the mech seal.

Flex drive cable welded to the back of the camshaft, no coolant pump or impeller on the motor. Hoses from hammered in copper spigots and flex drive running a drill powered pump sitting unsecured in place of the airbox. It failed, the cable broke off of the cam.

And that's just one aspect.

I don't know about his inebriation habits but he's the sort f feller that when you speak with him you seem to hear the guitars from deliverance.

Here's a few pics. I lost most of the pics of this bike, but I had these on the Oz CX forum.

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And now.

 

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That's some crazy sh!t. I wonder what makes people do stuff like that? Their minds can't be right?
 

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Looks OK to me Mark,

I think you are too fussy - just jb weld it all up. Then a few well placed bunjee cords - good as gold... :D
 
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That's actually nothing compared to what he'd done to my 500C to avoid replacing the mech seal.

Flex drive cable welded to the back of the camshaft, no coolant pump or impeller on the motor. Hoses from hammered in copper spigots and flex drive running a drill powered pump sitting unsecured in place of the airbox. It failed, the cable broke off of the cam.
I remember that atrocity. That was about the time you came to this forum, I think.

Good job redeeming the lost.


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I've always had a thing about resurrecting dung.

It's how many of us could afford our vehicles.

Did you see what the thingy and the Ozdeluxe started out as?

And I have yet more dung to resurrect. More dungy, more incomplete. Frames to start on. Random parts to assemble. Bliss.

I'm set for years. ;)
 

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I've always had a thing about resurrecting dung.

It's how many of us could afford our vehicles.

Did you see what the thingy and the Ozdeluxe started out as?

And I have yet more dung to resurrect. More dungy, more incomplete. Frames to start on. Random parts to assemble. Bliss.

I'm set for years. ;)
I agree, there is definitely a sense of satisfaction one gets from "resurrecting" something from the "dead" or saving something from the scrap heap and making it useful again. Cheers to all that succeeded in this endeavor.
 
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When we write a truck out of service. Response is usually... Parts on order. Ok to drive??
When I was much younger I had cab dispatcher who put a piece of electrical tape over the check engine light after I complained about it.
 

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""I agree, there is definitely a sense of satisfaction one gets from "resurrecting" something from the "dead" or saving something from the scrap heap and making it useful again. Cheers to all that succeeded in this endeavor."

my wife says there is therapy for this and that i need to go to some ?

i keep telling her im busy i have to go pick some bikes up or another boat
 

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""I agree, there is definitely a sense of satisfaction one gets from "resurrecting" something from the "dead" or saving something from the scrap heap and making it useful again. Cheers to all that succeeded in this endeavor."

my wife says there is therapy for this and that i need to go to some ?

i keep telling her im busy i have to go pick some bikes up or another boat
I walked in to the DMV today to title and plate a Concours 14. I sat down and said: "Hi I'm Paul and I'm a vehicle junkie". lol
 

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"So tell me.....how do you feel about that?"

No.....I'd rather be doing what you're doing. We ought to be thanking this man who has created the opportunity.
 
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