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My nephew who lives in Perth contacted me today. He was in Adelaide briefly this week and dropped by while I wasn't home. I was out doing the shopping.

He sent me this pic of a bike he spotted at our local shopping centre.

He thought it would interest me.

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Looks strangely familiar. :)

Still working on wheels. Reverse comstars at the moment. Should be able to get three sets, two with 16" rear wheels, one with an 18" rear wheel.
 

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Not much progress here lately .... but a little.

Mrs. phreak isn't doing too well at the moment as the quacks have been messing with her various medications and she's in constant pain from her various myalgias. Hopefully this will sort itself out when the medication changes take effect so currently I'm mostly doing what I can do inside.

To that end I'm still cleaning up wheels.

Have just finished one of the 16" rears I was working on with another nearly finished. One of these needed the spokes repainted and both required the rims to be painted.

Am about to clean up another two front reverse comstars. One will need a complete repaint as it is currently painted white.

I managed to get out to the shed for a couple of hours yesterday morning and did the first camchain adjustment, head retorque and valve clearance adjustment on the white 500C. I cleaned up the valve cover hardware yesterday and will fit some shiny valve covers some time today instead of the manky pair I fit for handling engines.

I've rebuilt the front brake system but used all of the parts that I started with. Comparing the caliper seals to new ones I elected to put the already fitted ones back. Rubber lines were carefully inspected. No cracks, still flexible and clear when blown through from either end. Don't brake fluid taste great? System bled up well with a good lever.

I've bought some Por 15 to paint around the filler neck to prevent fuel seeping under the paint and will stipple a few coats over the area when I get to it.

At this point the bike should only need tyres, a fuel line and clamps and a battery. Also a clutch cable. The one fitted was new but is basically seized. I think the synthetic liner has swollen from being lubed with something it has reacted to. I have a few here but doubt I have one for a C. I'll have to hunt through the cables.
 

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Sorry to hear about Mrs. Phreak. It's not easy splitting roles between being a carer and finding time for yourself. Well done on anything you've managed to get done. I tend to bring the bits I can inside. Same reason.
 
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Hey Phreak, sorry to learn of Mrs Phreak's health issues. Did you sell one or was the photo of your when you were out?
Hang in there...hope the Mrs improves and docs get her sorted out soon...
David
 

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Mrs. Phreak has improved incrementally. I have no reason for faith in doctors. Most seem like bad mechanics making wild guesses to me at this point.

The thingy is still mine and won't be going anywhere soon. The white 500C will be for sale soon though.

Still working on wheels ...
 

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Thankyou for the kind offer. Much appreciated.

I have a shed full of parts though and you'll be playing this game much longer than I will and you are likely to need that stuff one day.

Build more bikes!!
 

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Just finished another front reversed comstar. Spokes painted satin black, rim in gloss. Both in epoxy enamel.

I won't be needing to do the one currently painted white as it has about 5 mm or so of lateral run out. Scrap metal or a hanger for my compressor hose for that one.

Part way through the 18" rear and will find the next victim today. Likely an 80 wheel. I still have a few left to go through. I want them all use ready or condemned so I'm not storing rubbish.

8 down, ? to go.
 

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Mrs. Phreak has improved incrementally. I have no reason for faith in doctors. Most seem like bad mechanics making wild guesses to me at this point.

The thingy is still mine and won't be going anywhere soon. The white 500C will be for sale soon though.

Still working on wheels ...
The "trick" is to find a good doctor...maybe... I hate to use the term a geriatrician?? or at least a good physician....who will spend a long time going through everything rather than a 15min consult.
(NB.Dont be offended by the Geriatrician term...my good friend who's 60 asked me to recommend one for him...they are thorough and tend not to "poly-medicate"-i.e. NOT give lots of pills that all interact sometimes causing new problems)
All the best, hope things (only) improve
 

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This has gone on for close to 40 years, incrementally worsening each year. First signs I remember of this Fran was 19. She is now 56.

I have no basis for faith.
 

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I pulled the motor out of my blue shadow today.

It appears to have a failed hall unit. I have an updated unit to install but have been putting it off with the bike sidelined as I hate changing hall units with the motor in frame.

As the bike was also due an oilchange, has had a weeping mech deal since assembly that hasn't gone away and I've regretted not installing stock pulsers as a backup to the hall I've decided to bite the bullet and sort all.

Having stock pulsers gives a quick diagnostic on the hall by changing over and adds to reliability.

On the upside, removal of the rear cover shows that the camchain components are still like new.

I need to buy wire tomorrow to rewire the pulsers and am thinking 10 amp. Any of you electro gurus have any imput on the requirements for these wires? I've generally used 10 amp for this but have been wondering if 7.5 or 5 will cut it as I'm pretty sure only triggering pulses move here with no great level of amperage.
 
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