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    This is fucking epic. Amazing shots, awesome build. Well done, sir.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gantman View Post
    This is fucking epic. Amazing shots, awesome build. Well done, sir.

    Haha, thanx man!!!

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    at this point, she was ready to fire up, i got her started sorted out my timing and carb sync. like i said earlier, MMM over at 650 Central was spot on with the jetting! went for a ride, 20 miles in, she craps out and won't kick back over. had a buddy run over to my house to grab my truck and ramp... it was fucking depressing looking at her strapped down in the bed of my truck. did some investigating, and like i thought, the reg/rec was toast... which in turn killed that stupid expensive lil lith battery. I'm pretty sure I'm the one that fucked up the reg/rec, i remember when i was doing my initial wiring, smelling an electric burning. I had popped the main fuse, but i guess i killed the reg/rec while i was at it. Well, i swapped both out after waiting for shit in the mail (thats the fuckin worst when you can't move forward, just gotta wait). got her running again and went for about 15 miles, and toward the end i noticed the clutch was getting looser and looser. so i tightened when i got back home. later that night, took her to got meet a buddy at a bar... two blocks from the bar, clutch starts getting loose again, so i pull over, kill it and tighten the clutch again. i kick her back over and go to pull in the clutch... thunk thunk thunk thunk... coming from inside the clutch cover. Son of a bitch!!! i rode her the two blocks to the bar, then made the call to get the truck out again. did a little investigating the next day... apparently my washer stacking sequence was off behind the clutch basket. now i was a little confused when i initially put the clutch back together during the rebuild as i had seen a couple different / conflicting diagrams about the washer stacking... whatever, i figured it out. once she was all buttoned back up she was running like a champ. put 200 miles on her, no problems at all. i took her over to the Dania Beach Vintage Bike Show... the bike was one year too young to judge, but they let her hang out with the rest of the bikes on the field with "don't you judge me" tag on her. it was a rad day, hung out with friends, met some cool people, got some good feedback, even ran into the dude that i got the engine and frame from. he was stoked to see that something actually came from it... he thought it was going to end up as one of those builds that never get built. so after all that, this is how she looks now...



    it was tough to tear her back down, but the frame needs proper paint, and i've got some ideas for the tank and fender. so cross your fingers and hope i don't fuck up too bad on the paint!!!

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    so i got everything painted and back together a while ago, got caught up and forgot to post some pics of the bike back together, enjoy...









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    Man that is a BA bike, makes me want to build one! Great work and pics!

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    Hot DAMN! That's one sexy ride.

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    Thanx guys!

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    This looks amazing! I'm going to run that same tank thanks to these photos. Thanks for a great thread!

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    Haha, right on dude!!! Thanx, glad ya dig it!

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    so recent happenings...

    this bike has been running like a fuckin champ. an oily champ, due to a leaky clutch pushrod oil seal. and now I find this lil fucker in the oil yesterday...



    now I believe I have a theory about this one. so I decided to swap out the leaky clutch pushrod oil seal. while doing that, I figured I'd replace the bushing while I was there, drill out the old and press in the new. did it, done... seemingly no more leak after a short test ride. now in firing it back up later and riding around, the clutch seems to be loosening up. so I go through a pattern of tightening the cable adjuster and the worm gear, and it keeps loosening up. I get it tight again and hear a noise coming from the clutch basket that sounds like the pressure plate hitting the case as I pull the clutch in... fuck! so I figure I'll drain the oil and pull the right side cover to inspect the clutch. and upon draining the oil is when I find what looks like a dog off a tranny gear! now after opening up the right side cover I found that the clutch basket indeed had play in it and was hitting the case as the retaining nut had backed out a touch... i assume due to the fact I had it in neutral when I drilled out the old clutch pushrod bushing. so with that.... ughhhh, fuck!!!

    I guess I'll be pulling the engine today so I can crack open the bottom and dance with a busted ass tranny.
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    Awesome build and photos, nice job!

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    dude those black and whites of the motor tore apart are awesome. I'd love to have a couple blown up to hang in my shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mandodave82 View Post
    dude those black and whites of the motor tore apart are awesome. I'd love to have a couple blown up to hang in my shop.
    thanx dude! As i figure out print sales, gallery, & book things, I'll post updates here on chop cult.

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    stripped & tipped to pull the engine out...



    then i pulled her in the house ass up so i could crack open the bottom end. sooo, tearing into the tranny...



    and that'd be the culprit right there, 5th gear pinion...



    i ended up finding a dude in town with a garage full of old xs stuff, and came up on a replacement for that 5th pinion. while i was in there i tossed in mike's 5th gear OD. buttoned everything up, tossed it back in the bike, and took her for a test spin. everything seemed fine on my test run, till... on my way home, getting ready to turn down my street and BANG!!! down to one cylinder with nasty clanking noise. she ran for a couple seconds after that, enough for me to pull the clutch and coast through a left onto my street after it died. went to kick it over, engine fired up for a couple revolutions then died, still with the loud clanking noise. not far from home, i walked it back home.

    my first though about the loud clanking noise... valves, and sure as shit, dropped the fucking intake valve on the right cylinder. seems the valve spring retainer decided to take a shit!



    at least it wasn't a tranny problem, LOL! so after just having cracked the bottom end open, now i gotta crack open the top end and sort out this mess, FUCK!!! oh well, i guess this would be a good time to give it a lil cc & compression bump with a JE 700 piston set.
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    Great pics and great built! A picture says more than a thousand words, they say!
    Multiplied by the amount of pictures, you've dona a lot of talking!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfraider View Post
    Great pics and great built! A picture says more than a thousand words, they say!
    Multiplied by the amount of pictures, you've dona a lot of talking!!!!!
    haha, right on, thanx man

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    I dig it. too bad about the motor though. Hi-po rebuild time? lol

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    Odd bad mechanical luck, but there are plenty of 650 engines around for spares and the bike looks very good. Classic lines. Me like.

    Strange that retainer cracked in half. I've not seen that before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmall View Post
    Odd bad mechanical luck, but there are plenty of 650 engines around for spares and the bike looks very good. Classic lines. Me like.

    Strange that retainer cracked in half. I've not seen that before.
    odd indeed! i have a spare head lying around, with valves, springs, ect... i'm debating pulling one of the retainers from there vs buying something aftermarket.

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    well, finally getting close to being able to make some progress on this fucker. my summer was a lil busier than expected not leaving me with much time to fuck around turning wrenches. anyway, since i gotta pull the engine and do a top end, and it's stock bore as is... i opted to contact hoos racing. had them bore out the extra cylinders i had lying around, as well as a shell #1 grind on a 277 cam which should make its way to me here shortly. going the JE 700cc route, with new valve springs & retainers. i haven't done the tear down yet so as not to have the engine taking up space in the house, but something tells me i might want to replace the valves and guides as well. i'm getting fucking antsy to get this lil shit beast back on the road.

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