Sweeet! Another 2-stroke lives to see another day.
MAN I've been up to my ears in projects this past week and a half! The Trooper just rolled out of town yesterday. Glad to see that one go! A couple days after I got the tranny in and shot this video, the heater hose EXPLODED while on my way to pick up a nut to replace the one I lost for the front driveshaft .... so back to the house I go leaving a trail of coolant the whole way.
That was fun - sitting over a red hot engine trying to stuff this hose on the fittings buried behind said engine. I think I cooled the engine down a bit with the 4 gallons or so of sweat I dropped on it. Once that was fixed, I headed back out. No problems this time except I found the radiator cap leaked pressure, and thus wouldn't draw coolant from the overflow tank. $7 later that was fixed. Then I washed all the mold and tree crap off it - looks almost showroom! Got to love southern vehicles. My buddy loves it. Another happy customer!
Also finally got my brother's nightmare of a bike going. Turns out that ignition problem was due to a faulty switch, which was part of a kit to street legalize the machine. According to the receipts, this has been an ongoing problem for many many years. Found some very pricey dealership receipts!
I also ordered a Lithium Iron Phosphate battery to replace the Ni-Cad setup it had ... which then promptly died, as I found out the charging system is smoked. Stator was outputting 4 AC volts on each leg - that ain't gonna cut it. So I ordered a stator and regulator/rectifier for the S model DR350, which will change the charging system from full-wave to 3-phase ... which is MUCH better. That lithium battery is miles ahead of anything I've ever used before. Weighs 7oz. and has enough juice to keep the 55w headlight and 21w taillight lit for over 5 minutes with no charging! Pretty amazing.
Now that the Trooper is off my trailer, I took a ride to see my cousin and forum member Mr1Precision. He had a Ford Focus for sale real cheap with some bent valves due to a timing belt issue. Just got that home and have been tearing into it. Plan is to repair & flip. Thought about keeping it, but I was quickly reminded how those economy cars are a BITCH to work on. I want no part of that! I'll get her running & put her up for sale. Should make some good money off it. Thanks Steve!
Now I've got to finish up the CB650 Nighthawk that's been here for a month now. Been going thru it fixing all the rusted up crap & gelled up hydraulic systems (brakes & clutch). Put new fork seals in, but the inner on one leg was pitted so bad it just leaked. Finally got a new fork inner - I couldn't believe Honda still had one available! Bike is 29 years old! That worked out good. Should be riding that one by tonight ... as long as I get off this here forum and get back to work!