Finally boxed up all of the chrome junk to be stripped. How clean does that stuff have to be? I would guess they clean everything before processing so they can be sure it’s really clean. Yes? No?
Anyway, as soon as that stuff is bare I’ll blast it everything and ship it all to Nils. I’m thinking I should be able to get everything clean enough on my own that Nils’ labor should be vapor blasting only. At least that’s my hope.
I worked on the frame today. Mainly, I pulled the kick and center stands, the horn and the in-frame oil filter/cover. Both stands are bent.
I straightened the center stand with a piece of DOM tubing with the end flattened enough so that it slipped over the stand’s arm. Using a piece of drill rod, verified that I had the aligned the bolt holes. Works much better now. Need to strip and powdercoat it.
Next time I go over there, I should be able to pretty much finish the frame, minus the upper shock mount and seat mounts. The new swingarm uses a 20mm pivot bolt, so the original tiny pivot holes have to get blown out. I’m going to make some cups on the lathe which will go into the end on each side of the drilled-out pivot housing. These cups will not only provide a home for 20mm needle bearings, but they’ll also spread the bearings apart a bit, allowing the frame to better support the ‘wider-than-factory’ Ducati swingarm. Less radial force on the bearings as the effective lever length is reduced. Anyway, that’s next time. Have to get some real big drill bits for that.
Whole shitload of parts showed up. More coming tomorrow. Package from the UK with the outer gearbox mainshaft bearing, the other set of lifters, rod bearings, and a few small hardware pieces and seals.
Don’t need much more than rods, pistons/rings, cams and a few more pieces of hardware to do a pretty much complete rebuild. Gonna spice it up a bit while I’m in there.