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Old New Fender

This is the piece removed. Under the lead were rust pin holes and cracks together with many holes.
The replacement patch piece, cut to fit the hole, came from and old Jap cruiser bike fender that I found by the side of the road.

Welding next!

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FrankenFender

Getting the hang of metal replacement. This is the split side of Zaneida’s hinged rear fender flap.

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Frankenfender 2

The split occurred beside a previous weld repair.
We decided the metal was brittle around the weld. (We also think having two separate fender braces contributed.)
Jim´s solution: cut out metal on both sides of weld. Also, evaluate using a one piece fender brace?

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Welding complete

New steel is in place. The dark spots are the low places.
We have ordered a “no lead” sandable body solder.
This solder is about 10 times stronger than plastic body filler. I will use it to fill the low places before epoxy primer.

This was gas welding with a Henrob torch. The weld stays “soft” and bendable unlike “MIG” which is hard and brittle.

No need to haul fenders to México.

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It´s a little bumpy

I will work a little inside but even with the patch is lighter now.

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Lead will be used to smooth the surface.

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Replacement from the e-bay store?

I complained to the E-Bay store in India.

Regarding the missing indentation for the drive shaft, specially since the indentation is shown in their description of the item.

And mine does not have it.

They offer to send a new one, but I decline since I´m already saving the original fender.
But in exchanged they offer to send a new front fender asked me to supply pictures and meassurements.

Could someone help me with this information, my old front fender is too out of shape and crushed over the years to use as a templet.

Thanks

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Rear fender.

Almost fitted up.  One small fabrication bit remains.  Then, dry day needed for epoxy primer.

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More body work

The three tiny holes per side are now welded.

The two holes that were covered by black tape now have steel welded plugs. Someone installed an "ignition" switch with keys.

The cover over the taillight wire tunnel is drying. We used metal bodywork epoxy.

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Curing

Watching the tunnel cure is as exciting as watching paint dry!!

Just purchased 3M seamsealer to put over cracks on inside that have the old lead on the outside. Will send pictures later.

It has been raining constantly and the humidity is too high to paint.

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Some paint

Sprayed black on Zaneida’s frame this afternoon. I must wait to examine it when dry in order to tell if coverage is satisfactory. I won’t be able to inspect it until Saturday.

The gas tank, fenders and headlight shell are epoxy primed and almost ready for paint.

If the frame and the other already painted parts are ready I´ll begin assembly.

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Low humidity

First coat of black on all inside surfaces of Zaneida’s sheet metal. Wednesday and Thursday were low humidity days favorable for the work. Now during these high humidity, cloudy days I will be wet sanding the top surfaces in preparation for the next warm low humidity days. (And, It is time to clean the paint room before the final coats of paint/clear.)

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Painting

Just finished first coat black base/clear on the sheet metal! Frame remains to be sanded out and painted same as these parts.

Another view.

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Looks awesome

Looking great.

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Thanks waldoverkill

It's been more than 2 years since I had the stupid idea to repaint just the tank, and here I'm, in the middle of a full restoration.
The thing with single cylinders is that they use same and/or similar parts as more collectible and sought after /2s, making them very difficult/expensive to restore and only getting a partial credit of their bigger siblings.

But I love Zenaida and I can't wait to ride it again.

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Frame is looking good

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The relentless passing of time

I think the frame is ready, sanding of the first paint job filled many nicks and scratches. The second spray is much smoother!
I plan to stripe the sheet metal soon. I think it's ready to begin assembly.

I can't believe almost a year has passed since my last post.

During this time I sold my Harley

Put a new tank in the 911

Finish the SS80 restoration

Went to China

Sold a red car:

Refurbish the R90S front suspension:

Got into a new Indian project:

So it's time to finish the R26, Zenaida has been very patient.

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Wheels, aluminium or chromed metal

I decided to re lace the wheels since some of the spokes are rusty but I notices that one of the rims is in very bad shape.

Do you have 1 aluminium rim in good shape?

Please PM me. Thanks

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Wow!

You’ve been busy! Thanks for the update and the pics! Great stuff. Keep us posted and good luck sourcing a rim.

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Wheel

Buchanan Wheel and Spoke can polish and remove those marks and scratches. They also can straighten some bent rims. They do a great job my rims looked new.

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Thanks

Jim D 5112 wrote:

Buchanan Wheel and Spoke can polish and remove those marks and scratches.

Jim thanks for the info.

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Some Assembly Required

I decided to keep the original rims and will polish them myself.

I always wanted to cut spokes with wire cutter!!!

Zenaida, except paint striped parts, and the wheels, and some bearings, etc., is back home!

I love shinny stuff!

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Where to start

I probably will make an inventory of all parts and start ordering the missing stuff.
There are some parts that need cleaning and some paint.
I´m debating on buying another set of hardware.

I will start by installing the center stand.

Any suggestions on what is the best order? Rear swing arm, gearbox and engine, or engine gear and arm?

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Center stand

Today I installed the center stand, I will need to shorten the bolts and properly place the rubber in the pegs.



I also start working on the rims which I intend to polish myself. I started with a 80 grit sandpaper and will continue until 2000. They are in bad shape but are as old as Zenaida and I decided to keep them.
Rims will take long enough to receive the tapered roller bearings needed to install the fork.
Definitely Disco music for this task.

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She is officially back!

Today I installed the original ID plate on Zenaida!

There are some parts that need polishing and some paint which I will do tomorrow. I order taper roller bearings from Vech and then I will have everything I need to instal the fork back.

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INstalling back the new raisers.

I'm back and I hated to use an international airport.

I installed the raisers and I used the tool I got for the R90S.

And I scratched the paint. Duh, I need to cover it with painters tape.

Is time to make a hardware inventory before I place the next order.

And I still don't have an answer from you guys. Is there an order to install the engine, box and shaft?

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Fork

Is time to install the fork.

I'm missing a 6m crown nut for the damper.

I love blue liqui moly.

And I order the wrong lock from Vech.

I need this one.

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Steering damper

I installed the steering damper.


It carries two bearing balls, same size as the ones used in the front fork bearing. Since I replace them with a tapered roller bearings I have several left over.


You have to be careful not to drop them. The springs will push them away.

In order to secure them in place, you need to hold the adjusting screw

and turn the pressure plate to screw them in place.

And at the end you install the retaining pin in place.

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Inventory

Sorry for duplication, again

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Inventory

I couldn't find my final drive so I decided to do an inventory of all parts before continuing. Fortunately it was at the shop in a corner.

And here she was! I´m very happy.

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Time to mount the engine!

Before mounting the engine I need to change all the rubber mounts. Believe me after riding Zenaida for a 1100 mil trip/week vibrations were ao brutal I was worried about retinal detachement.

I had to vacuum all the rust inside.

Light at the end of the tunnel.

New vs old rubber mounts.

Engine is ready.

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Protect the paint!!!

I should have done this several days ago and as a result I have several dings and scratches that I´m going to have to retouch. Hahahaha is a never ending cycle, retouch or repaint. This restoration project started with a poor decision, retouch or repaint the tank.
4 years ago I went for a ride and Zenaida left me on the side of the road. With the tank at 3/4 I had no gas reaching the carburetor.
The petcock was clogged and decided to clean the gastank from all debris and gum inside. I notice the tank paint was in bad shape and decided to retouch it and so this story begun.


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Front swing arm spacers

I order from Vech all the parts needed to replace the front swing arm bearings. Swing arm washer, the bearing, trust sleeve, swing arm seal and a washer (spacer 1.25mm in may case).
Numbers 39 thru 43 in the Stemler catalog.

You will notice part 43 has many number behind it, this is the thickness you need to prevent the swing arm moving from left to right.
After talking to Richard at Vech´s we decided to order several thickness sets and returned the unused ones. No doubt I can find cheaper prices but Vech technical advice works great for me.

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Bearing driver

I went to Lowe's for a bearing driver.

First I used a block of wood to put it in place.

Then I used the driver.

And last I used the drive to put the swing arm seal in place.

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Engine is back on

My wife helped me install the engine back on Zenaida.

Gearbox next.

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Not so fast!!

I use a plastic folder to protect the frame paint against myself.

I cut wire installed to keep the clutch release bearing from falling out and being lost.

And when I was about to install the gear box I discovered one of the stud thread was gone!!

I used the double bolt technic to remove it.

And I ordered from Vech a couple of longer studs (my bottom studs are only 46mm long very odd length).
The 50mm studs will properly bolt the exhaust holder in place.

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Frame protection

Ace type bandages for ankle, wrist, etc. from the Dollar stores work well to protect painted frames.

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Ace bandages

Jim D 5112 wrote:

Ace type bandages for ankle, wrist, etc. from the Dollar stores work well to protect painted frames.

I will try them, thanks for the info.

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Original invoice

Attached the original invoice of Zenaida. She was sold in Mexico City by Hermann Rowold. His granddaughters, Karin and Adriana were my classmates in the German School in Mexico City.
Small world.

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Frame protection

I also have strips of inner tube that I sometimes put under the elastic bandages first to protect a area. Good protection without the bulk.

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Lock

I installed the lock, it was super easy.

Just use the key to install it place, insert and let the key go!

Remember where you leave the keys!!

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Good idea

Is a good idea and use for old inner tubes. Thanks

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Gear box installed!!

I received the studs from Vech.

And left 30mm out as described in the manual.

But I think it was too much out.

I decided to screw in 5mm.

And did the same on the other side bottom stud.

I think is much better now, plus it made it easier to install the gear box.

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Shock eye front fork

I tried everything to detach the shock from the eye.

Any suggestions?

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Final drive

And continuing with my monolog, is time to assemble the final drive.

I got a crown socket from MotionPro which is barely deep enough.

It was a challenge to torque it in place but is ready for mounting.

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Final drive install

Don't forget the rubber spacers.

On both parts and before installing.

I used a tiedown to hang and support the final drive and make the installation easier for me.

I use clamps to help me compress the rings and install the pivot pin in place.

30mm + 1.5

And since I have lots of time I polished the old cap nuts.

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Seat ugly hardware.

I'm slowly beautifying all the hardware, is now turn for the seat hardware..


First instal in a drill as you if you were installing a drill bit and turn it agains a file. From coarse to fine.


Until you loose the lettering.

Then turn or drill it on sand paper to polish it.


Looks better. I also do it when I'm using non original german hardware of the 50's.

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I am sure you have learnt lots

While I am sure the learning has not been insignificant, the achievement is now tangible.

Keep up the drive, you are going great guns.

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Thanks Mal

THanks Mal, is a blessing having something to do while quarantine at home.
And while waiting on parts or access to the shop I have been reading the Barrington´s R26 and polishing the hell out of the hardware.

Latter today I'm going to venture to the shop to get the wheel and start lacing the wheels together.

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Battery Compartment Base Rubber Trim

After browsing the Barrington I realized there is a rubber trim around the battery compartment base.

I used a rim strip instead of ordering the specific part, but used the recommended procedure to glue it on.

I used metal paper clips to prevent the strip from moving while the glue cured.

The battery compartment is definitely not hermetic, the trim must be to prevent metal to metal contact.

Any ideas what it is for?

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Theory vs Reality

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