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by pmtremblay
Sat Sep 19, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Vintage (1948-1969) Motorcycles
Topic: Ok explain the patina thing to me
Replies: 7
Views: 218

Re: Ok explain the patina thing to me

I'm leaving my bike ratty and dishevelled. For me it was initially a cost consideration ... I'm with goaarongo. My R27 looks about as worn as the original poster's bike, and it's going to take most of my available money to get it running, then safe and reliable. Mine doesn't tell much of a story, e...
by pmtremblay
Mon Aug 03, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Vintage (1948-1969) Motorcycles
Topic: Question on Resurecting a Barn Find
Replies: 11
Views: 1103

Re: Question on Resurecting a Barn Find

Also, post some pictures ... I'd love to see the bike as is and during the cleaning and resurrection.
by pmtremblay
Sat Aug 01, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Vintage (1948-1969) Motorcycles
Topic: Portland peeps went for a ride yesterday.. more pictures
Replies: 6
Views: 632

Re: Portland peeps went for a ride yesterday..

We need a like button - I got nothing to add but great photos, looks like a lot of fun.
by pmtremblay
Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:05 pm
Forum: Vintage (1948-1969) Motorcycles
Topic: New to the forums and new to motorcycles
Replies: 9
Views: 396

Re: New to the forums and new to motorcycles

Welcome! I agree with the recommendation to start with something cheap, safe and easy just to get on the road. You won't lose much money when you sell it. As someone up there said, buy with safety as the top priority - good brakes, tires, etc. Someone also mentioned Airheads, and I agree with that 1...
by pmtremblay
Tue May 26, 2020 10:05 pm
Forum: Vintage (1948-1969) Motorcycles
Topic: r69 project - any interest in a "build" thread?
Replies: 7
Views: 281

Do it

I'd enjoy reading along. I think there's plenty of acceptance for not keeping things original, as long as the owner is up front with what they're doing. In fact, lots of the engineering minds on here like to see interesting solutions. The grumbling and nitpicking crops up when someone claims origina...
by pmtremblay
Sun Mar 01, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: Vintage (1948-1969) Motorcycles
Topic: Barn find R27, new member
Replies: 20
Views: 428

It probably wasn't several

It probably wasn't several full 360 turns, I was just surprised at how much it took. Yes, definitely at the OT mark. After the final time I did it rotated the engine with the kick start a few times and confirmed the gaps. I did that again a little while later before I put the covers back on.
by pmtremblay
Sat Feb 29, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: Vintage (1948-1969) Motorcycles
Topic: Barn find R27, new member
Replies: 20
Views: 428

Update Feb. 29

These last few days I've refreshed the carb, set the valves and cleaned out the oil pan. This is old hat to most of you, but all a big deal to me! I'm definitely no mechanic, but in the past week I've 1) had a long talk with Vech at Bench Mark Works, 2) waited for parts to come from Europe and 3) be...
by pmtremblay
Fri Feb 21, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: Vintage (1948-1969) Motorcycles
Topic: Barn find R27, new member
Replies: 20
Views: 428

Update Feb. 21

I've only been working on the bike for a few minutes each night, mostly just getting the discoloration off the engine cases. I've tried a bunch of stuff, including the recommendations here. So far rubbing with crumpled aluminum foil has worked the best to get the crud off. Mostly I'm waiting on part...
by pmtremblay
Mon Feb 17, 2020 11:21 pm
Forum: Vintage (1948-1969) Motorcycles
Topic: Barn find R27, new member
Replies: 20
Views: 428

Long update

I had a few hours and perfect weather to dedicate to the bike today, so I gave it a good going over. It didn’t clean up that well, there’s not a pretty surface on the whole bike. The sheet metal is mostly very dull, worn paint, about half the pinstriping is worn off. The frame is a combination of wo...
by pmtremblay
Sun Feb 16, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: Vintage (1948-1969) Motorcycles
Topic: Barn find R27, new member
Replies: 20
Views: 428

Update 1

I'm definitely leaning toward leaving it as is for the near term. My plan is to get it running, get it roadworthy, then work on reliability. The goal for this year is to be able to jump on some Saturday afternoon and go get ice cream or ride to a nearby car show. Keeping it simple. Tomorrow I'm givi...