Just before I was going to torque down the top end, I ran into some problems. It seems as though the machine shop that did my valve job fucked me. It’s unbelievable that they would return it to me like this… there’s no way that seat would come close to sealing. Good thing I decided to pull apart the valves and check their work. Always check everyone else’s work, people.
They took the head back and told me they’d replace it promptly. Sucks, the bottom end waits patiently…
Note the upgrade I made to the tenisoner: That’s a Z1000 tesnsioner sprocket and axel from Liska Racing - using some drill bits and patience you can remove the cracked, worn out, hardened stock rubber wheel and install this one. It should outlast any other part of the engine.
I’m really at a point where there isn’t much I can do without being able to get the bike together, with the motor in, to tack together an exhaust system and exhaust mounts. Hopefully I get that head back asap.
The buffer really eats ‘em up when I’m working with small parts.
Dexter Kill Room or Buffing Station?
My new buffer finally arrived in the mail so I got to polishing some bits and pieces for the CB160. I love polishing aluminum. Although it’s probably the dirtiest job I’ll undertake during a build, it’s also the most rewarding. It’s a shame to see everyone taking the “easy” way out and painting over pieces that have so much more potential.
On my last project I took to sanding every scratch and gouge out of each piece before taking them to a mirror finish, this time I’m leaving the big ones in. This reduces the work to get to finish; more importantly it retains the bikes unique history and character.
Finally, I’ve found some free time to get back on track with the CB160.
Thanks to Chad, Bee, Fritz, and the rest of Ace Motorcycle and Scooter for putting on a great show – we had a blast despite the weather. Stay tuned for Justin’s pics.
"Start you bastard" - Justin
Got my raincoat and I'm ready to go.
Bee and Fritz
The Moped crew acting too cool for school
Chad, Excellent mechanic and co-owner at Ace, and a great guy to boot
I voted for this '74 IronHead in the "Best Modern American" category... there were no modern American bikes at the show so it won. Ha!
Another Vino with a windshield? Get real.
CB160 bottom end rebuild finished, and I’m off to New Orleans. See you Tuesday.