I picked up the freshly painted tank on Saturday, its looks really really nice and promptly installed the fuel taps to then mount on the bike, fill with fuel and take for its maiden ride – it didn’t happen quite as expected.
Having fitted the fuel taps I thought it prudent to fill the tank a little with fuel, swish it about and then empty again to get rid of any bits and pieces that may have found there way into the tank, I was shocked to see flakes of grey paint flowing out when I tipped the tank up-side-down.
It would appear that the cleaver chap that chemically stripped the tank thought it a great idea to not only spray the outside of the tank but to also stick a bit of paint inside then role it around inside to ensure it doesn’t rust – he shouldn’t have gone to so much effort. Its obvious his thought process didn’t include “This is a fuel tank, I should not put paint that gets stripped with flurocarbons inside”. Dim wit.
What a complete mess, after trying with a chain to scrap it off and multiple petrol swill-outs its still in there and its going to be a job to get it all out.
We will have to resort to a tank sealer kit I think with the hope that it will form a seal over both the bare metal and the still painted portions of the inside of the tank – my only fear is that the sealer will strip the paint as well causing all sorts of fun. If this fails it may need to be stripped again and repainted – something I don’t want to dwell on too much at this stage.
Engine is all back in one large lump after replacing all bearings, oil seals and gaskets. We only have a parts manual to assist in the re-assembly but I’ve been there before.
Engine is now back in the bike and the majrity on bits now back where they should be.
the new exhausts look very nice but only the left side fits weel. The right side pipe appears to be missing and bend to get it hug the fram a bit which results in the exhaust sticking out at an odd angle.
Bought a battery for it today, will test for spark tomorrow night.
Tank at the painters getting white applied to knee cut outs along with decals and a clear top coat.
Hope to fire up this weekend assuming we sort out the exhaust.
Frame has been stripped and powder coated Red as have most of the bits that would have once been painted Red (expect for the tank which will be painted still).
This week will be placing an order with a spares supplier out of Italy for the bits and pieces needed to finish the project including engine gasket kit and new set of pipes and mufflers.
Engine has been stripped down and appears to have had little use. This I expect was a result of the broken kick start shaft which I have replaced. New Piston rings required due to a broken one but no major damage to the bores.
Engine rebuild to start before Christmas then its full speed ahead once parts arrive to finish, get registered and ride to iron out the bugs before shipping it to Italy.
If something happens and its unable to go to Italy in time I have a back up ride for the MI-TA, it will be a Lamberetta TV175 (S3) that my father has riden in the rally for the last 2 years.
The other day I picked up the parts from the powder coters that have been coated in Flame Red. Parts include the Frame, triple clamps, upper and lower, chain guard, stand and several other bits and bobs. The guy that did it for me did a fabulous job, the finish is as good as any paint job I have seen, very smooth deep gloss. So now the majority of colour bits are done but I still need to have the tank painted and the rear tail light holder painted.
Have disasembled the wheels and have sourced some new stainless steel spokes which was not a cheap exercise. I have noticed that one of the wheels is painted silver, the other plain aluminium. Should be fun trying to get the paint off the aluminium given it’s not on the out walls of the rim, just the inside bit where the spokes come through. Should take hours – great! I think I’ll get Dad to polish them up including the huge drums so it will be pretty.