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Misc / Open / My Messages ITALICS of read messages
« on: Today at 10:58:00 AM »
It might be me but I keep on getting a number 1 in the messages box that does not go when I have read or replied to the message is this normal or do I need to tweek something on settings?

CB500/550 / Re: 550 F2 started!
« on: August 09, 2022, 01:47:57 PM »
My conrods had that light surface rust so I soaked them in Evaporust - they came out like new castings.

Desperately Seeking!! / Re: Wanted nice ND tach for my 550K1
« on: August 08, 2022, 10:42:13 AM »
Kent 400 is Peters name here.

CB350/400 / Re: HELP! Clutch not disengaging! CB400F
« on: August 07, 2022, 10:27:02 PM »
I agree with Ken you need to disassemble the side cover and check out the two mechanisms.

Did you seperate the clutch plates before you put it back together - they can as you probably know stick together easily when left standing?

The clutch has that odd plate holding the 3 balls, plunger etc might be an issue there somewhere with an incorrect spacer fitting.

The kickstart should be straight forward to check - the spring can be fidly.

CB350/400 / Re: Making your own gaskets
« on: August 07, 2022, 09:42:53 PM »
You can buy genuine Flexoid paper on Fleabay. Not too sure about the suggested 2-3mm thickness, that does seem awfully thick. Having said which, I admit to never having had the tops off of my carbs, so quite happy to be proved wrong. Mike.

I've measured a fragment looks like its around 1.25mm or thereabouts compressed down to 1.0mm.

CB350/400 / Re: Making your own gaskets
« on: August 07, 2022, 09:29:57 PM »
I may have some of these gaskets Ted, I’ll have a look.

Thanks Steve.

CB350/400 / Re: Fuel tap causing flooding?
« on: August 07, 2022, 07:24:56 PM »
If the tap is switched off whilst the engine is running to empty the carb bowls you can sometimes get flooding when you open the tap again if the valves stick a little. Before my rebuild I found rocking the bike whilst on the centre stand would fix the flooding immediately.

CB350/400 / Making your own gaskets
« on: August 07, 2022, 02:02:19 PM »
I need to make a set of carb top gaskets any pointers as to how thick a sheet of suitable gasket paper I need ?

Links to suitable sized paper would come in handy , unless anyone has some proper  left over gaskets they want to part with ?

400 carb top gasket by Macabe Thiele, on Flickr

CB350/400 / Re: Fuel tap causing flooding?
« on: August 07, 2022, 01:18:26 PM »
That's weird as if the tap internals are as they should be you would have a greater fuel  pressure in reserve - lower in normal ON position.
Out of interest what happens if you are on reserve and open the filler cap.

Wow Alex is that your bike it looks well tidy?

Misc / Open / Re: Cleaning up carbs - general
« on: August 06, 2022, 01:26:39 PM »
Hi ken,
I've just tried a small mop head using my small cordless drill - using some Duzit metal polish - is there a better grade of abrasive paste you can recommend?
Thanks Ted

CB500/550 / Re: Back with a 500 ....
« on: August 06, 2022, 12:59:54 AM »
That bike looks brilliant I've sent a PM about a visit possibly next weekend.
I'm a little green with envy it looks great with black bodywork. Good weather ahead as well - enjoy.

Misc / Open / Re: Cleaning up carbs - general
« on: August 06, 2022, 12:46:36 AM »
The alternative might be a  Bench Polishing Wheel plus some cutting paste. Not sure what sort of money to spend or how powerful the motor needs to be. I gave my old bench grinder away decades ago as I had no use for one.

Misc / Open / Re: Cleaning up carbs - general
« on: August 05, 2022, 06:23:04 PM »
Gawd knows how someone managed to put a row of small dings on the top surface of number 2 Carb top cover.
I've never owned a Dremel but it's on my next potential tool buying list. Forgive my ignorance but how do they work - are they a small D/A type pad or is it a cutting stone of some sort?

I have this vision of cutting right through soft Alluminium !

Member 4 Sales / Re: 400 bits
« on: August 05, 2022, 06:12:50 PM »
If the side panels are still available they would come in handy.
Thanks Ted

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