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Well some news on the new primary chain. After waiting 10 days for it to arrive I finally got a message saying that DPD were going to deliver it today. I was going to be in all day so it worked out well for me, time passes and no knock on the door. Eventually the missus came in with the contents of the letter box, in there was a rather damp Jiffy bag, the top had a large rip in it and on closer inspection it contained nothing at all not even an invoice.

Checked my emails and there’s one from DPD claiming delivery, there’s a picture on the email with the Jiffy bag sitting on top of a letter box, trouble is it’s not my front door or my letter box.

DPD quite nicely claimed it had nothing to do with them and to contact the seller, the Jiffy bag has the impression of the chain on it so clearly it was there when it was dispatched so how they can claim no liability is beyond me.

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Other Bikes / Re: 1972 CB350 Twin
« on: July 02, 2020, 01:10:26 AM »
Lol I was in the 171 club set up by Tony Lloyd the vicar. Loved that old church, there was talk of a documentary about Tony a while back, lovely bloke with a great heart and bought one of the first batch of Z1s.

I have a pic somewhere of all the early members taken in the upper room, missed the pic by 5 mins or I’d have been on it as well.

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CB500/550 / Re: UK 500 fixer upper
« on: July 02, 2020, 01:04:32 AM »
Why 3? Because one blows and you have to fit another to get going again, that blows, so now your down to 2, you try and source the  fault, only was to test is to fit another, wrong again, that blows, so now you’re really worried, only 1 left and it’s 3am, it’s pitch black and your getting cold, you really try and remember what made it blow the first time, you find it, a little bit of insulation missing off a wire, you fit the third fuse hoping against hope you’re right, this time it’s ok but you resolve in future to carry more fuses or a bloody nail next time.

That’s my theory anyway and incidentally the reason I changed the wiring harness to the 550 type, with 3 fuses in the loop if one goes at least you get a clue as to where to look. There are even 2 spare fuses as well but I always carried 5. 2 in the fuse box and 3 more in the fuse holder that was still fitted.

Oh and the 3am story is true, back road in Devon on holiday, no street lights, no houses that I could see either, not a nice feeling.

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My experience tells me that replacing even for new Oe ones is best done before they get too bad, they tend to snap off flush with the head as that’s where the majority of the rust is and being so close to the head you normally don’t see it until it’s too late.

As you can imagine getting one out when it’s snapped off flush is not easy

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CB500/550 / Re: My local mate just bought this ..what do you reckon?
« on: July 01, 2020, 05:58:50 PM »
The tank trim alone is worth a few bob

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CB500/550 / Re: Ongoing PD46 carburettor woes (possibly)
« on: July 01, 2020, 05:57:15 PM »
I’ll keep a look out for more decent sets of carbs, if I spot any I’ll buy them as I didn’t think there was that much demand for them, funnily enough I found these easy, thought I might need a new set but it appears I may be ok.

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CB500/550 / Re: My local mate just bought this ..what do you reckon?
« on: June 30, 2020, 11:04:01 PM »
Seen a lot worse go for a lot more, good start.

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Anorak's Corner / Re: Tap n die set recommendations
« on: June 30, 2020, 10:59:59 PM »
I have some Blue Point taps and dies, from the people who make Snap On. Dies especially are really good and they aren’t round, they are multi pointed on the outside so you can fit them inside a socket if needed. The tap wrench is brilliant, a real work of art. Taps are great and make really nice threads.

Quality bit of kit but expensive

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CB500/550 / Re: Ongoing PD46 carburettor woes (possibly)
« on: June 30, 2020, 10:52:10 PM »
I might have a set of 627b carbs off a 500 going soon Ozzy, might refurb them or just sell them as is if I find I don’t need them

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Member 4 Sales / Re: For Sale: Rare 1973 UK Z1
« on: June 29, 2020, 06:07:07 PM »
Ohh that was adventurous of Kawasaki to do a black engine late 70s. Love black engines, they just look so much better.

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Project Board / Re: 1978 CB550 K3 "running" restoration
« on: June 29, 2020, 04:36:58 PM »
I was using one of my stock yesterday after doing one of the coils for the Ash mod, handy for blowing all the stuff out of the hole you grind into the coil body. Think they are around £3.50 but could be wrong.

It's called Fellowes Air Duster BTW.

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Project Board / Re: 1978 CB550 K3 "running" restoration
« on: June 29, 2020, 04:20:51 PM »
They are stocked where the mobile phone accessories are Simon.

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CB500/550 / Re: 500 no 2 exhaust pipe
« on: June 29, 2020, 04:18:23 PM »
Bottom left

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Project Board / Re: 1978 CB550 K3 "running" restoration
« on: June 29, 2020, 04:15:40 PM »
Good news. If you go to a big Asda they sell tins of compressed air (if you haven't got a compressor), give all the galleries a good squirting, I turn the can upside down so it comes out as liquid oxygen, you can actually see if come out then, compare each carb with the next so you know where it should be escaping, if it changes you have a blockage.

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New Member Introductions / Re: Hi from Northern Ireland.
« on: June 29, 2020, 04:12:41 PM »
Very sorry to hear of your loss Pete, my sincere condolences. Losing your mum is the hardest thing anyone can go through except maybe the loss of a child, keep your chin up, it actually gets worse for a while before it starts to get better but it will be a few years before it really starts to stop hurting.

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