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    Honda will want to buy it back from you, to put in their museum.

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    Hi there,

    Here are photos of the tank and forks welded, repaired and painted.

    Just need final wet sand then buff and polish.

    Cheers.

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    Looks fantastic!!! Cant be too far off reassemble and ride yeah??
    Rigby "No dude, you're doing it wrong! Righty-tidey, lefty-losey! Not lefty-tidey mess it up because you're a loser!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diggs View Post
    Looks fantastic!!! Cant be too far off reassemble and ride yeah??
    Yeah, thanks Diggs, not too far away now.

    Rear rack needs some repairs before i send it and a heap of parts off to the chrome platers

    Once the frame paint is done i will start the rebuild of the engine, ready for install.

    Cheers.

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    Hi there,

    Here are some photos of the frame painted.

    Just needs a wet sand and a buff and polish.

    Cheers.

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    Hi there,

    Here are a few photos of the engine coming together.

    Cheers.

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    Not far now! That engine looks better than new!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diggs View Post
    That engine looks better than new!
    The whole bike does.

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    Hi there,

    Here are a couple pics of the front forks rebuild.

    The fork dust seals were pretty cracked so i put some glue lined heat shrink tube around them and they turned out great.

    Tank next then onto the wiring of the frame, cables etc.

    Cheers.

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    Good thinking on the seals
    its engine oil madge ,,,
    Your soaking in it ,,!!

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    Cheers Dex,

    Can't buy em so had to do something to smarten them up!

    Here are a few pics of the tank all finished and ready to go back on the bike.

    New stickers set really finishes it off.

    Cheers.

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    Looks like an AT-AT! A bloody nice, blue one! Looking fantastic - those stickers really make it! Cracking effort!
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    Hi there,

    Got the centre stand and bracket back from powder coaters and mounted them to the engine.

    Also assembled the controls, grips and lights to the bars.

    Cheers.

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    its all coming together now , cant wait to see it complete.

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    Hi there,

    Here are some photos of the horn mods process.

    I had this brand new 12v genuine horn from another project that matched the 6 volt NC50 horn externally.

    So i bought a cheap 6v horn and removed the internals and fitted them to the genuine one.

    I bought a $4 set of pliers and angle screwdriver set from Bunnings and modified them to enable me to bend the cover off with out too much damage.

    Cheers.

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    You remind me of a guy on the ZRX forums, not only is your work amazing but the documentation of it is excellent too.

    Every photo I take looks like I have used a potato. I get my wife to either take or fix the good ones.
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    Thanks Diggs,

    It took me a long time to figure out the settings of my camera too!

    Still take about 10 shots to get 1 decent photo.

    Here are some photos of the speedo being disassembled and cleaned.

    Same process as the horn to remove the bezel.

    There was quite a bit of dirt inside, also the grease on the gears had dried out so i cleaned that out and regreased

    Just getting a quote to make a decal to go over the face as the paint has cracked.

    I will just put the original face back if it is too dear as it is still readable.

    Gave the glass a good clean and polished the bezel and housing.

    Also repainted the pointer as it had faded quite badly.


    Cheers.

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    I say this including myself, it is easy to be a catalogue mechanic and just buy a heap of new parts and bolt together a stunner but to go to the next level like the work above is the real deal, thanks for sharing with great info and documentation.

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    Thanks Jamie,

    More than happy to share some ways around problems and hopefully inspire some more people to have a go.

    The NC has been a challenge for sure, but hey like all of us here if we don't take care of these little treasures they will disappear for good.

    Cheers

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    "Challenges are only the reward of Effort"
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    this is a great thread.. please keep it up.. the time and finesse put into this is next level
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    Hi there,

    Got the frame polished and stickers fitted.

    Put a couple of rivnuts in for the lower rack mounts

    Also ran the wiring and control cables through the frame.

    Just waiting for rack and wheel rims to get back from the platers.

    Cheers.

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    Hi there,

    Got the parts back from the platers and very happy with the results, considering how rusty they were!

    Got the tank, indicators and tail light fixture all mounted to the rack, ready to go back on the frame.

    Rebuilding the wheels are next.

    Cheers.

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    Hi there,

    Coming together finally!

    Cheers.

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    Not too far to go now mate!!!!
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    Ha ha, love how it gets it's own display shelf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter View Post
    Ha ha, love how it gets it's own display shelf.
    I thought he would at least have a towel or something down. But when everything is that clean you probably don't need to.
    Life is too short for cheap carbs...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter View Post
    Ha ha, love how it gets it's own display shelf.
    Thought you would like that Peter!

    No room left in the shed so assembly has moved inside.

    Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattyP View Post
    I thought he would at least have a towel or something down. But when everything is that clean you probably don't need to.
    I did put some clear plastic sheet down but still managed to take a couple hacks out of the benchtop. ( My wife spotted em )

    Gives the side board character i say!

    Cheers

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    Hi there,

    Here are the wheels getting re spoked

    Start with all the spokes that are on the inside of the hub.

    These are around a 90 degree bend

    Once they are all in and the nipples loosely done up the outside spokes can now go in from the back and put into position.

    These are around a 110 degree bend.

    Now i need to true them up and get the tyres on.

    Cheers.

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    Oh stop teasing and just finish it already!
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    Isn't it fun doing spokes in rims, eh? Bit daunting at first but when you work out system, it's relatively easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattyP View Post
    I thought he would at least have a towel or something down.
    Yeah, a towel would be a good idea......you don't want to get dust off side board on the shiney new paint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter View Post
    Isn't it fun doing spokes in rims, eh? Bit daunting at first but when you work out system, it's relatively easy.
    Yeah Peter, the first time was the most confusing for sure but now it is easy like you say.

    I was going to assemble the front end when i spotted the top and bottom ball races were cracked.

    So have sent another order to CMS so hopefully won't be too long to wait.

    In the mean time i got the rear wiring harness sorted, the starter/rear brake cable hooked up, the carb and cables attached and the air cleaner assembly all fitted.

    Cheers.

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    Awesome job on this bike mate, better than the honda factory ever did. well done.
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    Thanks z nut.

    Here are a couple of pics of the test fit of the rear guard i made, before painting.

    Also the muffler and cover, check for clearance / alignment etc. All good.

    And the front guard test fit as well.

    Cheers.

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    I note there is a towel down on the sideboard now????

    Looking unreal mate!
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    Thanks Diggs,

    Somehow i have managed to loose the blue high beam lens ( SO p#$$ED OFF ) and was wondering if anyone might have one lying around they don't need.

    Or know of anyone that might have one and could ask them.

    I would really appreciate any help.

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    I gave 2 x NC50s to a mate, will ask if he has a spare
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diggs View Post
    I gave 2 x NC50s to a mate, will ask if he has a spare
    Thanks heaps for doing that Diggs.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by cometcosmo2003 View Post
    Thanks heaps for doing that Diggs.

    Cheers
    Sorry mate, no dice - he got rid of them (and all parts) a few months ago
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    Can you get them from Honda?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MattyP View Post
    Can you get them from Honda?
    No longer available Matty. Searched world wide for NOS to no avail. They are selling, used, on ebay usa for silly money and shipping

    I do have another fellow looking for one tomorrow for me in QLD. He thinks he should have one.

    Cheers.

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    Shouldn't be too hard to get a bit of blue plastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter View Post
    Shouldn't be too hard to get a bit of blue plastic.
    Yeah Peter that was my next step if i can't find an NC one.

    I can get a red one from an XL250 and swap out the lens for blue.

    Found this acrylic on ebay.

    Cheers

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    Surely there's a plastics guy somewhere near you, it would be 10c.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter View Post
    Surely there's a plastics guy somewhere near you, it would be 10c.
    Hi Peter,

    All good, Ross from Tiaro Motorcycle Wreckers came through with one for me.

    He has quite a lot of spares for all sorts and is retiring.

    Worth a look if you are after some parts or looking for a project.

    Cheers.

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    You're not wrong about that, he has bucket loads of stuff, no idea how he keeps track of it all. I got stuff from him when I was in Qld.

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    Hi there,

    The forks,bars and headlight bucket on and rear cables connected.

    Just the wiring, headlight to go.

    Just waiting on some rim tapes and tubes on order.

    Not long now!

    Cheers.

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