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Brünner

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Hey guys, I'd like to share a video about the restoration of an old motorcycle. Not aviation-related obviously but there are several tricks which might come handy for everyone, I think.
As per description there is:
Simple tool for loosening rusty joints
Flushing the gas tank;
Bluing;
Galvanized;
Copper plating;
Removal of rust by electrolysis;
And other. Plus, the video quality is fantastic.
Enjoy,
Brünner


 

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Interesting that they used acetone for some things, but not for rust cutting on bolts/nuts. 50/50 mix of acetone and ATF works as well as any commercial rust cutter on threaded fasteners.

Charlie
 

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Very good! I note that many of the terms used are "cognates." that is words that sound and mean about the same thing in two languages.
Like <<реставраЦия>> for restoration. Not to pull rank, but my first Russian lessons were just after Sputnik went up!
 

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I love how he does a months long nut and bolt restoration and then says screw it I can't wait and takes it out for a rip in the snow!😂
Proved you can do a fantastic restoration with out an expensive shop full of tools. Great job, excellent editing and a teaser on the next restoration.👍
 
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robertl

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Hey guys, I'd like to share a video about the restoration of an old motorcycle. Not aviation-related obviously but there are several tricks which might come handy for everyone, I think.
As per description there is:
Simple tool for loosening rusty joints
Flushing the gas tank;
Bluing;
Galvanized;
Copper plating;
Removal of rust by electrolysis;
And other. Plus, the video quality is fantastic.
Enjoy,
Brünner


A friend of mine had one similar to this, not quite as old though. It was Russian made, reverse engineered from a BMW, complete with side car. He came by the house to take me for a ride so I grabbed my old Nazi helmet and goggles and off we went. I live in a small Southern town and when we rode through town, past the police station, they immediately fell in behind and followed us around town. Kind of reminiscent of when I had my 65 Pan Head chopper, ex police bike with the suicide shift and that same Nazi helmet back in the day. More attention than a person needs.
 

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Be aware that in most of our areas of operation, some of those materials may be tough to come by and/or difficult/expensive to dispose of when done. Research your materials prior to purchase and use.
 

JohnB

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Does it prove you need a Masters degree in Chemistry to restore a Russian motorcycle?

The defining moment on the video for me was when he laid the trim tape on the tank. NOT his first rodeo. jb
 

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I love how he does a months long nut and bolt restoration and then says screw it I can't wait and takes it out for a rip in the snow!😂
Proved you can do a fantastic restoation with out an expensive shop full of tools. Great job, excellent editing and a teaser on the next restoration.👍
Fresh snow has less risk to finish and systems for a completely restored side-car bike than the same paths in spring, with dirt, dust, mud and rocks.
 

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A friend of mine had one similar to this, not quite as old though. It was Russian made, reverse engineered from a BMW, complete with side car. He came by the house to take me for a ride so I grabbed my old Nazi helmet and goggles and off we went. I live in a small Southern town and when we rode through town, past the police station, they immediately fell in behind and followed us around town. Kind of reminiscent of when I had my 65 Pan Head chopper, ex police bike with the suicide shift and that same Nazi helmet back in the day. More attention than a person needs.
OH, the great suicide shifts. ( and the kick starts without having the spark retarded all the way).
 

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ever slide out on gravel and the gyroscopic forces push you upright? felt like the "hand of god".
 

PTAirco

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Ah motorcycles restoration... seem so much easier than airplanes. Everything is small and all you need is a little shed and most things are cheap. Broom closet for a paint room. No regulations to speak of...
 
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