3 years ago

DT May 2018

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New bits and pieces

New bits and pieces needed to be sourced, Mark contacted So Cal Maico in the States. Mostparts like the new spokes, Maier plastics and control cables are all freely available. The tank, which is badly faded is not. PDB made a new aluminium tank for the bike… we like. Mark works magic on fuel tanks. New Excel wheels were sourced locally. The brake hubs were relined, powdercoated and fitted with new bearings. The brake shoes were replaced. The rear Ohlins shock was sent to Game services for an overhaul and the front forks were reconditioned, rebushed and flash chromed. The seat was recovered and the seat decals hand painted to original spec. Engine time: Mark stripped the engine right down. The pipe surprisingly was still in good nick. The gearbox and all that was all also in pretty good shape. He sourced a new Wossner piston kit from a dealer in Holland and had the barrel bored to one ml oversize. The casings were bead blasted and powder coated back to match the original colours. All of the seals were replaced and the motor went back together. Lots of polishing, shining and cleaning completed the project. The final result… a collectable rarity. Does is run? Well – in theory – yes. But like his other projects, this bike is not for riding. It has been delivered to its owner never started, to add to the vast collection of classic motorcycles already parked in the man cave. This is a very sad part of motorcycle history. Just imagine what we’d have from this brand today if they had not fallen apart. If you have an interesting bike that you’d like restored, give these guys a call… PDB Vereeniging: 082-333 5253 Crank and pistons from Game Services in Benoni. Racing Stator and hoses imported from the UK. Lots of other bits and bobs from Syds Racing in Bloem. “Lots of polishing, shining and cleaning completed the project. The final result… a collectable rarity.” 48 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE MAY 2018

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