Monday, May 4, 2009

Re-assembly Begins

I've been asked why bother to strip everything off the bike and go throught the tedious work of cleaning all the little pieces. First, I'm anal retentive and have to. Second, there's no other way to know what's missing, worn out or broken on a 20 year old bike.

I cleaned all the pieces of the rear suspension and put it back together. Initially I thought a spacer was missing on the linkage lever. Turns out it was assmbled incorrectly, and judging by the wear in mating aluminum pieces, been that way for a while. You can see how much more of the left spacer is exposed. While not catastrophic at this point, addtional wear could definately be a problem.

I have gone through several iterations on the wood patterns for the motor mounst and got the design close. I'm confident in the hole locations for the motor, but not too sure with the bracket locations on the frame. I needed a more accurate template to work with. The cheap solution was a piece of 3/8" x 1" aluminum bar with a printout of the only the frame hole pattern pasted on. After a couple of more tweaks, I should be ready to cut the actual 3/8" plate.

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