Getting there with the ongoing (taking forever...) CB32 Gold Star project. I was having problems with compression but stripping down the top end and re-assembling seems to have cured it, though the cause remains a mystery.
I had been struggling to get my head around how to time the ignition and the breather together but a chat with Gary, the former owner, cleared it up for me. Obvious really but just time up the breather on the magneto pinion at top dead centre without tightening it on to the mag and then clock back the engine to 39 degrees btdc and set the ignition timing and then tighten up the pinion. Simple when you know but none of my manuals gave any enlightenment.
The petrol taps were rather leaky and I'm fed with drippy and stinky bikes so I followed a now tried and tested formula to leak proof the fuel system. I've found the key is BAP type taps as these seem to be the most leak free and resistant to ethanol (plus they have the bonus of being quite reasonably priced). The downside is that the BAP type taps are not quite period correct, better though than a fire risk in the shed. So: 1. BAP taps 2. Dowty sealing washers in correct BSP size 3. A liberal application of Loctite 565 on threads 4. Quality fuel line 4. Crimped on ferrules. Job done.
I bought the parts needed from local shop Feked. Highly recommended. They also had in stock a hard plastic fuel line snap connector in 1/4 bore size. As it seems likely that the Goldie tank will be on and off rather a lot I decided to try them out. Results are good.
|Fuel line happiness in the workshop. BAP taps, Dowty washers,|
Loctite 565 and a bottle of IPA.
|Snap connector from Feked. Very handy.|
|The final set up. Cranked joint was in a drawer in the workshop|
and makes it a neat job.
|And the baffle bolted in place. Fairly inconspicuous but|
|Stainless riser clip ons. Better but not quite there yet...|