DIY En­gine re­builds

Classic Motorcycle Mechanics - - WORKSHOP -

Many en­thu­si­asts baulk at re­build­ing en­gines and with good rea­son. Yes, if you have a clean work­bench, plenty of space and good light­ing, it’s fea­si­ble, but only if you can work with­out in­ter­rup­tions. A mo­bile phone can be both a bless­ing and a curse when you’re try­ing to con­cen­trate – great for tak­ing images as you go along, but a royal pain when it keeps ring­ing. And then there’s the cost of spe­cial­ist tools. Our en­gine in cam­era would re­quire nigh-on £150 of tool costs to do the job prop­erly. If you’re go­ing to be tak­ing sev­eral of this type of mo­tor apart then in­vest­ment in the right kit makes sense, but if it’s only ever go­ing to be a one-off, can you jus­tify the out­lay? How many have crank re­build­ing equip­ment at home? It’s of­ten a bet­ter ap­proach to get some­one who knows what they’re do­ing to take you through an en­gine re­build stage by stage so you can learn. Doubt­less I’ll take some flak for say­ing this but here goes – not ev­ery one of us wants to, can or will re­build their own mo­tors and no one should feel they’re some­how a lesser en­thu­si­ast for opt­ing out. If en­gine re­builds were sim­ple, then ev­ery­one would be do­ing it and get­ting it right 24/7. which they aren’t!

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