Latest update: Engine is together done by the mechanic by the way not me, I can build and repair V8's 4's & 6's OK but the idiosyncrasies of a shovel still mystify me. Engine is ready to fire, complete with new S&S Super "E" carb "A" grind cam with solid lifters, late model high flow polished oil pump, new rocker assemblies, new lifters & tubes new polished stainless oil lines.Plumbed the oil lines filled the tank with oil cranked it over to prime the oil pump, but starter wouldn't engage the ring gear most of the time with compression, worked fine with no load, so needs a little adjusting or spacing but got the oil flowing. When attempting to fit the clutch cable found some broken bits in the lever assembly in the box he repaired it filled it with oil, the 5 speed gearbox that is, it full as a goog out the clutch side missing some parts there too. Some of which I have in a little plastic zip bag here at home, not too convenient for him, so will get them to him in the morning. But the entire belt drive assembly will need to come off to fix the major leak through a missing seal. The joys of second hand non running parts purchases. But it will all be worth it in the end. So when the box is fixed & the pipes go on it will be music to my ears. It will only need the brake lines fabricated, bleed and the tank & guards fitted.
As the modifications done to her are not outside of Vicroads VSI33 guidelines & has previous Australian rego history, all I need then is a RWC certificate,a Vehicle Eligibility and Standards Declaration for Club Permit Vehicles form signed by our club scrutineer which is not me by the way & a Club Permit Application Form and toddle off to vicroads with all of them including the proof of previous rego, tucked under my arm and walk out with the club plates after parting with approx $90.
An aside if you plan to build one similar in Victoria anyway,I have no knowledge of other states requirements. Follow the guidelines & stay within them & you won't need an engineers report there is some lee way for engine, frame replacement mods etc. even imports of pre 1975 cycles don't need VSI8 reports for club permits, but post 1975 do. Or there will be added expense or remoding to comply with VSI8 so I advise read the rules and follow them and you can't go wrong.
Was hoping to have her together for Shovel Fest but not going to be able to now, but may be on the road by the next weekend. Will post the pics when she is home before I reassemble her for the final time. Oh the final bill will be just below or just over 20K depending on the extra labor costs for the repairs to the box, in hind sight it would have been a cheaper option to get an Ultima repro shovel engine or buy a running donor bike. But I am still happy for the exercise. Not so the better half she is not happy, as she misses the riding, we've been without a ride for several months and when she saw the size of the last payment I made for parts said
"So you sold a nice new motorcycle to spend it all and more on a piece of sh*t bike" but I think she will be happy to see it home & ride on it. I got her a suction cup pillion pad & clip on rear pegs for Xmas. Think she will be happy then???????
Now I think I might call it "
isang piraso ng tae" which translates from Tagalog to a piece of Sh*t