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RT1 Restoration

11 May 2020 08:57
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Here we go then.......
Got the frame back from powder coating today, so I can start putting her back together.
Still waiting on a few parts and I'm only half way through painting.
Also, got the exhaust back after welding.
Will keep posting pictures of my progress.
Anyone have a torques setting for the swingarm?

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18 May 2020 04:48
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Yesterday was a good day.
Having sprayed loads of bike/car bits over the years using aerosol cans and getting good results, yesterday was my first attempt using 2K paint with a spray gun.
So pleased with the results, the finish seems very close to the original.
Will continue with the tank today.

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18 May 2020 11:43
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Very good, I went with the patina look and left my RT scruffy lol.....man she runs so good.

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18 May 2020 14:48
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Mauser nothing wrong with a bit scruffy, my XR250 has got plenty of patina to it and just like your RT the engine is great.
I bought my RT with the idea of doing a light restoration but it just got away from me :)
Clear coated the tank today.
I'm pleased I did the repairs and painting myself. I kept the original yellow and managed to get away with just painting the top.
I'll flat and polish it this week.

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19 May 2020 10:20
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Tank completed.
Had a lovely few hours this morning sat in the garden flatting the tank and then polishing.
So pleased with the way its turned out.

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19 May 2020 11:15
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Very good :).....nice when it looks like it's never been touched.

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19 May 2020 11:49
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Mauser wrote: Very good :).....nice when it looks like it's never been touched.


Altogether now "Like a vir-ir-ir-ir-ir-gin..............":ROFLOL :ROFLOL :ROFLOL :ROFLOL :ROFLOL

She used to live just down the road from me, did Madge.
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19 May 2020 14:21
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Altogether now "Like a vir-ir-ir-ir-ir-gin..............":ROFLOL :ROFLOL :ROFLOL :ROFLOL :ROFLOL

She used to live just down the road from me, did Madge.[/quote]

But not now Alan, has she downsized? :)

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20 May 2020 00:20
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Pete-RT1 wrote: Altogether now "Like a vir-ir-ir-ir-ir-gin..............":ROFLOL :ROFLOL :ROFLOL :ROFLOL :ROFLOL

She used to live just down the road from me, did Madge.


But not now Alan, has she downsized? :)[/quote]

Sort of, maybe. She and Mr Ritchie parted company - she left and he stayed.

I believe that he's set up his own brewing company now, called Gritchie. I couldn't be sure, but I think that he likes a bit of off roading on motorbikes.
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20 May 2020 05:13
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New tyres fitted and wheels balanced yesterday.
Poor Mel from Mel's Motors, Bracknell had a hell of a job getting, what we think might be the original 50 year old Dunlops off.
Brake shoes arrived today so we are Rollin' Rollin' Rollin'.



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