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1971 CT Rebuild UK 30 Apr 2019 12:43 #1

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Hi all, you will have already seen this one in the forum, where I am asking for help! But the rebuild is now underway.
Its a Canadian bike, came to the UK about 5 years ago. And it gas sat in a shed ever since. Its a little worse for wear but Im determined that it will see the road again.
Build date says 8/71, but the vin and colour suggests that it is a CT2.
The transmission had been severely damaged at some point, hence its lay up I would imagine, this was the make or break point of the restoration, but I have sourced a decent bottom end.

So , the bike has now been stripped and various parts grit blasted and ive just painted the frame today and a few bits, lots more spares in boxes in the shed now waiting to be cleaned etc.

The one Item that Im missing, that seems to be really elusive, is a Headlamp!
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1971 CT Rebuild UK 30 Apr 2019 12:46 #2

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Nice project! The build date of 71 is so it would be ready for sale in 72. The bikes took time to ship from overseas.
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1971 CT Rebuild UK 16 May 2019 23:46 #3

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Hi all, quick update then,

The engine and gearbox are back together and the parts have been repainted.
The candy red colour was proving to be difficult to match, so we have painted it in Nightfire red. And to add a little ‘70’s flair, we experimented with some metal flake in the binder coat. Very bling!!

The rims cleaned up surprisingly well, and have been shod with new tyres, and the rebuild has begun!
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1971 CT Rebuild UK 17 May 2019 02:12 #4

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Nice work Pete!

If you are interested and need any, DEET on the forum does some lovely new silver/grey sleeving for the wires. Unfortunately (for us) he is in the US and so the usual postage costs will apply - I don't know yet of anyone in the UK who manufactures/sells sleeving of the same standard.

Also, and we touched on this before on our other posts, because DVLA will issue their age related plates on date of manufacture as opposed to sale or registration, then technically a lot of these imports will sport plates of a date before the bikes were actually available to buy! My RT2 will be the same - frame manufactured in 1971 but the bike wasn't available for sale until 1972.
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1971 CT Rebuild UK 04 Jun 2019 09:49 #5

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So all is going well......reasonably! A few wiring gremlins I had to deal with but all good.

Dating certificate has been received and ive applied for a UK reg!!

I had an issue with the carb overflowing, but I dropped the float level a bit and I thought I had sorted it.
Wrong , took it for a ride around the field and its started flooding again! The float valve is new, the float seems ok, and now im a bit stumped with it. Ill try to lower it a little more, but Im sure it will be to low then.

Here are a few pics.

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1971 CT Rebuild UK 04 Jun 2019 10:09 #6

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Nice looking. What tyres do you have on there, again?

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1971 CT Rebuild UK 04 Jun 2019 10:11 #7

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Wow that looks great! Make sure you get that float level right or it won't run right. Let us know if you need help on how to do this.

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1971 CT Rebuild UK 04 Jun 2019 10:44 #8

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Mothersbaugh wrote: Nice looking. What tyres do you have on there, again?


Hey, they are Heidenau K37, 18 x 3.25 & 18 x 3.50
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1971 CT Rebuild UK 04 Jun 2019 10:47 #9

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Midlife Motor wrote: Wow that looks great! Make sure you get that float level right or it won't run right. Let us know if you need help on how to do this.


Will do, its starting to annoy me that one! Ill pull it apart again this week sometime..

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