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Misc: Everything Else 1951 Black Shadow Restoration

craig

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I was offered a Black Shadow project in 2013. I purchased the project and immediately started work on it.
Took the cylinders and heads to local Vincent machinist only 3 hrs away.
Crankshaft had been completed ,prior to my purchase, by a Canadian expert and also the tank was painted and done by "Bones".
Then, another Vincent project came up, Then a buddy stopped by and said" Go buy a BMW and lets travel the USA".
Then I got a wild hair and wanted to do the Trans America Trail (TAT). So I purchased a Husqvarna 701E and proceeded to farkle it out for the off road journey. So the Shadow was boxed up for another day.

All that behind, I am now focused on this Shadow project.
The pic above shows the big stuff with a thousand other pieces and projects in boxes.

My goal is a street friendly Black Shadow to ride on a semi daily basis, couple times a week.
 
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craig

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Received #8 ring terminals from Newark, crimped several today and they suit this project.
Small progress.
Servicing the snow blower for future snow.
I was using a butane lighter to shrink heat shrink tubing, but it always left a smoky finish. Now I use my hot air gun (PIA to get it out) and much nicer finish, no carbon.
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craig

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Received a nice gift from Chris of the correct cabling to the Miller D/2 dip switch. Kinda a miniature work space to get the new cable soldered in , but it worked out fine. Very pleased.
Thank you Chris

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I now need the soft rubber pad that goes underneath this Miller dip.
 
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craig

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Was able to procure a vintage Lucas horn button from eBay sale of bucket of old Brit elec parts.
Cleaned it up, put on a new wire , ready to go.


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Installed a 60" wire, hope it is enough to make to the screw disconnect.
 

craig

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I am not finding a mention of the famous "three wire braid" found on twin Vincents.
Hot batt to horn, hot horn to rear brake switch, horn to disconnect.

These wires and the close brake lever/rod have always seemed risky.

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bmetcalf

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On the period piece BBC murder mysteries we see in the US, the phone receivers have a braided cord. Maybe cheap to buy or a custom job back then for Vin owners?
 

craig

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Thanks PapyG, I see a tighter braid going to top of horn, maybe to form a stiffer bundle.
I see other installs using the phenolic plate of the Lucas horn to hold the wires away.
I have a better idea of how to install my horn/wiring.

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craig

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What is the factory solution (or a good solution) to plugging the RFM holes in the tubing behind the chain guard?

My chain guard seems to be right up against the outside of this, but i am seeking closure on both sides.

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craig

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So now i go to fit the rear lifting handle and find the tabs are off by a considerable amount, both in reference to level and also in reference to each other.
Do i blast the finish off, cut off one tab, make up a jig to align to each other , reweld and refinish?
Egg out the holes to achieve best level and reference?

A little frustrated right now.

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greg brillus

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Geez......just wait till you fit the fuel tank to the UFM and see how out of whack they can be. You could either cut one lug and reposition it, or twist the left one up slightly and the right one down slightly.........these lugs will ultimately dictate the alignment of your rear guard assembly.........the rear guard, lifting handle, rear number plate and the rear stand are difficult at best to install with good results........you often have to elongate some of the guard bolt holes to allow some adjustment........every time you do one, something is different.
 

Gary Gittleson

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I don't know if the camera was square with the RFM but if it was, the lift handle is skewed to the right and if that is so, some tweaking to the left might at least partially correct this. What should be a rectangle looks like more of a parallelogram.
 

passenger0_0

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Craig - Given the minor differences between each machine built it's probably best to do a complete dummy assembly of your bike before final painting and plating,. Otherwise you'll end up with a lot of beautiful parts that don't assemble correctly.
 

Cyborg

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Craig - Given the minor differences between each machine built it's probably best to do a complete dummy assembly of your bike before final painting and plating,. Otherwise you'll end up with a lot of beautiful parts that don't assemble correctly.
Reminds me of the touring fenders that get all of the dents pounded out of them before painting? Then discovering that the factory thrashed them with a pipe for good reason. Thankfully someone else warned me about that one.
 

craig

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The lifting handle is on center, the photo is cell phone not research, Anyone can hold this piece in their hand and determine it is not manufactured correctly, the supplier did not mean to supply a piece of this quality. this piece did not come from the VOC spares, i dont have time to stop and repair this piece, so i am hoping the supplier will replace it with a quality checked piece.

I am frustrated over cleaning this damn UFM. as well as not getting permission to use the house oven for heating the cases.

But I did get my second Covid shot, Yippee.

Back to the wire harness!

Cheers
Craig
 

BigEd

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>> ........
I am frustrated over cleaning this damn UFM. as well as not getting permission to use the house oven for heating the cases.
But I did get my second Covid shot, Yippee.
Back to the wire harness!
Cheers
Craig
My twin crankcase halves will just fit our oven, one at a time. One of the halves fell over. The dents in the oven bottom are still there! The oven is now a "No Go" area for any motorcycle parts and I suspect that a hidden security camera may have been fitted in the kitchen. Might have to get my own oven. ;)
First Covid shot done, next one in a few weeks.:cool:
 

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