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Post  Nigel T/Cat on Thu Oct 24 2013, 18:17

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Here is a picture of my Thundercat I purchased in April 2012, it had only done 2400 miles.



I have almost stripped the bike right down, apart from taking the engine out of the frame. I have had various parts powder coated: Swingarm, relay arm, connecting rods, rear brake caliper bracket, torsion arm, clutch cover, sprocket cover, starter clutch cover, generator cover, etc.

Back of the engine before cleaning.



After cleaning.





Front of engine before cleaning.



After cleaning.







I have cleaned up the rear of the frame, removed all rust and cure rusted & painted with hammerite silver smooth finish.

Before.





After.



I have fitted new bearings & thrust covers to the swingarm, and cleaned & re-greased the relay arm bearings and fitted new dust seals.
Here are some before and after pictures of the swingarm, relay arm and connecting rods.











I have had the rear shock absorber rebuilt the spring powder coated and re-plated by brook suspension.
Here are some before and after pictures.



















At the moment I am preparing the wheels, forks, sprocket carrier, fairing bracket and various other parts for powder coating, painting & vapour blasting. I have had various other parts re-plated and powder coated & fitted stainlees steel bolts to the engine covers.
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Post  prime on Sat Jan 25 2014, 16:39

Looks great mate, wish I had know how to do same.

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Post  Snowcat on Sat Jan 25 2014, 18:36

Just read through all this and looked at the pictures and thought "oh feck"!! I'm embarking on a complete restoration job myself and seeing this tells me I've got a hell of a long way to go.

You put the hours in you get the prize, looking really fantastic, well done
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Post  Snowcat on Sat Jan 25 2014, 18:37

prime wrote:Looks great mate, wish I had know how to do same.
Yours is already like that Chris, what you talking about man?? Lol
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Post  Radar on Sat Jan 25 2014, 22:24

I will pop my cat round when you are done, I don't want you getting bored!
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Post  Wooster on Sat Jan 25 2014, 22:31

I say we ban Nigel now, before he makes all our bikes look a mobile junk pile.  green smile 
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Post  prime on Sat Jan 25 2014, 23:53

Snowcat wrote:
prime wrote:Looks great mate, wish I had know how to do same.
Yours is already like that Chris, what you talking about man?? Lol

needs more shiny bits for me to polish mate, its a clean bike for sure, just needs more shine!
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Re: Some TLC for Thundercat

Post  Nigel T/Cat on Mon Jan 27 2014, 18:39

prime wrote:Looks great mate, wish I had know how to do same.


Your bike looks good as it is, but I'm sure if you put your mind to it you could do what I'm doing. I have taken lots of pictures and notes as I've gone along.

Snowcat wrote:Just read through all this and looked at the pictures and thought "oh feck"!! I'm embarking on a complete restoration job myself and seeing this tells me I've got a hell of a long way to go.

You put the hours in you get the prize, looking really fantastic, well done

Thanks for the comments.

What bike are you doing the restoration on and are you going to post some pictures on the forum?

Radar wrote:I will pop my cat round when you are done, I don't want you getting bored!

I don't think I will be getting bored when it's finished, hopefully I'll be riding it.


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Post  Snowcat on Mon Jan 27 2014, 19:03

Nigel T/Cat wrote:
Snowcat wrote:Just read through all this and looked at the pictures and thought "oh feck"!! I'm embarking on a complete restoration job myself and seeing this tells me I've got a hell of a long way to go.

You put the hours in you get the prize, looking really fantastic, well done

Thanks for the comments.

What bike are you doing the restoration on and are you going to post some pictures on the forum?
I've just bought a 1993 RGV250 which I've made little in roads on (and already banging head against wall), it's a long term jobbie mainly to get my son off his xbox but no rush and a long road ahead.

Once things start happening I will be posting a restoration thread.
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Post  Panzerbuilder on Tue Feb 04 2014, 21:06

When I close my eyes my Tcat also looks like that.  pinkelly 

And I'm sure that under the grime and muck that is covering the bike at the moment, it is.  violin 

Jealous. Not one little bit, well a little.  green smile 

But I am riding mine most weekdays.  Billy Whizz 
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Post  Nigel T/Cat on Sun Mar 16 2014, 19:11

Here is an update of what I have been doing to the bike:

Fitted bracket to bottom yoke for horn/brake lines etc.
Made new stainless steel horn mounting plate & fitted to horn.
Fitted steering cover, & horn.
Fitted back half of front mudguard.
Cleaned up front disc’s  & fitted to front wheel with new stainless steel bolts.
Cleaned & painted speedo drive and fitted to front wheel.
Fitted front wheel with new stainless steel wheel spacer.
Cleaned around coils and fitted re-plated hose clips to air intake hoses.

All the stainless steel bolts have been tarted up by dgsdale and he has also made the front wheel spacer, various washers and spacers out of stainless steel. All these little touches make all the difference.

See picture below.

Here is an update of what I have been doing to the bike:

Fitted bracket to bottom yoke for horn/brake lines etc.
Fitted steering cover, & horn.
Fitted back half of front mudguard.
Cleaned up front disc’s  & fitted to front wheel with new stainless steel bolts.
Cleaned & painted speedo drive and fitted to front wheel.
Fitted front wheel with new stainless steel wheel spacer.
Cleaned around coils and fitted re-plated hose clips to air intake hoses.

All the stainless steel bolts have been tarted up by dgsdale and he has also made the front wheel spacer, various washers and spacers out of stainless steel. All these little touches make all the difference.

See picture below.



















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Post  Nigel T/Cat on Sun Mar 16 2014, 19:14

Don't know what happened there, but it has posted the text twice!
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Post  yamahamad on Sun Mar 16 2014, 19:33

My god that really is attention to detail, well done amazing work.
I really think my bike is clean but suddenly it looks a wreck & I feel it needs attention.

Paul.
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Post  firey_fred on Sun Mar 16 2014, 21:56

Fantastic job, i'm impressed Clap  cant wait to see the pictures once its finished.
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Post  Rosco on Sun Mar 16 2014, 23:52

Keep up the good work.
It'll almost be as nice as mine when you're finished Wink

I've heard the orange is a difficult colour to match (and keep clean).
Have you got a picture of the wheels and the orange fairing together?

What paint (code) did you use?

I've got myself 2nd hand wheels a while back and just bought 2nd hand discs on eBay tonight.
Thinking about orange but if I do that I'll need to keep her clean. Billy Whizz 

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Post  greencat on Mon Mar 17 2014, 12:43

Rosco wrote:
I've got myself 2nd hand wheels a while back and just bought 2nd hand discs on eBay tonight.
Thinking about orange but if I do that I'll need to keep her clean. Billy Whizz 

If he does that, well...... it's unimaginable! And that's really scary 'cos I thought my imagination was unlimited  confused_2 

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Post  Bikerchris on Mon Mar 17 2014, 17:38

Stunning job, mine seems filthy now. Good excuse to give it good clean  Very Happy 
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Post  Nigel T/Cat on Mon Mar 17 2014, 18:19

Rosco wrote:Keep up the good work.
It'll almost be as nice as mine when you're finished Wink

I've heard the orange is a difficult colour to match (and keep clean).
Have you got a picture of the wheels and the orange fairing together?

What paint (code) did you use?

I've got myself 2nd hand wheels a while back and just bought 2nd hand discs on eBay tonight.
Thinking about orange but if I do that I'll need to keep her clean. Billy Whizz 

Cheers
Rosco

I've just taken a picture of the orange wheel and fairing together, and a picture of the orange wheel and front mudguard (See Pic's Below).
The orange mudguard is not going back on the bike, as I've got a new carbon fibre one.

The paint was Kawasaki Orange Pearl Colour Code: 176. When I purchased the paint I got a White Undercoat colour code:101 a
Orange undercoat colour code:154. I purchased the paint from autopaint southampton there telephone number is 023 80406136.

The colour match of the paint is not perfect, but very close. Let me know what you think.



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Post  Rosco on Mon Mar 17 2014, 23:35

Thanks for doing that.
Looks good.....black is so much easier to get away with not cleaning it though.
Struggling to decide. I'll check with my painter and pillion.
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Post  Guest on Tue Mar 18 2014, 05:57

Great work! Gonna look like she's straight off the factory floor.
Look forward to seeing her all put back together. Smile
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Post  randomeclipse on Sat Apr 19 2014, 20:41

Bravo to you, that's some commendable time and effort spent.
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Post  Nigel T/Cat on Fri Sep 12 2014, 21:18

Here’s an update of what I’ve been doing to the bike:

Cleaned, paint link pipe on front brake calipers.
Fitted front brake calipers using stainless steel bolts from Probolt.
Fitted front braided brake lines.
Fitted fairing bracket, ram air pipe and instrument display.
Fitted rear wheel, chain and sprockets & side stand.
Cleaned & painted rear brake caliper.

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Post  dgsdale on Fri Sep 12 2014, 22:54

Guest wrote:Great work! Gonna look like she's straight off the factory floor.
Look forward to seeing her all put back together. Smile

I tell you, I've seen this bike - in fact, I've helped Nigel with it at times - and it is way better than off the factory floor!
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Post  Nigel T/Cat on Tue Dec 23 2014, 17:54

Here’s another update.

Fitted re-plated oil delivery pipe and banjo bolts.
Cleaned oil cooler & paint the back of it with silver hycote engine enamel.
Fitted oil cooler, new oil filter & filled engine with oil.
Downpipes have been hot aluminium coated, and painted with silver VHT paint.
Fitted down pipes with stainless steel nuts, washers and bolt.
Cleaned Fan & fitted to fan mounting bracket (which has been powder coated) with stainless steel nuts.
Painted the radiator with gloss black hycote engine enamel.
Fitted the fan assembly to the radiator with stainless steel bolts.
Fitted the radiator to the bike with stainless steel spacers, washers & bolts.
Fitted the hoses to the radiator with stainless steel hose clips and re-plated hose clips.
Fitted stainless steel bolts to water pump
Fitted re-plated water pipe with stainless bolts, and refitted hose from water pipe to oil cooler with stainless steel hose clips.
Cleaned air box, fitted new air filter and fitted to bike with stainless steel bolts, washer and spacer.
All stainless steel bolts, tarted up by dgsdale.
All stainless steel washers, spacers and nuts - made by dgsdale.

Here are some before and after pictures.

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After.








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Post  0ldcat on Tue Dec 23 2014, 19:03

Comin' along jus' bootifull it is Thumb Magtricery right before me peepers guv'nor green smile
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Post  Rosco on Wed Dec 24 2014, 01:28

Looking good Smile
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