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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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Re: Some TLC for Thundercat

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Post  davenuk on Wed May 27 2015, 16:15

that is lovely, i couldnt afford the hours you must have put into that.
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Post  Catnapper on Thu Jul 02 2015, 04:23

Any pics of the finished product!!!!!

Me - No time - No patience - No Garage

NO CHANCE
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Post  yamahamad on Thu Jul 02 2015, 21:46

Ah yes is it finished, is it going to make one of the weekend meets?

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Post  Nigel T/Cat on Tue Mar 29 2016, 16:15

Sorry it’s been a long time since the last update, but my disabled son  got excluded from his school last year and myself and my wife had to find him a new special school that could cope with his issues (Autism, ADHD, Severe learning difficulties and Global developmental delay). We found him a new school , which is about 40 miles away from home and he seems much happier there. He lives at his new school and comes home every three weeks at the weekend. I blamed myself for this and I lost interest in quite a lot of things including getting the bike finished, I have now started to work on the bike again and hope to have it finished by the end of April.

I also had a couple of issues with the bike:
Fuel pump was leaking.
One of the down pipes was not getting as hot as the others.

Fitted a new fuel pump. I purchased the new fuel pump from Fuel Performance Ltd, which has a lifetime guarantee and is made by High Flow.
I cleaned the pilot jet in the carburettor, (which looked partially blocked) to cure the issue with the down pipe.

See pictures below of what has been done to the bike.

Before cleaning.


After cleaning


Before

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Post  Wooster on Tue Mar 29 2016, 16:54

Glad to hear your lad's happy and settled in mate. left thumb up


So when will the bike be ready to sell to me? green smile
Go on, you'll get bored without a project and you can have my nice blue one as P/X. Laughing
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Post  Catnapper on Tue Mar 29 2016, 18:11

Glad things are on the up with your son,

What did you do with the top yoke???

I've tried polishing it but not getting anywhere with it??
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Post  0ldcat on Tue Mar 29 2016, 19:20

Glad to hear things are stabilising with your lad, and you are coming to terms with yourself again. Guilt is a terrible thing to shoulder.

Bike's shaping up to be a beautiful lady.
Be careful not to put her on a pedestal so high that you'll not want to ride her and show her off green smile

Hope to see her in the metal some day left thumb up

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Post  yamrdtez on Tue Mar 29 2016, 19:45

very nice work, 1st class. well done spring-wow
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Re: Some TLC for Thundercat

Post  Nigel T/Cat on Tue Mar 29 2016, 20:07

Wooster wrote:Glad to hear your lad's happy and settled in mate.  left thumb up


So when will the bike be ready to sell to me? green smile
Go on, you'll get bored without a project and you can have my nice blue one as P/X.  Laughing
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Thanks, the bike should be finished by the end of April.
I can't sell it as I don't think dgsdale would be too happy! He has made a lot of stainless parts for it, and I also need to ride it after all that work.
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Post  Radar on Tue Mar 29 2016, 20:12

Glad that your lad is settled into a school better suited to his needs

Brilliant work on your Thundercat, looks better than new....when you are finished you can do mine, it will stop you getting bored!
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Re: Some TLC for Thundercat

Post  Nigel T/Cat on Tue Mar 29 2016, 20:16

Catnapper wrote:Glad things are on the up with your son,

What did you do with the top yoke???

I've tried polishing it but not getting anywhere with it??

Thanks.

I used wet and dry and scotch brite to get the finish on the top yoke, and had it painted on the bottom and around the sides & then laquared all over.
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Re: Some TLC for Thundercat

Post  Nigel T/Cat on Tue Mar 29 2016, 20:18

Thank you for all your comments.
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Post  Catnapper on Tue Mar 29 2016, 20:20

Nigel T/Cat wrote:
Catnapper wrote:Glad things are on the up with your son,

What did you do with the top yoke???

I've tried polishing it but not getting anywhere with it??

Thanks.

I used wet and dry and scotch brite to get the finish on the top yoke, and had it painted on the bottom and around the sides & then laquared all over.


Thanks for that. Need to be a bit more aggressive lol
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Post  Wooster on Tue Mar 29 2016, 21:39

Nigel T/Cat wrote:    

Thanks, the bike should be finished by the end of April.
I can't sell it as I don't think dgsdale would be too happy! He has made a lot of stainless parts for it, and I also need to ride it after all that work.

I didn't think I'd have a hope in hell of persuading you otherwise mate. Cool
It's looking absolutely mint...better than when it left the factory I'd bet.
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Post  dudeofrude on Tue Mar 29 2016, 22:31

Wow!! I both admire and hate you for this bike, On one hand it's amazing seeing a thundercat in that condition and the dedication you've put into it especially with what's going on in your life.
But on the other hand it's now made me realise just how rough mine is and now its gonna cost me a fortune in new parts and cleaning products haha

But above all else.... Bravo sir
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Post  Catnapper on Tue Mar 29 2016, 22:33

dudeofrude wrote:Wow!! I both admire and hate you for this bike, On one hand it's amazing seeing a thundercat in that condition and the dedication you've put into it especially with what's going on in your life.
But on the other hand it's now made me realise just how rough mine is and now its gonna cost me a fortune in new parts and cleaning products haha

But above all else.... Bravo sir

Do you think if we put both our bikes together we'd get one like his


NOPE!!!!
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Post  Rosco on Tue Mar 29 2016, 22:36

Glad to hear your son is settling in at his school and hope everything works out well for him there.

The bike is stunning, in the bestest colours and very nearly as good looking as mine. (2 out of 3 ain't bad)

Enjoy

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PS. Carlsberg don't do Thundercat porn but if they did......this would be it!!!


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Post  dudeofrude on Tue Mar 29 2016, 22:58

@catnapper yeah but ours are 20 years old, his is technically brand new :-P
We'll that's the excuse I'm going with anyway haha
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Post  Nigel T/Cat on Mon Oct 31 2016, 17:57

Sorry it's been a while since my last update.
The bike is finished now, see pictures below.

























































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Post  Rosco on Mon Oct 31 2016, 18:15

Thanks for cleaning it up for me Nigel.

I've fallen in love and I'm ready to buy it now Smile

Looks lovely.....good job.

Cheers
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Post  terry lees on Mon Oct 31 2016, 19:39

Doubt yours looked as good as that Rosco, when it came out the box.
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Post  yamahamad on Mon Oct 31 2016, 19:45

That is just amazing & deserves to be featured in one of the motor cycle magazines, possibly classic bike or something.

Now I'm proud of how well my old cat looks but yours is very special. Well done mate.

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Post  mosamahab on Mon Oct 31 2016, 20:04

I didn't know porn was allowed on this website.
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Post  Wooster on Mon Oct 31 2016, 20:52

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Post  billyw on Tue Nov 01 2016, 12:02

Stunning mate.
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