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

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

Post  MrNutt on Thu Oct 24 2013, 18:51

wow very clean bike you have there! and it wasn't that bad before you started!

Rosco's bike has never looked like that since he's owned it haha
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Re: Some TLC for Thundercat

Post  dgsdale on Thu Oct 24 2013, 19:26

Cracking good job you're doing there fella. I'm doing a similar job on my CBR600 (apologies if that's swearing here!). I like the way you've paid attention to the nuts & bolts - always makes all the difference. What are you doing with the wheels? Are you keeping it totally standard or making any mods/changes?
Where are you based? - maybe we should get together to compare notes:
BTW, that looks a damn nice bike (cycle) hanging on the wall - Campagnolo ?
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Re: Some TLC for Thundercat

Post  SteveCat on Thu Oct 24 2013, 19:57

Hi two newbies in one post, must be a record - welcome to you both. Don't worry Sea Bee Are isn't a swear word here Question Please pop into the new members area and say Hi, we a friendly bunch and sometimes love to take the P.

Nigel, your before pics are way better than any of my after pics would ever be. That bike must be cleaner than new.
There are some members in your neck of the woods, maybe one day you can meet up. Take a look at Something for the weekend for our fantastic ride-outs and also there are some localish activities coming up soon. Bobh's ride looks like a corker and I'm promoting the Ring of Red around the M25 on the 10th of November
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Post  Radar on Thu Oct 24 2013, 21:04

Fantastic work there and welcome to the forum
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Post  0ldcat on Thu Oct 24 2013, 22:10

Corking first post and a grand job you're doing there Nigel left thumb up 

As Steve said "two newbies in one post" . . . yup think it may just be a record Smile 

Welcome both Toff glad you found us Thumb welcom2ytc

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Re: Some TLC for Thundercat

Post  Rosco on Thu Oct 24 2013, 23:13

Wow...that's some serious TLC.

Thanks for sharing.

Please don't park next to mine.

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Post  Wooster on Fri Oct 25 2013, 00:38

..so that's what all those bits actually look like? Cool 
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Post  robertcains on Fri Oct 25 2013, 04:53

Stunning, very impressed wink thumb up 
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Post  ellie on Fri Oct 25 2013, 11:01

Cool Gorgeous! Well done for the time & patience.

Welcome aboard too!
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Re: Some TLC for Thundercat

Post  Nigel T/Cat on Fri Oct 25 2013, 20:35

@dgsdale wrote:Cracking good job you're doing there fella. I'm doing a similar job on my CBR600 (apologies if that's swearing here!). I like the way you've paid attention to the nuts & bolts - always makes all the difference. What are you doing with the wheels? Are you keeping it totally standard or making any mods/changes?
Where are you based? - maybe we should get together to compare notes:
BTW, that looks a damn nice bike (cycle) hanging on the wall - Campagnolo ?
Thanks, what are you doing to your CBR600?
The wheels are going to be painted with 2 pack paint in orange to match the bottom half of the fairings. Yes I am going to make a few mods/changes, carbon fibre front mudguard (mudguard damaged by disk lock by previous owner), solo seat cowl, powerbronze undertray & skidmarx double bubble screen.
I am base in Hedge End Southampton.
Yes the bike on the wall is equipped with campagnolo (2011 chorus 11 speed).
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Post  Nigel T/Cat on Fri Oct 25 2013, 20:46

Thanks to everyone for all your comments, will keep you updated with all the progress I make with more pictures and comments.
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Re: Some TLC for Thundercat

Post  mrfrance on Mon Oct 28 2013, 21:06

Cracking job you're doing there Nigel! ...I am also in hedge end!

Need to start preparing my bike for the winter now. Have you coated yours in ACF50? worth doing as you have it stripped already.

Keep up the good work, we love pictures on here.

Cheers

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Post  greencat on Mon Oct 28 2013, 21:15

Whoa! That's refurbishment porn. spring-wow 

What a good job. Excellent pictures too left thumb up 

Are you going to frame it or ride it?
Please, please park it next to Ross's. Yin & Yang green smile 

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Re: Some TLC for Thundercat

Post  dgsdale on Mon Oct 28 2013, 21:28

@Nigel T/Cat wrote:
@dgsdale wrote:Cracking good job you're doing there fella. I'm doing a similar job on my CBR600 (apologies if that's swearing here!). I like the way you've paid attention to the nuts & bolts - always makes all the difference. What are you doing with the wheels? Are you keeping it totally standard or making any mods/changes?
Where are you based? - maybe we should get together to compare notes:
BTW, that looks a damn nice bike (cycle) hanging on the wall - Campagnolo ?
Thanks, what are you doing to your CBR600?
The wheels are going to be painted with 2 pack paint in orange to match the bottom half of the fairings. Yes I am going to make a few mods/changes, carbon fibre front mudguard (mudguard damaged by disk lock by previous owner), solo seat cowl, powerbronze undertray & skidmarx double bubble screen.
I am base in Hedge End Southampton.
Yes the bike on the wall is equipped with campagnolo (2011 chorus 11 speed).
Bugger me - when I said about getting together and comparing notes - I work in Hedge End! If you really want to know what I'm doing with my CBR (its a '97) here's the link: http://www.bikersoracle.com/cbr600/forum/showthread.php?t=21395
It would be really great if you would like to PM me - we really must get together. If you checkout that link on my rebuild I think you'll see why!
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Re: Some TLC for Thundercat

Post  stretchie_ on Tue Oct 29 2013, 10:24

What kind of magic did you use on the engine cases?
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Re: Some TLC for Thundercat

Post  mrfrance on Tue Oct 29 2013, 12:25

Interesting thread dgsdale, I've got a dent in my rear wheel just like your CBR had. Looks like there are three of us in Hedge End, who would have thought the world would be so small. Do either of you ride up around Loomies?

@stretchie_ wrote:What kind of magic did you use on the engine cases?
I too would be interested in knowing what you used? I'm looking to strip my bike pretty soon for a clean up coating of ACF50 before the salt spreading arrives.
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Post  Nigel T/Cat on Wed Oct 30 2013, 19:04

@greencat wrote:Whoa! That's refurbishment porn. spring-wow 

What a good job. Excellent pictures too left thumb up 

Are you going to frame it or ride it?
Please, please park it next to Ross's.  Yin & Yang green smile 
Think I'll frame it & hang it on the wall. Only joking I will only ride it when it's dry!
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Post  Nigel T/Cat on Wed Oct 30 2013, 19:25

@stretchie_ wrote:What kind of magic did you use on the engine cases?
The engine cases (clutch cover, starter clutch cover, generator cover & sprocket cover) were powder coated.
I cleaned the engine with scotchbrite, autosol metal polish and a lot of time and elbow grease.
The front of the cylinder block/cylinder head I cleaned with scotchbrite and painted with heat resistant silver engine paint, I purchase from aceparts on eBay.
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Post  Nigel T/Cat on Wed Oct 30 2013, 19:31

@mrfrance wrote:Cracking job you're doing there Nigel! ...I am also in hedge end!

Need to start preparing my bike for the winter now. Have you coated yours in ACF50? worth doing as you have it stripped already.

Keep up the good work, we love pictures on here.

Cheers

Paul
No have not coated mine with ACF50, as I'm not going to ride it in the rain (not after all this hard work).
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Post  Nigel T/Cat on Wed Oct 30 2013, 19:38

@mrfrance wrote:Interesting thread dgsdale, I've got a dent in my rear wheel just like your CBR had. Looks like there are three of us in Hedge End, who would have thought the world would be so small. Do either of you ride up around Loomies?

@stretchie_ wrote:What kind of magic did you use on the engine cases?
I too would be interested in knowing what you used? I'm looking to strip my bike pretty soon for a clean up coating of ACF50 before the salt spreading arrives.


No I have not ridden up around Loomies. But when I’ve finished the bike and it’s a dry and sunny day, I may well do so.

The engine cases (clutch cover, starter clutch cover, generator cover & sprocket cover) powder coated.
I cleaned the engine with scotchbrite, autosol metal polish and a lot of time and elbow grease.
The front of the cylinder block/cylinder head I cleaned with scotchbrite and painted with heat resistant silver engine paint, I purchase from ace parts on eBay.
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Re: Some TLC for Thundercat

Post  dgsdale on Wed Oct 30 2013, 21:28

@dgsdale wrote:
@Nigel T/Cat wrote:
@dgsdale wrote:Cracking good job you're doing there fella. I'm doing a similar job on my CBR600 (apologies if that's swearing here!). I like the way you've paid attention to the nuts & bolts - always makes all the difference. What are you doing with the wheels? Are you keeping it totally standard or making any mods/changes?
Where are you based? - maybe we should get together to compare notes:
BTW, that looks a damn nice bike (cycle) hanging on the wall - Campagnolo ?
Thanks, what are you doing to your CBR600?
The wheels are going to be painted with 2 pack paint in orange to match the bottom half of the fairings. Yes I am going to make a few mods/changes, carbon fibre front mudguard (mudguard damaged by disk lock by previous owner), solo seat cowl, powerbronze undertray & skidmarx double bubble screen.
I am base in Hedge End Southampton.
Yes the bike on the wall is equipped with campagnolo (2011 chorus 11 speed).
Bugger me - when I said about getting together and comparing notes - I work in Hedge End! If you really want to know what I'm doing with my CBR (its a '97) here's the link: http://www.bikersoracle.com/cbr600/forum/showthread.php?t=21395
It would be really great if you would like to PM me - we really must get together. If you checkout that link on my rebuild I think you'll see why!
O.k. I think its time I 'fessed up. Nigel & I know each other - rather well actually - in fact we both work at the same place in Hedge End (near Southampton). I've been on at Nige for a while to post on this forum (I'm doing the same thing to my CBR600  - link to it above - we can both be found in the Machine shop at lunchtimes working on our projects!) ) so when he finally did, I posted with a bit of tongue in cheek. So apologies to all - although it doesn't detract from what a great job he's doing and I hope you all enjoy this thread.
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Post  stretchie_ on Thu Oct 31 2013, 09:37

@Nigel T/Cat wrote:
@stretchie_ wrote:What kind of magic did you use on the engine cases?
I cleaned the engine with scotchbrite, autosol metal polish and a lot of time and elbow grease.
The front of the cylinder block/cylinder head I cleaned with scotchbrite and painted with heat resistant silver engine paint, I purchase from aceparts on eBay.
Awesome, well it bloody worked matey Smile
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Post  Nigel T/Cat on Sat Jan 25 2014, 16:33

Here is an update of what i've been doing to the front end of the bike, see pictures below!



































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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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