VFR400r (NC24) - Rothmans Build.

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  1. Diving Pete

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    So this will be a little like my last thread (just QUICKER) but will end up with a Rothmans Version. Now personally I think this was the best colour scheme Honda ever made with the RC30 scheme a very close 2nd.

    Overall the bike is in pretty good condition but has been stored ineptly. The bike visually needs a fair amount of love, has low miles & is a good candidate for bringing back to life. I have not yet run it ! I will be getting the bike running, replacing a few parts, repairing what I can't replace - I do have a few spares - lol, & then painting the fairings & tank..

    So today I'm taking a close look at the tank. The tank has minor bubbles in the paint (BUT IS DENT FREE !!!!) - so I'm guessing rust from inside. A quick look inside the tank shows signs of bad storage & signs of rust.

    [​IMG]P1080182 by Pete Smith, on Flickr

    Damm - It's not looking to be a good start.

    [​IMG]P1080191 by Pete Smith, on Flickr

    So the plan is to put Hydrocloric acid (also called Muratic) in to get rid of it.

    Started on the VFR tank, started to empty it, had about a gallon of fuel in it & it wasn't new fuel - bike was last ran in 2015!!!
    Drained most of the fuel out of the tap, then removed it & the cap.
    Then shook the tank..
    It made a LOT of noise....WTF ! I just drained the fuel..?
    Took a CLOSER LOOK inside . hmmm

    What is this.. - Bits of plastic... epoxy !

    [​IMG]P1080194 by Pete Smith, on Flickr

    This pile took 2hrs to remove..

    Holy Baloney!!
    It looks as if at some point someone has sealed the tank (BADLY) to the point it has now FAILED & bits are floating around inside the tank... ARGHH.. Need to remove this crap before I put the acid in so that's this mornings job.

    kept pulling more out.

    [​IMG]P1080206 by Pete Smith, on Flickr

    In total 4 hours it took me to even get the tank ready to put the acid in !

    its not that good a start.. lol
     
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    Gonna be following along, Mr. Pete.

    The darkest hour is always when you take out that first bolt and you think to yourself, "Self, it can only get better from here".

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    Just a little encouragement.....
     
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    cool. this should be fun to watch. not so much to do, but to watch, yes.
     
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    Yep - the aim is finish it by September.

    The carbs I took off & amazingly were actually almost clean so now off the bike & just waiting on a rebuild kit. P1080442.JPG

    However, it was not exactly loved - lol

    P1080443.JPG

    I have thrown on my spare set of carbs to just check it works fine & then I'll rebuild the original set, clean up the V, paint the engine & Valve covers & check the valve clearances. Then I can pull the subframe, refresh that but hopefully I'll start it this weekend...

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    Good on ya for bringing another one back, Mr. Pete. That thing is lucky it was adopted by you, that's all I gotta say.

    I like looking at the subtle differences between the 30 and the 35. They really aren't that similar in a lot of respects. You can get a little bit of an idea from the FSM for the 30, but it really becomes apparent through your detailed photos.
     
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    its a 24 - the earlier version. I think they are even rarer than the 30 or 35 in the US... lol
     
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    I could tell from the title of the thread and also from the external oil line in the V photo, prolly should have been a little more clear, what I was meaning to convey was that your detailed photos from all of your work is great to compare all the different model layouts. Basically, you take great pics and I like the detail in them.
     
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    LOL - thanks for the compliment...

    I really enjoy getting these bikes alive - they are everything that I hate in the newest modern generation of vehicles - traction control, ABS, anti-launch, blah, blah, blah, basically electronic controls...

    Bikes are to give me the control, freedom, & choice to screw it up - Its up to me to avoid that by raising my game. There will be times when I get it wrong - I take responsibility for my own actions.

    These bikes allow me those freedoms - it also helps they are Honda V4's & excellently made...
     
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    Light weight, amazing lines, excellent chassis, no nanny aids, decent power, legendary engine config, great bloodline....what's not to like :Noidea:
     
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