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Old Smokey B44 project. #786602 10/08/19 11:51 pm
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I found a 1970 B44 VS that had been in a fire and left outdoors for several years. Being a motorcycle enthusiast and metal fabricator I hope to build a motorcycle from what remains. I could find an easier project but I rather enjoy repairing things when possible. On a side note I am very familiar with the racing/trials heritage and hope this will end up as a MX or trials project.

Let us begin. I have a couple Bultaco projects going and while browsing local ads I got a gimps of a B44 in a junk pile and paid the $100 asking price.

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The back of the bike got the worst of the fire. Carb and tank were melted, pipe was hardly discolored, rubber partially melted. Electrics completely gone.

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I started by power washing to remove organic junk like lichen, plant matter and leaves. It was as this point I knew it's true identity which I read to believe is a 1970 model.

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Not to terribly burnt.

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solder melted from rocker oil lines.

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Rocker box

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After being in a fire a motorcycle is dried out meaning the oil and gaskets are all gone along with seals and any plastic parts. I soaked cotton balls in penetrating oil (acetone and ATF or PB blaster) and let them rest.


More after dinner.


















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Re: Old Smokey B44 project. [Re: Frank the Welder] #786603 10/08/19 11:56 pm
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I asssssume you are in Bellows Fall, VT ?

Either way, welcome to BritBike and I look forward to seeing your progress. I'm up around Montpelier and have a 1967 VE as a future project.


Jon W.


1957 6T Thunderbird 650
1968 T100R Daytona 500
1971 TR6R Tiger 650
1970 BSA A65F 650
1955 Tiger 100 - Project

Re: Old Smokey B44 project. [Re: Jon W. Whitley] #786605 10/09/19 12:17 am
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Yes, 18 Granger street, just south of town. Thank you!

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Re: Old Smokey B44 project. [Re: Frank the Welder] #786606 10/09/19 12:39 am
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Plenty of fire along the way.

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Rocker cover off. Everything is filled with soil.

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Earned a few dents in rocker box. I hope I can smooth this out later,

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Piston was hopelessly stuck at BDC so I started drilling holes.

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I drilled thirty holes and broke the piston into pieces. I am now trying to get the rings to let go of piston.











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Re: Old Smokey B44 project. [Re: Frank the Welder] #786607 10/09/19 12:42 am
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Mohr holes.

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British piston ruins air chisel. News to follow.

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More to come.


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Re: Old Smokey B44 project. [Re: Frank the Welder] #786608 10/09/19 12:44 am
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