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Allan G, Gary E
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Hornet, Wasp, Spitfire Hornet, Cyclone (Restored) #483357 03/28/2013 3:36 AM
by Two Alpha
Two Alpha
Ok folks, this is a start to restoring the thread started by Gary E. It's a little bit raw, I'll dress it up if it becomes necessary.
Hope you like it, feel free to post away.

Hornet, Wasp, Spitfire Hornet, Cyclone (pages 1 to 64)
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Re: Hornet, Wasp, Spitfire Hornet, Cyclone (Restored) #801685 Mar 17th a 02:42 PM
by Soupdragon
Soupdragon
I don't have a 65 Cyclone but I do have a 64! Just fresh out of restoration. Very happy with it, don't know anyone over here that's actually seen one.
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Re: Hornet, Wasp, Spitfire Hornet, Cyclone (Restored) #802631 Mar 24th a 05:10 PM
by ljm
ljm
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Handlebars for my West Coast Hornet. It has the part # stamped on them.
ljm
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Re: Hornet, Wasp, Spitfire Hornet, Cyclone (Restored) #802632 Mar 24th a 05:13 PM
by ljm
ljm
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This shows the wall thickness.
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Re: Hornet, Wasp, Spitfire Hornet, Cyclone (Restored) #806247 Apr 22nd a 04:18 PM
by Richard Phillips
Richard Phillips
Thanks Gary
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Re: Hornet, Wasp, Spitfire Hornet, Cyclone (Restored) #806128 Apr 21st a 01:26 PM
by Gary E
Gary E
Since it is larger, and the fill neck is taller, it is more difficult to to install than the standard oil tank. Installation can be done from the right side, and it needs to go in before the rear fender is installed.
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Re: Hornet, Wasp, Spitfire Hornet, Cyclone (Restored) #808421 May 10th a 07:45 AM
by Allan G
Allan G
Great job on the repair!
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Re: Hornet, Wasp, Spitfire Hornet, Cyclone (Restored) #808625 May 12th a 02:48 AM
by Richard Phillips
Richard Phillips
Great job Gary. A few of us are purists we do it for many reasons and it’s never easy. Knackered nuts and bolts don’t cut it. Every detail has to be correct even if you can’t see it. It’s sort of the spirit of restoration.
Plenty of room in the vintage motorcycle world for us all and it’s all highly respected.
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Re: Hornet, Wasp, Spitfire Hornet, Cyclone (Restored) #809385 May 18th a 11:39 PM
by ljm
ljm
Gary

That is one fine job on that repair.I would have to say you definitely saved that cyclone. from the scrap pile.

ljm
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Re: Hornet, Wasp, Spitfire Hornet, Cyclone (Restored) #809675 May 20th a 08:32 PM
by Gary E
Gary E
Back to the side cover repair. After multiple steps, Phase 2 is complete. All repairs have been made. After stripping the cover of its "as received" condition, it had multiple issues in need of repair, most of which were hidden by all of the layers of various colored paint over the years. It was not the worst cover I've had to re-build, but not the best either.

An image of the typical issues after grinding out the bad areas.

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The cracks and ground out areas were reinforced on the backside. The top corner was reinforced when it is constantly pushing on the frame tube when mounted. As a result, this spot typically develops a crack in the paint over time..

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The oil tank filler cutout is a typical spot for breakage. It was also reinforced on the backside.

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The chipped corner was reinforced on the backside, then filled in with flox for strength.

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The missing leading edge was fiberglassed up and then built-up with a flox mixture for strength. A top layer of glass was added to avoid any possibility that a crack could develop.

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The cover is now ready for primer and paint.
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Re: Hornet, Wasp, Spitfire Hornet, Cyclone (Restored) #821121 Aug 25th a 08:05 PM
by ljm
ljm
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Re: Hornet, Wasp, Spitfire Hornet, Cyclone (Restored) #821119 Aug 25th a 07:56 PM
by ljm
ljm
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Gary

The sidestand that was on my west coast hornet is the one on the left. It has attach points that are thicker than the 66 sidestand and a different bolt. Of course it could be the wrong one that was on it. The parts number say the 66 and 67 years are the same. Which one goes on it?
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Re: Hornet, Wasp, Spitfire Hornet, Cyclone (Restored) #821132 Aug 25th a 08:48 PM
by ljm
ljm
Gary

Ok thanks. That was about the only thing that I have found on this bike that wasnt correct. The only other thing was the side covers. Someone had trimmed about a half inch off the top of the covers. Probably had nicks on them. I looked at them for a long time scratching my head.

ljm
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