Finally, an update! Got all the frame parts back from powder coating, and fitted the center stand to the frame, loaded it up onto the ramp:
Getting the center stand spring on was an almighty pain, until I read the service Manual
and used that method...who'da thunk it? Also, I forget I needed split pins for the center stand pivot, so I rednecked a split pin with a nail:
Although 'rednecking' may not be fair, it's not far from factory
. Proper split pins coming soon...
Here's the trial build of the engine. I haven't added the sealing goo between the halves yet, this was a trial build to check end float. Now happy with it, so final assembly should be coming soon:
The plan is to complete the bottom end rebuild and then put the engine into the frame whilst there's nothing else in it, on the basis that that's the easiest way to get the engine in and bolted down. Then I'll complete the engine rebuild in the frame. Wish me luck!