It’s all coming to a head (set)

One of you helpful people mentioned that I should use the little metal caps from old spark plugs to make the 4th Hand Tool even better. The only problem was that I don’t normally save old spark plugs and the one’s that I had didn’t have the sleeves- they were cast without ‘em.

The hardware store once again proved to be a good source for stuff. I found nylon bushings or sleeves or whatever they are in the loose parts bins where I go to find all my metric screws.

Sorry, the camera didn’t rotate the picture and neither did any of the software.

In the picture in the previous post you can see how I used it to space the 4th Hand Tool away from the throttle cam leaving me with more space for my hands and tools. A great idea. Thanks to adastra for mentioning it.

You saw a picture of the awesome ferrules that came on my scoot when I had them all apart for cleaning. The problem then arises that I must put the little press back into the ferrule before the screw and make sure it’s oriented properly for tightening. Here’s how I did it:

Get a small bit of grease on the bottom of the screw:

Then pick up the press:

…and screw it into the ferrule. Presto.

Did I mention that the 4th Hand Tool is brilliant? If I didn’t, it’s Brilliant. It makes cake work out of adjusting cables.

(no pictures of the clutch cable assembly)
On to the front brake cable. While poking through the parts I realized that the bracket came with orientation markings:

That made it easy to get the parts together properly and finish that up.

With all the controls attached and roughly adjusted, I turned back to the details of the headset.
Reattaching the right side switch assembly:

Looking for the speedometer cable cuff. It’s in there somewhere!

I tried the old “air up the tube from the bottom” trick but I couldn’t get enough flow. So I grabbed a length of stainless wire and fashioned a hook then spent a good 15 minutes fishing around in there trying to catch it and pull it up. I finally got it, but not before I got the feeling it would be easier to slim-jim most cars.

Putting the finishing touches on the bike, I couldn’t help but be a little giddy. It’s been months since I put it up on the table. I backed it down and started it. It idles pretty well without having done anything but return the adjustments in the carb to where they were when I took it apart.

I took it for a little spin and discovered that the front brake binds horribly when I use it. It’s like there’s not much there, then suddenly it’s almost skid time.

Upon inspection, the shoes, which were installed last fall seemed to have a glazed-like surface on them. So I sanded them down a bit and reinstalled.

It’s much better but not perfect. Perhaps it wouldn’t be so dramatic using the front brakes if the suspension didn’t bottom out every time? I suppose a new spring and shock are in the (near) future.

In the mean time, I’ll take it out for a spin on the next nice day and get the carburetor dialed in once it’s good and hot.

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