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Richard

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Posted - 11/14/2010 :  21:52:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bought the bike in 69. last ride was 1980, ben in storage sense then. Would like to get it running again. New at this game an need LOTS of pointers. First what kind of stand would anyone recommend, I don't like bending or laying on a floor. So I would like to work about waist high. That said what would be next Manuals??

f scott dundas

Australia
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Posted - 11/15/2010 :  17:23:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Richard
a lot will depend on how the bike was stored in the first place 30 years ago and how it has been maintained since. After such a long period you may find that all the oil seals and gaskets have hardened up or perished and will need to be replaced as they will probably leak very badly.If this is the case you may need to do a full engine rebuild to replace the oil seals and gaskets and electrical wiring.
To get it running so you can see if the oil seals need doing, start by draining all the fluids - gearbox,primary and forks and flush the oil tank out with kerosene and replace all three oil lines or at least take them off and flush them then blow them out with compressed air.Take the petrol tank off,quarter fill with petrol and a few small nuts and give it a shake and empty as it will probably be full of rust and the nuts will dislodge any loose rust scale. Take the drain plugs out of the carbies and flush them out through the petrol lines.Also clean the filters in the carbie banjo unions. You may have to replace the petrol lines if they are perished.Refill oil tank,gearbox, primary and forks with new oil.
You will also need new sparkplugs,spark plug leads and battery and should check the ignition timing and ensure that all the wiring is in good shape.
Make sure the oil tank filter is clean by washing in kerosene before replacing it,and clean the front crankcase filter and make sure that the ball bearing on the end of the scavenge pipe is seating properly
Before trying to start squirt a little lite engine oil down the cylinder bores and turn the motor over with the kickstarter to get the oil around the rings.Prime the oil pump by removing the plug from the front of the crankcase and filling with about 1/2pint of engine oil(leave the oil tank level down by this amount)turn the motor over on the kick start a few times before turning the ignition on.
Then give it a kick to start. When the motor starts have a look in the oil tank to make sure that the engine oil is returning. You may have to stop and start the engine a few times before you see the oil returning.Dont let it run to long if oil is not returning to the tank.If oil does not return after a few attempts,leave it, come back a few hours later and try again.
You will probably need a new set of tires and tubes as well as the old ones will be perished with cracked sidewalls.
Good luck with it. Sounds like it would be a good bike to do a full restoration on. Depending on its condition you may end up doing that anyway.
Scott

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f scott dundas

Australia
253 Posts

Posted - 11/16/2010 :  04:19:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Richard
one further thought-didn't read your email properly. Have a look at the British Only site for an original parts book for the Lightning and a workshop manual.
Dont know about availability of stands or lifts in the USA but any bike shop should be able to point you in the right direction as may some of the other members on this website.
Oils
Engine 50 weight,Gearbox 80/90 Hypoid gear oil,Primary Chaincase 30 weight, Forks 30 weight.
A lot of the parts you need, you can get from British Only. They are good on late model Beeza stuff.
Scott
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