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RCOC Mug - First Outing

Post by Randyjim » Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:27 am

I treated myself to a club travel mug at the NEC, although for me it's more of a shed mug. I'm unlikely to take it anywhere, but it's ideal for keeping a brew warm while you spend a chilly November afternoon in the 'workshop'.

Here's a couple of snaps from our first afternoon out yesterday:
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A couple of hours well spent turning 1metre of M10 bar into suitable studding and I'm ready to start stripping the block. That's a job for another day though, it's dark out there!

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Re: RCOC Mug - First Outing

Post by conductorwomble » Sun Nov 19, 2017 7:23 pm

Could this start a new thread on the travels of RCOC Mugs? :D

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Post by Jimm » Sun Nov 19, 2017 7:39 pm

Good to see another K-series being build. That one looks like it might have got a bit wet though. Never seen a clutch looking like that! :o
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Post by Randyjim » Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:33 pm

Jimm wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 7:39 pm
Good to see another K-series being build. That one looks like it might have got a bit wet though. Never seen a clutch looking like that! :o
It's fair to say it's been neglected. It's been living in my shed without a 'box or head for nearly 4 years. Before that it spent some time living outside with a bin bag over it, before I blagged some garage space off my old landlord. There's actually spiders living in it! :o

It's TLC time now though, with new pistons, rods and liners planned this winter. :D

I'd best budget for new clutch too. :lol:
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Post by Jimm » Mon Nov 20, 2017 6:38 pm

That explains it then! Good luck with the build. Do shout if you have any questions. I built a high power head a few years ago and have another build in progress at the moment.
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Post by Monster Hunter » Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:56 am

As above good luck with the rebuild, looking fwd to the pics
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Post by Randyjim » Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:51 pm

I've got an assembly appointment at DVA power in February, but I need to get the block there before hand for any prep that's needed. That probably means more strip down questions than rebuild ones as I'll have pro support for that bit.

So here goes!

The first job I've got is to remove the clutch and flywheel, so are there any tips for holding the flywheel while I do this? I know the crank is supposedly tight with the head removed, but if it does move my worry is I'll score it on the bearings. I expect the corrosion in the bores will help to hold it, but I'd like to be sure I'm not going to do any damage before I start pulling on long ratchets!
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Post by Monster Hunter » Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:21 pm

Lock the fly wheel with a screw driver.. breaker baron the bolts they are normally not that hard to get off.
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Post by Jimm » Thu Nov 23, 2017 8:56 am

There was a flywheel locking tool in the factory that bolts into two of the gearbox mounting holes. Clutch will be fine with a screwdriver wedged but you might need to fashion something for the flywheel.

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Post by Randyjim » Fri Nov 24, 2017 5:58 pm

Slightly off topic, because I took a can of coke to the shed today, but here's a little update (spider photo warning!).

I managed to get the clutch off ok using a screwdriver in the clutch housing to hold the flywheel. It did move a tooth or so, but not much. It looks like the pistons moved in the bores, rather than the liners in the block, so it wasn't as seized as I thought it might have been!
That was the easy bit.
Having slightly slipped a 12 point socket on one of the clutch cover bolts, I decided I wasn't going to attempt to remove the flywheel without a 6 sided socket. A trip to Halfords was required, but the only individual 6 sided 13mm was a deep one, so I bought their impact socket set instead, as I'm short on 6 sided 3/8 drive sockets in general.

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So equipped with new tools, I improvised a flywheel lock using a couple of screwdrivers and a bracket left over from last summers kitchen fit.

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That worked surprisingly well, and I successfully released the flywheel revealing the extent to which the local wildlife had taken up residence and started a family!

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Those little white 'dots' in the middle of the pic are actually tiny baby spiders! :smt067
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Re: RCOC Mug - First Outing

Post by 1234dist » Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:43 pm

:vom: :wtf:

And you're gonna use that :?

Thats gonna take a fair bit of facing to get that back to anything like what i'd consider using.
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