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Waiting for something good

Hi,

We’ve got big news today: the replica seats have arrived. We first announced them way back in december 2009 when we received the final prototypes. Unfortunately there were some problems with the manufacturing and they were delayed. Now they”re in our possession! We’ll have more information and pictures of them up on the site in a short while! For now you can enjoy how they look attached to our AS1 and AS2. If you’re interested in a seat: send me and email at: joacim@yamaparts.com

We also have some more pictures up from the museum: the floor has set and been primed. It still has to harden and dry some more before we can get the motorcycles in there: the humidity is currently close to 80%. At least now we’ve got the heat exchanger up and running, keeping the room at a nice 16C and a dehumidifier working at max capacity to dry everything.

The second blue AS1 project has been completed! We received the engine last week and have been hard at work getting it ready. We rolled it off the bench yesterday. As chance would have it we have both the blue AS1s at the same place so we snapped some pictures of them next to each other!

/Joacim

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Concrete

Hi,

We’ve finished the orange AS3! We have more pictures in the slideshow below.

The AS1 we got two weeks ago has been full of surprises, right of the bat we could see that it was unmodified from the factory. It had all the original screws and the correct wiring. Pretty much all of it that hasn”t been exposed to the weather looks brand new!

The best news is that the floor of the museum has been cast, 22 cubic meters of concrete! Now the floor is perfectly even. It’ll take a few weeks to harden but we”re getting ever closer to the finish.

/Joacim

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Tap

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The work on the first blue AS1 is done, we chose to keep the tank that we had before since it better matched the paint on the rest of the parts so the colour is not quite original. All the screws, wires and electrical wires have been replaces with fresh NOS ones. The difference might seem small at first glance but the whole thing feels better than it did before! We”ll make sure to get a new gallery up as soon as possible.

At the moment we’ve got a number of bikes waiting to get photographed, the plan is to snap new pictures when the museum is done. Until then we haven’t got any good placed to take pictures. It’s not just the regular Yamahas that are waiting to get photographed but also a Honda CB750 and a couple of other surprises!

We’ve also continued work on the orange AS3. Unlike the AS1 the AS3 has been out on the roads and need more work.

We received a new AS1 from Germany. It wasn’t listed properly on ebay and would only show up on ebay.de so it was hard to find. The seat is surprisingly fresh, apart from a small tear in the cover all it needs is a cleaning. The base is completely free of rust as well!

A few weeks ago we had some pictures of regalvanized parts, a lot of them were from old used fuel taps we had collected. Since then we’ve reassembling them with surprisingly good results. It’s hard to believe that they’re used. They’re fixed with new gaskets and filters, the aluminium parts has been cleaned with acid and the plate has been regalvanized.

/Joacim

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Revisit

Hi,

As I mentioned last time the electricity in the museum is fixed, all the needed light fixtures and wall sockets are there now. During this week the floor and climate control guys will get to work with that. Given that it is an old farm building, all the power needs to be up to spec to handle harsh environments with lots of dust and moisture (not that we”ll have a lot of either…), therefore all the switches are linked directly to relays in the sealed box on the ceiling to cut power completely when you hit the switch. First time I turned the light on I was afraid I the fusebox had exploded, those relays are NOT quiet!

We’re taking another look at a few of the projects we did back in the start of the site. We did them before we really had access to all the parts we have today so a lot of the small details are a bit off. It’s mostly the nuts and bolts we’ve used that are the wrong model, newer ones with markings on the head and plastic non-slip discs. The blue AS1 is actually the first project we put on the site, we were almost done so it’s just the final few steps that we have chronicled.  We had restored the orange AS3 before we started the site.

We’ll strip them down and make sure they’re up to spec with the restorations we do now, some parts will get replaced like the bolts and we’ll probably repaint the frame for the AS1 but they’re mostly good.

And on that subject: the AS2J from france that we got a few weeks back is done! We’ve had to replace some parts like the meters and the handle but the majority is just the old parts with a good layer of cleaning and polishing. Sometime in the past the bike has probably been in a light accident that destroyed the original meters and damaged the housing for the front light.

Now that it’s back together we took it out for a test: the engine runs perfectly, it’s good in idle and it revs smoothly all the way up to the top. On the short street we drove it on it hit 70kh/h without problems and lifted the front wheel of the ground. Not bad for a 40 year old bike!

/Joacim

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Puzzle

Hi,
Well, have we got great news today: the electricity in the soon to be complete museum is now wired and working! This brings us one step closer to getting things up and running. If all goes to plan the floor will get cast during this week. That means that pretty much within a month we could have everything ready. Expect lots of pictures (though not today, forgot to bring the camera…).

What we do have some more pictures of is the AS2J that arrived last time from France. We stripped it down, polished and cleaned everything along with replacing a few odd bits with original Yamaha parts. I think this is the first time that we have ever had a complete bike laid out in parts at once,  usually we have to wait for parts that are away to be restored.  The working time between the first photos to the last ones is less that two hours, assembly really flies when you”ve got everything prepared in advance!

Just a word of advice with the Flickr slideshow below: the slideshow I can embed on the site only has low resolution images with heavy compression meaning that most of the detail is lost. If you want to see a sharper version in higher resolution – click the name of the gallery next to the Flickr logo in the top left corner of the slideshow and it will take you to the pictures on Flickr. You can also press the name of the gallery right away before starting the slideshow and it will take you to the pictures.

/Joacim

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