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Old 11-02-2013, 07:15 AM
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Dropped in at the shop to check on the Engine Rebuilding Process and we are right on track. Made another $500.00 deposit on the job so John has the money to buy my parts that are required. The Engine should start going back together next week after all of the cases and all parts that need to be get polished and buffed out to look like brand new. The entire Engine will look like new when completed. I attached the new rear registration tag to the License Plate and put the new Registration Copy Paper in the Front Tool Bag. It felt great.

The Crank came back from the people who do the turning down part and it is ready to go. More parts are still coming in.

We are going to order the chain roller for this build and John said he could mount that up with no problems. It welds to the hard tail section of the frame under the bottom of the chain, it is spring loaded and will stop ANY chain slap or chain slack from occurring as the new chain breaks in.

I informed John I was ordering up my forward controls this coming week 11-4 to 11-7 and would bring them up in December so he could mount those too and he said that was just fine.

Best news is the head is saveable and we do not have to replace it. Thank you Lords for small miracles.The new Jugs look really sweet too and are totally virgin with never as Piston Ring touching their sweet smooth and stock walls. Oh how nice it is.

John went through and explained the warm up and cool down re-torque process that he does on all rebuilds that come out of his shop and he does a 3 cycle process that gets the proper torque's on all of the parts. Then he told me when he releases it to me I can take it for about a 100 mile run then another re-torquing and I told him sure I will just run up to Sacramento and back and drop it off at the shop again so it can cool down over night and he can give it one really long final over which he was quite happy about.

I think John is one of the nicest mechanics I have met and his customer service skills are just awesome. If your Triumph or Brit Bike needs work I highly recommend "Performance Cycles" in Diamond Springs California if you live up in our region of the country.

One big treat we had yesterday and I am kicking myself in the butt over is not getting pictures of one of the most lovely 1951 Triumph Speed Twin that John had done the FULL restoration on for an older gentleman in his 80's who loves to see it sitting in his garage to remind him of his younger days. This bike is so lovely. I am so kicking myself in the butt for not getting pictures and I had my camera there too in the car.

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