Hope da Expert Valve Lapper (well, not quite)

Date: Fri, 12 Jul 2002 00:05:13 -0400 (EDT)
From: Hope
To: Bunchariders
Subject: Hope da Expert Valve Lapper (well, not quite) (fwd)

Jes' thought I'd apprise some of you of what I've been doing with my spare time. ;)

For those of you that I've been out of touch with lately, this is why. Rebuilding the engine of 'Angel, and - hopefully - nearing the point of being able to put 'er all back together right, and getting some good times in with her. :)

Warning, much silly double entendres follow, in a thread from the RoadHouse list...

Many, many thanks to Erik for instructing me in the ways of valve lapping.


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Date: Thu, 11 Jul 2002 23:59:27 -0400 (EDT)
From: Hope
To: RoadHouse
Subject: Hope da Expert Valve Lapper (well, not quite)

Well, I did it. I done lapped them valves good. Except that one is still a wee tiny bit leaky, but Erik deemed it good enough for a non-racebike, or as I put it, close enough for jazz.

Actually, extracting the carbon gunky deposits off the valves (valve stems? the little plungy bits) was the most challenging and most fun - lots and lots and lots of simple green, a toothbrush, a chisel, and lots of time working on 'em. They're still not perfect, but Erik said that the valve seating area was really the most important part, and they're now all nicely lapped.

Lapped, lapped, lapped. I like saying that word, for some odd reason. ;)

And the good news is that apparently that's the last of what really needs doing to the engine - I can start *gasp* reassembling her! Whoohoo! Yeehah!

Of course, I'll need Erik around to help me do it in the right order and the appropriate torques... but ah well, I'm getting to be more independent. Dave even offered to let me work on his Magna, a project bike if I ever saw one, and suggested that a career change might be on the horizon, after he heard me exclaim that I never thought this could be so much *fun*....

Hope the exuberant

~~ '83 Honda Shadow VT500C, 'Darkangel'

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