Originally Posted by jarpickle
will look very bling in the sunlight.
For the clear coat, is there any adjustment on the gun to control the spray?
Yeah you are right about the colour, almost everyone seems to give it a second glance since morning. To spray the Clear Coat, there are no major changes as such on the gun controls, except that the gun needs to be cleaned quite often.
Originally Posted by Varun560061
Wow !! The scooter looks good now.
Any reason to paint this color ?
I would suggest you replace the indicators / tail lamps with the last type (clean lens) which came with this scooter.
The colour was chosen by the Painting guru and I just nodded my head. The owner thought that I was joking about the red colour, he always thought I would be painting it white. However he likes this colour also
The clear indicators are quite costly (compared to other parts) hence I skipped it, also wanted to keep the overall cost below 2.5K.
Thank you Sir. OT
: (Off topic)
Usually this colour bridal wear looks awesome as seen in some marriages
Originally Posted by amit1km
Very good restoration buddy.
Thanks Amit. The Big Update:
Today I went to J.C.Road, most shops were closed, still managed to get a partly broken Air Filter body (plastic part that holds the Air filter sponge on it), may be this is one of the last few pieces left in those shops. This one costed me 55rupees and about 45mins to walk to & fro to every shop that's open.
Also got a rear view mirror for left side and new front axle rod (old one was in terrible condition).
I met the owner at his office and took him to my home and he helped me out for a few hours to fix a few things and I showed him all the work done so far and a few tips on how to fix basic problems, what issues to expect in the next couple of months.
Then I did a few things to make him more comfortable with the vehicle
What is still pending: These things will be taken care by him within a week
- Tuned the idling and tightened the throttle cable
- Fixed the airfilter body and the sponge in place
- Fixed the outer metal body protector as it was before
- Fixed back the stepney (I could not get a good piece for that grab rail type to replace it)
- Took it for a fast test drive on different roads and checked for brakes, rattles etc
- Gave a packet with screws (replacements for most of the them in the bike), just bought from J.C.Road, so incase he needs them for any reason in future.
- Showed him all the pictures of the restoration from day 1 till date.
- Showed him how to adjust the brakes, just in case he wants to adjust it later.
- Stuck all the body stickers, he fixed the 2 stickers on the mudguard (DIY)
- He took a test drive and came back with a very positive smile, delighted with the overall condition of the bike.
- Speedometer works as usual.
- Gave him 50ml of the original Metallic shade (added a bit of PU thinner, just in case he needs it)
- Cotton waste
- All documents and contents of the glove box in a cover
What has improved?
- Center stand spring is fine, but a small welding needs to be done.
- One of the new plastic pieces in the front headlamp frame is not fixed, I dont have the correct screws.
- Right side front indicator does not flash, just managed to get one working
- Wet sanding and polishing (I will do it after a week or ten days)
- Suggested him to change the RIM of back wheel
- Looks better than before
- Key controls are butter smooth - Throttle and Brake levers
- Self start should start working in a day or two (battery needs to be charged while running)
- Stopping distance is reduced, more predictable, more balanced while braking
- Major rattles form rear wheel and right side pull from front wheel is solved
- Idles well, starts in one kick start, horn works.
Usually my friend (WagonR guy) is the one who clicks the pics, today he dint come so not much pics to post. Tomorrow morning I will go to the owners house (before he leaves to work) and click a few pics of the bike (daytime ones).
So far the owner has spent about 2K easily everytime he services the bike (once in 2months) although the bike has not been serviced in last 6months, he felt it has never been this smooth till date.
In a 2 wheeler, some parts are cheap, yet they are the ones which decide the ride comfort. So changing these can simply add 5stars to the new looks. No point in giving a fresh coat of paint, if the bike doesn't start in a single kick. Isn't it?
Even if the old cables are fine, still changing these brake and throttle cables makes all the money spent on it worth while. The bill:
Spares came to Rs.1570/-
Throttle Cable = 155/-
Front brake cable = 105/-
Rear brake cable = 115/-
Front hub caps (2nos) = 30/-
Indicator (front right) = 110/-
Headlamp outer Frame = 90/-
Meter Panel = 80/-
Sticker Kit = 250/-
Air Filter = 50/-
Y2K type headlamp seperator plastics = 75/-
Handle Grip = 120/- (wrong size, wont fit on Kinetic, no exchange policy)
LH mirror = 40/-
Air Filter body = 55/-
Parking = 15/-
Water Wash = 40/-
Battery charge = 70/-
Petrol = 100/-
Front Axle Rod = 60/-
Mechanic labour to remove throttle cable screws = 10/- All paint materials = 1000/- (approx)
I have paid an advance of 1000/- so far, will check the bill with the Painting guru by tomorrow. What is not charged:
- Labour cost is zero
- All my time (with a smile)
- No charges for all nuts and bolts replaced so far (worth about 150/- approx)
- No charges for any minor quantity of painting material/consumable I already had at home (Putty, blades, sandpapers, body filler etc)
- Only fuel charge added is the one for me to visit J.C.Road twice to hunt the parts
A lot of things have changed in the bike for just 2500/- and about 3days of effort. Hope the owner likes my way of saying thank you. I will post daytime pics by tomorrow morning or afternoon.
Few things I have decided
1. No major painting work till I have a covered space to paint
2. Strictly daytime work (no more nighttime, low light issues)
3. Planning to buy a car body panel from scrapyard and will try to practice Body filler and putty works (too much to learn in this area)