Little things that take time

One of the parts i forgot to remove from one of the frames and paint was the upper sidecar connection mount. And it seems it has a mind of it’s own as it took me about an hour, half of AB-80 spray, a flame torch and a BIG hammer to take it out.

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Another 30 minutes of cleaning the rust and waiting for the primer to dry and i had this:


Working on this reminded me of the missing rear sidecar mounting piece. I need to fabricate that one tomorrow, as i have two from an IJ56 probably, that need a little grinding and a new screw thread.


Fork and front lights done.

Finished the front fork today. Not my best work, as you can still hear some unhealthy metal sounds from it, and will need at least new bushes if not one of this sets full of goodies:



Overall it performs ok, i need to test it more when i get the engine running, however except for the strange noise made by the home made bushes everything seems ok. I don’t have any strange movements anymore and everything is stable.

I fixed the back fender support so it now aligns ok on the wheel. I will have to repaint this tomorrow as i fucked up the paint but i least everything falls nicely into place.



And the last thing i managed to do before the cold got to me was finish the headlight. I had to make a locking support from inside the headlight from aluminium foil, i run out of zink foil. I will have to see if the aluminium resists the vibrations from the road.

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Headlight in 30 minutes.

Just got back in town and i found an hour to tingle with the motorcycle. I managed to mount the headlight, align the glass nicely and sealed it in place, added LED lights for the “charging” and “neutral” lights so the little plastic covers no longer heet up and crack, modified the back of the speed indicator so i can fit a light inside (the modell i found was not identical on the back side to the original) and sealed it on the headlight. All i have left to do is insert the rubber seal for the speedometer cable and i’m done with this.

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I also managed to mount the light switch to the clutch lever. Mine used to mount to the handle bar however the clutch lever was not for this modell so a little improvisation had to be made. Now it looks almost like the original modell, so i don’t know if to keep this or look for the original ones.

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Are we there yet?

Tool box aligned up nicely, also did the front fork. Slight problems with the front fender, that basterd is difficult to insert in the fork without any scratches on it.
Unfortunately old problem with the front fork is back in action. The complete assembly is week, i can move the steering bar a couple of degrees while holding the front wheel in place. I don’t know why this happens but i think it’s related to how tight everything is. I will retighten everything as soon as i get the chance.

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And a last moment photo with the tank and driver sit, just to see how it looks.

It looks good =))

I have to buy new tires, the ugly ones i have on right now are made in Ucraine and i think are for Dneper. They are very hard and too wide and will definitely  touch the supports of the fenders if i compress the springs too much.

I have to go out of town for a couple of days so i have to sort the rest of the issues next week

A new hope :)

Finally i got the parts back from the paint shop. Not a very brilliant paint job, all sorts of impurities in the lacquer. Will try to do a polish/wax in a couple of weeks and see if that solves it, and if not, repaint. Despite that i’ll go ahead and reassemble the motorcycle, might not be the best paint job ever, however the painter did a good job on the stripes and it looks great if you don’t notice (like i do) all the imperfections.

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I managed to get the engine inside the frame without a lot of scratches, however i did remember i still have to build the driver pegs, the frame that supports the choke flap and buy or restore the passenger pegs.

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I might of put a little bit too much grease on the back springs.

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The rear suspension looks ok, and i managed to install it without scratching any of the chrome or paint!

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Rear fender dose not align ok on the wheel. It’s from the fender support for the back part. I will have to take it out and bend it a little before i put the back sit on.


Take it apart

Ok, no more -15C outside so time to work on my MZ. I made a last check and packed everything in boxes. Sidecar frame seems to be Stoye 1 (SM?) so i just need a wheel and a body when i decide to invest some more money in it. For now i’ll use my Stoye 2 replica.

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*later edit: i found a stoye sm wheel for the sidecar, it’s waiting in the garage for a new tire.