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Minter
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Today @ SPORTAX Racing

Post by Minter » Mon Oct 28, 2019 7:10 pm

I thought I'd start a thread about the things we get up to at Sportax regarding MT's. We often put posts on FB and thought they'd be worth sharing here.

So here's what we and the Team Sportax crew finished today!

We had a working weekend at Sportax to keep on top of things. Decided to do this unmolested MT500 which needed a new head and base gasket, new piston rings, new oil seals and gaskets throughout, new MK3 clutch, decoked head and valve lap, new Dellorto carb and general check over and service! Started first kick! Thanks to the Team Sportax chaps who lent a hand!

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The picture above shows why the head gasket was leaking! MOD sub contracted engine rebuilds are some of the worst I've seen! With bits missing like this O ring brace. No gaskets for clutch and ignition covers, single lipped nitrile oil seals. Maybe thats why it leaked a bit of oil!

The road test was that much fun I went around twice!

Tomorrow we have a nice white Armstrong in for a few jobs..

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Re: Today @ SPORTAX Racing

Post by Ser3J » Mon Oct 28, 2019 8:00 pm

Nice bike.

I’d like to think that subcontracted work is a little better these day.... :o
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Re: Today @ SPORTAX Racing

Post by Wirralman » Mon Oct 28, 2019 9:23 pm

Great little story, I'm looking forward to more Keep up the good work Gary
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Re: Today @ SPORTAX Racing

Post by Minter » Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:38 pm

Ser3J wrote:
Mon Oct 28, 2019 8:00 pm
Nice bike.

I’d like to think that subcontracted work is a little better these day.... :o
I'd like to think so to! Thankfully we've been able to put right a few now which is always good thing.
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Re: Today @ SPORTAX Racing

Post by Minter » Wed Oct 30, 2019 8:21 am

Yesterday was all about ordering a few bits and pieces, Rob collected his refreshed Armstrong and checking out an MT500 engine which the owner said had no compression..
Here's what I found inside...

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It gets even better..

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No con rod no piston! That'll be why it's down on compression then!

Some bargains are not what they are cracked up to be! Not a lot we can do with this one as crank cases are damaged and oil pump is smashed..
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Re: Today @ SPORTAX Racing

Post by Wirralman » Wed Oct 30, 2019 8:48 am

When I was very young, I had to sit very still whilst my grandparents listened to a radio program. It was called The Archers and was introduced as Tales of Country Folk. It gripped the nation, everyone eager to hear the latest twist and turn of the never ending plot. Tales from Sportax Racing feels like an MTRC equivalent :(
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Re: Today @ SPORTAX Racing

Post by Ser3J » Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:34 pm

Good grief :shock:

I hope the owner paid a sufficiently low price for the non-runner to make up for an engine swap...
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Re: Today @ SPORTAX Racing

Post by Minter » Wed Oct 30, 2019 6:11 pm

Today has been mainly about another Armstrong MT500. This one is a nice white example in for some Electric TLC.. New 3Ph Reg Rec, battery and a new rear tyre. Clutch also needed adjusting. All ready for an MOT and 12 months more fun for the owner!

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Re: Today @ SPORTAX Racing

Post by landy man » Wed Oct 30, 2019 6:48 pm

Great work Gary 8-)
I must say,I've not seen a white MT before,looks really good🤔.Keep us updated,I'm enjoying following this.👍
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Re: Today @ SPORTAX Racing

Post by Wirralman » Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:46 pm

landy man wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 6:48 pm
I must say,I've not seen a white MT before,looks really good🤔.Keep us updated,I'm enjoying following this.👍
Sheffield Parks had white bikes CV500 s

I'm sure I read recently of an old post saying that there were ex factory 25 white and 25 red for the army. I think it was Roy D who said that in his EOD unit, he had green , White and red MTs

We have had forum photos of MTs painted Black, Blue, Red, White, Polka dot, good and bad attempts at woodland camouflage. There is no 'right colour'

I too find Gary's posts fascinating
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