1966 BMW R69S Restoration: August 1999

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1999 August 1 (Sunday)

Neutral/Generator lens
Headlight bucket and parts

Headlight bucket and parts

Headlight bucket and parts

These are the pieces that go into the headlight bucket. The first thing to mount is the neutral/generator indicator lens. The original lens looked like it was held in place then the plastic melted on the inner edge to form a lip that kept the lens in place. A message to the airhead mailing list suggests clear silicone adhesive will work to hold the new lens in place.

1999 August 2 (Monday)

Key cover
Indicator lens

Indicator lens

Indicator lens
Key slide cover

Key slide cover

Key slide cover

I mounted the lens using the suggested adhesive. While it was drying I mounted the key slide and chrome cover, taking care not to destroy the tabs of the cover that hold it to the headlight bucket.

Install speedometer
Speedometer in bucket

Speedometer in bucket

Speedometer in bucket
Bucket on frame

Bucket on frame

Bucket on frame

I installed the speedometer using a new O-ring. I then mounted the bucket to the frame. I did not hook up any of the internal wiring. The rubber plug to the upper left of the speedometer covers a hole the previous owner added to install a high beam indicator. I’ll do without.

1999 August 3 (Tuesday)

Paul and Alan were looking at what I’ve done so far and mentioned that it’s a shame the wheel hubs won’t match the rest of the bike and I really should clean them up. They’re right.

Wheel disassembly
Duct tape

Duct tape

Duct tape
Goop

Goop

Goop

The spoke nipples were covered with duct tape. Once that was removed I could see that the spokes were held to the nipples with some kind of goop which made them very hard to remove. It looked like some kind of non-hardening gasket sealer, not the anti-seize I expected. Both wheels were completely disassembled.

1999 August 14 (Saturday)

Wheel hubs
Hubs in blast cabinet

Hubs in blast cabinet

Hubs in blast cabinet
Blasted and washed wheel hubs

Blasted and washed wheel hubs

Blasted and washed wheel hubs

I used Joe’s blast cabinet to clean the hubs then washed them several times and dried them with compressed air before wiping them down with some WD-40. A decision must be made: polish and lace my non-matching alloy rims or replace them. Paul has a new pair of chromed steel rims available if I’d like to go in that direction.

 

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