Actual Mechanics/Motorbike Assembly
I don't know what I'm doing. I never took this bike apart, someone else did, I got a bin full of parts and hardware.
Front stuff at the front, back stuff at the back, maybe?
Sort bolts, numbers might help me figure out how stuff goes together?
There are at least 13 wrong ways, wrong orders, wrong places, and nearly-but-not-perfectly interchangeable sets of bolts that you can use to put this bike together wrong, that require nearly-complete re-disassembly again. Some places it doesn't matter if you use the short or medium ones, until you get to the place the needed the medium ones and you used them elsewhere.
The theory with this goes: "Just keep making mistakes until the only way left to do it is the right way."
I don't even know basic mechanics. I've never touched a motorbike. I don't know what side the throttle goes on. I don't know a brake from a clutch. I don't know what bolts belong with the engine I'm not using, and which hold all the cosmetics on.
If you ever try this, I recommend starting on a vehicle that is already assembled or at least with all the pieces.
Ta da? Close enough?
Well most of those wires might be in the right place.
1 - Most valuable an iconic part of the bike, shown in the photo when I bought it, is not there. It's $250 to replace it. I trade the engine/tranny Honda covers for one that's broken in half and glue it back together, sort of, whatever.
2 - Previous owner cut and threw away the front brake lines. I order some for $20 from a scrapper. Paid using real Earth dollars. Local places want $80/line. China wants $15 but I don't want to wait.
Replacement lines don't reach the manifold though...
3 - Handlebars are bent. No problem.
4 - Headlight and license plate light are out. $20 for the pair. I don't know how to find compatible ones at a junkyard, so I just buy them new. More real Earth dollars gone.
5 - Brake lights out. It's because he cut the wires. There's more.
6 - Horn is wrecked. So, don't unplug the spade terminals, cut the wires off flush with the harness so I can't ever goddamn find them or know they're supposed to exist there. Thanks previous owner.
7 - All cosmetic panels are broken, cracked, shattered, ripped off. I now see why the previous owner who bought it fix it up, gave up. He wrecked everything he touched. Superglue and epoxy to the rescue.
8 - No windshield, I'll have to make one.
9 - No left grip. Ordered new ones. $3, China.
10 - Speedo cable mounting clip is shattered. JB Weld to the rescue.
11 - Master Cylinder (I learned a word!) does nothing. Brake fluid and 3000 frustrating pumps later while bleeding, fluid suddenly appears for no reason. Hurray. Brakes hold.
12 - Honda fuse cover at the handlebars is missing. Fuses are gone. Cosmetic pieces are missing. Speedo fender mount is gone. Rear middle grab handle is gone. I'm sure I'll keep finding more. I hate the previous owner now. Enough random crap that this would be a $500 bike if I had to order it, but the international Nighthawk community is very nice and everyone has parts bikes they raided the valueless bits for me.
13 - The "still good" tires are badly cracked, I was too ignorant to know what to look for. They'll need replacing.
14 - Mirrors? Said he had them, I don't have them. $15 locally.
15 - Turn signals are rubber clamps that grip the front forks. Rubber is old. It split when I opened the C-shape up. 5 different types of glue/epoxy/cement so far, nadda. Not sure what to do next with those.
That said... I paid $20 for most of a motorbike. There are worse tragedies in the world.
I buy 5 different used helmets for $10-30 each from different old timers. I don't know what style I'll want, might as well try a bunch and then buy a new one that's what I want. I don't think I'll buy full gear, but, without wasting money, helmet and gloves aren't places to skip out on on principle.
I temporarily rig up the throttle cable to a bracket on the forklift's potbox just because I want to be reminded this thing spins after a few weeks of mechanical musical chairs.
She's mostly mechanically reassembled. Let's get some batteries!