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Restoring an old Soviet motorcycle

Postby DEEP DIVER » Wed Jan 13, 2021 6:59 pm

Found this on another site. It shows some interesting restoration work.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8HEZ-x4-_w
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Re: Restoring an old Soviet motorcycle

Postby keiththeoutfitter1 » Wed Jan 13, 2021 7:46 pm

Watched this one last week, he seems to have done a good job with some interesting use of chemicals for preparation and finishing. Don’t know if you could get your hands on them here, though.
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Postby windmill john » Wed Jan 13, 2021 7:54 pm

Very artistic, but also very beautiful.
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Re: Restoring an old Soviet motorcycle

Postby DEEP DIVER » Fri Jan 15, 2021 12:54 pm

Watched this one last week, he seems to have done a good job with some interesting use of chemicals for preparation and finishing. Don’t know if you could get your hands on them here, though.
I've just looked online and you can get all apart from lead acid electrolyte (battery acid) but I'm sure you can find some.
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Re: Restoring an old Soviet motorcycle

Postby Mjolinor » Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:57 pm

You can get battery acid on ebay but it is never listed as such. There are forums where if you ask someone will list it as a packet of pet food or used nappies. You buy that and get a bottle / gallon / 25 litres of battery acid.

One of the more ridiculous laws is the ban on sales of battery acid.

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Re: Restoring an old Soviet motorcycle

Postby krankshaft » Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:20 pm

Thanks for posting, DD.
Absolutely wonderful work, both the restoration and the video.
I have been restoring a 1980 Dnepr for the last 9 years, between moving house twice and having 2 daughters
and all the rest of it. I was not aiming to produce something as beautiful as this Ural, just
a functional working motorcycle and I went more towards the survivalist style. My Dnepr was in far worse shape than that Ural
and had been in a barn in Germany for 20 years. The gearbox was full of water and the sidecar had evidence of chicken residence.
I did use electrolysis to remove rust and old paint etc. but watching this I was kind of regretting I
didn't make more of an effort esthetically, but in the end, I am pleased with the way my bike turned out.
My project hit an obstacle with burocracy and vehicle specification 2 years ago, so I haven't managed to get it on the road yet.
My posting on this forum under the title 'Silent Dnepr' gives an account of this.
At the moment, I am seeking help from a mechanic who imorts Soviet bikes to Switzerland
with specification conformity and will know soon if my Dnepr can hit the streets.
I should know within a few weeks and will update original posting for all who gave me advice.
Thanks again for that video. It is pure class.
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