Hang in there Dude!...... I know your engine's Doctor..... There WILL be a full recovery shortly after the transplants arrive..... Let's see.... sutures, master-link, gaskets,....
Yeah, it will live again - I refuse to get angry about it.
Chain links (3 of them this time), head gasket, and valves all ordered.
The rest of the gaskets can be re-used, they were new and I put them on with a bit of silicon, which allows re-use most of the time. Plus I was smart enough to photocopy all the gaskets prior to this, so I can make them if I need to.
The head gasket I always replace as SOP. Expensive, but I don't think it's smart to reuse that one.
So I'll be ok - I know the 450 like the back of my hand. Though it's been a long time since I worked on one, I didn't have to consult the manual even once.
That's what happens when you have kids around, stuff mysteriously gets screwed up all the time. And I love the little skunk intensely
- he absolutely LOVES working on the bikes, especially using a speed wrench or socket/ratchet. "Lefty-loosey, Righty-tighty", he always says.
Always hanging on me when I'm working on them - that's sort of why I suspect it was him.
Though he's only just turned six, I'll try to explain to him the importance of never turning the crank when the cams are not turning too. He already understands how they're connected, and the difference between 180 degree engines (450), and 360 degree engines (Grandma's CB200).
I promised him he can have the CB200 when he comes of age (though I won't be around to see it), and he's thrilled.
Incidentally, Steve, the CB400T front wheel thing finally got worked out (I replaced both bearings and the speedo drive), and the aftermarket master works perfectly with the 400T caliper.
And the damper you built is just splendid!!