California Motorbikes Minarelli Modification Log.

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Probably better off with a old used/pawn shop press.
You could replace the bearings and end up with something pretty good for not too much as long as the quill isn't bent.
I have a Taiwan built one that is about 30 years old, in it's day it wasn't great but compared to what is out there now it's not bad.

Thought I'd have a look at what is available and found this. Hard to beat at this price.
 
You could replace the bearings and end up with something pretty good for not too much as long as the quill isn't bent.
I have a Taiwan built one that is about 30 years old, in it's day it wasn't great but compared to what is out there now it's not bad.

Thought I'd have a look at what is available and found this. Hard to beat at this price.
Lol I just realized that if I buy one I already have the vice for it :).
 
The gear track on my HF press..

Even with the adjustments locked down tight the chuck has free play.
It isn’t a lot but it’s there and allows the bit to move.
Probably could tighten it up with better bearings. Pulley shafts …motor and chuck shaft have a few thou of slop
I paid $45 for it many years ago at HF. I guess I got what I paid for.
 
I just bought a welder from Harbor Frieght lol. You really do get what you pay for. Flux sucks with aluminum. It took a lot of playing with the heat to get the proper melt sinc etheir meant for mild steal but i needed it regardless to weld a few things and fix that pinhole leak on the case after porting the wells.
 
Just sharing this because I'm Mr.Safety.

Anyone new to drill presses, do not wear sleeves or gloves near these things. Also, if something grabs and stuff goes flying, back up and shut it off, you won't win an arm wrestling match with one of these things.

As always, use safety glasses.

The one at my work could rip your arm off
 
Just sharing this because I'm Mr.Safety.

Anyone new to drill presses, do not wear sleeves or gloves near these things. Also, if something grabs and stuff goes flying, back up and shut it off, you won't win an arm wrestling match with one of these things.

As always, use safety glasses.

The one at my work could rip your arm off
excellent point.

Even the cheap 1/2 hp motor on mine geared down will rip stuff up if it gets wound on the chuck while it’s spinning.

Be sure the work being drill into is locked down. A press can hurt you in many ways fast.
 
Timings changed on woodruff key for both Minarellis. Thanks to Nickt919, this made a difference. Tried out on a assembled Minarelli with a Catnip CDI and it made a world of difference in handling from seizures.
 

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I just bought a welder from Harbor Frieght lol. You really do get what you pay for. Flux sucks with aluminum. It took a lot of playing with the heat to get the proper melt sinc etheir meant for mild steal but i needed it regardless to weld a few things and fix that pinhole leak on the case after porting the wells.
I didn't think you can effectively weld aluminium with a flux core welder. Correct me if I'm wrong, but aluminium needs gas shielding.
 

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