Thursday, May 20, 2010

Final product - Rajdoot GTS

Finally the GTS got it's shape and due to time restrictions I couldn't really post all the informations. Anyway the picture below to talk the rest.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

I got my bobby restoration finally reaching the completion stage. The major things that have been done is to fabricate the tank's mouth. I got this precious gift (GTS Tank) from my friend from Coimbatore.The tank cap(after market) was procured from Bangalore and the nickle plating and painting (bobby red from 2K) were all completed. In fact my GTS is now re-bored to 1st over size. The engine work is completed and all the other mechanical are being assembled together. I'm planning to take delivery of my restored GTS on the Tamil Pongal day.
Though I have pending work of the pend pipe not fabricated (my original bend pipe is cut and welded like a box, the one I have fabricated are shrinking while turning the pipe into U shape, now the fabricators are asking me to produce the bike to get the bend pipe work done. hence waiting for the delivery date). After my bike's delivery I will work on the bend pipe fabrication and nickle plating to complete the vehicle into the stock level.

Monday, December 7, 2009

The bike has been completely dismantled and engine has been re-bored with 1st oversize. Thanks to my mechanic at my home town as he managed to get the 1st over-sized piston and rings.

The chassis and other basic black and aluminium painting has been done. I took all the materials for nickle plating and primary color painting to Chennai. Hope to see the bike rocking the road in a week or two.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Original tank monogram of Rajdoot GTS

It has been long time since I really touched or even seen any of my bikes. If I was on my schedule by now the GTS would have been completely restored, but due to lack of time the GTS is standing on the same place how it was parked.
Yesterday was a lucky day as I could get a set of old E/L (Escorts Ltd.) monogram that initially came with the old GTS bikes. My GTS is one of the older models and I have managed to get one of the E/L logo now. This logo was presented to me by Gopi, my good GTS friend. Speical thanks to him for all of his helps.

Though the paint on the reverse side of these monograms were damaged, I could get them repainted. There are minor cracks too which can be repaired with anabond.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Rajdoot GTS - Body parts collection officially completed

With this post, I'm announcing the completion of collecting all the body parts for my Rajdoot GTS. As I mentioned earlier, the only rare parts were left out was the tail light and tank lid. To my surprise today I have both of them with me, though they are not original but replicas. The tail light is same as suggested by one of my reader in the previous post (look at the comments). I have not really done that excercise too, it was done by Mr.Gopi who already gave a huge sum parts.

Actually, I also got one more pair of the Jeep light which came with the holder plate. It also surprised me as the holding plate and partition for both the colors were exact replica for Rajdoot GTS.
I have got the replica tank lid too, which is almost close to the original expect the edges of the lid top. Anyway I'm happy to reach to this level in my parts collection.
Finally my tank rubber pads are also received at my hands, after big struggle of time and waiting period this item has been received.
The tank shield and another old tank has also been given to me by great coimbatore restorer Mr.Muthukumar.
I have 2 options on my tank now, either get my original tank repaired for fixing the tank sheilds or get the old tank received recently to make my bobby's tank. I forgot to mention about the handle bar, the current one on my bike is some what cruiser type and I will be replacing it with the TVS 50 XL handle bar.
If you look at my old post, I mentioned of receiving a Rajdoot diamond chain sproket kit. Later I understood that the sproket received is for another old Rajdoot model not for Rajdoot GTS. Hence a quick look around has provided me with the original sproket for the GTS.
All set now and the silencer bend pipe and side shield "Rajdoot GTS" monogram plate both are getting ready in their respective production centers. I also got the original like handle bar yoke set for the Rajdoot GTS which was never been added to my radar and got it as a surprise.
Since the parts collection for GTS only items were completed, I need to strip the bike and get any tinkering done and push the bike for painting. Along side there are couple of chrome plated parts such as mudguard and painted stuffs like silencer guard needs little tinker work. I also got my hands on the stepney wheel (got it from a API Lambretta scooter) and the rims are straight fit into Bobby's profile.
Anyway I'm pretty sure, restoration of my Rajdoot GTS engine may not be as difficult as collecting the body parts as the GTS shares many compontens on the engine with Rajdoot Runabout, Rajdoot 175D, Rajdoot ExcelT and Rajdoot old model bikes.

All of the above will be rolled out in a phased manner and I expect my Rajdoot GTS to touch the roads by end of August. I know it doesn't require so much time for restoration as I have got all the parts but I'm only delaying the process to make my pocket friendly budget along side the project plan.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Rajdoot GTS - Restoration fever

Yaaaahhooooo! What else can make me so much happy. I have collected almost all the major missing items that are required for my Rajdoot GTS restoration. As I have been very aggressively searching for the parts that I have posted in my last blog, now my recent bangalore trip has presented me all most all the parts.

Most of the were replicated by Mr.Gopi who is also a vivid Rajdoot GTS fan.
He got me a set of replicated tank monogram. This monogram is almost looks close to the original.
His help in fabricating the stepney mount cannot be ignored, such an impressive stepney mount. In an attempt to pickup the replica, I swear I couldn't so much of detailed replication. The weight, thinkcness and bends all were done properly.
The the silencer cover, I was told by few that the silencer cover that I have in my GTS is not the orignal one. However most of the internet pictures of Rajdoot GTS revealed the other type GTS silencer cover. But an article in Hindu and My GTS were matched with similar silencer cover. Also I found the same silencer cover picture in the 1973 Rajdoot GTS original parts catalog hence I don't have any doubt that what I have in my bike is original silencer cover. Infact I saw two more GTS bikes in banalgore (Hot Rod and under restoration) that were also had the silencer cover like mine.
Then why did I opt for the latest model cover? It is just for the reason that the top rear portion of the latest model silencer cover got a nice insulation for heat so that it won't hurt the rear passenger's ties are (Most probably my Kids). So I got the rear (used) and front (replica) silencer cover for my Rajdoot GTS.I spotted a red Rajdoot GTS tank that was recently painted, hmmm it was a great reference to me for restoring my GTS tank.Now only parts that are left on my radar for restoration kick of is the below items:

The tail lamp (Originally made by Hella)

The tank lid

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Rajdoot GTS - User manual and Service book

Got the User Manual and Service book for Rajdoot GTS along with a break shoes. Here are the pictures of the items collected. Tell me which restorer not happy getting such materials, so I am.

As I'm discussing about the GTS related books, here is the parts catalog that I have collected from my recent bangalore visit: