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1958 BMW R60

A Complete Machine

Classic Velocity

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It really did take this long to put the R60 back together. There was a conspiracy of missing ordered parts, procrastination, lack of time, other projects, etc. However, I was determined not to be that guy. You know, the one who took a vehicle apart and has made no progress many years later, and yet wont sell because he is gonna fix it up any day now. That guy. In a sudden flurry of activity over a long weekend, the new pistons, rings, and gudgeon pins got installed. The heads went back on, the timing was set, and just like that, the machine was complete again.

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With new oil and fresh gas, it fired on the second kick. However, once under load, it ran poorly. Back at the garage, I left it overnight and then re-torqued the heads and reset all of the valves. I also replaced the spark plugs. It took a dozen kicks for it to fire, but once it did it was immediately smoother. Once warm, a quick ride confirmed that it was feeling like its former self. I am taking it easy with new pistons, but barring further problems, the R60 is back !