How can I polish up my linkert ??

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How can I polish up my linkert ??

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Post by neilw » Wed Oct 31, 2012 12:07 pm

I noticed on ebay several linkerts all shinning like new , I rubbed mine with some kinda polish but not much happened. Is there some good stuff out there ? How did they get theirs so shinney??



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Post by Cotten » Wed Oct 31, 2012 1:23 pm

neilw wrote:I noticed on ebay several linkerts all shinning like new , I rubbed mine with some kinda polish but not much happened. Is there some good stuff out there ? How did they get theirs so shinney??
Neil!

Those Linkerts on ebay are boogered.

L&L never produced a polished Model M; They were never "shiny" when new.
Even their nickel-plated productions from '33-'39 were "flash" plated, and not polished.
Bodies (and perhaps bowls) were silver lacquer until '42, a year of so of Olive Drab bodies, and then all Model M Linkert bodies were black through '65.

If you grind off the casting's character, you are destroying History, and much of the value of the carburetor as well.

My customers routinely ask for molested bodies to be re-textured.
If your heart is set upon polishing, and endless re-polishing to keep it from turning brown and green, please find one that has already been trashed.

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Re: How can I polish up my linkert ??

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Post by RUBONE » Wed Oct 31, 2012 1:24 pm

No Linkert was ever shiny when new, in fact they were painted. The polished ones are exactly that, polished by owners, chrome shops, etc. Many are ruined during the polishing process by overzealous polishers. And a polished one loses most of its value even if it manages to retain its function.
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Re: How can I polish up my linkert ??

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Post by Bigincher » Wed Oct 31, 2012 1:48 pm

Neil, what are you trying to achieve? If you're after the original look, see above posts.
However.......... back in the 'chopper days' of the '60s and '70s, you couldn't just bolt a stock Linkert on a cut, raked, painted, chromed, tricked-out sleek-ass chopper..! No, that carb had to be polished, like everything else. I won't kick the old dead horse laying there, but that's what happened back then, and maybe a few of us still have our specimens from the day. Just so happens I do, complete with brightly polished M74B carb..! It really shined up nicely 38 years ago, and still performs flawlessly today.
However, I have replaced it with a more respectable stock carburetor--- the motorcyle makes a good test bed for rebuild jobs.
So... if it's the polished look you're after, I have one that's already been sacrificed, that I would offer out to people before I saw another one ruined.

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Re: How can I polish up my linkert ??

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Post by George Greer » Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:46 pm

Plus...

They are ugly that way.

My opinion of course, others may vary.

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Post by Cotten » Wed Oct 31, 2012 5:15 pm

Nothing's more beautiful than original paint.
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Re: How can I polish up my linkert ??

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Post by james » Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:56 pm

Get yourself a different carb like an S&S to polish.
Save the linkert. Can't hardly see it anyway.
You came to the wrong site with that question.
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Re: How can I polish up my linkert ??

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Post by socalrider » Thu Nov 01, 2012 3:16 am

A dip in carb cleaner will shine it up pretty good without hurting the casting characters .
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Post by cdndewey » Thu Nov 01, 2012 1:08 pm

neilw wrote:I noticed on ebay several linkerts all shinning like new , I rubbed mine with some kinda polish but not much happened. Is there some good stuff out there ? How did they get theirs so shinney??
What model do you have? I have a polished body in my stash that I would be interested in trading.

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Re: How can I polish up my linkert ??

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Post by neilw » Thu Nov 01, 2012 3:24 pm

Thanks everyone . I owned about 7 linkerts in my time and have never seen one that wasnt a dul bronze color untill I looked on ebay and saw those sparkley ones . l didnm't want to polish mine in the first place but was wondering about selling one on ebay, but since I have two and one bike not all built yet I'll wait till it's runnung in case one doesn't work right
Thanks , Neil

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Post by Cotten » Thu Nov 01, 2012 3:47 pm

Neil!

Are you sure they were not just blasted and prepped without paint?:
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Re: How can I polish up my linkert ??

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Post by Huck » Thu Nov 01, 2012 4:20 pm

Cotten wrote:Neil!

Are you sure they were not just blasted and prepped without paint?:
344bare.jpg
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That is gorgeous I’ll never understand painting a piece that looks that good raw.

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Re: How can I polish up my linkert ??

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Post by George Greer » Thu Nov 01, 2012 4:32 pm

Huck wrote:
Cotten wrote:Neil!

Are you sure they were not just blasted and prepped without paint?:
344bare.jpg
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That is gorgeous I’ll never understand painting a piece that looks that good raw.
I have to agree....that is pretty easy on the eyes :lol:

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Post by Cotten » Thu Nov 01, 2012 4:59 pm

Folks,

They can't stay looking like that just sitting on the shelf, much less in duty.
If vanity demands, maybe a sodium dichromate wash would help slow down nature's atmosphere bonding with the freshly-exposed and reactive metal.
But maintenance must still be diligent.

That's why L&L did not produce bare bronze castings.
(Although apparently bare from June '29 to somewhere around '34, Schebler was then compelled to paint their diecast potmetal models through the end of their production in '40. All of Schebler's bronze motorcycle carburetors were nickel.)

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Re: How can I polish up my linkert ??

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Post by tcb-1 » Fri Nov 02, 2012 3:20 am

My '50 M-45A still retains about 70% of it's original black paint. :mrgreen:

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