Dave's 1976 Restoration Thread


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Dave's 1976 Restoration Thread

Post by DWade1990 » Sun Sep 09, 2018 6:26 pm



Here we go, kids.

Some of you may remember a previous thread that I started asking what to look for when buying a 1000. It ended with me bringing home a yellow 76 with the ugliest fairing I've ever seen.

I finally got some time this weekend to dig into this bike a little bit. Well, one thing led to another, and this is where it sits currently.






This is going to be a long term project. Maybe a year or so before its finished. Right now I'm on the fence with how deep I want to get into it. At minimum, I'm going to paint the engine, rebuild the carbs, clean out the tank, go through the whole brake system, put an electronic ignition on, timing belts, spokes, wheel bearings, swingarm and steering bearings, rebuild the forks, polish all of the aluminum bits, rechrome the shiny parts,and put on new tires and tubes.

I'm fairly certain I'm going to repaint the body pieces. One of the radiator wings has considerable surface rust, and the rest of the paint is very faded and chipped. It's a shame to lose original paint, but it's kind of beyond saving it.

Getting that far into it makes me want to powdercoat the frame. It's in pretty good shape, but is kind of ugly around the swingarm area. Not shiny and worn through in a few spots. Again, it would be a shame to lose the original finish, but I also dont want an ugly frame under fresh paint. Time will tell.

No doubt I'm going to end up getting upside down in this thing, but this is my hobby. Or sickness. Same thing, right?



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Re: Dave's 1976 Restoration Thread

Post by DWade1990 » Sun Sep 09, 2018 6:33 pm

Here's my other ladies. I did the same treatment to the Aspencade that this 76 is going to get. I was able to save the paint on that one, but it was in a lot better condition cosmetically.

By the way, our old bikes are great and all, but you all owe it to yourself to get some kind of modern ride. My God that FJR 1300 is such an incredible machine. Even still, I'd rather swing a leg over the 1100 if I had a long trip to take and speed wasn't a concern.







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Re: Dave's 1976 Restoration Thread

Post by Stew » Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:03 pm

I'll will be watching, I love these kind of threads!
Winging it every chance I get 8-)

19,119 miles when I got it from dad Oct 15, 2017 --- 24,532 miles and counting as of Oct 17, 2018!

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Re: Dave's 1976 Restoration Thread

Post by DWade1990 » Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:06 pm

Stew wrote:
Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:03 pm
I'll will be watching, I love these kind of threads!
Like I said, this is going to be a relatively long project. My previous builds were always a bit of a rush job. I lived in an apartment and was stuck with a damp garage with no heat or electricity. This time around, I've got a nice warm, powered garage, so I can really take my time and do things right.

I'll make sure to post any and all progress reports, and put up as many photos as I can. Stay tuned!

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Re: Dave's 1976 Restoration Thread

Post by DWade1990 » Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:57 am

Got in a little more wrenching before work today.





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Re: Dave's 1976 Restoration Thread

Post by DWade1990 » Tue Sep 11, 2018 12:33 pm

Guys I took it so far apart that the bike disappeared


Oh wait there it is!


I'm fairly certain I'm going to get the frame powdercoated. It looks like there's only 3 decals that I'm going to lose, and I found a place that reproduces them.

Does anybody have a lead for the vin tag rivets?

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Re: Dave's 1976 Restoration Thread

Post by Maz » Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:15 pm

Dave,
I've been as far into mine as you have. I had the frame powder coated but you do lose the detail of the stamped vin number on the frame neck. David Silver spares sell replacement brass rivets for the steering lock on UK models which look good on the metal vin tags.
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Re: Dave's 1976 Restoration Thread

Post by DWade1990 » Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:17 pm

Maz,

Is your stamped VIN completely gone, or just not as defined as before? I wonder if I can convince the powdercoater to go light in that area.

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Re: Dave's 1976 Restoration Thread

Post by DenverWinger » Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:53 am

Maybe the powder coater can mask it somehow....
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Re: Dave's 1976 Restoration Thread

Post by Maz » Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:16 pm

DWade1990 wrote:
Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:17 pm
Maz,

Is your stamped VIN completely gone, or just not as defined as before? I wonder if I can convince the powdercoater to go light in that area.
Dave,
It's kinda visible in the right light! A good powder coated will be able to mask that area. I just forgot to ask. But the finished result is damned gorgeous!
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Re: Dave's 1976 Restoration Thread

Post by DWade1990 » Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:08 pm

Sounds good guys. I'm going to continue the destruction tomorrow morning before work and see if I can't get it down to bare frame. I still have the brake pedal assembly, foot pegs, helmet locks, and steering head to take apart.

I'm going to have to get creative with the steering head assembly nut. I've got quite a few tools, but that socket is one I don't.

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Re: Dave's 1976 Restoration Thread

Post by Fred Camper » Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:19 pm

Nice progress, you cannot buy these naked wings new anymore you know.

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Re: Dave's 1976 Restoration Thread

Post by DWade1990 » Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:29 pm

Fred I'm going to do my best to make this one new again. I've got a serious problem with saving old bikes. Can't help myself. Like you said, they're not making them anymore. Once they've all been parted out or chopped up, that's it. Extinct. I'm doing my best to stop that from happening, one bike at a time haha

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Re: Dave's 1976 Restoration Thread

Post by Fred Camper » Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:34 pm

Next time you see your doctor, be sure to inquire about MBS. It is carried by a number of us and it is very sticky. What is that TLA (three letter acronym) you ask? Multiple Bike Syndrome but of course. No medical cure uncovered but I am accepting funding in my search for a national acceptance of the syndrome.

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Re: Dave's 1976 Restoration Thread

Post by Maz » Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:08 am

DWade1990 wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:08 pm
Sounds good guys. I'm going to continue the destruction tomorrow morning before work and see if I can't get it down to bare frame. I still have the brake pedal assembly, foot pegs, helmet locks, and steering head to take apart.

I'm going to have to get creative with the steering head assembly nut. I've got quite a few tools, but that socket is one I don't.
That nut shouldn't be tight. It should undo easily with an adjustable spanner (not sure what you call them in the US)!
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Re: Dave's 1976 Restoration Thread

Post by DenverWinger » Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:44 am

Maz wrote:
Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:08 am

That nut shouldn't be tight. It should undo easily with an adjustable spanner (not sure what you call them in the US)!
Maz
It's called a "Crescent" wrench here. Think that's because the early ones were manufactured by a company named Crescent, but I could be wrong... :lol:
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Re: Dave's 1976 Restoration Thread

Post by DWade1990 » Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:43 am

You guys were right, those goofy nuts came off pretty easily with a set of channel locks.

It's all stripped down, bearing races driven out, and cleaned up. Ready for powdercoat. That probably won't happen for a few months. They cut all of our overtime hours at work, so gotta be careful with money right now. I think this project may stall out for right now, but I'll be back at it as time and money permit.





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Re: Dave's 1976 Restoration Thread

Post by DWade1990 » Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:47 am

Here's the secret to getting it back together. Everything is bagged and labeled in the order it came off the bike. I don't know how guys do it when they just throw all of the fasteners in a bucket.





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