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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-26-2009, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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Can A Parts Bike Live? (Help Needed)

I picked up a $100 bike off ebay. '86 VN750 with 20K. I had intended to use her as a parts bike, maybe take a few things off her to augment Bess right away, and save the rest just in case I had some kind of failure.

The parts bike is kind of a mess, but as I look at her more closely, I think she has promise.

The main problems:

The gas tank is full of rust.
The bleeder bolts were snapped off on both brakes.
Someone stopped mid Ear Shave (the carbs are there, but no box or ears - also no replacement post-shave filters, or, as far as I can tell, any rejetting.)

Also, the radiator was removed, but is in a box. It looks like everything is there.

So. If the engine is good, it seems that some time and not a ton of money (thanks to ebay) might get her running again.

I can do all the work, I think. (I'm good mechanically, and figure things out, but have never done engine work before.)

Is there any way to make sure the engine's not locked up before I sink a lot of time into her? If so, how do I do that?

Where do you suggest I begin?

Scheherazade
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MF Battery, Iridium Plugs, RR relocated, Voltmeter, 170/80/15 Kenda Kruz rear tire, DIY Samsonite hard bags, DIY shaved seat with Beaded seat pad ('cause that's how I roll) and the dreaded STATOR CHANGE.

Shining Black Bess '86 VN750, retired for parts after a fried stator and being knocked (kee-runch) in her parking spot.
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I picked up a $100 bike off ebay. '86 VN750 with 20K. I had intended to use her as a parts bike, maybe take a few things off her to augment Bess right away, and save the rest just in case I had some kind of failure.

The parts bike is kind of a mess, but as I look at her more closely, I think she has promise.

The main problems:

The gas tank is full of rust.
The bleeder bolts were snapped off on both brakes.
Someone stopped mid Ear Shave (the carbs are there, but no box or ears - also no replacement post-shave filters, or, as far as I can tell, any rejetting.)

Also, the radiator was removed, but is in a box. It looks like everything is there.

So. If the engine is good, it seems that some time and not a ton of money (thanks to ebay) might get her running again.

I can do all the work, I think. (I'm good mechanically, and figure things out, but have never done engine work before.)

Is there any way to make sure the engine's not locked up before I sink a lot of time into her? If so, how do I do that?

Where do you suggest I begin?

Remove the left cover with the three screws and tirn over with a 17mm socket. Remove plugs first.


85 VN700 "Old Yella"

REBUILT ENGINE
CUSTOM PAINT
VANCE & HINES CRUZERS
EAR SHAVED AND RE-JETTED W/K&N'S
DUNLOP ELITE K591 FRONT & REAR
VOLTMETER
SYNTHETIC BRAKE FLUID
SYNTHETIC OIL & GEAR LUBE
PLEXISTAR 2 WINDSHIELD
SPLINES LUBED
ACCT'S GREASED W/TOC SPRINGS
COASTERD
LEATHER SADDLE BAGS
LEATHER TOOL AND ROLL BAG
PICKUP COILS GAPPED AT .018"
NGK CAP, WIRES, IRIDUMS
BARNETT FRICTION PLATES & SPRINGS
CUSTOM GRIPS, MIRRORS, LEVERS
ORIGINAL STATOR & R/R 14.5v
DEKA MF AGM ETX15L

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Sit it on it's stand so the rear wheel is off the ground, make sure it is out of gear,
Hook a battery to the starter and see of it turns the engine over. (- to the case, + to the lug on the starter)

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Rebuilt Engine
ACCTs lubed w/TOC Springs
Pick-up Coils Gapped at .018"
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Remove the left cover with the three screws and tirn over with a 17mm socket. Remove plugs first.

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2002 VN750 Vulcan
Rebuilt Engine
ACCTs lubed w/TOC Springs
Pick-up Coils Gapped at .018"
Splines Lubed
Deka MF AGM EXT15L Battery
NGK Iridium IX Spark Plugs
R/R Relocation Fix
New Rear Rack
Stock Seat Repadded
Ext-BackRest
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Turn counterclockwise.


85 VN700 "Old Yella"

REBUILT ENGINE
CUSTOM PAINT
VANCE & HINES CRUZERS
EAR SHAVED AND RE-JETTED W/K&N'S
DUNLOP ELITE K591 FRONT & REAR
VOLTMETER
SYNTHETIC BRAKE FLUID
SYNTHETIC OIL & GEAR LUBE
PLEXISTAR 2 WINDSHIELD
SPLINES LUBED
ACCT'S GREASED W/TOC SPRINGS
COASTERD
LEATHER SADDLE BAGS
LEATHER TOOL AND ROLL BAG
PICKUP COILS GAPPED AT .018"
NGK CAP, WIRES, IRIDUMS
BARNETT FRICTION PLATES & SPRINGS
CUSTOM GRIPS, MIRRORS, LEVERS
ORIGINAL STATOR & R/R 14.5v
DEKA MF AGM ETX15L

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Thanks guys.

I think the plan is - drain oil, pull cover and plugs, turn over, put everything back, fill with oil, hook up the starter to my battery and cross my fingers.

I'll let you know how it goes.

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'86 VN750
MF Battery, Iridium Plugs, RR relocated, Voltmeter, 170/80/15 Kenda Kruz rear tire, DIY Samsonite hard bags, DIY shaved seat with Beaded seat pad ('cause that's how I roll) and the dreaded STATOR CHANGE.

Shining Black Bess '86 VN750, retired for parts after a fried stator and being knocked (kee-runch) in her parking spot.
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if the bike has been sitting for a long time, before you try to turn it over you might want to squrt a little oil or trans fluid in the cylinders first , just in case.
good luck .it would be grate to seeone recyled and put back on the road insted of being scraped

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Thanks - it would really be the forum's credit as a whole I think. You guys have increased my technical knowledge about 20X. One of the reasons I love these bikes is that they're so predictable - when you have one you know what to look for and what to fix.

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'86 VN750
MF Battery, Iridium Plugs, RR relocated, Voltmeter, 170/80/15 Kenda Kruz rear tire, DIY Samsonite hard bags, DIY shaved seat with Beaded seat pad ('cause that's how I roll) and the dreaded STATOR CHANGE.

Shining Black Bess '86 VN750, retired for parts after a fried stator and being knocked (kee-runch) in her parking spot.
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i got got stock jets air box and ears... the ears are a little scratched up but i got them hit me up i'll let it all go cheap



Stator #3
MF AGM
DeGoated
Ears Shaved
R/R relocated
Rebuilt



She's worth her weight in GOLD
If u dont have it already Here is the Service Manual
How To Test the Stator
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and for the rust in the tank us ph plus water and a car battery charger i spent 4 days with this methode and as long as the tank doesnt leak then there is no lining and the tank becomes rust resistant... there is a thread on here for exact details but its the easiest most effective way and there is no harsh chemicals to deal with...



Stator #3
MF AGM
DeGoated
Ears Shaved
R/R relocated
Rebuilt



She's worth her weight in GOLD
If u dont have it already Here is the Service Manual
How To Test the Stator
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