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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-05-2006, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
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Rebuild progress

I thought I might post some pics in the
gallery of my progress with the rebuild of my '86 VN750...
https://www.vn750.com/photopost/showgallery.php?cat=539

I should have my engine back by next week.
Then it's just some custom mufflers, and I might finally get to ride it.

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That's a nice series of pics - you've done an amazing amount of work! A couple of questions:
1. Did you clean up your brake calipers from that original condition or just replace 'em?
2. Ditto on the rotors...
3. NICE paint job (great color) - your work? Well done!

Thanks for posting these. It's nice to see real progress - gives hope to those of us who have similiar machines in our garages....

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Great Job!!! I love the color!!
It's amazing how large the engine compartment seems when the engine is out and how small it becomes when trying to put it all back together.

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I agree on the color. And painting the headlight bucket was a great idea.
Best of luck with the completion.


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Your doing an outstanding job on your bike.The color blue really will make your bike stand out Exellent job
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Nice set of pics. Did you have someone else rebuild the engine ?

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I'm glad you all like the pics. I've been taking heaps of 'em over the course of the rebuild.
They've been really handy when it comes to putting things back together.

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That's a nice series of pics - you've done an amazing amount of work! A couple of questions:
1. Did you clean up your brake calipers from that original condition or just replace 'em?
2. Ditto on the rotors...
3. NICE paint job (great color) - your work? Well done!

Thanks for posting these. It's nice to see real progress - gives hope to those of us who have similiar machines in our garages....
To answer your questions...
1. I cleaned the calipers up and, underneath all the brake dust, they weren't to bad. I was planning on replacing them with different calipers, but I decided it was too much work at the moment.
The calipers weren't releasing properly when I reinstalled them, causing them to bind on the disc. It just turned out to be a bit of crud around the top of the piston causing the problem. I just removed the calipers, took out the new pads, then pumped the piston about two thirds the way out, without dislodging the seal, cleaned them up, and now they work fine.

2. I scored some brand new rotors and pads, (non genuine), for $185(aussie dollars) each.
Genuine parts were $250 each for the discs, and pads were extra.

3. I had the blue paint work done professionally, but I sprayed the black parts myself, and I'm pretty happy with it.

I've got to say that, so far, it's been one of the easier bikes that I've rebuilt, taking into account that I've had a shop do all the engine work .
I guess that I shouldn't say this for fear of jinxing myself, but everything so far has come apart AND gone back together relatively easy and problem free.
I hope it goes that way when it comes to reinstalling the engine and carbs.

Cheers.

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If Your Looking For Paint For The Engine I Used To Use 'five-wheel-silver' Wheel Paint, Looks Almost Identicle And Good For The Heat Of A Water Cooled Bike Engine, Have Changed Mine To Black Now, But Both Look Great.

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Check out what Santa brought me for Christmas.

Nearly finished....
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Looks like it's getting a good bit closer to riding time for ya !!


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