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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old 03-11-2012, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
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My 86 VN750 Restoration project

I won an 86 VN750 that hasn't been run since 2008 and had been stripped.Well went to pick it up yesterday. I must say I was a bit disappointed when I saw it. The front discs are knackered, the tank has a lot of filler on it and there seemed to be a lot of bits missing. Most of them, but not all, were in two plastic boxes! Anyway a deal is a deal , so I strapped it onto my trailer and got home about 1700. Did some work on it today. Eventually found a 18mm socket to remove the plugs, all 4 of them, squirted some WD40 in the combustion chambers and put the plugs back in. The headers had nothing holding them onto the heads and I thought I would need new ones, but today I found the split collars and rusty domed nuts to hold them in. Limitting myself to just doing work to start the engine, so I tried to refit the battery box that carries the solenoid, reg/rec, and coils, but it won't go under the seat until I remove the rear wheel. will de-rust and paint it tomorrow and refit it on Tuesday.
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It dont look to bad judging by the photo's !. Hopefully you will find the engine is OK,that will be a big relief for you. Once your happy with that,,then it looks like it could be an interesting project putting it on the road again. Pity the disks are goosed,but try Ebay for used ones. Like i say it looks (from here) as if it will turn out good.

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new filters(foam type)
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AGM battery(platinum)
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Cheers mate, your encouragement greatly appreciated.
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You are going to turn that engine by hand first ?,,Yes.

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New for 2012.
new filters(foam type)
replacement shocks(MDI)
Iridium plugs.
AGM battery(platinum)
brake pads(Kyoto)
(All on and running)
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Don't care what anyone says. Love the chrome fenders......
And the headlight visor,,eh KM. wink wink...lol.

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New for 2012.
new filters(foam type)
replacement shocks(MDI)
Iridium plugs.
AGM battery(platinum)
brake pads(Kyoto)
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Good luck friend. We are in the same boat, kinda. At least your engine was completely together.

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Replaced crankshaft and rod bearings
coasterd
earshaved
degoated
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Repaint tank, frt fender, and side covers
add saddle bags
add luggage rack
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Have sprayed WD into cylinders and put plugs back in. will repeat tomorrow and Tuesday and turnover very slowly by hand, with plugs out on Thursday. If I feel any resistance, I will stop and remove the rear cylinder head as the front is at TDC and rear at BDC. If it turns over OK, I will spray some light oil in and repeat the process. Next week I hope to have the starter motor and ignition working, so will spin over with the starter, then spray WD in and hopefully eject it and the oil. Then I hope to fire it up if all is well.
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Don't dispair Megawatt the one I just bought hadn't been on the road since 1998 but it is now fully taxed tested and insured 56 nice and cheap insurance, you will probably find the engine will be free, don't forget the drive shaft lube while you have the rear wheel off and give the carbs a check over to see they are clean I had gummed up jets on mine but cleaned up OK
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Cheers chaps. Another lube today. May do a very slow turnover tomorrow with a spanner on the left hand side bolt! Molybdenum disulphide grease is best for splines I assume. I can't find a cover for the spline end of the driveshaft. Does anyone have a picture?
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