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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-04-2013, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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Saved a VN750 from the dumpster... worth it?

My boss knows I like projects and rebuilding engines so he called me today and told me he was bringing me a project!

One of his relatives was going to bring it to the dumpster, and he figured I might want it. Its a Kawasaki Vulcan 750 that was laid down and has been sitting up for about 15 years... That's about all I know.

I'de like to build it into a bobber of some sort, anyone have any experience with that? A quick craigslist search shows that the vulcan 750 is worth about 1500 tops in running condition... so I figure that's my price range on the rebuild. The forks are bent, but I think that's probably the least of my concern lol




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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-04-2013, 04:41 PM
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That guy is in rough shape. It'd be a hell of a job to bring her back to spec, but it is doable. Tons of parts available for cheap. The real question is.. is it worth it? Or maybe buy another, more complete Vulcan 750 and use that one for parts?

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I've Got nothin but time and I'm almost finished with my R1... I'de like to rebuild it, I hear engine work on the 750 is pretty rough though. If I can rebuild the engine, I just want the bare essentials as far as the bike goes, think of rat rod bobber type bike... straight bars... a hidden ignition switch, a seat... chop the rear frame/fender area... lowered, short forks.... anyone have any pics of a bike like that?



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Hmmm... only Tanner's post...hmm

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Heres a place for a few ideas to start....then check the stickie threads in the Builds section to go further....

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I would be really concerned about rust INSIDE the engine since that stator cover has been off for who knows how long.

You have a lot of work and you may be surprised how quickly that budget will get eaten up. Especially if the motor turns out bad. You'll need to be diligent on EBay and here for finding parts. Some parts are becoming hard to come by and some folks ask a premium for those.

I would have to agree with tanner, you need to figure out what you need, find those parts and see if they fit into your budget before diving in. You might find the cost to rebuild is more than Blue Book / NADA value of the bike.

At any rate, good luck!

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I think you should just take it apart and see how it all works for when you buy a complete vulcan. I'd love to have something as kind of a scale model to visualize, kind of like a cadaver.

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