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So over the last two years I have been working on bringing a 1985 VN700 back to life. During that time I used this site extensively as a resource and found it contained enough posts and info that I never really needed to register to ask questions, as I could always find an answer. Now that I am nearing completion I thought I would start a thread to cover the build. I didn’t take many pictures in the beginning, but will post what I have and some information with them.
The bike was received in non-running state and initially it was going to be a quick fix and back to the owner. Things got complicated for him and I ended up purchasing it off him.
He had wanted a bobber, and had used a reciprocating saw to cut off the bikes hind quarters just past the shock mounts. The seat received similar treatment and she was a sad looking Vulcan.

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Your post is the first oneunder this thread heading.

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OK, thanks for straightening that out. I got a little confused between setting up photo bucket and getting things posted here. I gave up when I couldn't get the pics to load. (I also may have been swigging some Stroh's which is always guaranteed to help).

I will get another post together with some pictures.
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Checking out the engine

Upon inspecting the engine I discovered that when he had attempted to repair the bike himself, he had installed the front head, then missed the step of advancing it to TDC for the rear cylinder, and had installed the rear cylinder in the wrong crank position. Luckily he had only turned it a little by hand, felt it bind up, and immediately stopped. I noticed some other things that bothered me ( like blue RTV on the head gaskets) so I decided to pull the engine (which was required anyway) and tear it back down for a better look at the work that was done.

I didnít know there were still plenty of gaskets available, so I took pictures like the one below, with the plan to import them into CAD and make a gasket drawing. I would use the calipers for scaling (no, I donít know why I have them set at 2.75Ē). I do find this picture interesting as you can see the two cams sitting just to the top. If I remember right, those were swapped around too. It was quite the puzzle.

http://i772.photobucket.com/albums/y...psnrotmws8.jpg
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I tried posting a reply and it seems to have disappeared. Will try again.

I didn’t know there were still plenty of gaskets available, so I took pictures like this with the plan to import them into CAD and make a gasket drawing. I would use the calipers for scaling (no, I don’t know why I have them set at 2.75”). I do find this picture interesting as you can see the two cams sitting just to the top. If I remember right, those might have been swapped around too. It was quite the puzzle.

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