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post #21 of 45 (permalink) Old 01-05-2017, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
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Nice one Madkat ... pretty clean looking Donor bike, I'd be tempted to fix that one up too lol
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I thought the engine on an 86 would be black. That is the first blue vn750 I have seen.
Hmm Im not sure regarding the color. She didnt have any papers, I got 1986 by running the VIN.
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Alright put in some work yesterday, here goes

Wanted to rig up a battery to see if the electrical system had any life


idiot lights came right on. Yea buddy!
As you can see, the ignition has been.. bypassed.
Im looking to use the gas cap and ignition from
the donor VN750 bike, but its missing keys too..
The darn garage find bikes are killing me haha.
Planning to take the locks to a local locksmith
and have them keyed.


Pulling the bars, got the cables and harnesses disconnected


Old bars off


The parts pile is growing..


Got the upper triple tree off


aaaand the forks


While the front end is off, I decided to get on
one last pass of cleaning and lay down some paint.
Shes pretty well pulled apart right now, except for
the motor. Shes looking a little rough.


Ive already made a few passes with the dremel and
wire brush to remove rust and gunk. I made another
pass going over the whole bike with wire scrub brushes
and wd40, then finally wiped the whole thing down with
acetone and rags. Then I got a little creative with tape
and cardboard and started spraying.


Radiator back on, gloss black over primer w/ satin clear frame
High temp engine enamel over high temp primer for the engine.
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Heres where she sits now. Long term, I want to do the crank case
covers and the wheels is copper. I found a nice High Temp deep copper
color at the hardware store and im super excited, but need to focus more
on functionality before I do more aesthetics. That being said, Im glad she
is all cleaned up and the rust /aluminum oxidation has been sealed good.
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Looking good buddy, looking good

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Knifemaker says only the 85 had the black engine. He would know. You have it looking good. Keep the pictures and write ups coming.

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if your 86 runs could always pick up a titled frame...

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Hey guys, Its been a while.

Moved to a new house, had to get all the bikes over into the new garage, get the benches and work stations set up, etc. Its been a little crazy.

I will be posting more updates on the 454 and my 750 build over the next few weeks =)

When we left off, I was in the middle of a front end swap. The 454 had a rusted up tore up front end, and I wanted to get the dual front calipers from the 750. I bought a 750 from my buddy with the intent of swapping the entire front end over to the 454, including the headlamp bucket, idiot lights, etc.

Ive got the donor 750 set up at the new house and my buddy and I ripped the front end off. I made a pile of all the parts (idiot lights, gauges, etc) in a box and we got the forks and triple trees off.



Next step was to put the front end from the 454 onto the donor 750, so we could wheel it out of the garage and put it into storage to free up more room to wrench on the other bikes.



Heres the 454 - I got her a nice shiny new stand and everything. I havent put the new front end on to her yet - I am waiting until I get the new neck bearings and some grease. The lower bearing is stuck good on the stem, and its going to be a nightmare to get it off, so Im not going to bother - its in good condition anyways. However the top bearing got pretty tossed when the forks were removed from the 750 and I want to replace it. Im going to clean the whole thing and pack new grease in there and then mount the front end. At some point, Ill need to replace the fork seals too.



Started taking apart the back end - Im going to keep the bobtail fender and stock rear light, but im going to chop the fender brackets as I am eliminating the sissy bar and mounting a solo seat. Im also planning to modify the existing turn signal mounts on the fender bracket for some aftermarket ones - Ill be sure to get pictures when I get around to that. In between other projects, Im going to clean, bondo, and paint the brackets, fender, etc.



Ive been working on replacing rotted hoses, missing parts, etc but I need to get the battery box back in and hook up the wiring once I get the front end mounted. I want to be able to click the starter so I can do a compression test on the motor. This battery box has seen better days - Im going to sand it down good, primer and paint it before I mount it back in the frame.

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I like where this is going. good work

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