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bigjeff 06-23-2013 11:21 PM

my freebie 1987 VN750A build
 
A guy from work GAVE me a 1987 VN750 with a broken internal shift shaft for free. It had been sitting for years and his wife wanted it off the property.

So.......I now have a project to work on and I just got the kawasaki to a roller state - minus the brakes. Working on the brakes now. Need new front brake pistons and a seal kit of course - the original pistons were corroded. Found a guy in England that carries them relatively cheap tho. :motorcycl

I am doing the military OD Green with a white army star in a circle thing. I was in the US Army and have always liked that look. :carryflag

I have a bunch of pics on the process - need to upload them to a host then I will do up this thread better.

Later - BigJeff

It looked like this when I got it - engine was out of frame and many parts in boxes:

http://imageshack.us/a/img7/9127/newprojecto.jpg

I stripped it down to this and painted the frame:

http://imageshack.us/a/img836/9382/imagerxi.jpg

And have rebuilt it up to this so far:

http://imageshack.us/a/img593/9383/6t14.jpg

All it takes is money and a boatload of time! Right? lol ;)

My other two bikes:

http://imageshack.us/a/img836/3694/garageg.jpg

sailormonkey333 06-23-2013 11:35 PM

very nice! Keep the pictures coming...are you doing a full rebuild on the engine/trans?

bigjeff 06-23-2013 11:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sailormonkey333 (Post 368378)
very nice! Keep the pictures coming...are you doing a full rebuild on the engine/trans?


Got to split the case to fix that famous "broken shift tie rod" - so I'll give it a good look over. Should be in pretty good shape. Only has 14k on it. Will need to buy a complete set of rebuild gaskets tho. :/ Going to leave the tranny alone unless something glares out at me.

If the pistons and bores measure out right I'll leave it - if not - big bore time.

WilliamTech 06-24-2013 12:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bigjeff (Post 368402)
Got to split the case to fix that famous "broken shift tie rod" - so I'll give it a good look over. Should be in pretty good shape. Only has 14k on it. Will need to buy a complete set of rebuild gaskets tho. :/ Going to leave the tranny alone unless something glares out at me.

If the pistons and bores measure out right I'll leave it - if not - big bore time.

Ensure you replace the dampers...mine went out @ 13K miles.
To avoid possible leaks, I also replaced the shift "Shaft" Seal ....also performed the Tuxedo Mod.

Spockster 06-24-2013 12:45 AM

x1000, check the dampers, the pics of failed ones are hideous.

Can't beat free and it's obviously going to look cool.

Stock bars on that in the pics?

Military theme, eh... I see some of those gas cans they use on the milspec KLR650. Tiny fuel tank, solved!

Nice neat shop, I'm jealous.

blazblu82 06-24-2013 01:17 AM

Awesome start on the resto!

I'll xInfiniti on the dampeners. If your bike is already vibreating badly (badly as in can't see out of one mirror regardless of RPM and the bike dances around on center stand) then get those suckers replaced! Else, you'll end up with bullet holes in the casing.

Good job on the work thus far! Looking forward to more updates!

Okiebezer 06-24-2013 01:38 AM

Looks great!

bigjeff 06-24-2013 03:10 PM

Thanks for the tips. I'll replace the dampeners for sure and look into the tuxedo mod. Yes - stock bars - so far. lol

bigjeff 06-25-2013 10:24 PM

Ok people - I got the US Army Star decals I ordered today! Whoo Hoo! ;)

Tank - notice Honda cb900c and NC700X peeking through under the tank:

http://imageshack.us/a/img401/4122/g9ub.jpg

Side cover:

http://imageshack.us/a/img826/3526/rimk.jpg

You get the idea:

http://imageshack.us/a/img266/2536/b7qi.jpg

sailormonkey333 06-25-2013 10:34 PM

that really is looking slick! I can't wait to build my next garage....it will allow me to go crazy with project bikes :) I'm just now finishing my first vulcan build and am already on the lookout for another one LOL


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