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Restoring my 1980 X7 Sheene Replica

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Post by Graeme on Tue 08 Nov 2016, 9:12 pm

Well, here's the story so far, starting right at the beginning. As you can see, this wasn't going to be a simple, straightforward job. Here's part 1....

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resto continued

Post by Graeme on Tue 08 Nov 2016, 10:19 pm

After stripping and assessing the rusty mess I had, it was time to head to the powder coaters with a load of stuff to begin the restoration process...

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Post by Graeme on Tue 08 Nov 2016, 10:33 pm

The next step was to gather as many of the original nuts, bolts, spacers and fasteners as I could and attempt home, DIY, zinc plating with a kit I'd purchased. The end results are certainly not "show winning" standard, but considering the state they were in when I started, and that this was my first attempt, they certainly came up better than I imagined. I did replace some of them with new stuff, but some got re-used and may get plated again at a later date.

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resto....next stage

Post by Graeme on Tue 08 Nov 2016, 10:43 pm

The next job I decided on was to have a look at the Microns and give them a good clean up and put some new decals on them.

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resto continued

Post by Graeme on Tue 08 Nov 2016, 10:48 pm

The next step was fairly straightforward....the clocks. Nice new paint.

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next...

Post by Graeme on Tue 08 Nov 2016, 10:57 pm

Next up, it was time to tackle the front brake master cylinder and fluid reservoir...

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Post by MACCA on Thu 10 Nov 2016, 11:06 pm

nice pics m8 thanks for sharing any idea of colour scheme
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Post by Graeme on Fri 11 Nov 2016, 12:09 pm

Sheene Replica as per the profile pic. Will post more pics of the rebuild soon.
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Post by MACCA on Fri 11 Nov 2016, 2:01 pm

looks brill m8 get them pics coming i think im changing colour on my x7 not keen on white
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Post by Graeme on Sun 13 Nov 2016, 3:44 pm

Forks rebuilt with new stanchions, oil seals, spacers, retaining clips, and dust covers including new seals on the drain screws and bottom retaining bolts.

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Post by Graeme on Sun 13 Nov 2016, 3:53 pm

Next job was a biggie and one that was going to take time and patience....the wheels. They were in a bit of a state with flaking white and red paint and the alloy was very dull and poor looking. First step was to get the paint stripper on to them.

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Post by Graeme on Sun 13 Nov 2016, 3:57 pm

Once the paint stripper had done the business and some more cleaning up was done, they were at last ready for some paint.

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Post by Graeme on Sun 13 Nov 2016, 4:00 pm

Masked up ready for the paint....

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Post by Graeme on Sun 13 Nov 2016, 4:05 pm

The moment of truth. The masking comes off to reveal the new Ford Graphite metallic paint, and not too bad it looks either.

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Post by Graeme on Sun 13 Nov 2016, 4:15 pm

In with the new wheel bearings and seals, on with the new rear sprocket with new sprocket nuts and bolts, new lock tabs, front dics back on with new bolts and lock tabs and we're ready for the new tyres and inner tubes.

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Post by Graeme on Sun 13 Nov 2016, 4:30 pm

While the crank was away for a rebuild, it was time to get some vapour blasting done....

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Post by Graeme on Sun 13 Nov 2016, 4:41 pm

Getting the engine cases ready. Again, these were looking very poor, but after vapour blasting then a bit of wet and dry work, they were etch primed then painted with RS Paints Suzuki engine case paint and matt lacquer and new emblems were fitted.

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Post by Graeme on Sun 13 Nov 2016, 4:50 pm

Out of the 2 body kits I've got, this one is in the best condition, so will be fitted as it is. It has scratches and marks on it, but is in original condition, so will add a bit of patina to the bike. I got 2 new screens made by Skidmarx and the mounting brackets for the fairing were powder coated.

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Post by MACCA on Mon 14 Nov 2016, 11:51 am

flf looks great m8 i agree with the patina thing brill pics them wheels are a pig to mask arnt they and the engine casings look first class hat off to you your making a brilliant job
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Post by Graeme on Mon 14 Nov 2016, 8:43 pm

Engine coming apart and new crank ready to go in.....

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Post by Graeme on Mon 14 Nov 2016, 8:57 pm

The rebuild begins. Powder coated frame with new exhaust mounting bushes, new headrace bearings, and new shocks. The deep braced box section swinging arm has been removed for now. It needs re-chromed, but I'm finding it difficult to get someone to do it, so may be powder coated at some point, but fitting it means having no centre stand.

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Post by Graeme on Mon 14 Nov 2016, 9:10 pm

Now it's beginning to look more like a bike.....

Wiring loom refreshed with new connections, new grips fitted, new centre stand bolts, nuts, spacers and pins, new throttle cable and brake line guides etc.......the cost is beginning to mount up Rolling Eyes

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Post by MACCA on Mon 14 Nov 2016, 11:20 pm

you dont mess about do you lol its coming along very nicely carnt you just have swinging arm polished
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Post by Graeme on Tue 15 Nov 2016, 7:24 pm

The box section arm isn't alloy, it's chromed steel. It's a bit rusty and pitted and a few places have said they can't re-chrome it, but a fairly local powder coater reckons he can do a chrome lookalike powder coating on it.
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Post by Graeme on Tue 15 Nov 2016, 7:25 pm

MACCA wrote:you dont mess about do you lol its coming along very nicely carnt you just have swinging arm polished
I've been at it for years.......just do a little at a time, there's no rush Laughing
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