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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

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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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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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Post by Graeme on Tue 15 Nov 2016, 7:40 pm

checking the bodywork....

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Post by Graeme on Tue 15 Nov 2016, 7:50 pm

Testing the electrics....

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Post by Graeme on Tue 15 Nov 2016, 7:57 pm

Rebuilt carbs....

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Post by Graeme on Tue 15 Nov 2016, 8:10 pm

Time to put the engine in....

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Post by MACCA on Tue 15 Nov 2016, 9:37 pm

i had a lc with chrome powdercoated frame looked nice
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Post by MACCA on Tue 15 Nov 2016, 9:38 pm

youve plenty of x7 spares by looks of it lol
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Post by Graeme on Tue 15 Nov 2016, 10:29 pm

MACCA wrote:youve plenty of x7 spares by looks of it lol
I've got enough to build a 2nd bike......that's a future project Laughing
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Post by Graeme on Thu 17 Nov 2016, 9:41 pm

So, electrics checked, everything all connected, kicked it over to see if there was a spark. And there was. So got some petrol and connected up an auxiliary tank, and after about 26 years......

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Post by MACCA on Thu 17 Nov 2016, 11:10 pm

blimey that sounds well i should have got microns
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