70's show bike refurbished; The beginning

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70's show bike refurbished; The beginning

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Back story. A guy in town bought a 1978 KZ1000 new in 78. Took it down to bare frame. Painted frame what is called Ice Blue. Painted the tins Black with some other colors and then later on Silver with some other colors. Also painted the engine black. Made some very minor mods to the engine. Won some trophy's at some near by car shows.

He passed away several years ago. His younger brother ended up with the bike. When he got it the entire bike was in boxes. Including the engine. It sat like that for over 20 years.

About 2 months ago he contacted me about completely redoing the bike. I set him up with my painter for the frame and the tins. I am doing the rest.

I completed the engine just today. Complete tear down, power washed, bead blasted, power washed again. Then reassembled replacing some transmission parts. That was all the bottom end needed. Honed the cylinders and put new rings on the pistons. (It doesn't have many miles on it as it was trailered most of the time.) He did want some light port work done to the head and some bigger, drop in, cams installed. The head also got a valve job and was surfaced.

I painted the engine with PJ1 high temp gloss paint. I hate painting engines but this came out pretty good. All the engine covers are still at the chrome shop. Along with the wheels, swing arm, front forks and a lot of other parts. You can see in the pics the four outside head nuts he had gold plated. That was just the way his brother did it and he wanted the same. There will be some other gold plated parts on the frame too.

The frame is finished at the painters but I can't do much with it until some of the chrome gets here.

This is one of those big time consuming jobs that I usually do in the winter but he wanted to get it in. (Remember he has had it in boxes for 20+ years :roll: ;) }

I'll add to this as I get more complete. It will be some time though. And I have been doing other work too as it filters in. Three sets of GL carbs in the last three weeks and at least two more sets on the way that I know of.

Oh, there are no pics of the boxes of parts. He brought over just the engine parts first. I did help him go through stuff to decide what to paint, what to chrome, what to keep, and what needed replaced. It will get all new wiring harness, gauges, controls. A lot. He will easily have 5 figures in this. Worth that to him though.
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Yeah, but that's what I'm talking about! Finally, we again get to see some of Robin's work detailed on these pages. It's about time!
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:popcornx2
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desertrefugee wrote: Sun Sep 06, 2020 5:27 pm Yeah, but that's what I'm talking about! Finally, we again get to see some of Robin's work detailed on these pages. It's about time!

LOL, it has been awhile. :roll: There just hasn't been one worth showing till now. lolol


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I remember an article that said, back in the day, when you rolled a kz1000 full throttle, the bike tried to rotate the planet. Or something like that. Can’t wait for more updates.
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Lucien Harpress wrote: Sun Sep 06, 2020 8:11 pm :popcornx2
me too
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Nice start. Even without doing my '85 Limited Edition to a show bike (engine being rebuilt and new/fresh paint job as one of my C-19 projects), keeping track of costs over a 5 year period is not for the faint of heart. It's an ever evolving project, would like to take it to the frame one day. Look forward to following your work. Cheers
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I'll be watching this one - I had a 73 Z1 in my early 20's - I'm lucky to still be alive - I've also had 4 KZ1000Ps - They are interesting Bikes
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Nice work
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Rednaxs60 wrote: Wed Sep 09, 2020 5:31 pm Nice start. Even without doing my '85 Limited Edition to a show bike (engine being rebuilt and new/fresh paint job as one of my C-19 projects), keeping track of costs over a 5 year period is not for the faint of heart. It's an ever evolving project, would like to take it to the frame one day. Look forward to following your work. Cheers
Try bringing a long-slumbering CBX back to life. (Can you say 2nd mortgage?)

I'm really looking forward to this effort. The motor finish alone has me hooked. Then again, Robin comes in, posts a teaser and then slinks back into the shadows. I think it's time for another installment...
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But you love it! Robin does do good work. Nice looking engine. The game is afoot!
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desertrefugee wrote: Sun Sep 20, 2020 1:22 pm
Rednaxs60 wrote: Wed Sep 09, 2020 5:31 pm Nice start. Even without doing my '85 Limited Edition to a show bike (engine being rebuilt and new/fresh paint job as one of my C-19 projects), keeping track of costs over a 5 year period is not for the faint of heart. It's an ever evolving project, would like to take it to the frame one day. Look forward to following your work. Cheers
Try bringing a long-slumbering CBX back to life. (Can you say 2nd mortgage?)

I'm really looking forward to this effort. The motor finish alone has me hooked. Then again, Robin comes in, posts a teaser and then slinks back into the shadows. I think it's time for another installment...
Nothing to add. Remember back in the first post. "Waiting on chrome". When doing builds like this you are at the mercy of other people. Unlike the fake TV builds you have to wait on their schedule. ;)

The only thing I could do right now is put steering stem bearing races in the frame. But I told the owner I do 't even want that here until I can actually start putting things together. Too many other things in here to worry about a freshly painted frame.

It's been busy here though. This week alone I rebuilt two sets of GL1100 carbs and rebuilt and vapor blasted a set of KZ1000 carbs. That's a total of 8 sets of carb rebuilds in the last 5 weeks.

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1975 GL1000 parts bike (parts for sale)
1976 Goldwing Super Sport
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1992 ZX7 Dragbike (KZ900 style motor w/NOS)
and a rotation of various purchases
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