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  1. #1
    n00bie


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    Russell
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    1974 Z1A (original owner), 955i Daytona Centennial
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    Jun 2011
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    Sth Guildford WA
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    Default Z1A resto - getting there.

    Slow progress on the Z1A, but things are happening. A series of photos shows the before and after results (and the time frame!) - red dirt, road grime, Mt Isa acid rain and a dose of my neglect left it in a sad state. Heaps more photos have been taken, but these ones show the results so far.

    Engine was deliberately not stripped (exception of the clutch cover for polishing), no vapour blasting, but was cleaned with long thin brushes over many long hours. I do not want to over-restore, but retain a patina of age. As much as possible, I have re-used the original parts after cleaning, fixing and replating.

    Heaps to do yet, but will start again after the New Year when businesses wake up again.

    Cheers and a Merry Christmas.
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  2. #2
    I'm Getting There


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    Mandurah W.A.
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    Bloomin heck, that has come up well.


  3. #3
    n00bie On a Mission


    Real Name
    Terry
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    Z900-A4; Z1000-A1; Darmah
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
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    Perth, WA; via Victoria
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    Very nice Russell, well done. The work with the long thin brushes must have been tedious!

  4. #4
    Really Full Of It


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    Glenn B.
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    Honda CB450 Cafe....to be
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    Jun 2005
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    The great state of Tassie
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    Looking good! Nothing quite as satisfying (or painful) as cleaning up an engine by hand.
    At least you have the hard bit done, look forward to the next installment.
    Gone over to Honda but still have a few Z1 parts

  5. #5
    Really Full Of It


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    Peter
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    05 Zrx 85 gpz750r 78 z650
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    Sep 2010
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    victoria
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    looks fantastic Russell, did you Dremel between the fins etc like I did ....what a job
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  6. #6
    AKRF Is My Life


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    matt
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    vn1500custom/82 gsx1100
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    looks sweet russell,its alot of hard work but it will be worth it in the end.
    dont mistake my kindness for weakness i am kind to everyone,but when someone is unkind to me,weak is not what you are going to remember about me.........Al Capone

  7. #7
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    peter
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    Z1 900A, 2000 Blackbird
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    May 2008
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    vic
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    tell me about the brushes russell. it looks fantastic.

    Jobs and bikes are an oxymoronic concept.

  8. #8
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    Robert but prefer Bob
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    2009 Kawasaki VN2000
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    Sep 2008
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    Grafton
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    I had no choice but to pull my engine apart as the pistons had seized in the barrels. Lucky I did as I found my crankshaft had a crack in one of the lobes. Tell me, did I see a set of standard pipes? That's rare as most ended up hanging on shed walls and forgotten. My resto commences in earnest next year. It should be an adventure and a very long time in the planning. I would appreciate some more info on the cleaning process as well as I am considering water blasting.

    Cheers and Beers.

    Bob
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  9. #9
    n00bie


    Real Name
    Russell
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    1974 Z1A (original owner), 955i Daytona Centennial
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Sth Guildford WA
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    Thanks for the comments - it was satisfying seeing the motor finally back in the frame. Still lots to do - the "satin" black bits, chrome and bodywork paint.

    The brushes I used are available online (Google "Machinery Cleanery"), constructed of brass tube with stainless steel wire expoxyed inside. Available in 4 sizes, tubes can be cut down and wire trimmed to extend their life. Expensive initially, but last a while. I made up handles out of wooden dowel to give a better grip and to extend the reach into the tight areas. Some of the really tight areas are not perfect, but I think the overall result is worthwhile. Something I did find is the alloy varies across the motor and was easy to scratch if too much brush pressure was applied. Not something I would like to do again. Did not use a Dremel or any other power tool.

    The original pipes on the bike and now on the wall are a mixed bag (one 76) and were put on just to keep up the appearance before the resto. All are pretty well shot, with the bigger holes plugged with that super hard kneadable putty!

    Will report back when the next installment is finished.

    Cheers.

  10. #10
    Really Full Of It


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    Glenn B.
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    Honda CB450 Cafe....to be
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    Jun 2005
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    The great state of Tassie
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    Thanks for the machinery cleanery "link"
    I saw little brushes like these ages ago when I had the Z900, then I went looking for 'em again and couldn't find any?
    So obviously they work well then...don't scratch the surface too much?
    Gone over to Honda but still have a few Z1 parts

 

 

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