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Author: GPZ592
Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Time to rebuild my old GPz
Replies: 64
Views: 11244

Re: Time to rebuild my old GPz

Why don't do polish them yourself? For the sake of a 1/2 HP bench grinder and a set of mops? I find it one of the most satisfying jobs, you're covered in crap but you can see the result straight away. It does become addictive. I used to strip my Zeph11 every year and polish the side casings, forks,...
Author: GPZ592
Fri Sep 11, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Time to rebuild my old GPz
Replies: 64
Views: 11244

Re: Time to rebuild my old GPz

Everything is back from powdercoating :D The wheels have been chemically cleaned & blasted, but the rims need to be polished before going back to be painted - so now it's off to the polishers with the wheels, whilst the rest goes into the growing pile of refurbished parts, ready for the rebuild ...
Author: GPZ592
Tue Sep 01, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Time to rebuild my old GPz
Replies: 64
Views: 11244

Re: Time to rebuild my old GPz

More goodies to add the growing pile of refurbished parts - frame bolts and other bits & pieces re-blacked and ready to fit once the rebuild commences :D

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Author: GPZ592
Fri Aug 21, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Time to rebuild my old GPz
Replies: 64
Views: 11244

Re: Time to rebuild my old GPz

The brakes have come back from Powerhouse and I'm well pleased with them :D They've been stripped, cleaned, painted and rebuilt with all new seals/stainless pistons & rubbers. I have new decals to apply, but they can wait until the calipers are back on the bike, so I get them the positioned corr...
Author: GPZ592
Tue Aug 11, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Time to rebuild my old GPz
Replies: 64
Views: 11244

Re: Time to rebuild my old GPz

The calipers were next and whilst they didn't look too bad, they were as furry as my cats :lol: The pistons were stuck solid and the bleed nipples didn't want move either. I didn't want to damage anything trying to get them apart and it was at that stage I decided to send the whole lot away to be p...
Author: GPZ592
Fri Aug 07, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Time to rebuild my old GPz
Replies: 64
Views: 11244

Re: Time to rebuild my old GPz

Whilst waiting for my bits to return from the powder coaters, I started to look at the brakes to see what horrors were lurking in there ! I decided to tackle the master cylinders first and unexpectedly, the screws holding the cap on the ffont m/cyl came undone without too much of a fight. However, w...
Author: GPZ592
Thu Jul 30, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: Show us Yours
Topic: GPZ 550d1.
Replies: 18
Views: 1147

Re: GPZ 550d1.

That looks like a nice bike you have there :) I nearly bought a 550D1, but waited until the 550H1 came out in '82 and bought that instead. I still have it and I'm currently rebuilding it after many years languishing in my shed ! Mark. Nice one Mark, you will have to finish it. I have a rebuild thre...
Author: GPZ592
Thu Jul 23, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Show us Yours
Topic: GPZ 550d1.
Replies: 18
Views: 1147

Re: GPZ 550d1.

That looks like a nice bike you have there :)

I nearly bought a 550D1, but waited until the 550H1 came out in '82 and bought that instead. I still have it and I'm currently rebuilding it after many years languishing in my shed !

Mark.
Author: GPZ592
Tue Jul 14, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Time to rebuild my old GPz
Replies: 64
Views: 11244

Re: Time to rebuild my old GPz

After another weekend in the garage, I've finally finished cleaning and checking the frame and running gear. Thankfully, I didn't find any horrors and with everything sorted into various containers, it's time for a trip to the Powdercoaters :-)

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Author: GPZ592
Sat Jul 11, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Time to rebuild my old GPz
Replies: 64
Views: 11244

Re: Time to rebuild my old GPz

Sometimes rebuilding a bike, you strike it lucky.

This arrived a couple a days ago - possibly the last NOS GPz550 ignition cover in the UK. It had been gathering dust dust on a shelf in a Kawasaki dealers for almost 40 years, until I tracked it down and liberated it :D

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Author: GPZ592
Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Time to rebuild my old GPz
Replies: 64
Views: 11244

Re: Time to rebuild my old GPz

Happy to report more progress being made ! I've had to have some remedial work done to the frame - the steering lock stop had to be re-instated on the headstock ( It had been removed to accomodate the "other" forks & yokes I was going to use). Also, the main stand bracket had gone oval...
Author: GPZ592
Fri Jun 12, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Time to rebuild my old GPz
Replies: 64
Views: 11244

Re: Time to rebuild my old GPz

Over the last week, I've started stripping down some of the GPz components to see what needs to be refurbished and/or renewed and I started with the forks & wheels. The forks came apart without too much drama and once stripped and checked the stanchions have gone away for re-chroming. I had alre...
Author: GPZ592
Mon Jun 01, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Time to rebuild my old GPz
Replies: 64
Views: 11244

Re: Time to rebuild my old GPz

So, it's been nearly a year since I last updated this thread and in an ideal world, I'd be posting pictures of me riding my finished 550................ but this isn't an ideal world :( A couple of my other bikes required time & money spent on them at the back end of last year, so the poor 550 w...
Author: GPZ592
Fri Jun 28, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Time to rebuild my old GPz
Replies: 64
Views: 11244

Re: Time to rebuild my old GPz

I have to open up a set of Gpz1100B2 clocks. I presume they come apart the same way as the 550 clocks. Err, how do they come apart without breaking things?? I'm not near my garage for a couple of days, but iirc there are 2 or 3 screws on the underside that releases the outer cover and that exposes ...
Author: GPZ592
Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Time to rebuild my old GPz
Replies: 64
Views: 11244

Re: Time to rebuild my old GPz

Thanks , Phillippe.

A number of people have used Simoniz "Tough Black" with reasonable results as well. As that is a spray can, it's easier for me than mixing paint and using a spray gun :)

Mark.

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