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Z1a Restoration

#1 PostAuthor: BigZCas » Sat Jun 03, 2017 2:07 pm

I did say that I would start this thread at the weekend so here goes.
Never done a restoration before so lots of questions will be asked i'm sure :lol:
The intention is to strip down and paint frame and the original swinging arm and then rebuild using as much of the original parts as possible, even if not 100% good, also paint tank and panels.
Anyway I have started -
Will keep you posted as time goes on :D
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1974 UK Z1a, Candy Tone Brown/Orange
1976 KZ900a4, Diamond Dark Green
1978 KZ1000a2, Luminous Green
1972 GT750J, Candy Lavender

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Re: Z1a Restoration

#2 PostAuthor: BigZCas » Sat Jun 03, 2017 2:09 pm

Already have a couple of questions but I will post in the appropriate place :lol: :lol: :lol:
1974 UK Z1a, Candy Tone Brown/Orange
1976 KZ900a4, Diamond Dark Green
1978 KZ1000a2, Luminous Green
1972 GT750J, Candy Lavender

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Re: Z1a Restoration

#3 PostAuthor: BigZCas » Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:18 pm

Original Z1 Swing arm has arrived from Ohio,US. :)
Quick fit up just to prove out all is well before continuing strip down.
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1974 UK Z1a, Candy Tone Brown/Orange
1976 KZ900a4, Diamond Dark Green
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1972 GT750J, Candy Lavender

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Re: Z1a Restoration

#4 PostAuthor: baz » Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:48 am

First bit of advise.............buy an hydraulic bench :wink:

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Re: Z1a Restoration

#5 PostAuthor: BigZCas » Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:55 am

Advice taken,
Hydraulic something :lol:
Cracking on......
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1974 UK Z1a, Candy Tone Brown/Orange
1976 KZ900a4, Diamond Dark Green
1978 KZ1000a2, Luminous Green
1972 GT750J, Candy Lavender

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Re: Z1a Restoration

#6 PostAuthor: 8 Valve Mark » Tue Jul 04, 2017 7:36 pm

looks like a cracking basis for a summer resto
good luck cas

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Re: Z1a Restoration

#7 PostAuthor: BigZCas » Sun Jul 09, 2017 7:11 pm

Coming on,
Had to stop for today though,
Must have been the penetrating fluid making me feel dizzy :lol:
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1974 UK Z1a, Candy Tone Brown/Orange
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Re: Z1a Restoration

#8 PostAuthor: BigZCas » Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:06 am

Bracket made and welded.
Next for Paint and Chrome :)
The Drawing PDF that I put together is attached should anyone require one.
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1974 UK Z1a, Candy Tone Brown/Orange
1976 KZ900a4, Diamond Dark Green
1978 KZ1000a2, Luminous Green
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Re: Z1a Restoration

#9 PostAuthor: BigZCas » Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:12 pm

Quick update -
Powder Coating back
CJ Ward Stove Enamelling,
Sutton.
2 Weeks

Chrome Back -
Classics And Chrome,
Hinckley
2 Weeks

Clocks Back -
Al Marshal
Lovely Job :D
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1974 UK Z1a, Candy Tone Brown/Orange
1976 KZ900a4, Diamond Dark Green
1978 KZ1000a2, Luminous Green
1972 GT750J, Candy Lavender

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Re: Z1a Restoration

#10 PostAuthor: BigZCas » Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:47 am

Ball Burnishing back today.
Sutton Soda Blasting
1 week.

Great natural finish :)
Probably not for bling lovers.
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1974 UK Z1a, Candy Tone Brown/Orange
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1978 KZ1000a2, Luminous Green
1972 GT750J, Candy Lavender

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Re: Z1a Restoration

#11 PostAuthor: wilsonsjw11 » Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:26 pm

BigZCas
Nice to see the bitz come back with no bling on as per the factory finish but then again the frame came out with a blow of black paint and not powder coat.
I prefer to see a painted frame and associated bitz.
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Re: Z1a Restoration

#12 PostAuthor: Ultim8pc » Sat Aug 05, 2017 9:36 pm

wilsonsjw11 wrote:I prefer to see a painted frame and associated bitz.


I've got a '77 z1000a to do (after I've tidied up my z900) and I'm fancying painting the frame myself. What would you (or anyone else) recommend to get a decent durable finish that's close to factory?

Oh and nice job you;re doing there BigCas..
http://www.airevalleyclassics.co.uk
z900a4
z1000a1 (In bits)
z1000ST (in bits)
z1000Ltd (Project)
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Re: Z1a Restoration

#13 PostAuthor: BigZCas » Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:18 pm

Paint came back today.
Lovely job From Trig, Coalville.
Plating also back.

Build started :)
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1974 UK Z1a, Candy Tone Brown/Orange
1976 KZ900a4, Diamond Dark Green
1978 KZ1000a2, Luminous Green
1972 GT750J, Candy Lavender

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Re: Z1a Restoration

#14 PostAuthor: LeeJackson » Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:27 pm

Now for the fun part!! Enjoy!

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Re: Z1a Restoration

#15 PostAuthor: ZedHead » Sun Aug 20, 2017 10:21 pm

I've got a '77 z1000a to do (after I've tidied up my z900) and I'm fancying painting the frame myself. What would you (or anyone else) recommend to get a decent durable finish that's close to factory?


Powder coating finishes won't please everyone but the finishes available now are pretty close.

Frost Extreme Chassis Black has been used by at least one member in the past with good results.

http://www.frost.co.uk/frost-frame-chas ... easer.html

Great job Steve :up


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