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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #120 on: September 30, 2020, 04:45:49 PM »
Bummer about the blemish, but it wont detract from this awesome bike. 
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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #121 on: September 30, 2020, 08:28:52 PM »
Reposting what was wiped out...

Yesterday, I installed the mufflers after giving them a good coat of wax.






Installed the transmission breather hose. The battery hasn't arrived yet, so I put in an old one I keep around to approximate the position of the terminals.




Made up battery cables.




Started off late today with finishing up the wiring at the front - hooked up the front brake light switch and signals.




Then I spent way too much time getting the tool box locks to work - one was fine but I couldn't even get the key in the other one. I was convinced the one of the pins was jammed, so I slid the little covers off and even though I was being careful, springs flew everywhere. Found all of them thankfully, along with all of the tiny pins. But that wasn't the problem! A small piece of broken off key was stuck down in the slot. After a bit of cussing, I finally got the lock reassembled again. All of this was working up to installation of the tool boxes.

Left one installed.




Thanks to Jim, I have a tool kit pouch for in it. Unfortunately there's no tools to go in the pouch.




Right one installed, along with the under seat light.







Remembered I forgot to install the rubber battery bumpers, added those and called it a day. 
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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #122 on: October 01, 2020, 09:29:30 PM »
I had lubed the throttle cables yesterday, so installed them today.






Prepped the seat for installation - new rubber bumpers and pivot bushings.




Gave the rear fender a bit of a polish and attached it to the seat. Mounted the seat to the frame.






Mounted the taillight, connected the wires, fussed with the wiring to try and make it tidier looking.




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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #123 on: October 02, 2020, 08:01:16 AM »
That looks great  :thumb:
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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #123 on: October 02, 2020, 08:01:16 AM »

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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #124 on: October 02, 2020, 07:43:14 PM »
WOW!

looking really good, your client must be very pleased. :thumb:
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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #125 on: October 02, 2020, 08:55:06 PM »
I haven't heard from the owner in several months, so I'm just pressing on to the end regardless.

No progress today, except the battery arrived. The "to do" list is getting short, the parts bins are getting empty. Starter, tank and battery are about it. 



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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #126 on: October 07, 2020, 08:20:45 PM »
Installed the starter relay bracket and relay, made up the wires to connect it to the battery and starter.




The reproduction rubber cover arrived yesterday and fits nicely.




Installed the signal flasher bracket...




... and the battery




Disassembled and serviced the starter, removing the paint from it as I went. Ready for fresh paint. 


 
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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #127 on: October 08, 2020, 08:49:57 PM »
Starter painted.




And installed.




Gripping!




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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #128 on: October 09, 2020, 06:42:19 PM »
Petcocks and cap installed on the tank. The badges will wait until I've painted them.



Mounted and plumbed.


Ready to come off the lift.


Out in the daylight for the first time since 2018.

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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #129 on: October 09, 2020, 08:27:16 PM »
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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #130 on: October 10, 2020, 07:50:42 AM »
Sounds good!!  Great work!
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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #131 on: October 10, 2020, 08:15:42 AM »
There are issues to overcome still. It's not charging, despite me testing each component during installation and replacing the v/r with new. The rear shocks are like pogo sticks - I made sure the dampers worked before I painted them, so I'm not sure why they seem to have zero damping now. The most irritating issue though, is the deployment tangs of the centerstand hit the underside of the mufflers, even after I bent them down/out straight. The indent in the repro Silentium mufflers is made totally wrong and won't allow them to clear no matter what.
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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #132 on: October 10, 2020, 10:09:50 AM »
All frustrating problems after taking all necessary precautions. 

Here is what my center stand looks like retracted with the prior gen repop mufflers.





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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #133 on: October 10, 2020, 10:15:26 AM »
The V7 Sport looks fantastic. Your client will be very pleased
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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #134 on: October 10, 2020, 11:13:49 AM »
The V7 Sport looks fantastic. Your client will be very pleased

He's been watching the Flickr photo album and seems pleased except for the blemish on the left muffler. He wants me to have it rechromed, but then they may not match. Not to mention, that so far, all three platers I've checked with have quoted me about what a new one (if they were available) would cost. Should have bought the LaFranconis when we had the chance...
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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #135 on: October 11, 2020, 03:55:32 PM »
There are issues to overcome still. It's not charging, despite me testing each component during installation and replacing the v/r with new. The rear shocks are like pogo sticks - I made sure the dampers worked before I painted them, so I'm not sure why they seem to have zero damping now. The most irritating issue though, is the deployment tangs of the centerstand hit the underside of the mufflers, even after I bent them down/out straight. The indent in the repro Silentium mufflers is made totally wrong and won't allow them to clear no matter what.

Two down, one to go.

Charging issue was simply me mixing up the brown and black wire positions on the alternator. Swapped them to the correct positions and it charges fine now.

I pulled the shocks off one at a time, removed the spring, top mount, jam nut, and rubber bumper. Reinstalled the jam nut and top mount, compressed the damper the whole way while turning the rod until it clicked into the adjuster. Yes, 76 series Konis had an internal damping adjuster. Turned it to the softest position and cycled it up and down a few times, then to the firmest position and backed it off one turn. Very nice damping at that point. Repeat for the other one. I think maybe from sitting for so long, that the internal valving could have become stuck and needed to be broken loose. In any case, it's not bouncy now and if test rides reveal I went a bit too firm, I can do it over again and make them a bit softer.

For the centerstand issue, I plan to make some sort of spacers that will attach to the pivot plates and extend the stop slightly.

Retorqued the heads and adjusted the valves, retorqued the fasteners on the timing cover, sump and manifolds as well.



 

It's supposed to rain for the next two or three days (raining now), so the first test ride will have to wait.  :sad:  :bike-037:
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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #136 on: October 12, 2020, 01:19:08 PM »
Nice work overcoming the niggles!
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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #137 on: October 16, 2020, 04:26:47 PM »
Three heat/cool cycles and just under 70 miles on it so far. Two minor adjustments (toe of shift pedal lower, rear brake link) and that's all.
Very enjoyable to ride, feels like it's ready to ride cross country.





New tank badges have arrived and will be installed later today. Replaced the faded original taillight lens with a new one. Raised the handlebars up another inch (two inches from the bottom now), keeping in mind the owner is older. Two more heat cycles and then I'll retorque the heads, adjust the valves again and change the oil.
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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #138 on: October 16, 2020, 05:44:49 PM »
Another excellent restoration! :thumb:
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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #139 on: October 17, 2020, 02:45:27 PM »
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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #140 on: October 17, 2020, 07:34:11 PM »
Tank badges on.




Put another 40 miles on it today. Riding it to brunch tomorrow.  :bike-037:
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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #141 on: October 19, 2020, 09:18:50 AM »
Looks amazing!!  Must be nice to get some miles on it after all that work. I would hate to see her go back home after it all.
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« Reply #142 on: October 19, 2020, 11:58:45 AM »
Looks amazing!!  Must be nice to get some miles on it after all that work. I would hate to see her go back home after it all.

It most definitely is nice to put the required break-in miles on it.  :azn: I'll hate to let this one go home, but it is nice to be paid.
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« Reply #143 on: October 19, 2020, 12:17:29 PM »
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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #144 on: October 19, 2020, 09:43:44 PM »
Bike turned out amazing!   Going to be weird to swing by your shop and not have it moving in time lapse on that lift. 

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« Reply #145 on: October 20, 2020, 08:51:56 AM »
Bike turned out amazing!   Going to be weird to swing by your shop and not have it moving in time lapse on that lift.

It's been replaced by a very crusty Le Mans. Hopefully that won't be here long though.
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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #146 on: October 20, 2020, 08:34:34 PM »
Head retorque and valve adjustment today, one last ride to warm up the oil, then that was changed and the header nuts tightened again. Other than cleaning it up, it's done and ready to go home.



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« Reply #147 on: October 20, 2020, 09:44:33 PM »
That is beautiful.  :thumb:
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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #148 on: October 21, 2020, 01:10:38 PM »
Reposting what was wiped out...

Yesterday, I installed the mufflers after giving them a good coat of wax.







You've done (once again) an amazing job. Love reading and seeing the pics of your work and seeing the beautiful finished product.

 Doesn't the muffler wax melt or burn once the engine is warmed up? Is it a special "exhaust" (LOL) wax? Or are you just testing to see if we are paying attention?    :grin:

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« Reply #149 on: October 21, 2020, 03:55:10 PM »
You've done (once again) an amazing job. Love reading and seeing the pics of your work and seeing the beautiful finished product.

 Doesn't the muffler wax melt or burn once the engine is warmed up? Is it a special "exhaust" (LOL) wax? Or are you just testing to see if we are paying attention?    :grin:

I used regular old Mother's California Gold paste wax, applied to protect the chrome and make removing smudgy fingerprints from them easier.
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