78 Z650 restoration "sorta"

78 Z650 restoration "sorta"

Postby chimp1 » Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:09 am

G'day all
This is the start of my z650 resto, the bike was bought from a guy in the warrnambool area in september 2010 & I hadn't actually sighted or heard it run.
With the intention of doing a caf'e racer build on it, the bike arrived late september 2010 & as a bit of a bonus laurie who I got it from had a donor bike for an extra $200.00
When they arrived I thought this is in not bad shape, just get it sorted for roadworthy / rego and pull it down later, so off to Gassit motors it goes.
Somewhere between then and December and to be honest I don't know how it changed, but I now am doing a full resto on the original bike & will be doing a caf'e build on the donor bike.
With this taking longer than expected I went and bought a 84 Gpz750r got it on the road " as rough as she looks" but this is my hack until I get at least one of the 650's going then I will fix the 7fiddy up then.PHEW!!!
As promised I will put up progress shots ( now if I botch up the loading of photo's I will attempt to rectify this)
Bike 2.jpg
Bike 3.jpg
Bike 4.jpg
this is the day both bikes arrived
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Re: 78 Z650 restoration "sorta"

Postby Welsh Wizard » Thu Feb 17, 2011 11:33 am

welcome :29
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Re: 78 Z650 restoration "sorta"

Postby chimp1 » Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:36 pm

sorry guys I got side tracked< everything stripped ready for powdercoater & chromer & engine 1/2 way though clan up before paint
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Re: 78 Z650 restoration "sorta"

Postby chimp1 » Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:43 pm

wheel & hub Before & wheels after & beautiful & bright work back
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Re: 78 Z650 restoration "sorta"

Postby chimp1 » Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:56 pm

G'day all
As much as I try I cant do the original colours for this bike they just bore me, so the attached colour I know is out there and to that point to the purists "sorry" but I think with all the chrome it will be great..I hope?
flake candy lime green.jpg
& very 70's
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Re: 78 Z650 restoration "sorta"

Postby Stuart SS » Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:09 am

Onyah mate

Well done.. as for purists ~ not a lot around here ~ :158

Its all about 'what ever blows your skirt up ' !

As Billy Joel said on the Cafe racer show.. got to love them classic bikes but with all the modern modifications built in!' (unquote)

Cheers !! :155 :155
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Re: 78 Z650 restoration "sorta"

Postby chimp1 » Sun Feb 20, 2011 10:19 pm

Thanks Stuart
I love the colour, but wait for wot I have in store for the Caf'e it will be very different :87
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Re: 78 Z650 restoration "sorta"

Postby chimp1 » Tue Jun 14, 2011 1:41 am

booga green.JPG
booga green tail.JPG
booga green tank.JPG


well it's been 3mths & 3weeks since the chroming was sent away.." it will be a month mate...maybe sooner if I get a run on it" and he's now telling me next thursday...I think I will take him a cake for our 4 MONTH ANNIVERSARY!!!!!!!!! but I have the paint back & yep true to my word it's green!!!
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Re: 78 Z650 restoration "sorta"

Postby chimp1 » Tue Jun 14, 2011 1:45 am

clearcoat badge.JPG
resin badge.JPG
resin right clearcoat left.JPG


here are some side badges I got made up 1 set with a resin top & the other are clear coated the resin ones are going on Booga & the clearcoat will go on the caf'e later they are aluminium plates in which the "Z650" is milled raw aluminium with the black paint background....just a little different
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Re: 78 Z650 restoration "sorta"

Postby chimp1 » Tue Jul 26, 2011 6:52 am

well after 5 F*#$king months the chrome is back
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