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Project 73 Suzuki GT380

Discussion in 'Other Projects - Other Bikes (non 250's)' started by kiffsta, Sep 7, 2019.

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    Dropped into my Suzuki dealer to collect an order of spares , I am amazed at how much new parts are available for early Suzuki’s , this lot hurt the back pocket quite badly , although half of it is for a customer

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    Great build, I’ve got a 73 GT550 American import unrestored in great condition. Needed crank seals from sitting for a while. I did a top end while it was apart with cruzinimage pistons and carb floats they work very well

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    Lovely bike mate
     
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    Thanks I’m sure the 380 will look stunning once it’s done great fun riding them attracts heaps of attention and thumbs ups :)
     
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    it is Melbourne cup day , phones are quiet so I thought Id pull the GT380 engine down, it is in a **** state

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    head and barrels off

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    remove the oil pump and lines
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    clutch cover off and remove the clutch
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    4 pesky stripped screws, thank goodness for easy outs
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    cases apart
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    crank and gear box is now out, hmm, is that some bits of metal down there ?
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    why yes it is... looks like part of a bearing
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    there it is, sprocket output shaft bearing let go
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    Now to clean the cases up
     
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    Yuk how it gets so filthy in the bottom end is beyond me. Crank seals look ok? The guy that pressed my crank apart is in Whittlesea happy to pass on his contact details if you need
     
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    I am lucky. In Brisbane that I do a lot of blasting for a guy who rebuilds cranks , he will be doing mine shortly

    Phil started degreasing the cases before blasting them, I was quite sad to see that my lower case has had a hole punched in it about the size of 50c. The hole has been repaired but it is quite an ugly fix , It is not a matching numbers bike so Any cases will do. I called the guy who donated the bike and he has 2 or 3 sets of cases , he is going to dig them out and see if they are any good and shoot me some
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    2 steps forward , 1 back
     
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    Well at least the guy is helping out so should all end well.
     
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    Ohh, fugly and badly done.
     
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    Big load of parts arrived from cruising image this morning , In that lot was my crank rebuild kit , so I packed up my crank and rebuild kit and sent them off to my machinist to get it rebuilt , he has my barrels and pistons so now I wait

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    I pulled out all my rusty chrome parts and have couriered them to the chromer , probably won’t be back before Christmas so time to get back to doing some real work and stop playing with the gt380
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    Who are you using for the chrome? How much?

    For my GT250 rebuild the chrome bits above and below the headlight ears were available from Suzuki at reasonable prices.
     
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    The parts I am sending off are no longer available with the exception of the headlight rim, I can buy new for $120 overseas, but freight and get kill it a bit.
    I have ordered some chrome bits from Suzuki already :)
     
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    Started fitting up some parts such as the handlebars , switch blocks , front master cylinder , clutch perch, battery box, oil bottle

    I kitted the front master cylinder , and rebuilt and painted the caliper

    apologies if I rattle on a bit with my updates, but this is how I document what I have done

    l received a text from my painter , tank and Side C overs have paint on them now :)
    decals and Clear coat are next

    if anyone is Brisbane is chasing good quality paint , pls PM me and I will put you in touch with my guy

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    Spare sets of cases arrived yesterday , they have been vapour blasted, there are not prefect but will do

    Now I will move onto other things while I wait for the crank to be rebuilt

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    A mistake made by many restorers is to take the 'that is close enough' attitude when doing bits that are not easily seen, and live to regret when finished and admiring their work when they spot bits that are not up to standard. Depends on what you want from the finished bike. You've done great so far. :thumb_ups:
     
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    I know what you mean murdo , but all of the cases that I sourced have varying forms of physical and water damage, the bike will never be a 100 point restoration as my credit card won’t stretch that far , it is going to be ridden and enjoyed.

    These cases are the best of a bad bunch and are a marked improvement over the set that came with it.

    The gauges are another example of where I am am going to have to concede near enough is good enough, I have found some new old stock ones, but there is no way I am forking our $1200 plus gst and shipping for them.

    After attacking this gt380, it makes me appreciate just well looked after my t500 was.
     
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