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Project 73 Suzuki GT380

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

  1. Murdo

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    Hmmm, just lost a bidding war on the jap auctions for a gt380 grab bar , I dropped out at $175 aud for an original one , was in a slight huff then found a reproduction for $75 buy it now , should look trick when it gets fitted

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    Jap auctions? Have you got a link?
     
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    There are 3rd party companies (Jauce.com, Zenmarket and others) that will handle the shipping etc and allow you to buy on the yahoo Japan auctions. Sellers on Japanese Yahoo won't ship overseas because they are not aware that the barbarians also want to give them money.
     
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    Haha.. also that unless you are a Japanese resident etc you cant actually bid on their Auctions..
     
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    Okay my bad, so the dills at Yahoo Japan are not aware that the barbarians also want to give them money. Imagine if eBay worked on the same principle.
     
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    Popped in today to pickup the next lot of parts from my Suzuki dealer , stoked to get my chain adjusters and new cush drive rubbers


    i couldn’t say no to the new katana shirt while I was there

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    Stripped the seat for restoration ,
    It isn’t pretty but should be able to be saved, I am not a steel worker so I sent it off to a repair shop, they will sandblast it and see if they can fill the rust holes then I will paint it , then have new foam made and the seat cover fitted by john Moore house ergo seats

    the seat cover was $32 usd plus
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    new seats are available from
    Suzuki , but they are $800
     
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    You could have vapor blasted it for them and saved some money.
     
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    True , was worried about blowing holes in it , back to metal polishing for now

    crank should be done tomorrow :)
     
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    my wheels are due back this week with new rims and spokes so Id thought I would get stuck in and clean up my sprocket carrier, after a quick vapour blast, I found some damage where it looks like the chain has slipped off and run on the carrier leaving lots of marks. I have been sanding them like mad trying to clean them up, but they are quite deep and I have given up. I grabbed the carrier off my spare wheel and it wasn't pretty either.

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    Punched the bearing out
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    Light vapour blast to remove the corrosion

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    then I got stuck in with the 400 grit sandpaper, then 1000 grit, then the coir wheel, then on the buffer, I still wasn't happy so I went back with the 1000 grit sandpaper for about 45 mins, then used the buff, much better results. I fitted my new sprocket and bolts and here it is. Not perfect but a dam sight better than it was. I haven't folded the tabs down yet, I may yet give her another polish for good luck.

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    Not much progress in the 380 of late , waiting in stuff to come back from vendors so I have been doing some of the laborious tasks such as cleaning up engine bolts and tracking down parts I need to finish the bike.

    One of the items that has been eluding me is a rear fender, I have the correct fender and one from a 1972 but it looks like the bike took a hit from behind and bent the fender , I have been able to get it back to close to its shape , but the hit much have been on a slight angle and it has twisted it so now the rear edge is no longer a smooth curve. I spoke to some guys who do metal fab and none of them had any ideas to get he curve back.

    Chrome fender for gt380’s are rather dear and I have been bidding up to $200 aud in the jap auctions and still missing out, decent ones are going for twice that price. I called the guy who gave me the bike as I know he knows a heap of gt380 owners so I thought I’d lean on him to ask his mates if anyone had one they would sell. He checked in his shed and found one , it is a bit rusty but is dent free so I made him an offer and he accepted and even dropped it off this morning, I Will strip it down on Monday and send it to the chromer

    The last few bits I need is a decent set of gauges , 73/74 were different the 75-78 and are very hard to come by. I’d like a matching lockset as well, but that is proving a challenge.

    Hopefully next week I get my. Crank and barrels , tank and covers from the painter and my wheels back.

    new fender

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    my old ones , hard to see if the but the end of the fender should be a nice curve , this one is tighter on one side.
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    One thing I like about the old bikes is that they don't have 500000 little parts. Just enough to do the job.
     
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    Scored some Reproduction tank badges on the jap auctions today for 1600 yen , which works out at $21 aus , even with fees it is much cheaper than the place I normally buy them from, he charges me $55 per badge plus freight

    crank and boring is ready for collection. , so now I can get the motor back together and in the frame.

    I had my seat base welded up , I gave it a quick paint and dropped it off to have new seat foam made and fit my new cover.

    Wish my wheels were done , itching to get it back to a roller

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    Another bag of nod Suzuki joy just arrived , my new his case cover bolts , mirrors, cables foot peg rubbers and more bolts and washers than I remembered ordering

    The only disappointment is my mirrors , I paid good money for oem Suzuki mirrors and was bit disappointed to see the Suzuki imprint missing from the chrome , the old stock being sold on eBay has the “S” on them , but they are asking 3 times what I paid.
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    Mirrors - I'm in the market for some as well.

    The list price is about $65 each for the OEM mirrors - I see "S" mirrors on eBay (I suspect that some of them are copies despite claiming to be NOS) for about $150 plus freight.

    With you holding the OEM supplied mirror....which way would you now go?



    PS...the race in on....who is going to finish their GT resto first?
     
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    You guys have to go for a ride together once they are done.
     
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