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Project 74 Suzuki GT380

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

  1. kiffsta

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    Earlier on in the year , I had a customer come in asking me to pickup some old Suzuki 2 stroke engines and other parts he has in his shed. Included was an old gt550 and gt380 which were left to the elements and alas couldn’t be saved as the frames were rusted out.

    After informing Les that the gt380 frame was rotten, he set about finding a replacement, and several months later I was called down to his place to pick it up. He didn’t just find me a frame, it was a complete bike which blew me away.

    Les has been fixing up a gt380 of his own which is almost done. I vapour blasted his cases.

    I have had this gt380 sitting in the shed for a while and decided it was time to get the ball rolling as I kept getting asked if it was for sale. We stripped it on Friday , my painter is picking it up and will paint the frame and swing arm shortly.

    I got onto a website in japan called cruising image who have a heap of pattern parts including crank kits, piston kits and the pricing is very reasonable.

    https://www.cruzinimage.net/



    The plan is to tidy it up and ride it , proper restorations are just too expensive.

    Here she is in all her glory E262F079-7C30-47BC-9491-CE9AB389B2B3.jpeg 89354C4E-890F-4345-8B18-BB14A9535CF9.jpeg
    What I want it to look like

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    Another one saved. :)
    Let's see how that works out. I am thinking "Oh that seat just looks crap against the tank. I will just get it recovered ... and so on until it does look like the one in the pic.
     
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    I don’t consider my t500 restored ,
    It has been tidied up and is good useable bike. Restorations are big big money and I will try and bring the 380 it back to a useable state that presents well, the engine will get the treatment with new crank bearings, rods, pistons and seals and a vapour blast to boot.

    That cruising image site does seat covers quite cheaply and I have an upholsterer who will sort the foam.
    https://www.cruzinimage.net/?s=Gt380
     
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    Oh okay my bad. We have different definitions of tidied up.
     
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    Haha can’t ride a shitter :)

    Nut and bolt resto’s are such big money these days , I am going to make my own nickel plating kit try try and save a few $$$ on replacing rusty bolts
     
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    Yep, the nickel is a good option. Now that I found companies doing vapour blasting, plating and powder coating all I need is a 350 Bridgestone and a spray painter to join the happy band of old 2-stroke restos. Speaking of rare bikes, we had a Thai customer order a kit for a Suzuki GSXR400-SP. That has to be the only one in this country.
     
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    Have a look at www.janekits.com.au
    they were at the Bulli Bike show and their kits seem to be reasonable in price.
    I looked at the electroless Nickel plating but the cost of continually replacing the Nickel solution (you need to boil the solution to plate the items) means it works out expensive if you are using it all the time.
     
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