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    Doing this one up in exchange for some work from a friend, I like it, its the sort of thing I used to see a lot of in the 80's, not much in the way of frame mods, but looks a lot different to stock

    Its a GPz 750, of early 80's vintage. This is how it looked last time it was on the road,



    This lot is what turned up at my place yesterday







    The engine and some of the other bits and pieces are due next weekend.

    Kate wants it monoshocked, but otherwise pretty much as it was, so theres a bit of fab work to install the new back end, then its pretty much just clean up and rebuild ready for summer.

    Note to Weeksy, this is what a shonker is , but it will evolve back to something lovely (and moderately quick for something approaching 30 years old.)

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    Default Re: Kates GPz (build thread)

    I don't suppose you'll be wanting any paintwork, powder coating or blasting doing on any parts, per chance?!?!

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    Default Re: Kates GPz (build thread)

    Kin ell man, your garage makes mine look tidy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angry Painter View Post
    I don't suppose you'll be wanting any paintwork, powder coating or blasting doing on any parts, per chance?!?!
    Do it all myself, but thanks for the thought (edit - on this one the owners other half is doing the paint, unless they decide they havent got time)

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    Kin ell man, your garage makes mine look tidy!
    I tidied up specially!!!

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    Aha but if this is for Kate I assume that at least the garden will be nice and tidy this year? You going to put any "live to ride" bits on it?

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    indeed it will, but no LTR parts will be used on this build

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    Default Re: Kates GPz (build thread)

    Looks like a nice job to be going on with, keep us posted.

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    Default Re: Kates GPz (build thread)

    makes my recent job seem like a stroll in the park.

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    I think that is the A1 so if you get the rear end of the A2 Unitrak it should fit straight in you would just need to add in an upper mount for the shock. Dont take this as gospel though it has been a few years since I ran one.

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    If only it was that simple, on further examination it turns out the frame is a Z750, and I have the unitrack back ends from the later GPzs. Kawasaki in thier infinite wisdom decided to increase the swingarm spindle size from 16 to 17mm, so I am currently boring out the holes in the frame to accept the new spindle. Once thats in, I can fit the arm and sort the suspension mounts, 1 at the top for the shock, and one at the bottom for the rocker. More pics tommorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Pete View Post
    I tidied up specially!!!
    Aye, he has an' all!

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    Ok, Garage of Power (tool and die division) made a special cutter to open out the swingarm spindle hole. That got done tonight, and the spindle now fits, which is nice . Also, while I had the torch going I removed the bleed nipples from all the calipers, the original steel ones will get replaced with stainless in the fullness of time. I also made sure the rear wheel fit in the new swingarm without fouling anything, so we are good to go once I get the front wheel spindle and I can sort the wheel alignment. Apologies for the crap pics, my camera seems to be struggling with closeups

    Tool after hardening


    Tool set up for use


    tool after a couple of sharpenings


    spindle reduced to 16mm at one end to match thread


    spindle fitted


    caliper

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    and to finish

    horrible rear master cylinder linkages, these will definetly need heat, and may end up being completely replaced.

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    Default Re: Kates GPz (build thread)

    Hope you get it back to how it looked, Pete - it's bloody lovely in that first pic!

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