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400/4 restoration

Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:36 am
by Hondo
Well I've this old girl sitting in the shed for quite some time now.
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Very early example too :-D
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So I've decided too get something happening with it.

Re: 400/4 restoration

Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:41 am
by Hondo
So I've found a guy that has 2 or 3 400's that is interested in rebuilding (or re-assembling really) the engine.
So I packed it in the van last weekend and delivered it.
With luck I'll get back an engine ready to go again :-D
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Re: 400/4 restoration

Posted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:23 pm
by Phil
Nice one Hondo, good luck with the build mate :)

Re: 400/4 restoration

Posted: Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:01 am
by Hondo
Well bad news from the guy I took the engine to :doh:
Seems the the engine may require a complete rebuild rather than just a quick top end touch up. :cry:

The original seller suggested it had had new rings and the bottom end was good
Another money pit com'n up :-?

Re: 400/4 restoration

Posted: Fri Nov 02, 2018 2:48 am
by pemdoc65
They're all money pits, but still fun.

Re: 400/4 restoration

Posted: Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:06 am
by Hondo
Well good news :happy:
Engine is pretty much back together!
No fancy blasting or painting work, just rebuilt.
I simply want to put this bike together and rideable initially.
Restoration can come later
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Re: 400/4 restoration

Posted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:55 pm
by tbpmusic
Your shop is much too neat - makes me suspicious........ 8-)

What's with the wacky framing behind the tool box?? Is that a Tasmanian thing?
What do you call Tasmanians exactly??

Re: 400/4 restoration

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:21 pm
by pemdoc65
If you're suspicious of neatness, then you would trust my shop implicitly.

Re: 400/4 restoration

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:03 pm
by Hondo
No way my shed looks like that :lol:
I just found myself overwhelmed with crappy project bikes and not enough time.....found this nice guy with a couple of 400's and a 350/4 that agreed to put my basket case engine back together for me :happy:
I'll bolt the whole bike up in all it's glorious patina for now just to have it rideable.
Can go through and restore later on when I get keen.
Just been offered a real basket case Kawasaki Z1-A.....I really need to learn how to say no. :roll:

Re: 400/4 restoration

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 6:34 am
by pemdoc65
The Z1 is one that I wouldn't say no to. I'm finishing up a KZ900, and it is a blast to ride. As long as it will fit into the shed queue, then you have room.