1965 B8 restoration, almost there. NOW FINISHED!

1965 B8 restoration, almost there. NOW FINISHED!

Postby GUTS » Sun Dec 15, 2013 2:05 pm

I bought this B8 back in June and was going to clean it up and ride it for a little fun, then I went goofy. I am waiting for the tires and seat to get here and I'm done except for the muffler, which the chrome guys sent back. I need to find a place to chrome it or find another muffler.
I've done everything myself except for the paint. The bike has replacement JIS Kawasaki screws but the rest is original or NOS. I used almost all of the original nuts, bolts, and washers after I cleaned them up with acid and re-plated them with a Caswell zinc plating kit. This is my first try at fixing up a motorcycle and I'm happy with the results. I also plated the springs, air cleaner housing and other small parts.

Here is the only pictures of the bike before I started.
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The hardware was all like this.
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I soaked them in acid overnight
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Then plated them.
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The parts turned out great
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The engine. New bearings, oil seals, piston, rings, pin, and case screws.
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Ready parts.
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Lacing the wheels.
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Test fit and engine install.
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There is still a few minor things to be corrected and a detail clean but I like the way it's turning out.
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Re: 1965 B8 restoration, almost there

Postby RB » Sun Dec 15, 2013 2:58 pm

QUALITY Work! :clap
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Gotta love that rear shock mount :up

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Re: 1965 B8 restoration, almost there

Postby olde coney » Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:04 pm

Well done so far guts, if this is your first resto you deserve a rou nd of applause...like Rick I like the shock mounts too ( I assume they are pre-reload) :lol:
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Re: 1965 B8 restoration, almost there

Postby GUTS » Sun Dec 15, 2013 4:21 pm

Thanks guys, I guess I had a few pictures out of sequence, the correct bolt is in a shot a few pics up. I wonder how I'm going to get it off the gun bench :roll:, it's like painting yourself into a corner.
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Re: 1965 B8 restoration, almost there

Postby M6NTL » Mon Dec 16, 2013 7:49 am

Bloody hell, that's excellent work.
Wanna come round mine and make some of MY sh1t shiny???


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Re: 1965 B8 restoration, almost there

Postby husson73 » Mon Dec 16, 2013 8:33 am

crazy work :up
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Re: 1965 B8 restoration, almost there

Postby g6mow » Thu Dec 19, 2013 7:21 am

WOW !!! I love it :up
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Re: 1965 B8 restoration, almost there

Postby GUTS » Fri Dec 20, 2013 12:10 am

I got the tires today and put them on. I think the wide whites are a good look for it. If I can get it off the gun bench I can put the covers on the right side and install the cables. When the seat gets back from the shop I will be done! I have been pecking away at this for 7 months and I can't believe it's going to be done. :D
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Re: 1965 B8 restoration, almost there

Postby Classicjapan » Fri Jan 03, 2014 9:19 pm

Just seen this thread.. As a fellow B8 owner I have to say Im gobsmacked at the job you done. Magic !
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Re: 1965 B8 restoration, almost there

Postby Scouse » Mon Jan 06, 2014 8:21 am

Well, with those pictures, it would be a brave or stupid thief that would think
that looks a safe house to break into :up

great resto BTW

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