1965 B8 restoration, almost there. NOW FINISHED!

Re: 1965 B8 restoration, almost there

Postby GUTS » Wed Jan 08, 2014 1:00 am

The rim code on the front looks like: TAKASAGO 160AX16 5G
The code on the back rim looks the same except for a 5E at the end, unless the front is 5E also instead of 5G, the re-chrome made them a little weak.
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Re: 1965 B8 restoration, almost there

Postby RB » Wed Jan 08, 2014 4:34 am

That does it then, August 1965 :up
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Re: 1965 B8 restoration, almost there

Postby GUTS » Wed Jan 08, 2014 3:08 pm

Thanks RB, I've been wondering a while.
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Re: 1965 B8 restoration, almost there

Postby H2Herman » Wed Jan 22, 2014 4:34 pm

Only the seat is missing. Great resto ... it takes some Guts to do. Restorations like this inspire me...absolutely top job !!!!!!!
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Re: 1965 B8 restoration, almost there

Postby GUTS » Fri Jan 31, 2014 11:39 pm

I finally got the rusty seat frame and springs bead blasted, the frame painted and the springs and clips plated. I sent it off today to the upholsterer and the muffler should be back from Canada next week, and that's it then, done!

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Re: 1965 B8 restoration, almost there

Postby GUTS » Fri Mar 14, 2014 1:03 am

It's done. After 9 months of endless searching for parts and trying to discover methods, it's done. The seat and muffler were the last two parts and it was a long wait for them but worth it, they turned out great.
The muffler was rough but John at The Plating House of Canada did a miraculous job.
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I put the strap on the seat myself after it was upholstered(it was slightly unnerving poking holes in the new seat with a punch awl).
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The finished motorcycle. It's still not nice enough out around here to take it outside.
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Re: 1965 B8 restoration, almost there. NOW FINISHED!

Postby RB » Fri Mar 14, 2014 1:15 am

Kawasaki Mid - West over here in Grand Rapids have a Blue B8 in their foyer :up . . . . . . . But it's the most hideously restored P.O.S. that you are likely to see . . Silver painted Spokes, Hand painted Blue bodywork :Argh
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Re: 1965 B8 restoration, almost there. NOW FINISHED!

Postby olde coney » Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:39 am

Guts,, in your first post you said that this was your first go at fixing up a bike.....well what a fantastic job, you should be very proud of yourself because that nis what I call a top notch Restoration....congratulations :clap :clap :clap
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Re: 1965 B8 restoration, almost there. NOW FINISHED!

Postby g6mow » Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:41 am

Absolute stunning restoration. Very very impressed with your work.
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Re: 1965 B8 restoration, almost there. NOW FINISHED!

Postby husson73 » Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:28 am

incredible work: gorgeous :up
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