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Author Topic: 1982 GS550M build  (Read 2275 times)

Offline LightsOut

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Re: 1982 GS550M build
« Reply #10 on: Jul 09, 2017, 13:40:34 »
Today's challenge:


Some youtubing, thinking, swearing and sweating later


Got my work cut out for me


An hour later and still a long way to go



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Re: 1982 GS550M build
« Reply #11 on: Aug 18, 2017, 10:47:08 »
A lot of time has been spent cleaning, sanding and paint prepping. Wheels had been painted previously and the paint was chipping in places so taking all that off took its sweet time.

Engine not quite ready for paint yet, but it's getting closer. Really looking forward to starting to put things together again.

Frame, wheels and top triple (trimmed off risers) have gotten a coat of paint.





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Re: 1982 GS550M build
« Reply #12 on: Aug 23, 2017, 11:54:32 »
Won't be tearing into the motor more than necessary, but figured it'd be a good time to do valve adjustment while it was out of the frame. Lots of gunky gaskets to clean up, I'd guess it was a while since it was apart... Both intake and exhaust were definitely on the tight side. New shims ordered so will have to wait for them before finishing up the task.



Generator cover gasket will also need to be replaced...


Also dropped the sump to see if there were any nasty surprises hiding. A few small bits of what seems like charred plastic (really brittle). Came off chain guide perhaps? Unless someone says otherwise I won't be tearing the engine apart for that :)


(Bright spots in the pic are air bubbles)


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Re: 1982 GS550M build
« Reply #13 on: Aug 28, 2017, 04:12:13 »
Frame paint finished



Swingarm and some other bits out to dry




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Re: 1982 GS550M build
« Reply #14 on: Sep 10, 2017, 19:43:10 »
Slow going, but some progress at least :)
More paint work, a few bits and pieces finished


And set up a little paint booth for the tank, which has been primed.




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Re: 1982 GS550M build
« Reply #15 on: Apr 10, 2018, 03:37:56 »
Itís been a long, cold winter and not much has happened... but now thereís some progress.

Came up with what I thought was a pretty innovative take on the old put-engine-on-the-ground method of installing the engine in frame. I suspended the frame sideways and then jacked up the engine into it. Nice and controlled, no lifting and minimal risk of scratching paint on either frame or engine.

Threw on the tank (primer only), seat and forks just for inspiration :)


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Re: 1982 GS550M build
« Reply #16 on: Apr 10, 2018, 14:32:14 »
That looks like an exceptionally great way to install the engine!
Mobius


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Re: 1982 GS550M build
« Reply #17 on: Apr 11, 2018, 16:37:22 »
Looking good that pal

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Re: 1982 GS550M build
« Reply #18 on: Apr 11, 2018, 17:05:09 »
Thanks guys!

Had my first go at mounting tires. Getting them on took quite a bit of patience, soapy water and sweat but went without drama. When I was gonna pop the bead I noticed my new angled valves were leaking and I couldnít get the bead to pop either. Gonna have to see if I fudged the installation of them somehow...


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Re: 1982 GS550M build
« Reply #19 on: Apr 17, 2018, 04:33:07 »
Sorted the valve problem with a bigger o-ring that fit much better so thatís a win.



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