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Author Topic: '77 Kz1000 Restoration & Preservation  (Read 454 times)

Offline Streetfighterkz

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'77 Kz1000 Restoration & Preservation
« on: Sep 23, 2017, 18:03:42 »
I picked up this mostly original '77 Kz1000 a few weeks ago from the original owner. He had stored it since the early '80s. It was missing the mirrors, tool tray, petcock, chain guard, and stock front signals (had HD handlebar mounted ones).  The bike has 10,702 actual, original miles on it and sits on the original tires as far as I can tell.

The goal is to make a nice preserved "survivor" and ride it to bike night, shows and occasionally work.






More to come...

Later, Doug
'78 Kz1000
'76 Kz900 'Stripfighter (work in progress)
'83 Gpz750 (work in progress)
'89 V-Max
'89 Gsxr750 Trackfighter

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Re: '77 Kz1000 Restoration & Preservation
« Reply #1 on: Sep 24, 2017, 00:34:05 »
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Re: '77 Kz1000 Restoration & Preservation
« Reply #2 on: Sep 24, 2017, 01:02:09 »
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Re: '77 Kz1000 Restoration & Preservation
« Reply #3 on: Sep 24, 2017, 01:23:06 »
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Offline Streetfighterkz

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'77 Kz1000 Restoration & Preservation
« Reply #4 on: Sep 24, 2017, 09:54:47 »
I pulled the carb rack as the slides were frozen. Turns out the carbs were never drained and actually still had some gas (or some liquid that was once gas) left inside the bowls.  To say the carbs were slightly varnished was a understatement.


I ended up buying a can of NAPA Carb Dip (similar to Berrymans) and a couple of cans of aerosol carb cleaner too. It still took some elbow grease but got most of the funky gunk gone.



I also cleaned up the side cover emblems. The black paint flaked off with just a little help from a small flat blade screwdriver.



Later, Doug
'78 Kz1000
'76 Kz900 'Stripfighter (work in progress)
'83 Gpz750 (work in progress)
'89 V-Max
'89 Gsxr750 Trackfighter

Offline Streetfighterkz

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'77 Kz1000 Restoration & Preservation
« Reply #5 on: Sep 24, 2017, 10:05:25 »


Installed the used set of mirrors I bought and found/installed a set of stock front signals. The bike is pretty much back to stock with the exception of a missing chain guard and a Pingel petcock I had in storage. 

I also installed a new Yuasa sealed battery and a fresh set of plugs. Everything should be ready to fire it up when I get the carbs reassembled.

Later, Doug
'78 Kz1000
'76 Kz900 'Stripfighter (work in progress)
'83 Gpz750 (work in progress)
'89 V-Max
'89 Gsxr750 Trackfighter

Offline Streetfighterkz

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Re: '77 Kz1000 Restoration & Preservation
« Reply #6 on: Oct 21, 2017, 00:27:39 »
 Well, I finally took a break from my '78 Kz1000 project to finish up the carbs on the '77.

Buttoned them up and installed them on the engine without attaching the airbox ducts. The engine started without much hesitation. I can tell the carbs need a real sync as I only got them close by eye. I did feel confident enough to hook up the airbox and silencer.

I took temp readings each exhaust pipe and they read 130, 205, 150, 85 (L-to-R).

I think I need to sync and go from there. Thoughts?

Later, Doug
'78 Kz1000
'76 Kz900 'Stripfighter (work in progress)
'83 Gpz750 (work in progress)
'89 V-Max
'89 Gsxr750 Trackfighter