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Title: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: yorkie350 on Jan 03, 2017, 16:31:10
Here we go people this is my third project gonna be a slow burner due to funds unless I sell one of my other projects .
           Its a gs 550 "78 from Minnesota in good condition for its age was a non runner but got it ticking over on carb cleaner will have her running before any tear down.
           Looking for a modern finish caferacer style maybe even mix a couple of makes together ? heres a couple of pics to wet your appetite see you soon and " HAPPY NEW YEAR"  to all of ya lets have a great 2017 ride safe peeps .
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: HerrDeacon on Jan 03, 2017, 17:22:00
Sign me up, always love your projects.
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: advCo on Jan 04, 2017, 00:42:51
Right on you even have the S tail section. Looking forward to it


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Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: yorkie350 on Jan 14, 2017, 12:54:52
A little progress, took off the carbs stripped down to clean and oh boy they needed it , ended up buying new gaskets and jets the rest cleaned up ok one of the slides was trash so had to source a new one turned up trumps( no pun intended ) in USA.
        So now the carbs are surgical clean inside just gotta polish up the outside and that's a job ticked off the list fitted back on the bike and got the old girl running sweet as a nut yeah heres a few picks of how it went slow progress but hey its going forward haha . Think i've managed to load up a couple of videos of her first start up in 15 years second vid shows she's blowing a little oil probably from being stood so long cos after running and letting her cool down then restarting 1st vid  shows she's cleared up so happy days .
        Also you can see i've being doing a little cleaning up and stripping down of the old girl helps you to see any future hic-ups and done a little marking up ready from trimming the frame gotta shed weight ( not just me haha) here's the link to the vids                                 www.youtube.com/watch?v=rc62hiMfMKk&feature=em-upload_owner     
                                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pj_Z2kg_Zfo&feature=em-upload_owner
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: yorkie350 on Jan 15, 2017, 14:20:43
A little more progress got rid of a little more ballast decided to go for a twin disc front end upgrade gonna use one from a gs650e "81 parts look in good condition and fair price compared to USD front end been sneaking a few parts from E-bay for the build including a seat unit here's a few pics of the strip down and small pile of new bits to make sense of my ramblings.
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: yorkie350 on Jan 15, 2017, 14:34:52
Always good to chop chop chop, haha sorting out for a rear hoop, also gonna fit an LED into it gonna be a mix of old & new .Carbs back off so I can polish them up, will go thru wiring loom but its not looking too bad .
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: Green199 on Jan 16, 2017, 09:33:47
Thats an interesting looking seat unit yorkie. Prefer the look of the original tail but looking forward to see how that one turns out.
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: yorkie350 on Jan 16, 2017, 18:01:36
Yep hope it will look ok, gonna paint the indents a different colour to rest of seat unit a bit like knee dents you get in a tank and with a bit of luck i'le try to have knee dents in the tank that will be a first haha just put the new front forks / discs / calipers on today makes it look a lot sportier at last starting to get the project juices flowing haha, heres a couple of pics of how the front is gonna look .
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: yorkie350 on Jan 21, 2017, 16:03:55
Well progress always gonna be slow cos ime saving for parts and waiting for bits to turn up but any progress is good eh ? so managed to get some more bronze bar to turn a couple of spacers one for above the drive chain also drilled & turned a dust cover down to fit the r/h disc.
          Want to tear her down but need to pick up a 4into1exhaust set up beforehand got some rad colour ideas so wheels gonna be stripped down so rims can be powder coated any way heres a couple of pics of how slow its goin
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: advCo on Jan 23, 2017, 01:59:23
Shame you're getting rid of the original tail, they look tits. I'd buy it offa ya if you weren't across the pond.


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Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: yorkie350 on Feb 06, 2017, 16:49:51
Hi peeps bit of an update been slowly gathering a few parts and getting a few idea's for the exhausts while stripping and cleaning up a few parts here's a few pics of how things are progressing (slowly)haha
                 First re-fit the rear engine bolt and spacer to see the effort of my mini lathe , also cleaned up the inner of the rear drum brake and got new shoe's too, started to sand and polish the rear drum cover .
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: yorkie350 on Feb 06, 2017, 17:09:53
Here's a few more pics of the project did a bit of a scale drawing for rear of bike with rear frame hoop going for integrated led light bar so cut the hoop ready to take strip led ,also stripped the front brake calipers and cleaned out glad to see they are in great condition but needed new pads also a change of colour going for the classic gold look
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: yorkie350 on Feb 06, 2017, 17:33:29
YEAH ! exhausts turned up so can start sorting out for position and brackets ,soon as that's done will be able to finish tearing her down ,like wheels and motor out, here's a couple of pics of exhausts not bad for 45 each brand new from E-bay (bargain )
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: canyoncarver on Feb 06, 2017, 21:46:45
I loved your last build Yorkie.  This one looks like fun.
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: irk miller on Feb 07, 2017, 09:21:12
Good stuff, Yorkie. 
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: Green199 on Feb 07, 2017, 14:07:14
Love those silencers.
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: yorkie350 on Feb 07, 2017, 16:09:50
Cheers lads gonna be a bit of old 'n new ,style wise. Still searching for a classic Ducati style tank had ago at first fit of em probably cut off the rear bracket stuff n fab up my own started by cutting of the original silencers ( I know what a waste but cheaper than a new full set up )here's a few pic's of what ime on about, the last pic I tried my first attempt at photo shop a drawing of removed brackets and new brackets to mock up for exhaust and rearsets .Not sure if they need angled up a little more ? what do you guys think all suggestions will be considered haha.
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: advCo on Feb 07, 2017, 22:40:35
Looking good sir. Got a link for those silencers? I would love to grab one for the 360, they look real sharp maybe shipping will be reasonable to US  :o
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: yorkie350 on Feb 08, 2017, 06:52:07
 Hi mate they are pretty good quality for like $45 each not sure about shipping costs worth a look tho, just go to the link and type GP exhausts in shop search .                               

                      http://stores.ebay.co.uk/galaxyond?_trksid=p2047675.l2563
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: yorkie350 on Feb 10, 2017, 17:16:58
Got a little done ,1mm mild sheet steel arrived so marked up cut n folded then out with the puddle gun and did a little welding ( to  a fashion) decided to fit the ignition on the side of it . Got a bit of finishing to make it look good but my welding skill is pants glad there,s bondo in the cupboard haha.
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: yorkie350 on Feb 10, 2017, 17:28:45
New brake shoes came in ready for the front brakes and rear drum that I got cleaned up and ready for polishing  another part ticked off the list along with my rearsets .
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: Weasel on Feb 10, 2017, 21:10:34
Looking good York!
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: Green199 on Feb 11, 2017, 08:15:59
I keep coming back to see how nice those exhaust look. I want them haha.
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: yorkie350 on Feb 12, 2017, 14:47:07
Here's a little update finally got the motor cover's off, damn ! the screws were solid even the impact driver & WD40 struggled  to budge em ended up drilling heads off a handful, split them away from motor, cleaned off the old gaskets big job done phew  dropped the oil & filter too Gees the oil was so bad on the bottom of the sump cover ? check the picks looks like it was turning to a jelly with a bit of grey colour to it must have got water in ?? at least got to clean inside of covers and the sump cover they came up great and at least the gunk /oil didn't have no metal grittiness to it .Managed to strip n clean the starter motor didn't work when I was getting the bike to run but didn't find anything dodgy inside but cleaned it through anyway will get my tester on it this week fingers crossed it ain't shot . Here's a few pics of what got me in a sweat this weekend .
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: Green199 on Feb 12, 2017, 14:51:48
Yep, Looks like water was in the oil, but you've cleaned it up lovely. Nice work.
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: yorkie350 on Feb 12, 2017, 15:04:14
Must have been with standing for so many years it was all in the bottom of the sump like jelly the oil on top of it was pretty dirty but still flowing ok broke a bit of a sweat tho haha, still got a growing box of parts to polish plus made a start on taking some material and fittings that aren't going to be used of the top triple tree and sanding out the casting marks using clip-ons so the bar holders will be getting ground down too .
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: yorkie350 on Feb 13, 2017, 17:55:28
Not much for todays efforts managed to finish off cutting slot for rear tail light in my hoop and decided to polish up top covers on the carbs maybe get chance to do the bowls tomorrow every little helps . Pic's as usual to make a little sense of it haha .
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: yorkie350 on Feb 19, 2017, 16:48:36
little update on todays efforts got the rear drum brake polished up and new shoes fitted and first stage of cleaning up of some more of the covers and just to finish up today cleaned the front sprocket side up and fitted the new front sprocket ( every little helps )here's the usual pics of the efforts of the day haha.
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: yorkie350 on Mar 12, 2017, 18:55:01
Hi guys been a while :o  not too much to report got a few bits done so here's a little update , masked up the front rotors and brake callipers and painted them (gold) :o :o gees its kinda bright but different haha.
           Got the rear wheel spacers turned on the mini lathe another tick off the list  ;) also got a new old stock rear sprocket but the casting was real rough so decided to de-burr and sand down both sides then what the hell I polished it up ( glad I did it looks 100% better . Still got to finish the positioning of exhausts then motor can come out so here's the usual job lot of pics to make sense of it all  :P.
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: canyoncarver on Mar 12, 2017, 19:01:28
That gold is pretty bold.  You really have that polishing down solid too.  Nice work. 
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: yorkie350 on Mar 12, 2017, 19:10:13
Got a feeling the disc's n callipers might get a colour change yet turned out a little too bright , got a little trigger happy with the spray gun cos the sun came out haha 8)
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: yorkie350 on Apr 08, 2017, 17:31:52
Sorry i haven't updated for a while but guys n gals I could do with a few good thoughts n prayers 2 weeks last Friday my wife had a sub arachnoid haemorrhage against her brain stem , she is still in neurosurgical intensive care (thank god for the NHS ) once she stabilise her vital signs and can breath for herself they will operate to remove it but as the surgeons say " its life changing !
I am gutted and feel so sorry for her she only just retired from 38 years as high school teacher / assistant head teacher so things may run a little slow people but heres to a happy and successful recovery, I loves me bikes n builds  ::)  but I loves me wife more  :-*
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: hidn45 on Apr 09, 2017, 10:48:06
Thoughts & prayers, Yorkie..... Family first
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Post by: Rameth on Apr 09, 2017, 11:48:25
Great build so far.  Many positive thoughts in regards to your wife mate.
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Post by: Green199 on Apr 09, 2017, 13:46:19
Sorry to hear about that mate. I'm sure everyone here will be wishing your wife and yourself the best.
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Post by: yozzer74 on Apr 10, 2017, 17:05:20
Jesus yorkie sorry to here that hope things turn out ok for you both .
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: yorkie350 on Apr 10, 2017, 18:03:53
Cheers guys, got everything crossed yozzer mate doctors feel positive about her , she is in the best place and she's getting the best treatment for a good recovery.
            Just need her back so she can give me earache about how much mess i'me making and  spending on projects haha
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: yorkie350 on May 22, 2017, 20:56:00
Hi guys well its been a while and a lot has happened in the last 8 weeks I guess you can say positive too the missus is now off all ventilators and is breathing for herself she is talking she is trying to walk with the aid of the physio's she got control of most functions but cant swallow so is still fed thru a nose tube but its all positive had her out & about in a wheelchair which she loved on the sunny rooftop garden.
             Haven't felt like posting here for a while or even going in the workshop but I guess the tragic & untimely passing of Nicky Haydon made me thankful for what I have ime so sorry for his family I felt a similar pain when in neuro intensive care so spare a thought for all his family .
     Here's a couple of pics how far the missus has come still a ways to go but feel positive we'll get there and have her looking like the last pic last year on holiday
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Post by: Tim on May 22, 2017, 21:11:11
Glad to see things are improving - keep us posted and pass along our best wishes and thoughts to your wife.  She's clearly strong and is likely motivated to get back to keeping you on your toes :)
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: Green199 on May 23, 2017, 06:34:33
Glad to hear things are improving mate.
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Post by: Maritime on May 23, 2017, 09:47:45
Glad to hear she's getting better! Let's keep the positive vibes heading your way and get her back to full health.
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: Rider52 on May 23, 2017, 11:25:08
Sending our prayers to your lovely wife for a quick and complete recovery.
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Post by: yorkie350 on Dec 24, 2017, 11:04:27
    MERRY XMAS one and all and a fantastic HAPPY NEW YEAR !! 
                             haven't been on for a while since the missus was taken to hospital, well 267 days later she is home still a long ways to go she cant walk and still fed thru a tube in her stomach but hey ile settle for that.
                           Thanks for the support n kind words we've received this last year and soon as we get a routine you bet she gonna be kicking me into the workshop to get out of her hair haha
                                      cheers everyone x

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Post by: trek97 on Dec 24, 2017, 14:01:42
Merry Christmas to you yorkie.

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Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: The Limey on Dec 25, 2017, 08:09:48
Merry Christmas, and best wishes to Mrs Yorkie.
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: yorkie350 on Aug 21, 2018, 12:35:37
Well guys long time no thread just to let you all know i'me back on it and slowly getting the build juices flowing spending time back in the garage wiv me new helper the "wifey" bless her its easier to keep an eye on her than been in & out the house any how been keeping up with everything going on here at DTT and feel its time to pull me finger out so done some bits n bobs as well as getting a few parts cant keep the expensive ones hidden from the missus  anymore haha so only pics of the wife at the moment but she's looking tons better than this time last year onward & upward everyone keep building keep DOING THE TON !! ;) heres the wife now and a couple of pics of the build going for a monza style gas cap and upswept exhausts a bit more modern kick
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: MiniatureNinja on Aug 22, 2018, 02:14:25
I may be wrong but that hole looks too big for that cap..
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: yorkie350 on Aug 22, 2018, 05:42:32
Haha had to cut away the indent for the huge original gas cap after my attempt at welding (no pics of that mess) it might get even bigger  :-[
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: yorkie350 on Aug 09, 2019, 13:16:03
Hi everyone well its been a long while since I posted but ive been following along with all your builds and life's ups n downs .
   Slowely been doing the odd bit of tinkering to the gs550 here  :o been enjoying the missus been so much better and getting used to how lifes gonna be from now on so gonna drop some pics of how the 550 is coming along rebuilt the gauges rather than buying new ones they came up really good heres the pics
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: yorkie350 on Aug 09, 2019, 13:25:36
more pics of the latest efforts to the 550 slowly coming along and as usual updates totally in the wrong order but that's me ha
so I got an old Harley front fender got it positioned sweet welded the fixing holes then re-drilled to fit then the first hint of colour soon gonna show the finished colour scheme so keep tuned  :P oh I finally got some new rubber for it too  ;D
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Post by: pidjones on Aug 09, 2019, 14:02:21
Beautiful work on the clocks! Looks like it is all coming along nicely.
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: yorkie350 on Aug 09, 2019, 16:20:00
whipped the motor out ,got it on the stand great piece of kit added wheels to it so I can role it about great that you can rotate the motor with it ,
       cleaned up the engine put new clutch plates in new plugs a lick of paint can't wait till the covers are all polished gonna look smart took the paint back off the edges of the fins just to break up the black a little may even help with cooling  ::)
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Post by: yorkie350 on Aug 09, 2019, 17:10:27
Oh and here's a sneak preview of the final colour scheme quite a classic look but the deep candy red really pops in the sun my rubbish phone doesn't do it justice got a few bits painted started with the front fender then the headlamp and electrics tray and rear seat hump
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: cxman on Aug 09, 2019, 20:19:38
beautiful work your going to love it

i just got done designing a 4 into2 carb kit and new ignition for the 550 and in riding it during drive tests and jetting runs

was really surprised as to how much more power it has over the cb550 the thing hauls

has 13 hp more than my cb550 mind you my cb550 has 4 into 2 exhaust and the gs550 has a 4 into one kerker

but it breathes better and has more aggressive cams ect

you will love it and its a nice motor to work on

put new clutch springs in and damhik
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: Jimbonaut on Aug 11, 2019, 13:04:29
Looking great, and that paint looks fantastic
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: yorkie350 on Aug 12, 2019, 17:47:35
cheers mate things going a lot slower these days but so long as its going forward I know i'le  gonna get there some day  ??? got the exhausts welded up still need grinding and polishing but daren't show my crappy welds :-[ so pics of finished pipes only  whenever that will be haha one thing I did try my hand at was to respoke the front & rear wheels its still a dark art but I got it yeah pics show how it went including polishing the hubs and repaint the centres  and added the fresh boots too :o
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Post by: yozzer74 on Aug 12, 2019, 18:21:51
 Looking good yorkie
Title: Re: gs550 "78 project no 3 agh !
Post by: yorkie350 on Aug 12, 2019, 19:09:35
Thanks yozz long time since I felt a sense of achievement from a project but by getting the hang of re-spoking and trueing the wheels feel like im getting some where gotta keep the grey matter working haha  :P hope you & the family are doing ok any projects in the pipeline ?