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Author Topic: "Tangerine Dream" / Glemseck - KZ750  (Read 157719 times)

Offline beachcomber

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Re: "Tangerine Dream" / Glemseck - KZ750
« Reply #820 on: May 17, 2019, 18:58:28 »
Beach, I just noticed you earlier comments about the source of that Weber.  1500 Cortina.  I hope this bike makes a lot more power than a complete 1500 motor, let along half of one. ;-)

Much as we all loved Cortina GTs and Lotus Cortinas, things have moved on a bit since then.  I think that the average POS grocery getter today makes more power than our old Ford motors of that era.  Even my old RS2000 (long gone but not forgotten) would be looked down on by a Civic owner today.




Hear you. The Weber bodies are all the same in any one series and I have a good selection of chokes, jets, venturis etc. The choice of the "1/2 of 1500cc" is merely to set a ballpark as being "somewhere near" - as opposed to "no idea at all" !!

In the early days I've set up Webers by seat of the pants methods and "knowledge gained" - but in later years I relied on a good pal to set my Webers up on a diagnostic rolling road. To be honest it's much simpler and potentially less destructive that way. He is retired now, but still has his equipment in his personal workshop. I contacted him last year and he's quite happy to do the deed for me when the time comes.
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Re: "Tangerine Dream" / Glemseck - KZ750
« Reply #821 on: Jun 03, 2019, 06:52:24 »
Deja-vu all over again ! ::)

In the scramble to get the project out of my damp shed and round to my pal's garage - the forks were thrown in to get the bike rolling, meaning to fit them "properly" at a later date. While putting the front wheel in last year [ !! ] I realised that I had not seated the new taper bearings and there was subsequent play in the yokes !! :o

So that was stripped down at the weekend and my pal made up a puller [ Kawasaki "special" tool 150 !! ] and snugged the cups down onto their seats. A PITA - but better now than when we [ eventually ] roll it out of the garage.

The new chassis plate has also been fixed over the OEM stamped item. When the powder coating was done they very dutifully taped over the chassis number - leaving it in raw steel !! Anyway, now sealed with clear lacquer and with the new plate installed. The OEM # is retained, so if there is any future "doubt" by officialdom, it only requires the removal of 2 x 3mm stainless screws to reveal the original number.

Once the forks are re-installed I'll get the Grimeca 4LS brake plates built up with their linkages. I'll also get the mild steel spacers plated - bright zinc probably.

Then it's on to the installation of the fuel cell and belly pan and finalising the "cosmetics", closure panels etc.

The mounting of the Manx tank cover and seat comes next so that the position of the footrests and mounting plates can also be finalised.

The headers are "next but one" on the welder's list.  [ ??????? ]

Progress again at last.
« Last Edit: Jun 03, 2019, 06:54:39 by beachcomber »
"if at first you don't succeed, you've already been a failure once"

" we're not going back to the sixties - we never left "

"yep, nostalgia ain't what it used to be"

"I used to be indecisive - now I'm not so sure"

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Re: "Tangerine Dream" / Glemseck - KZ750
« Reply #822 on: Jun 03, 2019, 11:20:21 »
Shiny parts going on for the last time is progress, good progress :)


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Re: "Tangerine Dream" / Glemseck - KZ750
« Reply #823 on: Jun 03, 2019, 19:07:11 »
Shiny parts going on for the last time is progress, good progress :)


You betcha !!!!! After the past few years I've had, it's good to be making progress again. Amazing what a bit of good health and sunshine can do for the spirit.

I REALLY can see some progress at last - and the two bogey jobs [ welding fuel cell and headers ] are now at last nearly completed. That's the main two outsource jobs I couldn't tackle.

Funny enough - putting the chassis plate on seemed a symbolic step !!

Opinions - front wheel spindle and spacers - Gold passivate or bright Zinc  ??
« Last Edit: Jun 03, 2019, 19:08:57 by beachcomber »
"if at first you don't succeed, you've already been a failure once"

" we're not going back to the sixties - we never left "

"yep, nostalgia ain't what it used to be"

"I used to be indecisive - now I'm not so sure"

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Re: "Tangerine Dream" / Glemseck - KZ750
« Reply #824 on: Jun 05, 2019, 15:46:30 »
Another productive day.

Forks have been finalised and refitted ....... NO play, whooopee.  ::) Just the manual dampener bracket to make up. Still need a fork brace, although I've now got some billet alloy if I have to get one made.

The modified fuel cell has now been re-fitted and is currently having mounting brackets made to locate everything, then we can start on the cosmetic repairs. Everything fits fine now.

After a bit of a panic when I couldn't locate all the Grimeca brake linkages !! Thankfully all found. Just dropped the parts in place to make sure everything is there, then a final strip and repaint Then they can beset up and refitted.

We also pre-fitted the fuel filler pipe, which will route along the inner frame tube on the right side and have the filler cap mounted in the rear of the bum stop. All the relevant silicone hoses have been ordered to join it all together.

Next job is to mount the seat and Manx tank "cover". After that the ergonomics of the footrest plates and pegs can be finalised.
« Last Edit: Jun 05, 2019, 15:50:49 by beachcomber »
"if at first you don't succeed, you've already been a failure once"

" we're not going back to the sixties - we never left "

"yep, nostalgia ain't what it used to be"

"I used to be indecisive - now I'm not so sure"

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Re: "Tangerine Dream" / Glemseck - KZ750
« Reply #825 on: Jun 07, 2019, 08:58:09 »
Belly pan brackets made - 3" ground clearance. Just need to dress the brackets into the pan and glass them in then we can finish the mods we had to make to the pan itself. Wire mesh on the front to allow air through for cooling [ and cosmetics and ditto at the back. There's a bit of pattern making still required to get a homogenous look, especially at the rear.
"if at first you don't succeed, you've already been a failure once"

" we're not going back to the sixties - we never left "

"yep, nostalgia ain't what it used to be"

"I used to be indecisive - now I'm not so sure"

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Re: "Tangerine Dream" / Glemseck - KZ750
« Reply #826 on: Jun 07, 2019, 13:15:31 »
Excellent....really, almost looking like a bike ;)

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Re: "Tangerine Dream" / Glemseck - KZ750
« Reply #827 on: Jun 08, 2019, 05:51:53 »
Thanx for the encouragement - Yes it is getting there at long last ! At some stage it will be stripped back down for remedial paintwork before the final build.

Unfortunately the project took a couple of U turns along the way - Street Tracker, Blown, Turbo, then ultimately what I should have stuck with [ original plan ! ] - a Sixties Style Cafe Racer !

That meant various butchery on my nicely powder coated frame and components ! I have got a litre of the correct code paint [ for tank, belly pan and seat ] so there's enough to prep and blast the frame over.
"if at first you don't succeed, you've already been a failure once"

" we're not going back to the sixties - we never left "

"yep, nostalgia ain't what it used to be"

"I used to be indecisive - now I'm not so sure"

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Re: "Tangerine Dream" / Glemseck - KZ750
« Reply #828 on: Jun 08, 2019, 18:21:29 »
Finally tracked down a fork brace. Fastec Engineering are the boys.

They are going to engrave it for me ....... pix when done !!
"if at first you don't succeed, you've already been a failure once"

" we're not going back to the sixties - we never left "

"yep, nostalgia ain't what it used to be"

"I used to be indecisive - now I'm not so sure"

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Re: "Tangerine Dream" / Glemseck - KZ750
« Reply #829 on: Jun 08, 2019, 19:01:21 »
Awesome. Looks like it is all coming together now. I love the brass ID tag.
I'm not sure, but don't ask Brodie.

Way to many build and half done projects to list here.
Sr250, Gs750, Z50A, XV1100, A10, Z160A.