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Offline AimlessMoto

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RD400 - Back from the Dead
« on: May 25, 2017, 01:24:29 »
For a mere $200 of my dollars, I was able to snag this gem of 70's blue-smoke from under a pine tree... It had been parked, under a tarp, for over 10-years.

It's 100% there, engine turns over and has good compression, and although it was a home for chipmunks (dear God the smell) it appears all hoses, rubber, and wires are in-tact.

I have had a lot of experience with 2 strokes, and know some of these old "street bikes" of the 70's can catch a fair price if taken care of. SO, I'm going to do a "light" restoration on this one.

- Buff out the chrome.
- Rid the thing of piss.
- Clean up the tank.
- Paint the frame.
- Restore all systems to factory.
- New tires.
- Make it smoke.

I want to avoid painting the tins... but there are some rusty bits on them... probably impossible to find a touch-up that will blend.

Pics are as-picked... then after a pressure-wash.

Offline advCo

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Re: RD400 - Back from the Dead
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2017, 02:19:56 »
Nice buy! Not looking so bad after that pressure wash either.

Offline interceptor

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Re: RD400 - Back from the Dead
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2017, 06:57:16 »
Sweet!  I hope it doesn't take much to get going.  Love those bikes   :) 
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Offline JustinLonghorn

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Re: RD400 - Back from the Dead
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2017, 08:00:33 »
Very nice! I love the green.
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Re: RD400 - Back from the Dead
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Re: RD400 - Back from the Dead
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2017, 11:50:31 »
Nice. sign me up to watch.
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Offline VonYinzer

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Re: RD400 - Back from the Dead
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2017, 14:50:25 »
I'll give ya $300 for it as is ;)

Great find! Looking forward to seeing it back on the road!
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Offline cbrianroll

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Re: RD400 - Back from the Dead
« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2017, 16:17:44 »
Awesome find there man!

Offline goldy

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Re: RD400 - Back from the Dead
« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2017, 08:45:40 »
Wow, that's a NICE bike!  And the price was right too! That's in such decent condition (all things considered), I'm sure just a thorough detailing and a bit of maintenance/ repair would cut the mustard. It would look great as a 'survivor', although I myself have a tendency to lean toward the restoration side of the argument. Ether way, I'll be peeking in now and then, please keep us posted!
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Offline AimlessMoto

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Re: RD400 - Back from the Dead
« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2017, 10:25:20 »
I agree, Goldy. My head says get it running and keep it as is, my heart is screaming "BARE FRAME! CALL THE POWDER COATERS! BYU ALL THE GASKETS!"

Lol... but I think Im going to meet it half way. Or at least attack the build in stages.

Stage 1: Cleaning, mechanicals, maintenance, get it rideable.
Stage 2: Restore chassis, engine, brake and suspension components.
Stage 3: Restore paint, and hunt down NOS parts dow  to nuts and bolts to keep it 100% stock.

So far Ive started tearing it down... little rust on the tinwork, and in the tank, but not horrible. The wiring has been chewed, and there is a LOT of shit to clean up. The paint has been eaten clean through in some areas.

Carbs are stuck. Will have to boil them. Brakes are dragging, and front is bone dry. Some dings and dents on the gauges and mounting brackets. Looks like someone tried to repair it with bondo.

Points look new. Pump looks new. Someone definitely took the covers off a few times... stripped 3 of the old Japanese screws. Tempted to swap for allan heads, but dont want to wreck originality.

More to come... just the tip of the iceberg.