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The start of a very long road

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Berniesxs, Mar 25, 2021.

  1. Berniesxs

    Berniesxs XS400 New Member

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    Just getting started on this project. It's a 79 400, crashed same year. It's been sitting in shed since. Ever so slightly seized☹️. Don't say I'm mad cos mad is good. Tell me what ye think.
     

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  2. xschris

    xschris XS400 Guru Top Contributor

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    The money and time it will take to fix it would get you three good running ones. If you do, keep track of your journey with a build thread in the garage section. Finding good parts alone might stop all progress.
     
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  3. Berniesxs

    Berniesxs XS400 New Member

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    Thanks Chris. It's more of a sentimental job than anything else as it was my brother's bike. Am on the lookout for a donor bike. Have put out feelers with people but there's not many about. The ones that are about have allready been restored and too good to break up. Want to keep as much original as possible. Will post pics as I'm going but it's not going to be a quick job.
     
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  4. Berniesxs

    Berniesxs XS400 New Member

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    The year down so far. Slow going, having to use heat to get bolts out. Hoping to get engine out later today. I'm sure that'll be loads of fun☹️.
     

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  5. Berniesxs

    Berniesxs XS400 New Member

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    Just a couple photos to show progress. Frame is almost completely stripped. After a lot of effort, pistons moved for the first time in over 40 years. Tank is gone off for repair. Making progress slowly.
     

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  6. Berniesxs

    Berniesxs XS400 New Member

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    Everything moving nice
     

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  7. Berniesxs

    Berniesxs XS400 New Member

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    Hi all. A couple of questions. Will 78/79 cylinders and head bolt on to an 1980 crank. Also are there any other differences for the drum to disc brakes other than wheel, swing arm and master/slave cylinders. I may have found a donor bike for my rebuild but it's a 1980. Any thoughts?
     

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  8. motoTrooper

    motoTrooper XS400 Addict

    Buy the whole donor bike. Failing that, all the parts should fit fine. Have you attempted to remove the swingarm from your bike yet? The condition in the photos suggest it's (probably) stuck on the pivot bolt. Carry on with the windmill jousting (like I'm one to talk).
     
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  9. Berniesxs

    Berniesxs XS400 New Member

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    Hi Moto and thanks for the reply. The swingarm is still on the frame but it moves. It's tight but def not stuck. Just wanted to check that I can convert to rear disc as I want to get it as it was when my brother bought it.
     
  10. Berniesxs

    Berniesxs XS400 New Member

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    Well, donor bike bought. Picking up tomorrow. Let the fun and games begin. I've waited 40 years to see this bike back on the road again.
     
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  11. Berniesxs

    Berniesxs XS400 New Member

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    Swapped out the original carbs for the ones off my bike. Not bad after a quick clean and sitting in a shed for 41 years.......
     
  12. Berniesxs

    Berniesxs XS400 New Member

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    Video won't upload, too big
     

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  13. Berniesxs

    Berniesxs XS400 New Member

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    As I said, vid won't upload but it's running sweet. Just wanted to eliminate the carbs before I run into issue on the rebuild. At least now I know the carbs are fine.
     
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  14. Berniesxs

    Berniesxs XS400 New Member

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    Moto Trooper. Removed swing arm from frame, slid out like it was put in there yesterday. All greased up and shiny like new.
     
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  15. motoTrooper

    motoTrooper XS400 Addict

    You lucky duck! Wow, people actually know what to do with grease nipples on your side of the pond.
     
  16. Berniesxs

    Berniesxs XS400 New Member

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    Always said it was better to be born lucky rather than good. Having said that, I do remember after my brother bought the bike, he checked on it every weekend. Also it only has about 1.5 to 2k miles on it.
     
  17. Berniesxs

    Berniesxs XS400 New Member

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    A photo of the transplant donor before surgery. It won't look as good again by the time I'm finished.
     

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