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Re: GR400's 400. First timer restoration
« Reply #30 on: October 13, 2016, 11:07:56 AM »
Hi Paul,

Happy to do that but might take a few days.  I am not at home much before weekend and then off to Stafford.  Will try to take a few pics Sunday evening

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Re: GR400's 400. First timer restoration
« Reply #31 on: October 13, 2016, 02:31:54 PM »
great well detailed post - very nice to see
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Re: GR400's 400. First timer restoration
« Reply #32 on: October 13, 2016, 08:50:04 PM »
Kickstart, you're a diamond geezer as they say!! :-* :-* :-*

Gary, Thank you very much. I will take you up on your offer, but I'll also take Terry(Kickstart) up on his offer as it involves a brew and a fag.

PS both, I'm at Stafford on Sunday
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Re: GR400's 400. First timer restoration
« Reply #33 on: October 13, 2016, 11:10:00 PM »
Kickstart, you're a diamond geezer as they say!! :-* :-* :-*

Gary, Thank you very much. I will take you up on your offer, but I'll also take Terry(Kickstart) up on his offer as it involves a brew and a fag.

PS both, I'm at Stafford on Sunday

i will be at Stafford, you can pop down the house anytime Tink
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Re: GR400's 400. First timer restoration
« Reply #34 on: October 14, 2016, 02:16:28 PM »
back to topic, the bike so far is looking good. credit where it's due, keep up the good work and we will soon have one more RD on the British tarmac.
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Re: GR400's 400. First timer restoration
« Reply #35 on: October 16, 2016, 03:59:29 PM »
Thanks gents for words of encouragement!

Paul,

Is this what you want to see?







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Re: GR400's 400. First timer restoration
« Reply #36 on: October 16, 2016, 05:49:48 PM »
Gary, absolutely brilliant. Just what I needed to see. Where the pipe spring clip part is, is missing, and the smaller bracket that's towards the back of the frame has rotted away completely on mine. But it's not a total disaster. I'll sort it. Very grateful for your help, and keep up the great write up.
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Re: GR400's 400. First timer restoration
« Reply #37 on: October 17, 2016, 09:42:43 AM »
really enjoyed reading through your thread. its a lovely job and a credit to you i have just finished mine after 18months of work it is something you can be proud of

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Re: GR400's 400. First timer restoration
« Reply #38 on: October 18, 2016, 09:54:49 PM »
Gary, I wondered if you'd like to remove all the pictures and communications off your thread regarding my question, as I've spoilt it :-[ :-[.. I should have used pm to ask for your help. Sorry.
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Re: GR400's 400. First timer restoration
« Reply #39 on: October 25, 2016, 03:05:47 PM »
A few days off work and I have made some progress.  Wife away, so a perfect time to commandeer the oven without any awkward questions  :D
   
Heads and barrels were already blasted and discs cleaned up, so all just needed masking up before paint:



4 coats of Plastikote Heatshield later they were in the oven:



I was pleased with the result:



Then onto some of the bits that don’t get hot.  They had also been blasted clean, so after taking advice on here I gave them etch primer, followed by regular primer and Upol satin black.

Work in progress:



And all done.  Again very pleased and thanks in particular to Stephen (Precious) for great painting advice:



I fitted the discs and sprocket to wheels, and got them balanced.  Back didn’t need anything, but front wanted a little weight.



Next, on with the chainguard and inner rear mudguard, and a nice little milestone moment – Wheel in!



Only setback is that chainguard is very tight to shock.  I asked about this on another thread and unfortunately may need to replace the shocks with something slightly slimmer.



Other than that it feel like things are moving along quite nicely now, and I will work on back mudguard/light and the front end next.
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Re: GR400's 400. First timer restoration
« Reply #40 on: October 26, 2016, 12:04:46 AM »
Looking good. Have you sprayed inside the clock cups as well??. Keep the rot out

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Re: GR400's 400. First timer restoration
« Reply #41 on: October 26, 2016, 09:02:13 AM »
Not thick, but yes they got dusted with each pass over rims.
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Re: GR400's 400. First timer restoration
« Reply #42 on: October 26, 2016, 01:45:18 PM »
What shocks do you have on it?
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Re: GR400's 400. First timer restoration
« Reply #43 on: October 26, 2016, 03:45:56 PM »
They are a pattern shock stamped with manufacturer name 'Escorts'.  Eye to eye length is correct, but spring comes a little farther down the body than OE, and the body below the spring is a little fatter, so adjuster ring is right up against chainguard just below the cutaway rather than sitting in it.
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Re: GR400's 400. First timer restoration
« Reply #44 on: November 29, 2016, 09:33:20 AM »
A quick update.

I gave the inside of my new mudguards (NOS front, pattern rear) a couple of coats of smooth Hammerite to keep them protected.



Then fitted new rubber damper bushes in the rear one and went for a trial fit.  The shiny new chrome looked great, but made the plastic inner rear look pretty secondhand with its 30 odd years of scuffs and scratches.  I don’t want to see that every time I lift the seat, so I took it out again to tidy it up a bit.
A few spot repairs to worst scratches, followed by adhesion promoter.



Then Hycote black bumper paint.  Went on nicely and doesn’t look ‘painted’.  All back together again and it looks much more respectable.



I can’t fit the rear light yet because I forgot the fixing bolts in my first batch of zinc.  They are being done now along with a few other bits.  Thanks to Gary (3ma) for kind donation of the missing one.

Hopefully steering and forks next  :)

'80 RD400F, coming together slowly
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