Saturday, February 28, 2009

GT380 Oil Pump

You can see the frozen carbys quite clearly here, just below the rubber airbox connecting hose is where the oil pump should be, as it is missing I need one if anybody knows where I can get one please let me know.

Stage One Dismantling GT380

I am beginning the first stage of getting the GT380 going again today. I am not going to restore this bike I want to get it into a rideable roadworthy condition but in fairly original condition ie minimal repainting (if any) and generally just cleaning and polishing what is there. There are a couple of parts that I have to think about, for example the sidecovers are not the original ones and have been painted a crappy blue colour sometime and the seat has had a very ordinary repair job. I'll work it out as I go.

So this morning I'm taking the engine out, I don't know if it is seized or what condition it is in as there is no chain or kickstart on the bike, but the carbys are frozen so I anticipate a fair bit of work. I have a rebuild kit on hand and hope to get the engine internally into very good order. I am not going to polish the external surfaces just clean them up. As I am doing a very demanding training course for the next couple of months my father is going to start on the engine for me, he is a qualified experienced mechanic and has a fair bit of spare time since he retired. He wants to do the whole bike but I want some fun too.

Anyway here are a couple of shots prior to engine removal.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Suzuki GT380 Restoration

I haven't used this particular blog for a while for personal reasons and I didn't know whether I should delete it or keep it going. So what I am going to do is use it as a progress report on a motorcycle restoration. When I was 19 I had a Suzuki GT380 which at the time I thought was fantastic. Over the years since I have raced and owned many sorts of motorcycles including road racing sidecars and the quickest of all was a TZ750 Yamaha.

Anyway I came a cross a GT380 about a year and a half ago, it is a 1976 model with a disc brake, I would have preferred a drum brake model but this all I could get at the time, the drum brake models are far and few between nowadays. So I have finally have a garage and some time to play with it, so I have put a couple of pictures of the bike here and as I go I will put on updates of how things are going and what I have done.
Paddy looks good on the bike as well.

So here it is - Unrestored 1976 GT380 Suzuki.