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.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
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
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.