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Old 11-28-2012, 10:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My 77 T140 Basket case rebuild

Hello all. Picked up a 77 T140 Basket case for next to nothing. I am in the process of beginning to go through the boxes and start putting this thing back together.
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forum jbenarao.

This should be a good one!

Have you got a workshop manual and parts catalogue? If not, I would highly recommend you invest in them - they will save you a heap of time and head scratching.
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:27 AM   #3 (permalink)
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and that'll be a USA "next to nothing" which is the heck ova lot less than a UK one!
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:08 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forum jbenarao.

This should be a good one!

Have you got a workshop manual and parts catalogue? If not, I would highly recommend you invest in them - they will save you a heap of time and head scratching.
Thanks. Yup went out a got both manuals.
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:25 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Well got a few things done....
Stripped frame, swing arm, triple tree
Powder coated frame and swing arm with a chrome base
Finished with a metal flake blue.
Put everything together and finally have a roller
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:50 PM   #6 (permalink)
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how did you strip it?

hopefully not with blasting?

It looks good - although I liked the chrome finish!
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:29 PM   #7 (permalink)
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how did you strip it?

hopefully not with blasting?

It looks good - although I liked the chrome finish!
No blasting. Sand + Oil = bad. Used a heavy duty stripper.
The powder coating chrome is good for base coating for translucent colors but when you apply the clear coat to it, it looks more like dull aluminum.
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:37 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Looks good, what is your next step? How much do you think it is going to cost?
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Looks good, what is your next step? How much do you think it is going to cost?
Working on the fenders and tank now. Hopefully the cost will be kept down since I am able to do all the powder coating, painting and engine work in our shop. The only thing out of pocket will be the missing exhaust system, frozen rear master and all the little pieces here and there that surely end up being more than I have planned. I am budgeting around 2 to 3k total. (fingers crossed)
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:46 AM   #10 (permalink)
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The master cylinders can be a real pain.

if you can afford it, go stainless.
the adjustment is critical - and fitting is a nightmare.

It's easier to fit the cylinder with the bike on a lift and no rear wheel so you can climb inside the space. Use a hook type tool to hold the spring.
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