1971 Kawasaki 500 H-1 Teardown

Discussion in '2 smokers' started by Homeskillet, May 7, 2011.

  1. Homeskillet

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    This bike sat in a warehouse for 20 years. I bought it ten years ago and it sat on my front porch. It ran briefly some five years ago, but only for a few minutes and only on two cyclinders.

    Now I'm finally getting serious......
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  2. barko1

    barko1 barko1

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    Too much work, I'll come take it off your hands:evil
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  3. Homeskillet

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    My first bike, a 1969 Mach III, back in 1970.
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  4. Homeskillet

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    Thanks, neighbor, but I see your hands are full already!
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  5. Homeskillet

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    It looked like this before the newspaper editor's son painted it burnt orange.
    Then I traded for a brand new 72' Mach III, like this showdog:
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  6. Homeskillet

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  7. Homeskillet

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    back to work....
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  8. Homeskillet

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    [​IMG]Only 6800 miles on it, hardly no carbon build up.[​IMG]
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  9. Homeskillet

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  10. barko1

    barko1 barko1

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    I need to add my 67 X6 mess to the signature:lol3
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  11. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    Good one, looks like the hard parts to find are there and in good shape. Are you planning on doing the crank bearings?
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  12. manxkipper

    manxkipper Fishpistel

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    I'd love to have one of those. Looks great. The closest I have come is owning an original workshop manual for the H1 and H2. One day....
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  13. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    I'm in for this one, as I have a 72 H1b waiting to be rebuilt in the garage:lurk
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  14. Homeskillet

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    Hopefully, I can just clean/paint the frame, rebuild carbs, and put fresh tires on it. I'm no mechanic, this is my first rodeo. Any hints/guidance will be welcomed with open arms and ears.
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  15. caponerd

    caponerd Kickstart Enthusiast

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    Good on you for putting that back on the road.
    From the look of you in that old photo, you must have been under 18 when you got that bike. I can't imagine having one of those early ones as a first bike.

    I've got a 1975 H1 that I bought new sitting in pieces scattered around my garage and barn.

    I've decided to pass it off to someone who can put a higher priority on restoring it than me. Includes a spare rolling chassis, two spare engines (both needing complete teardown) a collection of NOS parts purchased over a period of several years, a spare exhaust system. The original engine includes new 0.5mm over pistons (not installed), and probably needs a crank rebuild to renew the seals.

    Anyone interested?

    I want to sell it as a complete collection, and I don't want to have to package it for shipping, so you'd need to come to Oregon to get it.
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  16. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    I just happen to know a guy in Oregon who may be interested :evil
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  17. Homeskillet

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    5/8/11 Pull engine and start cleaning frame with wire brush and sand paper.

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  18. Homeskillet

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    Front wheel rust. Attack with wire brush and sandpaper.
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  19. Homeskillet

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    Photo taken this afternoon, 5/9/11, five minutes past Miller Time.

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  20. MSrider

    MSrider Rebel with a sixfiddy

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    Nice project skillet. There's no way I would take that bike down to the frame and spray bomb it. Powder coat it, or spray some polyurethane on it. You'll be glad you did.
    Is that your Vette? :thumb
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