69 Honda Z50A Minitrail Build

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Hodakaguy, Dec 13, 2013.

  1. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    Well with winter ticking away it's time to start on the restoration of my fathers 69 Z50A. We are setting up to haul two matching Z50's along with us on our VW Camper Bus, my fathers back doesn't hold up well to walking very far so this will be a great way to cruise around car shows etc next summer. We purchased this bike earlier this summer and it has a few issues, paint isn't correct (not candy colored and looks flat) and the clutch isn't working properly. Time to tear into this baby and get it ready for spring :-)

    The plan is to strip all the metal parts down to bare metal, then prime/paint with the correct candy paint. All parts that show wear etc will be restored or replaced as needed. I'll be fabricating a engine and frame stand soon along with jigs to hold the parts for paint.

    Starting to disassemble, forgot to take a before picture so a few items have already been removed in this pic. No time to find my good camera...Iphone pics will have to do :-)

    My Father on his Z50A right after we purchased it.

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    And starting the tear down.

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    Starting to get bare.

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    Original dealer sticker. A shame it will have to be removed to paint.

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    Silver Tag

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    HUGE wiring harness removed lol.

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    Looks like the coil is shot :-)

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    From a bike to a big pile of parts :-)

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    Bearings and seals removed....the grease was nasty! New bearings/seals will be going back.

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    Gathering up parts for the ultrasonic cleaner. I'll be doing the cleaning/sand blasting of the painted parts later this week.

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    My 69 Z50A. This one is a older resto with correct paint but it's been ridden and needs a hand full of things done to it as well, I'll tackle this one after we finish up my fathers.

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    More to come.....

    Hodakaguy
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  2. Cogswell

    Cogswell Spudly Adventurer

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    So looking forward to this one.....IN !:clap


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  3. HOT DAMN!

    HOT DAMN! ♪ ♪ ♪

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    Any of your rebuilds is worth the buy in.

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  4. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    Save Al's sticker....should be easy to remove with a little heat and a Q-tip dipped in either paint thinner or Methyl Hydrate. Then stick it between some wax or parchment paper sheets.

    Later on, go to Michael's or such,buy the Krylon "easy tack???" that's a releasable adhesive and re-install the sticker.:wink:
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  5. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    X2! Will this be getting a Subaru repower?:D
    I'm also interested in how you plan on hauling them with the Westy.
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  6. dirtypumpkin

    dirtypumpkin "Monster Truck Bike"

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    This is great , can't wait to see you guys riding them together!:freaky
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  7. Jamie

    Jamie .

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    That is nice. I'd leave it original with only a mechanical refurb. If you can save that decal, you are not a mere mortal.:D
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  8. ddavidv

    ddavidv Thrifty not cheap

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    Had one as my first bike (gold and silver, if I remember correctly). Loved that thing.
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  9. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    Thanks guys, I'm looking forward to getting both of them done and on the road/trail :-)

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  10. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    Well I tried to save Al's sticker this am but it just isn't happening. I'm afraid all the years on the bike have made it one with the frame now. I tried the heat gun method as well as some different types of solvents...in the end the sticker is just to well stuck and only wants to come off in tiny pieces.

    Bummer

    Hodakaguy
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  11. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    No Suby repower this time lol.

    Not exactly sure on hauling with the Westy yet. I could easily fabricate a front and rear rack setup for them but not sure about the added weight. The Westy is already rear heavy when loaded and the extra weight out on a rack would make it even worse. I've looked into air bags to help level with the added weight but there arn't many good options out there.

    I'll either come up with something or they will be on a small trailer behind the bus :-)

    Hodakaguy
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  12. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    Yeah I want them to be 100% stock. The original frame paint is to far gone to save and the tank/headlight was repainted the wrong color so I'll repaint everything the correct color then start re-assembly.

    I'm a big fan of leaving stuff original if possible but this one is at the point where restoration is the best option.

    Here's a shot of my 1970 Honda Z50A Monkey Bike, this was a Japanese market only bike that was brought over to the US at some point. It's 100% original down to the tires! This one won't be touched.

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    Hodakaguy
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  13. BillsR100

    BillsR100 Happy Paleoflatus

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    Yep, me to! :clap
    That "Al's Honda - Triumph, Hutchinson KS" sticker is kinda freaking me out because I swear I think my Mini Trail from way back when (that I rode constantly for years) had that exact same sticker on it.:eek1 If your bike was blue I'd swear it was mine!
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  14. Ladukebob

    Ladukebob lost in hood river

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    Very cool! My first bike as a kid and still remember it.

    Your Dad looks thrilled to death :D
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  15. Mini Trail

    Mini Trail n°°b

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    That is nice. Removable fork, signals, horn, speedometer, center stand, tool kit, side cover, heel-toe shifter, lack of rear handbrake, steering lock differentiate the domestic Z50Z from the Z50A, but what is that in front of the chain adjuster?
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  16. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    That's awesome! Some how this one made it all the way out to the west coast. :-)

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  17. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    Those are rear foot pegs that are in the folded position. I keep toying with selling this one...but if I do I'll probably never come across another one.

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  18. C/1/509

    C/1/509 Long timer

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    Very cool - thanks for sharing the pics!
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  19. RumRunner

    RumRunner Sit there, turn that

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    Love old Z50's.

    This is one that we had at the family farm, then one day a cousin "liberated" it, never to be seen again.:cry

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  20. RumRunner

    RumRunner Sit there, turn that

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    That lil guy a few years later

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