Another Red Ascot, 1983 VT500 Restoration.

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by Tytan, Jan 10, 2018.

  1. Tytan

    Tytan Been here awhile

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    It's a Honda so it has to be Red !

    To make a long story very short I had this given to me by a neighbour about two years ago he was over looking at my FT and mentioned he had the same bike sitting in his back yard under a pine tree uncovered for about 6 years :hmmmmm hmmmm sounded like a good restoration project and a stable mate for my 1982 FT 500 Ascot. My Dad had a Red VT in the early 80's so that was another plus to restoring this bike.

    The FT500.

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    The VT after dragging it out of the neighbours yard and after a bath, looks not too bad from 50ft away :jack I cleaned the carbs had the tank interior cleaned and sealed as it had water in it, changed all the fluids rebuilt the caliper and master cylinder, replaced the leaky fork seals and rode it a few times to make sure it was mechanically sound.


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    Due to lack of space and a garage renovation, http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/garage-renovation.1272029/ it got stuffed in the shed until time and space allowed here it is on the lift waiting for tear down as the frame has a lot of surface corrosion.


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  2. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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    I used to lust after the Ascot back in the middle 80s!
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  3. Tytan

    Tytan Been here awhile

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    Waiting for a specific socket so I can remove the swing arm.

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  4. X5-

    X5- Been here awhile

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    You aren’t the only one!!
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  5. Tytan

    Tytan Been here awhile

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    Off to the sandblaster and powdercoater this week.

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  6. Tytan

    Tytan Been here awhile

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    Frame got dropped off for powder coating this week and the valve covers and carbs were vapour blasted then the carbs got an ultrasonic bath. I think I found some piston rings so the bores will get a light hone, new rings, lap the valves and new valve seals are next on the list.

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  7. Scubawerx

    Scubawerx Scubawerx

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    Good work. Cleanliness is pretty.
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  8. pennswoodsed

    pennswoodsed lizards,bugs and me

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    Always thought that A VTFt would make a great dirt road bike .Take a few lbs and tune(kit) the suspension and lite free breathing(not loud) exhaust !
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  9. Tytan

    Tytan Been here awhile

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    The exhaust on this thing is heavy and mine sounds like the guts are all rotted so I might end up with a NOS Mac exhaust instead of trying to repair this one.

    I got the top end taken apart so I can get everything cleaned up and off to the machine shop for honing, new rings, new valve seals then get the heads and barrels sandblasted and repainted.

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  10. Tytan

    Tytan Been here awhile

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    It has been a hurry up and wait for parts week, still waiting on the gasket kits, piston rings and powder coated frame. I did get some new parts, new clutch cable from MotionPro, had a local shop make a new braided steel front brake line and ordered a NOS Mac exhaust. Some frame parts got sand blasted at the local Ublast place there's something therapeutic about sand blasting old parts :hmmmmm

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  11. Wes Kootenay

    Wes Kootenay Adventurer

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    OK, I'm watching this. My, new to me, '83 Ascot VT is one sad puppy. I plan to get it 'rideable' this spring. The attached pics are from the 'good home wanted' ad - the ugly carrier is gone.
    Must be nice to have so many facilities close by, but I wouldn't trade where I live for an urban center. :-)
    Thanks for the great pics, they are a real help to me.
    Al

    BTW I guess you know there is an Ascot Owners forum? http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/ascot-owners-forum.661405/

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  12. Tytan

    Tytan Been here awhile

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    I got a parts delivery and the frame was ready, now I need to make some assembly progress this weekend.

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  13. Wes Kootenay

    Wes Kootenay Adventurer

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    :lurk :beer
    Lookin' good.
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  14. Tytan

    Tytan Been here awhile

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    I had ordered two engine gasket kits from the Honda dealer and was told they would take about two weeks well three weeks later and they are all of a sudden discontinued :becca I found one kit on Ebay and the second at a dealer in Fairbanks AK so I finally have the gasket kits which include valve seals so now the cylinders and heads are finally at the machine shop. Progress is slow but steady the frame is now on the lift all the threads chased with a tap and the wiring harness partially installed.

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  15. mikeysduck

    mikeysduck Slow Ride to Nowhere

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    Your moving pretty fast on this project. No short cuts. It looks great. I'm sure you have addressed this, or will shortly. Remove the frame paint for superior electrical grounding. Enough from the peanut gallery. You know what you are doing.
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  16. Tytan

    Tytan Been here awhile

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    Swing arm came back from painting so now I have a rolling chassis, tail section, battery box, air box and most of the main electrical connections are complete. I found some NOS rear indicators the ones I have are not good the housings were very brittle from being in the sun the fronts are in good condition so they can be reused. Waiting for a few more parts from powder coating so I can finish assembling the front headlight, handlebars and gauges and waiting for the heads to come back from the machine shop so I can reassemble the engine. The old shock is there to hold the rear end together I will be finding some replacements.


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  17. r60man

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    Very pretty!
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  18. mentolio

    mentolio Been here awhile

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    Nice job, always liked those bikes.
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  19. Tytan

    Tytan Been here awhile

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    More shiny bits showed up from powder coating today now I can get the footpegs, top triple clamp, handlebars, gauges, headlight etc assembled then work on polishing the aluminum part of the case covers.

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  20. Slytheslayer

    Slytheslayer Ride or Die!!

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    Oooh pretty...lol
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