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swalsh58
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I thought that I might start a topic on my D7. I will start with the pics of when I bought it. As I restore each part, I will start with a before pic, describe what I did, and end with an after pic (assuming I can get the pics in the right place) It will take a long while to get to a complete bike again, as there are a few parts missing that i will ahve to source, and I am not a great mechanic, but Im determined to do as much as I can myself. It definitely wont be a factory finish.......

The first pic is when i bought the collection of parts, and then a couple of the petrol tank575BAKWIIJ-1.jpg 2016-04-11-12_opt-1.jpg

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Current bikes......1958 D5, a 77 Suzuki GT250 and a B175 almost ready for the road and a 76 Honda C90 in the workshop. A 1980 Honda CB400N now on the road and my everyday ride is a 2011 Harley Davidson Sportster. All bikes (except the D5) are now for sale...

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Steve, you might be able to save the chrome on the tank if you clean it, then polish with a drill-mounted soft polishing mop and spray with clear waxoyl for protection.

Dougie;Glasgow ;Scotland.
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Steve, you might be able to save the chrome on the tank if you clean it, then polish with a drill-mounted soft polishing mop and spray with clear waxoyl for protection.

I have started to clean it. I used a mop with some scratch remover for plastic headlights, it worked ok, but there are still marks. I have since gone over it with Solvol too, but the marks are still there. I think it looks ok though. I will finish cleaning the chrome, then rub down the paint and respray it. The inside of the tank is spotless, much better than on my D5. I will add a pic of the chrome once I have finished cleaning it, then another once I have done the paint. It will be a long job, so this topic might run for a while!

Current bikes......1958 D5, a 77 Suzuki GT250 and a B175 almost ready for the road and a 76 Honda C90 in the workshop. A 1980 Honda CB400N now on the road and my everyday ride is a 2011 Harley Davidson Sportster. All bikes (except the D5) are now for sale...

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Looks like a good project. was this the bike from woodford ?

I could agree with you, but then we would both be wrong

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Looks like a good project. was this the bike from woodford ?

Yes it was. He has an interesting collection of bikes and bits.....

Current bikes......1958 D5, a 77 Suzuki GT250 and a B175 almost ready for the road and a 76 Honda C90 in the workshop. A 1980 Honda CB400N now on the road and my everyday ride is a 2011 Harley Davidson Sportster. All bikes (except the D5) are now for sale...

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I have cleaned up the chrome, its come up ok, not brilliant but ok. I'm going to rub the paint down and re-spray it with a rattle can, then add a pinstripe. After that I am going to lacquer it, my question is, do I lacquer the chrome too, or just do the paint?

Current bikes......1958 D5, a 77 Suzuki GT250 and a B175 almost ready for the road and a 76 Honda C90 in the workshop. A 1980 Honda CB400N now on the road and my everyday ride is a 2011 Harley Davidson Sportster. All bikes (except the D5) are now for sale...

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I have cleaned up the chrome, its come up ok, not brilliant but ok. I'm going to rub the paint down and re-spray it with a rattle can, then add a pinstripe. After that I am going to lacquer it, my question is, do I lacquer the chrome too, or just do the paint?

wouldn't do any harm and in theory protect the chrome.

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hello,looks like a nice project.its good to hear of someone else that will resort to a rattle can spray job.i am probably telling you something you already know but I use petrol resistant laquer because of its resilient properties, and the paint doesn't wash off with the first petrol spill when filling the tank.its readily available at car parts/wilco type places.best of luck stuart.

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hello,looks like a nice project.its good to hear of someone else that will resort to a rattle can spray job.i am probably telling you something you already know but I use petrol resistant laquer because of its resilient properties, and the paint doesn't wash off with the first petrol spill when filling the tank.its readily available at car parts/wilco type places.best of luck stuart.

The D5 I have just finished had an expensive pro paint job, and he used petrol safe finishes. I am doing this one more as a home restoration but I will make sure the finish is petrol resistant. I want to use the D7 to show people what can be done by yourself, even if your not a brilliant mechanic, in comparison to the D5 which was a full no expense spared job.

The next one after the D7 will be one of the later models, a D14 or B175, and I will try a combination of the two styles. Should make for an interesting compare and contrast type thing at shows.

Current bikes......1958 D5, a 77 Suzuki GT250 and a B175 almost ready for the road and a 76 Honda C90 in the workshop. A 1980 Honda CB400N now on the road and my everyday ride is a 2011 Harley Davidson Sportster. All bikes (except the D5) are now for sale...

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The petrol tank is done now. Im waiting a week or so for the paint to harden off before I put the petrol cap and taps back in place, then I will take a pic and show you all.

Meanwhile, here is the frame loosely assembled ready to start the cleaning and painting. I have ordered a couple of swinging arm bolts as there were none when I bought it. very few bolts at all in fact, so if anyone wants to donate some to the project..........

 

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Ok, here is a pic of the finished petrol tank and also one of the finished frame.

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I have just cleaned up the handlebars too, I reckon they will do. Im going for the clean bike with some age look.......

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Current bikes......1958 D5, a 77 Suzuki GT250 and a B175 almost ready for the road and a 76 Honda C90 in the workshop. A 1980 Honda CB400N now on the road and my everyday ride is a 2011 Harley Davidson Sportster. All bikes (except the D5) are now for sale...

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Wow that came up very clean, it is getting thereclap

I could agree with you, but then we would both be wrong

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I think the photo makes it look better than it is, but I'm quite pleased with it so far. Next the seat.......

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Tank and frame look excellent, Steve. If you are recovering the seat, be prepared to track down new clips as most of them will break when you try to remove them..

Dougie;Glasgow ;Scotland.
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I did my seat cover with velcro, stitched it to the cover abd glued the other part to the seat.

Worked realy well and no issues with clips rusting or ripping the cover.

Al

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I will have to see if I can find some clips, and be very careful taking the old ones off. I'm waiting to get a cover before I start. If all else fails I can try the Velcro trick!

Current bikes......1958 D5, a 77 Suzuki GT250 and a B175 almost ready for the road and a 76 Honda C90 in the workshop. A 1980 Honda CB400N now on the road and my everyday ride is a 2011 Harley Davidson Sportster. All bikes (except the D5) are now for sale...

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I think its a great project, looks good.

What colour did you use on the tank and what brand of paint did you go with, also did you use a clear coat as you thought?

Ive got leftover clips i think, i can post them if you need some more.

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I think its a great project, looks good.

What colour did you use on the tank and what brand of paint did you go with, also did you use a clear coat as you thought?

Ive got leftover clips i think, i can post them if you need some more.

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Thank you very much! I used a Volvo colour, I bought a batch of 12 for very little from a guy who was selling them off cheap, I think they are Hycote brand. I bought two large cans of petrol resistant lacquer and put a couple of coats over the top. It seems to have done the job, though they say to leave it a couple of weeks before getting petrol on it. I reckon it will be more like a couple of years!

I will see how well (or not) the old clips come off when I get the new cover. My spending is done for this month, so I have to wait till June now to get the cover. I have one lined up though..........

Current bikes......1958 D5, a 77 Suzuki GT250 and a B175 almost ready for the road and a 76 Honda C90 in the workshop. A 1980 Honda CB400N now on the road and my everyday ride is a 2011 Harley Davidson Sportster. All bikes (except the D5) are now for sale...

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So I bought the seat cover, but it looked baggy when I put it on. I bought some upholstery foam and added an extra inch thickness to the seat foam, and now it looks ok. I have cleaned up the underside and given it a coat of paint too.

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Im thinking about starting the forks overhaul next, though Im really not looking forward to it.

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You've done an amazing job there Steve, so far. Keep sending the pics in. Well done. thumbs-uptip-my-hat

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