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Clutch's 1982 KZ750 E3 Cafe 07 Oct 2011 18:59 #481909

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So I'm just about done with my complete rewire of the bike and decided to repaint it because I'm going back to the cafe style. I cut down my cafe seat about 5 inches shorter (off the front) than in the pic, but here is the look I am going for. (EDIT: don't mind the wires everywhere, I actually already cleaned that up since taking this pic)



I already sanded down and started laying down the red on the tail and left side cover. I will have lots of pics of my progress as I get more done.

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1982 KZ750 E3 makeover 07 Oct 2011 22:43 #481943

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So I took a few pics of the side cover and tail. The paint looks pretty decent for not having sanded yet.




This is what I'm using:



On a side note, I made a wooden platform for the seat. It gives me something sturdy to hold my weight, makes for easy mounting of the tail and also gives me a spot to mount a hidden switch. I used a door hinge to give me the ability to open it without taking it off completely. I do need to find some sunken head m6 x 1.0 screws so it will lay flat, and some kind of latch to hold it in the down position as well.




I will be using the stock rear passenger grab strap as a holder for when the seat is open. This way I won't scratch up the beautiful paint job I'm working on.
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1982 KZ750 E3 makeover 09 Oct 2011 02:56 #482114

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There doesn't seem to be a big interest in this thread, but I will keep on posting in case anyone is looking. I finished laying down the base on the left side cover yesterday and sprayed a few layers of clear on.



I let it dry all day, and when I got home from work a little while ago, was pleasantly surprised how it turned out. If all the other pieces come out this well, I will be happy! (the pics do not do it justice either)




In case you're wondering, this is what I'm using for clear coat because I have three cans left over from my last rattle can job



Started spraying the base on the right side cover tonight



I also pulled the left rear footpeg mount to soak in some degreaser overnight. I will dry it out, sand it and start laying the base on that tomorrow ( I only have enough room for a couple pieces at a time). As for the tail, I did a terrible job prepping that, and need to sand that thing back down again and then lay on the base properly. I have a feeling that my tank will be the most difficult part, but we shall see! :silly:
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1982 KZ750 E3 makeover 10 Oct 2011 01:55 #482279

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So got a few more things done today. I prepped the gas tank and started to spray on the base. (WARNING: crappy cell phone pics tonight)



I had to sand the right side cover and respray because of a few rough spots



I decided to spray the other side of the rear footpeg mount for some reason....



Also, I had bought these little emblems a while back. I'm not sure if I like them or not. I dry-placed them on the finished left side cover a couple different ways to see what I though. I'm still not sure, but if anyone is following these thread, feel free to let me know your opinion :)

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1980 KZ250 LTD (traded, but still missed)
1982 KZ750 E3 (Cafe Project) (Dyna-S, Dyna Coils, V&H 4-1, K&N Pods, 6 Sigma Jet Kit, Acewell Computer, Woodcraft Clip-ons, Custom Rewire)
1966 A1 Samurai (Restoration Project)

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1982 KZ750 E3 makeover 11 Oct 2011 00:43 #482484

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The left rear peg mount is done. It's another crappy cell phone pic (keep forgetting my cam inside). As you can see, the tail/seat is not done. I was sanding it back down and realized I hadn't drilled mounting holes yet, so I took care of that.


The tank is coming along nicely. I will need to smooth out a couple spots, but it doesn't look like it will be anywhere near as difficult as I thought. Once I have the base on nice with that, I will pull out the frog tape (green masking tape) and lay down the white for the "racing stripe". Then it will just need some clear. I also finished the right side cover. Other than the tank and tail, I still need to prep, paint and clear the front fender, right rear peg mount, headlight bucket (maybe), and if I can think of an easy way to do it, I was going to put a red accent ring around the top of my acewell computer (probably overkill lol!). More pics tomorrow...
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1980 KZ250 LTD (traded, but still missed)
1982 KZ750 E3 (Cafe Project) (Dyna-S, Dyna Coils, V&H 4-1, K&N Pods, 6 Sigma Jet Kit, Acewell Computer, Woodcraft Clip-ons, Custom Rewire)
1966 A1 Samurai (Restoration Project)

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1982 KZ750 E3 makeover 11 Oct 2011 20:02 #482600

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The tail and tank are drying for a couple days before I tape them up for the white bits.




The right rear peg mount and the front piece (trim??) are drying to be clear coated




Next will be the front fender, and possibly the headlight bucket. When all the body is done, I will need to clean the engine up to repaint a few spots I damaged, and I may add some red to the stator and timing covers for extra pop :)
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1982 KZ750 E3 makeover 11 Oct 2011 23:42 #482668

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Coming along nicely.
I'd say go with the KZ in line on the side covers, as in the 2nd pic.
The letters/numbers seem a bit big. Maybe go with smaller or none at all.
Up to you in the end.
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Yeah, I think for now I will go without. I will keep my eye out for smaller letters/numbers.
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1982 KZ750 E3 makeover 11 Oct 2011 23:59 #482677

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Everything is looking good! Nice color scheme your doing, i also agree with rstnick, If your going to use the emblems id go with the ones in the second pic.
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1982 KZ750 E3 makeover 14 Oct 2011 01:54 #483085

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Front trim thingie reinstalled



Right side cover and rear peg mount (without peg..lol!) reinstalled [EDIT: the wires are for the tail/brake light. I haven't finished that part of the re-wire because I've been painting the tail piece...but that is all that's left!]



Front fender base, but no clear yet



Tank upside down (on some towels to hopefully not ruin the paint) so that I can file out the petcock hole for a screw-in type (stock was leaking in Prime, so I figured it was time to go).



I am very upset with myself today. I taped off the tail to spray the stripe, but didn't cover the red base well enough in a few spots, so I will have to do some repair work on that (I was so close to done with that piece too!!!!) I won't upload a pic yet, because there is a surprise ending to this makeover! :evil:
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Clear-coating the tank and tail tomorrow....will have pics of the finished project soon! :D
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1982 KZ750 E3 makeover 18 Oct 2011 16:08 #483960

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Just about done now. I've got the tank done, and reinstalled...just waiting for the tail to dry after washing it off (just sanded it...again!), and then I will be clearing that. I'm holding out on the final pics until it's done. It is by no means a pro paint job, but I like it, and think it looks better than the flat black with no clear that I had on it most recently. LOL!
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After adding the new manual petcock, I was a little nervous putting fuel into the tank. It did drip a little, and I had to "loosen" the petcock a turn to make it seal properly. I did use some of that plumbers tape, so I'm not sure why it did that...either way, no leaks now. Started the bike up and warmed her up a bit....she has a very smooth idle at 1200 rpm, which I think is perfect. (1100-1300 rpm ideal if I remember correctly). I'm not 100% sure I wired my low fuel light correctly though. It is on and stays on with fuel in the tank (though I'm not sure how low it is at the moment). Any thoughts on that?
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1982 KZ750 E3 makeover 18 Oct 2011 19:08 #483991

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So...like I said...a surprise ending!




I decided to go with a black stripe instead of a white one. I think it looks WAY better! :woohoo:


BTW...I will post some better pics after putting the footpeg and shifter back on...which will be after fixing the engine case paint :)

EDIT: Oh yeah... I still need to reinstall and wire the tail light and get some foam for me tushie. LOL!
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1980 KZ250 LTD (traded, but still missed)
1982 KZ750 E3 (Cafe Project) (Dyna-S, Dyna Coils, V&H 4-1, K&N Pods, 6 Sigma Jet Kit, Acewell Computer, Woodcraft Clip-ons, Custom Rewire)
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1982 KZ750 E3 makeover 18 Oct 2011 21:50 #484017

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Hey,
thanks for the plug on my build.. Bike looks great, I love the black on red.

Hard to picture the pile of parts I have right now looking anything like a bike again, look forward to seeing your final pics.
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clutch wrote: So got a few more things done today. I prepped the gas tank and started to spray on the base. (WARNING: crappy cell phone pics tonight)




I had to sand the right side cover and respray because of a few rough spots



I decided to spray the other side of the rear footpeg mount for some reason....



Also, I had bought these little emblems a while back. I'm not sure if I like them or not. I dry-placed them on the finished left side cover a couple different ways to see what I though. I'm still not sure, but if anyone is following these thread, feel free to let me know your opinion :)



i dig the second placement of the emblems!
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So I did a little walk around with my digital point and shoot tonight. I will get some better pics later with my good camera, but these are way better than my crapberry photos. LOL








Southern Maryland, USA

1980 KZ250 LTD (traded, but still missed)
1982 KZ750 E3 (Cafe Project) (Dyna-S, Dyna Coils, V&H 4-1, K&N Pods, 6 Sigma Jet Kit, Acewell Computer, Woodcraft Clip-ons, Custom Rewire)
1966 A1 Samurai (Restoration Project)

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1982 KZ750 E3 makeover 20 Oct 2011 01:30 #484247

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Wow Clutch this is looking fantastic!!! I have never been a big fan of red but your really starting to change my mind on it
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ravenz07 wrote: Wow Clutch this is looking fantastic!!! I have never been a big fan of red but your really starting to change my mind on it


Thanks! I've painted this bike several times over the almost 3 years I've had it, and I like this the best. One day, when I have the extra money, I will have it professionally redone just like this. My problem now, is that when I get to the end of my '66 A1 project, I will most likely have it painted in the blue color scheme (it was blue or red), which was not the original color of my bike. Don't want two red ones...lol!
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1980 KZ250 LTD (traded, but still missed)
1982 KZ750 E3 (Cafe Project) (Dyna-S, Dyna Coils, V&H 4-1, K&N Pods, 6 Sigma Jet Kit, Acewell Computer, Woodcraft Clip-ons, Custom Rewire)
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1982 KZ750 E3 makeover 21 Oct 2011 02:06 #484428

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I was walking around the garage tonight to clear a few things out of the way so I could drain the oil on my '66 A1 to start that project. While sitting there looking at the freshly painted, and almost done 750, I just felt proud to own that bike! It finally has a look and feel that is fitting, and I'm so happy to be almost done tinkering with it. I will be finishing up the small stuff tomorrow, including pulling it out for a good cleaning, and will post some pics with my good camera to show you all how it turned out.
Southern Maryland, USA

1980 KZ250 LTD (traded, but still missed)
1982 KZ750 E3 (Cafe Project) (Dyna-S, Dyna Coils, V&H 4-1, K&N Pods, 6 Sigma Jet Kit, Acewell Computer, Woodcraft Clip-ons, Custom Rewire)
1966 A1 Samurai (Restoration Project)

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