Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Reader Restoration -

Start­ing out with a run­ner is al­ways an en­cour­ag­ing be­gin­ning. That spurred Gary on to get­ting the Ket­tle stripped and turn­ing it from mon­grel hound to pedi­gree charmer in more or less a year

MAY 2013 Crank it up Chris Ap­pleby re­built the GT’S crank. In­ac­tiv­ity had dried out the seals. New bear­ings were pricey but it should last an­other 40,000 miles.

JUN 2013 On the case Tony from AJ’S Mo­tor­cy­cles, Hull, blasted the cases then re­built the mo­tor, mildly port­ing the bar­rels while he was at it.

JULY 2013 A costly split Re­build­ing the CV carbs re­vealed a split di­aphragm. A costly re­place­ment. Luck­ily Gary found three NOS di­aphragms for £170.

OCT 2012 Love will tear us apart Hav­ing found out that the Ket­tle runs, Gary starts the process of dis­man­tling it. Note that he’s al­ready found a re­place­ment seat.

OCT 2012 Brak­ing, bro­ken GT750 brakes aren’t great at the best of times, so this kind of de­te­ri­o­ra­tion isn’t go­ing to help any. New caliper pis­tons were the only an­swer.

Black out A lick of paint re­stored the discs’ presentation; a pre­vi­ous owner had help­fully drilled the ro­tors to im­prove per­for­mance. FEB 2013

JAN 2013 Brace your­self Gary flirted with the idea of an un­der­braced ’arm, but a lack of ec­cen­tric ad­justers, and the ap­pear­ance of a cheap Dresda scup­pered that .

NOV 2012 In a wheel state Cam­bray where a known quan­tity on the 1970s af­ter­mar­ket; now a rare and de­sir­able breed. Pol­ish and paint got them back to their best.

You’ve been striped OCT 2013 Gary bought pin­stripes for the tank, but Eric didn’t think them good enough. In­stead, he painted them by hand. Very neat job.

JUL 2013 Gleam ma­chine Anochrome Wolver­hamp­ton brought the tin­ware and pipes back to new. Gary can’t use the cen­tre­stand with the All­speeds, though.

SEPT 2013 Re­mov­ing the rot The tank was rot­ten be­hind the badge brack­ets. Eric Rekis cut away the rot and re­placed with new steel. It’s such a tidy job you’d never know.

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