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Author Topic: 87 (1TX) restoration - the final push?  (Read 325 times)
petetb154
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« on: September 12, 2022, 11:32:40 AM »

Hey all,
I thought I might share what I hope is the final push in a 3 phase restoration of my 87 FJ.
Phase 1 was in April 2014 - Getting it running again - see here for my intro: http://www.fjowners.com/index.php?topic=11247.msg113079#msg113079
Phase 2 was in July 2015 - Upgraded the wheels and suspension - see here for that post https://fjowners.com/index.php?topic=14281.msg144100#msg144100
Phase 3 now in Sept 2022 - Yea, there is a 7 year gap here. Finally back at it, and hopefully this is the last major renovation for a while.

Goals for this final phase are to:
1. fix a valve that is too tight even on the smallest shim (@Randy is expecting to get my head soon)
2. powder coat all the silver and black metal bits including the frame and fork lowers
3. fix all the dinged/cracked/damaged plastic and paint it with the original colors and decals (rddecals / color-rite)
4. fix some electrical issues mostly having to do with old connectors
5. fix any other loose, damaged, scratched, worn parts as I find them
6. throw on some new accessories like a larger oil cooler, led tail light etc. (here I come Randy!)

I thought you guys might like to see a few pics of the tear down this weekend



    The last phase should keep me busy this winter I hope. I'll try to keep this thread updated with progress.

    You all usually have such great advice, so if you see an opportunity to repair or upgrade something while I am in here, please let me know![/list]
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    Brian Peterson
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    « Reply #1 on: September 12, 2022, 11:51:37 AM »

    Slow progress ,but your bike look very nice! Really like the colors on it  good2 here in Norway it was not sold in that colors the red and white was placed  opposite way or they where blue and white
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    « Reply #2 on: September 22, 2022, 03:43:00 PM »

    Quick update as of 9/22/22

    Metal bits are at the powder-coating shop. It's going to be more expensive than I thought. Probably north of $700 to blast and re-paint everything. 


    The head is in RPM's competent hands. Randy is tipping the valves to resolve one valve that is too tight, and will put all the rest right in the middle. We'll install new valve seals and check that we have a good seal everywhere else. He has my order for about every part than I haven't bought from him yet. :-)


    I've started on the body work repairs - front the ground up. Below is the chin scoop. The clutch master cylinder had a leak for years and brake fluid oozed onto the left side of the chin scoop, weakening the plastic, eventually breaking off. I cleaned it all up, and I'm using .125 thick sheets of ABS plastic from Amazon and some ABS cement to laminate 2 pieces together and attach a new trailing piece onto the left side of the scoop. It's not done yet, but I am happy with the way it's coming along.



    Thought you all might be interested. Once I finish with the scoop, I'll share paint ready pics here and move on the the other parts.
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