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1972 Z1-900

1972 Z1-900

1st December 2018
We haven't finished the Z1A yet (and we still have the red Z1B) but when you get the chance to get hold of an early 1972 Z1, you have to take it...……………...The engine and frame number match and it is relatively early (making it a "made in 1972") model.Mostly complete but there a few odd rare parts missing which will give us a bit of a challenge.You will notice the wrong forks fitted which we will have to replace with the original type.I have taken the head and barrels off to check that they are right and it still has the early ones with the one piece head gasket that are consistent with the early models.And the head is lovely and clean.  You never know what you are going to get when you take these to bits.We will have to pay particular attention to this rebuild, it is imperative to use all the right early parts to make sure it is as original as possible. This is the only way of making sure it is worth the big money that people are paying for them.We have already ordered a paint set in the brown and orange from our supplier in Japan   

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Z1a 2018

Z1a 2018

7th November 2018
I bought this Z1a off eBay in the US in Nov last year.  An interesting experience to say the least.  Neil McCallum Shipped it over and it arrived in June.Neil (being the top chap that he is) sorted out all of the documentation for us as part of the service.The best thing that can be said about it was that the engine and frame numbers matched.  It was not pretty, but was complete, I hesitate to put up the photos of what it was like.If you have read any of the previous blogs, you will know that we use all of the same / usual suspects for the restorations. The engine bits have been cleaned by Steve Smethurst  (Steve's Web Site) and Dave has rebuilt it.The head has been reconditioned by Paul at Engine Tekniks (Engine Tekniks web site).  Dave's top tip - We find it much easier to put the engine in the frame without the head on.Pete Brown of Classic Motorcycle Service  (CMS Website)  sorted out the zinc plating and has built up the wheels for us on our aftermarket rims.  We have gone for a double disk - it is what most people want.Steve has also polished up the fork legs - which we have then rebuilt.Alistair Marshal (01827 63328) has done the clocks for us again and put the same millage on that was indicated on what was left of the speedo (clearly - it cant be authenticated).If you have read the previous blogs - it all sounds a bit repetitive.  You will have noticed that we are still missing the frame though.As we always do, we took the frame to Roger to put in his jig; it needed just a little straightening (as they often do), we then took it to Tony at Pit Stop…

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