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    Finally fired it up today. Started right up once the carbs got some gas in them. Promptly realized I need to glue the throttle grip on to the tube and also my idle adjust screw is missing.

    I feel like I took it off to make a cad model, but that would have been several months ago, before the move
    Suzondacati Build Thread

    Chain rollers, swing arm chain guides, brake hangers, etc.

    Various parts for sale

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      Originally Posted by frinesi2 View Post
      Finally fired it up today. Started right up once the carbs got some gas in them. Promptly realized I need to glue the throttle grip on to the tube and also my idle adjust screw is missing.

      I feel like I took it off to make a cad model, but that would have been several months ago, before the move
      Congratulations ! On the throttle screw, one thing's for certain. You put it somewhere for safe keeping.

      Just had a hit, check the coin pocket in your jeans. Even after several washing it will still be there. Ask me how I know
      "Hawk Porn" http://picasaweb.google.com/11124379...eat=directlink 1990 NT650-Penske 8981, Race-tech Springs & Gold Valves, Steve Lenac six-piston caliper & EBC rotor,SS Brake lines Ft / Rear lines through SSA ,VFR brake lever, F2 front wheel, F-120/70 R-160/60 Dunlop Roadsmart, Full-Supertrapp Exhaust, Stage 1 Jet kit, K&N Filter, Corbin Seat, Pro-Tec Clip-On's/ Past Rides...1986 VFR700F2 Interceptor / 1979 Yamaha Rd400 Daytona Special

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        Originally Posted by frinesi2 View Post
        ...my idle adjust screw is missing...
        Hey Eric, i have a supply of the throttle screw bolts. They’re a little on the long side (making them easier to reach), but you’ll still need the spring and plastic knob. LMK if you want one, and I’ll drop it in the mail...
        This forum is entirely dedicated to wasting time and money modifying a slow motorcycle. - joel

        Nothing like a project to keep you busy, slowly draining funds out of the wallet! - spacetiger

        Our Hawks have all the power any mature, sensible rider can use on any street or highway without carrying around excessively unnecessary big-bore weight and power - squirrelman

        Bike builds can be and most time are art and expression. To take something mass produced and impersonal and make something personal that you can't stop staring at as you walk away. There is nothing I find more satisfying than looking at something cool and beautiful and thinking "I made that". - 6

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          Yesterday, I picked up a cheap ratty 89 Hawk that had good title and current registration. My 6th one purchased over the last 6-7 years. I have my very nice forever red 89 with all the goodies that is waiting on a new Thermae radiator I just ordered. I thought this might be just spare parts bike as it missed at idle, ran pretty rough, leaked water and you could hear the tappets on the back cylinder. It had over 63k miles. Oil light did go out once started and the lights and tach worked. I did not take it for a test ride. It also did not have a welded sprocket on the output shaft (yes, I always take tools to remove cover so I can look). The tank had some dents and the HAWK decals were mostly gone with bare metal showing and a couple of small dents. Very little rust inside.

          So today, what did I do to my Hawk.... I removed the tank (no bolts were holding the tank to the bike and none to be found.....but hey, the tank had one tank/frame rubber still in place. Felt like I found a lucky penny just then. After draining the gas (to later use in my lawn mower.... recycling... yeah). I poured in thick blue toilet bowl cleaner (removes scum and rust it said on bottle) and sloshed it around and let it set in different positions. I poured that out (captured it to flush sometime so recycle and double duty there rather than pour it on weeds in the back yard). Next came lots of water sprayed in and then drained the best I could. I then sprayed/sloshed a lot of WD40 into the tank hopefully to prevent any rusting. Got to say the inside looks almost new.

          Now for the outside of the tank. I spend about 2-3 hours applying paint remover, scrapping and re-applying paint remover... repeat, repeat. Got about1/3 down to bare metal. Not sure when day two on the tank will happen but maybe tomorrow or the next day. Once I get the top side done (leaving the red alone on the underside off the tank, not peeling) I will spray it with a light coat of rustolium grey primer to keep the rust off. I think a good paint shop could make it as good as the one on my nice Hawk or a few hundred. Maybe I should buy some decals ...hmmmm

          I do plan to work on the motor some, like check the valves, find and fix the water leak and go through carbs to see if this Hawk can run ok . If it does run well, I will keep it together, If not, I just bought a bunch of spare parts.

          I figure it will take me a month or so.

          day1 FRONT.jpg


          Last edited by BillnOroville; 03-31-2019, 02:16 AM.
          Bill,
          89 Red Hawk GT, 97 Magna, FZ-09. Past in reverse order:, 97 VFR750F, 87 VFR400R, 88 Hawk, 86 SRX 600, 77 RD400, 79 CB650, 04 VFR, 88 Blue Hawk, 89 Red Hawk, Yamaha SRX600, Harley 1200C, Yamaha RD400, Harley 883R, Yamaha 750 tripple, Honda Vlx600, Honda 450, Honda 400, Honda Cb550F, Kawasaki H1, BMW R69US, Yamaha R5C 350, Honda 160, Bridgestone 175, 1950 Harley 74 w/sidecar, 65 Harley 250 Sprint, 1948 Harley and my 1st bike-1941 Harley 74 knucklehead my dad gave in1963.

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            BillnOroville congrats on another rescued Hawk !

            what's the toilet bowl cleaner brand , and you use full strength?

            Thanks !
            "Hawk Porn" http://picasaweb.google.com/11124379...eat=directlink 1990 NT650-Penske 8981, Race-tech Springs & Gold Valves, Steve Lenac six-piston caliper & EBC rotor,SS Brake lines Ft / Rear lines through SSA ,VFR brake lever, F2 front wheel, F-120/70 R-160/60 Dunlop Roadsmart, Full-Supertrapp Exhaust, Stage 1 Jet kit, K&N Filter, Corbin Seat, Pro-Tec Clip-On's/ Past Rides...1986 VFR700F2 Interceptor / 1979 Yamaha Rd400 Daytona Special

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              Originally Posted by bk94si View Post
              Finally found why my Hawk wasn't running right. I cleaned the carbs wondering if that was it (it wasn't). Finally noticed that one of my plugs wires had gotten partially pulled out of the boot so I was running on 3 spark plugs.All is well now.
              Great that once you found out what it was, it was an easy fix .... 255-2555099_homer-simpson-doh-homer-simpson-meme-doh.png
              "Hawk Porn" http://picasaweb.google.com/11124379...eat=directlink 1990 NT650-Penske 8981, Race-tech Springs & Gold Valves, Steve Lenac six-piston caliper & EBC rotor,SS Brake lines Ft / Rear lines through SSA ,VFR brake lever, F2 front wheel, F-120/70 R-160/60 Dunlop Roadsmart, Full-Supertrapp Exhaust, Stage 1 Jet kit, K&N Filter, Corbin Seat, Pro-Tec Clip-On's/ Past Rides...1986 VFR700F2 Interceptor / 1979 Yamaha Rd400 Daytona Special

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                Thanks flyinelvis , I finally found it this morning.

                aaaaaand, it's raining.
                Suzondacati Build Thread

                Chain rollers, swing arm chain guides, brake hangers, etc.

                Various parts for sale

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                  April showers...

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                    I'm in the process of de-winterizing the bike and need to replace the valve cover gasket because of a leak in front that is making a mess. With the opportunity I decided to install a radiator fan override switch. Hope it works.



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                      Originally Posted by BillnOroville View Post

                      Now for the outside of the tank. I spend about 2-3 hours applying paint remover, scrapping and re-applying paint remover... repeat, repeat. Got about1/3 down to bare metal. Not sure when day two on the tank will happen but maybe tomorrow or the next day. Once I get the top side done (leaving the red alone on the underside off the tank, not peeling) I will spray it with a light coat of rustolium grey primer to keep the rust off.

                      If your confident doing all that up to this point, I would suggest just trying your hand at painting it yourself. At worse you spend $20 on practice.

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                        Originally Posted by mparker View Post

                        If your confident doing all that up to this point, I would suggest just trying your hand at painting it yourself. At worse you spend $20 on practice.
                        Good paint and good prep.Not gonna do much with $20.Summit racing has good spray cans of automotive quality paints.The paint I had done is 100% fuel proof.....can't say that for all paints.

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                          Originally Posted by behindthetimes View Post

                          Good paint and good prep.Not gonna do much with $20.Summit racing has good spray cans of automotive quality paints.The paint I had done is 100% fuel proof.....can't say that for all paints.
                          Fewer still are the fool proof AND fuel proof paints.

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                            Originally Posted by SPA View Post
                            BillnOroville congrats on another rescued Hawk !

                            what's the toilet bowl cleaner brand , and you use full strength?

                            Thanks !
                            ZEP commercial. From Home Depot. Full strength. Most any that say “rust” will probably work.
                            Bill,
                            89 Red Hawk GT, 97 Magna, FZ-09. Past in reverse order:, 97 VFR750F, 87 VFR400R, 88 Hawk, 86 SRX 600, 77 RD400, 79 CB650, 04 VFR, 88 Blue Hawk, 89 Red Hawk, Yamaha SRX600, Harley 1200C, Yamaha RD400, Harley 883R, Yamaha 750 tripple, Honda Vlx600, Honda 450, Honda 400, Honda Cb550F, Kawasaki H1, BMW R69US, Yamaha R5C 350, Honda 160, Bridgestone 175, 1950 Harley 74 w/sidecar, 65 Harley 250 Sprint, 1948 Harley and my 1st bike-1941 Harley 74 knucklehead my dad gave in1963.

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                              Originally Posted by mparker View Post

                              If your confident doing all that up to this point, I would suggest just trying your hand at painting it yourself. At worse you spend $20 on practice.
                              I must say Honda Paint is HARD to remove. I am confident to get to this point. I can paint wheels. Tanks are quite different. If I get this Hawk to a point it is a rider, I might tackle painting the tank. If Not then it is just spare parts then if I needed one for my nice Hawk it would be professionally painted to factory red with decals and all.

                              right now it is hanging in the garage wiped down with WD40 inside and out.

                              tank2.jpg


                              Bill,
                              89 Red Hawk GT, 97 Magna, FZ-09. Past in reverse order:, 97 VFR750F, 87 VFR400R, 88 Hawk, 86 SRX 600, 77 RD400, 79 CB650, 04 VFR, 88 Blue Hawk, 89 Red Hawk, Yamaha SRX600, Harley 1200C, Yamaha RD400, Harley 883R, Yamaha 750 tripple, Honda Vlx600, Honda 450, Honda 400, Honda Cb550F, Kawasaki H1, BMW R69US, Yamaha R5C 350, Honda 160, Bridgestone 175, 1950 Harley 74 w/sidecar, 65 Harley 250 Sprint, 1948 Harley and my 1st bike-1941 Harley 74 knucklehead my dad gave in1963.

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                                Originally Posted by behindthetimes View Post

                                Good paint and good prep.Not gonna do much with $20.Summit racing has good spray cans of automotive quality paints.The paint I had done is 100% fuel proof.....can't say that for all paints.
                                Maybe I was being optimistic, but I figured $10 on primer and $10 on paper for the practice not the total paint job.

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