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    Year of Hawk Restorations - Bringing a 1989 Back to life

    Lots of project Hawks are getting built starting this year, also last year. I guess it is perhaps one silver lining of everyone having more time around the house. I started one a little last year and got sidetracked due to how my job actually is actually covering people when people are out of work for my employer. Usually it's vacation and other great reasons, but obviously not so much this past year, lol. I'm finally approaching the threshold where my time is going back to being around my house.

    Plans are going to be a nice refresh, but probably still going to do some color changes on it that are tasteful.

    I have a freind and co-worker interested in a bike and he's seen my 88 Blue bike and I think he's a little smitten so I am going to attempt to build this bike up for him and if his wife really does allow it then I'll probably get him on this one because I think he is a good fit on a Hawk (in other words not a big monster like me). If he takes it then I am doing him a solid deal, but aside from color and refurbing all the perishable stuff, it will be mostly stock. I'm still weighing whether to do with F2 forks and dual brakes or the stock brakes and suspension up front (and back) but probably to keep it affordable for him initially I'll probably stick to stock If it ends up his wife won't allow (I'm single so I can't judge, lol) then I have the parts to upgrade it and make it a good ebay or Craigslist/facebook market item. Ultimately either way the bike is getting rebuilt and moved down the road.


    As usual it all starts with a good bath.

    It's always the pain of cleaning, especially in the swingarm and center stand area. We all know that. No shortcuts this time around, because this time it's getting sand blasted and powder coated As you can see this one is starting off fresh. A few of you might have noticed there is some striping on the aluminum. I mostly knew that was going to happen and am including the info and did this to moslty show you guys what this product is, what it will do, and why to avoid. It's the Napa Aluminum cleaner. It does clean but it messes with the finish on whatever the clear finish it is that Honda puts on frames like ours so just beware. I am pretty sure this is also the same kind of coating a lot of wheel makers use when they have polished aluminum. It's not an issue for me here, because again, it's getting powder coated. So here it is, I just stlll have to remove the frame badges, VIN sticker, and coolant line clips. I just figured it would be easier to do that with it cleaned. Once I get done with this and removing the adhesive I'll be hosing it down and wiping with MEK and then media blasting, as well as sanding out thos scratches down below the swingarm bolt area..

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    88 Blue Hawk GT - Under construction but rideable (guest approved)
    89 BlackHawk 2.0 - On the lift and being assembled
    90 Hawk GT (color as to yet be determined) - Still on the shelf in crates

    #2
    For anyone who asks about cleaning without the streaking or recoating. If I were just going to leave the frame the original finish I would just use Simple Green HD and mix the whole jug in one of the HDX boxes I have the frame sitting on in the photos. I just pour the whole jug in and use the hottest faucet water I can find. My water heater is in the garage and for some reason I keep it absurdly hot so I just run a hose from it and fill from there. Once it's mixed I will let the frame, the swingarm and the subframe soak in the tub until the water is all cool enough to keep your hands in it and by that time it's usually gone a good job on breaking down the built in grease. For rinsing I use a hose and a Ryobi electric pressure washer that does about 1900 PSI (supposedly) (obviously I remove the eccentric hub and bearings from the swingarm and bearings and races from the frame as well before I start the process.
    88 Blue Hawk GT - Under construction but rideable (guest approved)
    89 BlackHawk 2.0 - On the lift and being assembled
    90 Hawk GT (color as to yet be determined) - Still on the shelf in crates

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      #3
      Always good to start with a clean frame.
      Flock of Hawks | '13 Tacoma | '69 Falcon (currently getting reassembled!)
      I've spent most of my money on women, beer, cars and motorcycles. The rest of it I just wasted.

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        #4
        Awesome first step! Puts my frame to shame. (Hey I made it rhyme). I didn't have the patience to scrub it. Maybe I'll get more patient as I get older and have more time.

        Nice that you're able to fully soak it. You're not posting this thread in the members build section?
        Eric Y.
        NT663/VFR800/CBR600F4i
        Yuzon Designworks

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          #5
          Keep posting pics, please!
          Bi-Coastal U.S.A.: Los Angeles, CA and Long Island, NY

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            #6
            nice work, just don't paint it black, OK ? or any other color !
            "It's only getting worse."


            MY rides: '97 VFR750, '90 Red Hawk, '88 Blue/Black Hawk, '86 RWB VFR700 (3), '86 Yamaha Radian, '90 VTR250, '89 VTR250 (2), '73 CB125, '66 Yamaha YL-1

            Sold: '86 FJ1200, '92 ZX-7, '90 Radian, '73 CB750, '89 all-white Hawk, '88 blue Hawk, '86 FZ600, '86 Yam Fazer 700 , '89 VTR250, '87 VFR700F2, '86 VFR700F.

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              #7
              Originally Posted by squirrelman View Post
              nice work, just don't paint it black, OK ? or any other color !
              Hey Jerry, you're feeling a bit opinionated on this topic, aren't you? Personally, I think a frame painted black looks good. 6 and I painted the race bike frame with rattle cans after we properly prepped it, came out pretty nice. The key is in the prep, whether you use paint, powdercoat or any other coating.
              Flock of Hawks | '13 Tacoma | '69 Falcon (currently getting reassembled!)
              I've spent most of my money on women, beer, cars and motorcycles. The rest of it I just wasted.

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                #8
                Originally Posted by eyhonda View Post
                Awesome first step! Puts my frame to shame. (Hey I made it rhyme). I didn't have the patience to scrub it. Maybe I'll get more patient as I get older and have more time.

                Nice that you're able to fully soak it. You're not posting this thread in the members build section?
                I keep forgetting there is that link. if any admins youcould relocate I’d be most appreciative!! Thanks


                88 Blue Hawk GT - Under construction but rideable (guest approved)
                89 BlackHawk 2.0 - On the lift and being assembled
                90 Hawk GT (color as to yet be determined) - Still on the shelf in crates

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                  #9
                  Originally Posted by jspeed53 View Post
                  Keep posting pics, please!

                  That is the plan. Hoping to build this over the next few weeks and have it done and ready to test and tune. Already had a good portion of stuff coated. Just need to
                  Keep up my momentum.
                  88 Blue Hawk GT - Under construction but rideable (guest approved)
                  89 BlackHawk 2.0 - On the lift and being assembled
                  90 Hawk GT (color as to yet be determined) - Still on the shelf in crates

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                    #10
                    Might have to fixx some links a bit later. Never really tried uploading on a phone, lol.
                    Attached Files
                    88 Blue Hawk GT - Under construction but rideable (guest approved)
                    89 BlackHawk 2.0 - On the lift and being assembled
                    90 Hawk GT (color as to yet be determined) - Still on the shelf in crates

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                      #11
                      Going to pull the motor off that Hawk and transplant it, then I want to powder coat the tank a color called illusion cherry and then paint match the front fender and seat cowl.

                      As you can see in the other pictures I’m doing most stuff in Jerry’s favorite color, except it’s powder coat, so hey, it’s not black paint at least.
                      Attached Files
                      88 Blue Hawk GT - Under construction but rideable (guest approved)
                      89 BlackHawk 2.0 - On the lift and being assembled
                      90 Hawk GT (color as to yet be determined) - Still on the shelf in crates

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                        #12
                        Some photos of the frame stripped down from blasting and starting to plug and prep for powder coating.









                        88 Blue Hawk GT - Under construction but rideable (guest approved)
                        89 BlackHawk 2.0 - On the lift and being assembled
                        90 Hawk GT (color as to yet be determined) - Still on the shelf in crates

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                          #13
                          Got some of the parts coated and baked. I still have an oven full of stuff plus wheels that I am wrapping up in the next week or 2. Ignore the Harley parts. That is a whole other ball of wax/side project, lol.



                          88 Blue Hawk GT - Under construction but rideable (guest approved)
                          89 BlackHawk 2.0 - On the lift and being assembled
                          90 Hawk GT (color as to yet be determined) - Still on the shelf in crates

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                            #14
                            Looking good.
                            ASMA #139

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                              #15
                              Nice progress....looking forward to more!

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