1980/1983 Whatzitgonnabe Build

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I got the $100 painted parts put on yesterday. Waiting on some headlight brackets I ordered and need to decided on a seat but it’s coming together.
Filled the cooling system and ran it through a couple of heat cycles during the day checking for leaks.
I think I’m going to like the Holley card. Instant start and smooth idle. Can’t wait to see how it runs down the road.
Also need to figure what to replace the godawful huge stock tail light with.
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Looking great!!
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Track T 2411 wrote: Fri Mar 12, 2021 11:09 pm Just an FYI, there are a few differences between the '81 and '83. The 81 has the neutral switch on the right side of the engine, and the 83 has a more complicated switch behind the transmission cover. The 83 also has self- cancelling directionals, so the wiring harness is different. The 83 came stock with improved spark ignitors as well. They are a plug and play swap.
I’ll using the wiring harness from the ‘80 so I will be avoiding those problems. Thanks for the info on the igniters. I’ll keep them for spares.
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You did very well buying those parts for 100 bucks. They look very nice and were they mine you would of had to 'pry them out of my dead fingers' or give me three or four times that price to get them. Paint is becoming very costly these days.
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Jonesz wrote: Sun Apr 04, 2021 10:29 am You did very well buying those parts for 100 bucks. They look very nice and were they mine you would of had to 'pry them out of my dead fingers' or give me three or four times that price to get them. Paint is becoming very costly these days.
Yes I feel very lucky to have gotten them for that price. Guy I bought them from only does original restorations and they came with a project bike he acquired recently. He had another set with factory paint ready to go on the bike
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Nice!
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I took an 83 exhaust system, cut off the rusted out extensions, ran a wire wheel over the chrome to rough it up them painted it with VHT header paint. Left the heat shields on and masked them before painting. Sound great without the baffles in the end.
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Very nice work. Looking great.
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I didn’t like the hugeass tail light and wide turn signals so I built a bracket to mount some lights I had lying around.
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I have everything I need for this project except a seat. I couldn’t stand it any longer so I scabbed on a ‘75 seat so I could take it for a ride. After putting around long enough to get the temp up to the operating range I discovered that I couldn’t open the Holley 5200 2 barrel carb up all at once with out it stumbling. However if I just rolled into it, it would run like a bat out of hell! Takes a little throttle finesse but I am very pleased with the way it ran.
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