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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 07-08-2013, 04:17 PM Thread Starter
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I sold my last street bike when I got my XR because I just wan't riding it much and it was taking up space. For some reason I went back on that and picked up this heap of rust for a project bike. It is a 1973 Kawasaki F7 enduro. It was my father-in-laws who bought it used in 1976 and just never really rode it. It was last started in 1999 but had carb issues and wasn't worth it to him to fix. The bad side is that it was parked under his house that is always wet. It is rusted up pretty bad but with enough liquid wrench I was able to get the cables to move and put it in N to roll it on my truck. The engine was seized from but I sprayed the cylinder down last night and this morning I was able to get it to move. Going to clean the carb up tonight and make a make shift gas tank bottle to see if I can get it to fire. The tank is rusted pretty bad on the inside so that will be a whole other issue. Don't want to sink alot of money into this but it would be a cool bike to ride on the Forest Service roads near my house. Wish me luck with this one.
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I sold my last street bike when I got my XR because I just wan't riding it much and it was taking up space. For some reason I went back on that and picked up this heap of rust for a project bike. It is a 1973 Kawasaki F7 enduro. It was my father-in-laws who bought it used in 1976 and just never really rode it. It was last started in 1999 but had carb issues and wasn't worth it to him to fix. The bad side is that it was parked under his house that is always wet. It is rusted up pretty bad but with enough liquid wrench I was able to get the cables to move and put it in N to roll it on my truck. The engine was seized from but I sprayed the cylinder down last night and this morning I was able to get it to move. Going to clean the carb up tonight and make a make shift gas tank bottle to see if I can get it to fire. The tank is rusted pretty bad on the inside so that will be a whole other issue. Don't want to sink alot of money into this but it would be a cool bike to ride on the Forest Service roads near my house. Wish me luck with this one.
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Boy howdy L you sure can pick 'em.

I don't imagine you need any suggestions but

1. Order another set of EZ outs, taps and inserts for after you snap off the ones you got now. Make that two new sets because you will bust your father in laws too. On second thought, don't replace his. He has it coming for his part in this project.

2. Buy mama a new deep fryer before you even start because after you get done slow cooking that mill in Marvel for a month her current one is going to be exhibit A in the divorce proceedings.

Brother, here's a thought. You might could find another one not running and then threaten it to put some of the parts from that one on it if it don't shape up.

Well, some men climb mountains. At least if you are a prideful guy this will be a lesson in humble.

I got all the faith in you L but I question the breadth you choose to apply to the term "barn find".

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Brother, here's a thought. You might could find another one not running and then threaten it to put some of the parts from that one on it if it don't shape up.
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As much as I love old enduro bikes that one has turned yard art. Good luck but I'd never attempt that, I'd start with a new everything. If it is rubber or supposed to move it needs replaced.

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Aww, a little Mother's and she'll be like new again.

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I don't expect much from this old bike but I am going to give it a go anyway. Messed with it for 4 hours this evening testing for spark which it still has and the rest of the 3.75 hours was dealing with the carb. Took forever to get it out and I broke part of the engine casing that its cover bolts to in the process. Still going to try and get it to at least run but it will probably be heading to the scrap yard before it is all said and done. I still appreciate the advise though, no matter how honest it is.

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Good luck on it looks like its going to be a lot of work

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I think id rather be spending my time riding my CR.... Just saying.

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I can't argue with that! Bought a spark plug for it today and if I can get the choke cable working like it should I am going to see if the old terd will come to life. I agree it is going to be too much trouble to really restore but I have been wanting a dual purpose bike for a while and was hoping this would be a good winter project. My plans are to get it running just for the hell of it and then probably take it apart and ebay the carb, brake and signal lights, seat, the CDI ignition and what few other parts are salvageable and take the rest to the scrap yard. Just going to take up too much time and money to even make it trail ready much less road ready. From doing searches on this thing there are alot of people who are fixing them up (ones that are much better shape than mine) and having a blast on them. Man, what was I thinking when I loaded it up in the truck!
On a side note my XR is still in the shop, rear shock came in today and hopefully will be ready tomorrow so getting back on it should help get this hopeless resto project out of my mind.

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