Hiya guys. I only recently bought forum member pberkhoutxr630’s VF1000FE as a restoration project. The bike (was registered and runs well), a spare bike (no fuel tank) and a stripped motor all bought for the princely sum of AUD$1300.
My intent is to rebuild the runner with my 14YO son and then, maybe, build up the rolling chassis/spare motor.
I will post photos along the way to show my son’s handy work off. Thus far he has learned to cut and grind metal and MIG weld in order to build an engine stand.
Anyway, I’m happy such a four exists as it provided me with heaps of info before I even viewed Paul’s bike. As they say, forearmed is forewarned!
A couple of questions if I may.
- Are the frame and engine numbers matched on these bikes? Reason being, I have the (supposed) original engine from the HO which doesn’t match the frame number and neither do the numbers in the spare bike. It seems too coincidental that both bike original motors don’t match the frame #s.
- Has anyone sourced new dial needles given they appear to have a propensity to break. No wonder, given they are spindly shanks beyond the spindle area. I have a load of instruments that I got from Paul and am trying a few plastic options to make new gauge needles. I there an easier option out there?
- I see that the fuel tank has a number of inbuilt and inaccessible filters. Are these a problem if I want to line the tank with Red Kote or a similar tank liner?
- I noticed fuel pumps available on eBay for about AUD$50 but the outlet s are straight. Has anyone use these or have you just persisted with gravity feeds.
I think that will do for now.