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1974 Z1A Preservation 4 years 1 week ago #595669

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Some of you maybe heard this story, but I got rides on this bike when I was a boy.
The owner passed away and I received these from his son and daughter.
(I basically saved them from the scrap yard).
I dug this bike and a Z1B frame and motor out of the weeds after more than 20 years.
When I first got the bikes I took a torch and removed the fairing, back rest from the Z1A and pressure washed off as much of the black mold as I could.


Next I oiled the whole rusted mess down and let it set since last summer.


I had it running for a "few minutes" after sitting for 20+ years, but the exhaust valve broke while it sat idling in the driveway.


This happened as soon as I shut the camera off.



I sent a head from an old junk 76 900 to Larry Cavanaugh for a valve job and having the cylinders bored by a local guy for the 1000 pistons z1wiz gave me.

In the meantime, I've been cleaning, polishing and a little touch up painting on the frame.
This is how it looks as of yesterday.

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1974 Z1A Preservation 4 years 1 week ago #595670

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I like your progress...watcha gonna do with the Z1B frame and motor?

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Michael
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1974 Z1A Preservation 4 years 1 week ago #595674

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Mcdroid wrote: I like your progress...watcha gonna do with the Z1B frame and motor?


Thank you.
I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the Z1B, but I'll hang on to it for now.
I might want to fix it up some day. I also have and extra Z1 parts engine for this bike now.
It started as this


I've been piecing it together a little at a time when I find parts.
This is the Z1B as it is now, sitting in my "Z1 Honey Hole" aka the horse stall. lol

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1974 Z1A Preservation 4 years 1 week ago #595854

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Sounded like You could hear that valve lettin go right before u shut it off

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1974 Z1A Preservation 4 years 4 days ago #596760

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chonus wrote: Sounded like You could hear that valve lettin go right before u shut it off


I'm not sure?
When I tore the motor down, I found the eye on the "cam chain guide" broken in half.

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