T Desire to GT500 Restoration
The motor in the bike I had, had a bent conrod, due to hydraulic lock. The crank had filled with oil after sitting for 12 months. I stripped the whole bike with all nuts and bolts going into labeled ziplock bags (theres a tip you can have for free). I had to use a careful mix of precision work and extreme violence with a hammer and a block of wood to remove the cylinder with the bent conrod. Now has anyone out there tried to located a conrod for a T500. Well you might know how difficult that can be unless you have squillions of dollars, you will end up with a crank worth more than the whole bike. 1 guy in Germany can offer some new ones, and someone in Sydney said they might have one. Still I managed to aquire another bike with a proper GT motor in it so hopefully my troubles would be over! Here is a photo of the beautiful machine.
When I finally kicked it over it fired once and stopped with a mighty clang and a little puff of smoke. The engine would not turn over again, didn’t matter though because I wanted to completely strip it down anyhow. Once I started taking covers off I found it had a set of points and on further investigation it was an old motor from a 72 T and not a proper GT motor. I know now that I should have spotted the closely mounted carbs and lack of electronic bits. But this was my first 500 project and so begins the process of learning about the bikes history and model differences. Where would I have been without Muzzas top site, everything I ever needed at the click of a button.
Another little gem I got off this bike was that funny bolt that the seat clips onto. Any wreck is valuable, dont throw anything away!
The final product….
Cheers Smokey Matt