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    Posted: 19 Oct 2016 at 19:02
Hi All, just thought I would show you progress so far on my build. I started with a Nevada 750 bought blind from a dealer friend. Price was cheap enough to say yes over the phone. I must say I have never been a Nevada fan and the plan was to tidy it up, sell and put the funds towards another Cali, ( still regret selling my last one a few years back.) I did some cosmetic work on the bike and then rode it before the final clean. I loved the way it rode, so then the dilemma. Sell it or modify? Modify was chosen and the plan is to work to a strict budget. Going for a street bike look with either Vincent Straight Bars or wide Moto x type.   So this is what I started with;


I want to keep some of the Patina and costs down, so a few hours later the bike progressed as shown below







I decided that the engine should be black so spent a few hours cleaning it all down. A good coat of BBQ paint, followed a few days later with some 2k satin Black lacquer ( both baked on by making a cardboard box oven and pumping hot air in with a heat gun.   The 2k lacquer is fuel resistant so the finish should last well.



I cleaned the frame and treated the bad areas with an acid etch primer, followed by some Valspar aerosol black enamel, this was after cutting the front tank mounting brackets off and repositioning them 25mm back. This is to accommodate the new tank.



This is where I am at now, and I have the next 2 days off work to crack on.


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Looking good, mind you, it looked better already, in pic 2 IMO.
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very under rated  bike, them engines are good for road ricing  ,look forward to the bike progressing Thumbs Up
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Yes thanks I agree, I have got a steel triumph bonnie (modern) rear mudguard and light unit which will go on, it also has the Triumph indicators on and I like them, so may buy a matching pair for the front. I have ordered a hump back seat off flea bay and am looking at silencers, I saw some short Norton style peashooter type which looked good but not cannot see them now, however I don't need them yet so will look again when I have time. Wiring Loom and suspension goes in tomorrow, so it should be rolling by lunchtime. All comment welcome especially on exhausts. I am going to use Ramair filters and I have to make a plate to go on the bottom of the fuel tank to take a fuel tap. ( one will be easier than 2, though I do have the option of a 600 H*n*a one that my Brother has going spare. However I would like to use one of the original taps and will check the flow rate tomorrow. Can anybody advise what a minimum flow rate should be in litres/ seconds?
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Originally posted by johnno johnno wrote:


very under rated  bike, them engines are good for road ricing  ,look forward to the bike progressing Thumbs Up



Can't beat a good rice, prefer Muller apple rice meself


Bike is looking very good.

One of the things that I was warned about with projects is to keep up the momentum so you don't get fed up with any problems that manifest themselves. Little and often over three years worked for me. There must be a reason why so many nearly finished projects end up for sale. Yours looks like it won't take anywhere near as long

Also, as soon as you are able, wrap and pack away that shiney tank. Just when things aren't going together so well, bring it out and brighten up your day instantly. It'll also prevent scratches n dings!!

Good luck.    

Edited by Oldrat - 19 Oct 2016 at 19:56
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Well, I'm 3 weeks in and my time is very limited in that it's been weekends only. My wife is on her girly Hol in Tenerife and I have 2 days off, so I now have 3 free days. I agree with you about stalling projects and sometimes I have the time but not the inclination, so leave well alone. Other times I disappear in the garage for an hour and end up in there for 4,5,6 hours plus.
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Looking good, liking the shiny tank. Thumbs Up
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RE flow rate,

say 20mpg at 100mph
1hr = 5 gallon
Flow rate = 5 gal/hr
2.5 gal/hr per tap
or just under 200cc/min?

but make sure you have a good safety margin x2-3 at least

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I had not thought of working it back like that, but only cause I'm being lazy and hoping someone else would do it. Many thanks, will measure the flow rate of one of the taps in the morning, (currently measuring my flow rate with a bottle of Red)
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Likewise, a cheeky wee Cotes du Rhone at this end Smile
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Got a bit more done today, painted a few brackets, back end is in, just have to fit the mudguard then carry on with the front end.



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Great job, keep the photos coming I can't wait to see the finished bike.

Like the sound of the Vincent flat bars but maybe mx bars will work better with the standard footpeg location?
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My thoughts were the same about the bar / footrest location.    My brother is dropping the straight bars off to me tomorrow so I will use these and then decide once I get the seat. Scramble bars may also be better as the cables are all quite long.
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Great stuff. I have often wondered what could be done with a Nevada. Looking forward to see this as it progresses.
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Ok. More progress though I had to work Friday so only got 1/1/2 days to work on bike as opposed to the 3 I was planning. Got the rear mudguard fitted and not sure that it is quite right ( but I can always change again at a later date) got the front end in, then had to take the top yoke off again as I forgot to put the headlamp brackets on!!!


I had to put a Time-Sert thread repair in the calliper mounting hole on the forks as the thread was stripped and I fitted the wheel (it has to come out again for cleaning painting of disc carriers) but I needed to see it rolling





I will definately be going for the scrambler bars as this will suit the standard footrest position better. Looks like I am going to have to change the front brake hoses as the originals are really too long. Just ordered some silencers as well. Ignition coils has to be moved to accommodate tank. I have space just under the headstock which keeps all standard wiring. Just need to make up some spacers to secure them.   Seat should be here in the next week or so.
Once I have this I can start to look at making the side panels.
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