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Old 09-13-2013, 09:50 PM   #1
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74 H2 resurrection

Started a thread on the Kawasaki Triples forum and thought I would also post here.

I'm starting the restoration on my 1974 Kawasaki H2 I bought back in 1977 from the original owner. It was the first motorcycle I ever owned.

The bike back in 1977




The bike had been sitting in my parents garage in Texas since 1981. I moved to California in 1987 and mostly forgot about it. I thought a few times about shipping it to California and restoring it back to original but that would be complicated since it had be heavily modified in the late 70s. The bike currently has a Denco Cobra 120 motor.

It also didn't help that during one of my parents moves all the boxed original parts were lost or throw away. These included the original exhaust system, air box, carbs, wheels and various small bits and pieces.

The bike is in pretty crusty condition so everything will need to be refinished.

The bike as it sat in my Moms garage.


It's finally home in my garage.
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Old 09-14-2013, 12:38 AM   #2
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Old 09-14-2013, 08:26 AM   #3
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Started the tear-down. The last time I touched the motor was around 1980-81. I had done a fresh re-bore because of an earlier piston seizure.






Left cylinder is missing its piston. I knew one was not installed but can't remember the reason why now. Probably just lost interest. At the time my buddies and I all had new Z1000s we were messing with.

Note Denco stamp and serial number.





Still looks new.....






Empty left cylinder. No rust.





Not sure what I'll end up doing with the Denco top end as I'm putting the engine back to stock spec. I already have a set of stock bore late model cylinders and heads.




Motor out.

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Old 09-14-2013, 08:37 AM   #4
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I'd store the Denco topend in a safe deposit box
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Old 09-14-2013, 09:19 AM   #5
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Looks like the port edges needs a good chamfer.
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Old 09-14-2013, 11:01 AM   #6
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Are you planning on changing out the crank seals? The rust indicates you may need to do the crank bearing anyways.
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Old 09-14-2013, 11:41 AM   #7
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Are you planning on changing out the crank seals? The rust indicates you may need to do the crank bearing anyways.
Yes the engine is getting a total rebuild. The crank seals can't be trusted after all this time.
I also need to bead or maybe vapor blast the cases. Anybody know a good place to do this in SoCal?
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If you are going to beadblast you should be painting the engine. Dirt/Oil will stick like a motherlover and will be hard to keep clean.
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Old 09-14-2013, 09:34 PM   #9
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If you are going to beadblast you should be painting the engine. Dirt/Oil will stick like a motherlover and will be hard to keep clean.

This looks like a interesting possibly.

Vaporblasting
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Old 09-14-2013, 11:14 PM   #10
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Scooters? Two-strokes? Painted engines? Multicylinder? Sorry. I've given up on
you and your moms ever sending me parts pre-cleaned and ready for vaporblasting.


He seems like a nice guy!
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Old 09-15-2013, 08:22 AM   #11
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Scooters? Two-strokes? Painted engines? Multicylinder? Sorry. I've given up on
you and your moms ever sending me parts pre-cleaned and ready for vaporblasting.


He seems like a nice guy!

Everyone has their idiosyncrasies. Cleanliness is clearly his.....
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Old 09-22-2013, 03:36 PM   #12
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Made some progress with the tear down.



The frame has some issues that need corrected.

I had trimmed off the turn signal brackets, center stand and chain oiler mounts.



I also welded in some additional frame bracing that will have to be removed.






The missing brackets can't easily be recreated but I picked up a un-titled frame on eBay cheap. So with a little cutting and welding I can transfer the brackets.


I'm going to refinish the Lester's to their original finish.

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Old 09-24-2013, 09:09 AM   #13
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If you need I have a titled 1974 frame...
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Old 10-03-2013, 05:19 PM   #14
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Wow, looks like a fun project. You had it set up pretty well for the day.

I'm in.


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Old 10-07-2013, 03:46 PM   #15
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right on, another 1977 h2 pic. here's my with my then new bride.

diggin' the ironhead too....
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