Ed’s 85 VF700F

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    Just like I said you needed to do. Glad you got em.
     
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    Looking back - yes you did!

    Oil pan will drop tonight and we’ll see what if anything is hiding out in there.

    First oil change I found some schmutz I thought might be from the cam chain tensioner - we’ll see if any more is in there


    -Ed
    1972 CL350
    1985 VF700F
     
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    Oil pan didn’t look half bad. No big chunks, no ferrous metal in the oil. Some sludge on the bottom, and e strainer was in the bottom of the pan - and doesn’t seem to want to stay up on the pipe, nor does the gasket.

    Not sure if that’s normal or if something is funky.

    Everything fits snugly, just not enough to keep it up.

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    -Ed
    1972 CL350
    1985 VF700F
     
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    That looks pretty good.

    If time (and some money) isn't an issue, I would probably get new o-rings / gaskets. They should stay in place while you raise the oil pan into place. Piece of mind and you will never ever have to worry about it again.
     
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    I wound up lining it all up and lifting - I could feel it pop in as the bolts tightened up, so I suppose it sits against the pan in use.

    The o-ring around the oil Pan was replaced if that’s what you meant. I used a bit of Honda bond on the o ring/pan gasket, I swear that stuff is made of magic as long as you don’t slobber on too much.

    Getting the collector back on is proving to be a challenge.

    Inserted the new graphite gaskets into the female end, but they don’t seem to want to go farther than about 1/2 way up.

    Probably just need to wiggle better.


    -Ed
    1972 CL350
    1985 VF700F
     
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    I use a jack to snug it up into place.
     
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    Yerp - just trying to get it positioned so it’s pushed upwards and not pushing the whole bike up

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    -Ed
    1972 CL350
    1985 VF700F
     
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    Little bit of wiggling, little bit of pushing, lot of dead blow mallet, and the exhaust is back together.

    I cannot for the life of me get the left side hanger for the exhaust collector to line up, but everything is snug as a bug.


    -Ed
    1972 CL350
    1985 VF700F
     
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    Hindsight being 20/20, this would have been 100x easier if I had done the David dodge work before putting the exhaust back on.

    Word to the wise.

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    -Ed
    1972 CL350
    1985 VF700F
     
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    While you're working in that area, pop your starter off and clean out the brush dust and clean the armature. I've never had to replace brushes on any of my bikes, but I'll maybe give them a light sanding.
     
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    Oil mod is done. Toughest part was finding a 1-1/8” socket for the adapter.

    Wound up using a 29mm axle socket from the mechanic next door.

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    -Ed
    1972 CL350
    1985 VF700F
     
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    Next up is figuring out why the throttle sticks when the bars are hard to the right.

    Going to look through the manual but let me know if anything seems off here:

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    The top most cable on the bar is routed to the top of the throttle and winds up on the rear most hook for the cable.


    -Ed
    1972 CL350
    1985 VF700F
     
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    You can usually get this resolved by playing a little bit with the adjusters up near the throttle itself. Loosen em up a bit to see if you get a good snap-back. Then adjust towards taught until you get it how you want it to feel. And yea, hard to the right is usually where it's going to get stuck if it does.
     
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    Such an odd little tool:

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    -Ed
    1972 CL350
    1985 VF700F
     
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    Anyway - everything came together. Hardest part was getting the carbs back in again.

    Filled up with Mobil-1 4T full synthetic, reinstalled the radiators, hoses etc.

    When ready to take it out I’ll put some distilled water and baking soda in as the coolant - try and get rid of the last crud in the radiators, then flush with distilled again, and finally put actual coolant back in.

    After the steering/throttle issue is sorted, obviously.

    Still need steering bearings, but that’ll be after it’s been out for a test run.


    -Ed
    1972 CL350
    1985 VF700F
     
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    Something must have happened when I had the carbs out - bike started up after some heavy cranking and I’ve got quite the fuel leak:

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    Hopefully it’s just a loose hose. I already made the switch to SS connecting tubes.


    -Ed
    1972 CL350
    1985 VF700F
     
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    Boy that looks familiar! It was o rings for me


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    Only happening when using the fuel pump… running the carbs directly off of a reserve tank and there’s no drips…

    It seems like there might be some stuck floats after sitting for a couple of months.

    Trying to get a good look in at where the leak is happening.

    Doesn’t hurt to remove the velocity stacks/that box they’re in as long as the carbs aren’t coming out with it, correct?


    -Ed
    1972 CL350
    1985 VF700F
     
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    Aaaand it was a float.

    Bone dry now. Let’s see how she rides


    -Ed
    1972 CL350
    1985 VF700F
     
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    Good news is it’s running like a champ. Turned some heads with the smoking collector from the paint baking off.

    Much quieter - one mildly clacky valve if you really put your ear to the front head. I’m leaving that we’ll enough alone for now.

    No signs of an oil leak except for maybe a drip off the alternator cover.

    Biggest issue is there’s coolant getting out from somewhere. I didn’t have a chance to track down exactly where, but I’m hoping it isn’t from the just-cleaned radiators.

    Edit - here’s a before/after of the inside of the radiator. Have distilled water in there now just for the sake of a last flush.

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    Definitely got the bulk but you can see there’s some dried on crud in there.

    -Ed
    1972 CL350
    1985 VF700F
     
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