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  Topic: Suzuki T20 restoration thread
fodder

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PostForum: Suzuki   Posted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:01 am   Subject: Suzuki T20 restoration thread
Thanks for the comments, dgjessing and dorT. I have to be honest and say that the photos flatter the bike a bit - the exhausts carry some battle scars and the alloy polishing could be better. But it i ...
  Topic: Suzuki T20 restoration thread
fodder

Replies: 17
Views: 196

PostForum: Suzuki   Posted: Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:59 pm   Subject: Suzuki T20 restoration thread
I ran it for a little while like that but eventually decided it needed an engine overhaul. It was quite tough collecting all the parts - the oil seals for the crank are rare, as are crank bearings but ...
  Topic: Suzuki T20 restoration thread
fodder

Replies: 17
Views: 196

PostForum: Suzuki   Posted: Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:48 pm   Subject: Getting it together
It was great building it all back up again. I hadn't touched the engine but thought I would see how it ran before considering any work on that.

It took a lot of kicking over but eventually fired up ...
  Topic: Suzuki T20 restoration thread
fodder

Replies: 17
Views: 196

PostForum: Suzuki   Posted: Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:42 pm   Subject: Bits and pieces
There were some trim items missing, such as the tank badges.

https://i.imgur.com/276oXTol.jpg

A bit of searching turned up repro items. Not cheap, but worth getting.

I also found a repro air ...
  Topic: Suzuki T20 restoration thread
fodder

Replies: 17
Views: 196

PostForum: Suzuki   Posted: Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:40 pm   Subject: fuel system
The tank had some light rust inside and the carbs were pretty silted up. The fuel tap was also unserviceable as it was missing the main parts. I fitted a replacement tap. The first one I bought was po ...
  Topic: Suzuki T20 restoration thread
fodder

Replies: 17
Views: 196

PostForum: Suzuki   Posted: Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:30 pm   Subject: Electrics
The electrics weren't in bad shape but I figured 52 year old wires wouldn't be too reliable so I fitted a new loom.

Old stuff:
https://i.imgur.com/0i0dYzvl.jpg

The bike didn't have indicators ...
  Topic: Suzuki T20 restoration thread
fodder

Replies: 17
Views: 196

PostForum: Suzuki   Posted: Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:24 pm   Subject: photos, photos, photos
As I went through it I took lots of photos, like this one of the bottom end of the steering damper, so I would know how parts went back together. I also pinched a load of my wife's freezer bags and la ...
  Topic: Suzuki T20 restoration thread
fodder

Replies: 17
Views: 196

PostForum: Suzuki   Posted: Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:22 pm   Subject: Suzuki T20 restoration thread
The chrome work was generally really good so I haven't done anything with that. The alloy lacquer was a bit peeled, though, so I polished that up on the brake hubs and the engine covers. Not too polis ...
  Topic: Suzuki T20 restoration thread
fodder

Replies: 17
Views: 196

PostForum: Suzuki   Posted: Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:19 pm   Subject: Suzuki T20 restoration thread
I cleaned up and painted the battery box, tail light bracket and horn with Hammerite.

https://i.imgur.com/ov3VTKql.jpg
  Topic: Suzuki T20 restoration thread
fodder

Replies: 17
Views: 196

PostForum: Suzuki   Posted: Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:17 pm   Subject: Suzuki T20 restoration thread
The front forks, apart from where they were held by the clamps and had got some surface rust, were in pretty good condition but I replaced the seals.

https://i.imgur.com/PvDVFr2l.jpg

Brake shoe ...
  Topic: Suzuki T20 restoration thread
fodder

Replies: 17
Views: 196

PostForum: Suzuki   Posted: Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:12 pm   Subject: Suzuki T20 restoration thread
The seat was totally shot, with no cover and crumbly foam. I stripped that back, cleaned the frame up, rust proofed it and used Hammerite paint to give it some protection. I then bought pre-formed foa ...
  Topic: Suzuki T20 restoration thread
fodder

Replies: 17
Views: 196

PostForum: Suzuki   Posted: Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:06 pm   Subject: Suzuki T20 restoration thread
The frame was pretty sound but the paint was chipped and needed some attention so that went off to be shot blasted and powder coated, along with the swinging arm and stands.

It came out very well. ...
  Topic: Suzuki T20 restoration thread
fodder

Replies: 17
Views: 196

PostForum: Suzuki   Posted: Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:03 pm   Subject: Suzuki T20 restoration thread
I was doing a car restoration course at the time so had a go at repairing the mudguards and tank, which was very dented and a bit rusty.

I welded the broken rear guard, and filled/primed the guard ...
  Topic: Suzuki T20 restoration thread
fodder

Replies: 17
Views: 196

PostForum: Suzuki   Posted: Sat Dec 09, 2017 11:32 am   Subject: Suzuki T20 restoration thread
It was last on the road in 1972 and had been laid up since. Speedo was broken but showed 13,000 miles. Judging by the lack of wear on components this seems to be an accurate figure.

The "few ...
  Topic: Suzuki T20 restoration thread
fodder

Replies: 17
Views: 196

PostForum: Suzuki   Posted: Sat Dec 09, 2017 11:22 am   Subject: Suzuki T20 restoration thread
I know how much I like to see photos and histories of other peoples projects so thought I would share some of my T20 restoration project. I have posted bits and pieces in other threads so apologies fo ...
 
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