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Old 8th August 2015, 09:45   #1
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So this started off as a college days craze to buy a vintage bike and undertake a restoration project as I have grown up watching biker build off, overhauling and travel & living/turbo. I kept on searching online, calling people in different cities inquiring about the price. Then I went to Karol Bagh one of the dealers there told me Yezdi was available, gave me the number of the guy selling and so I called him up and then went to Rithala to see the bike, it was the deluxe model ok condition with different bike parts on it. So I was not that amazed with it and hence the deal did not work out.

After almost a year or so again I was desperately looking for a vintage bike to restore; options were RD350 or Yezdi/Jawa. I was considering buying RD350 but again the price was sky touching at about a lakh for the bike and then restoration at its best would easily cost me one more so I left this option. Then one day I saw an ad on OLX Yezdi 79 model good condition with RC book so I called up this guy, he was in Ghaziabad Hapur road and told him I will come and see the bike on Sunday morning. So caught hold of my friend went there saw the bike, took a ride and loved it. It was in its original form, had almost all parts and so I took my friends opinion what should I do, should i think about it and come back again or buy it right away. He told me buy it and thatís what I did; took it home. That ride from Hapur road to my house south delhi was a memorable one; it was running smooth no problems at all.

With my parents unaware of it; it was surprise for them too with a bit of a scolding it then went off well. So now the question was restoring it. I searched the internet and asked one of my friends to make something on Autocad to help me finalize the colours. Then at the same time got in touch with a member of Yezdi Jawa Club Delhi and he then introduced me to the other members and it was so helpful as I asked them where to buy parts and what to do but again I did it on my own rather than just giving the bike for complete restoration to someone. So I found a mechanic near my house who used to work on these bikes and a painter too near his workshop. So I told him there is not much to do I just want the clutch assembly, all wires/packing changed and cosmetic rejuvenation. So he gave me an idea and I was absolutely cool with it.

I stared buying spare parts which he gave me a list of; I started the process in the old fashion collecting all parts first in a box and then starting off with the project. I was able to find almost all the parts except the exhaust which I decided to stick to my old one and get electroplating done.

I met the painter explained him what I want i.e. matte army green paint and it should be DUPONT. My bike was stripped, dents were filled and then he did the first coat but it was not the matte paint and not dupont too, was just some random paint without lacquer on it, then I took him along to the paint shop bought dupont matte army green paint.

I took all screws and others parts for electroplating and buffing was done on the engine.

Now the paint was done which took many days as he was delaying the work blaming the rains. So now it was mechanics turn he too was started delaying the work, bringing up new problems asking for more parts and eventually had to buy so many new things but again I was not satisfied as I could see it was not going the right direction, the mechanic knew the work but he was not the best. So I called up a guy in YJC asking him who is the best mechanic and can he come down to fix a bike so got the contact number of a mechanic called him up and he came down charged me some money and he took the engine along with him to get new bore and piston changed.

After a day he came with the engine under my house and from morning till night he worked on the bike bought it together.

The bike sure had some problems after that but no big issues, gear selector breaking a few times and thatís about it.

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Looks great. Specially the painted tank. The red frame - not sure how it would look. Is that the final colour?
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The thing about 2 strokes are that they are so worth it. Two strokes are something into which you can you can put money into and see them loving you back instantly. Like I said, its simply worth it. And some people just don't get it. Will keep a close eye on this thread.

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