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  • I'm at it again, IT175 J

    I honestly didn't plan on doing another bike, but this one just threw itself at me.(I think I said that last time)

    Anyway, I got home from work a couple of weeks ago ,sat down and started to browse FB marketplace, Straight up there's an ad posted 7 minutes previously, a bike I remember vividly from my youthful past.
    I scan the photos, I know there's no way it's running, but it seems to be all together, I make the call, It's still there, as I'm backing out the driveway I call out to the missus (who's mowing) "I'm off to get another bike", she nods showing no surprise(she's a good woman).

    After 40 mins of battling peak hour I arrive expecting to be told that it was just sold, but no, I'm in luck. The young lass who posted ad, on behalf of her father who's selling it n behalf of his old mate, says "come and have a look, it's pretty rough".
    I pushed the asking price of $100 into her hand. She tells me that she's had a dozen calls since mine. I tell her about the vintage MX and enduro scene.

    Anyway, no more rattling on, here it is.






    I know it looks like a 50 year old Thai prostitute, But I think it's got a heart of gold.
    (I think there's a movie idea in that)

    You have to understand that many people are not ready to be unplugged and many of them are so injured, so hopelessly dependant on the system that they will fight to protect it.

    Cum dubio, potestas egressus


    If I wanted to make a life-long career out of working with the mentally retarded I would have gone into Special Education or opened a Harley Davidson dealership

  • #2
    The K was the last one yeah?

    I bought an F new in '79 ^roost

    Still have the owners manual and the headlight

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    • #3
      I had a fairly tidy one of these when I was about 15, '82 model I think.
      Looking forward to seeing you resurrect this old dog:grinning-

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      • #4
        A gem of a bike in their day and so much fun to throw around

        Really looking forward to watching each update !

        *perhaps one day a TS185 will find its way into your workshop (and the memories will come flooding back)
        Time and tide . .

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Johnno_Ipswich View Post
          The K was the last one yeah?

          I bought an F new in '79 ^roost

          Still have the owners manual and the headlight
          Yeah, the J and the K were pretty much the same bike, last of the 175's
          My interest in the 175J is the fact that I never had one, but I remember the first time I saw one.
          When I was 15, my mates and I all had old twin shock, second hand bikes. Another fella we knew rocked up one day on a brand spankin 175J that his parents bought him,
          And I remember it being the most amazing dirt bike I'd ever seen.
          I had a IT250 H a few years after that, It was bags of fun.

          You have to understand that many people are not ready to be unplugged and many of them are so injured, so hopelessly dependant on the system that they will fight to protect it.

          Cum dubio, potestas egressus


          If I wanted to make a life-long career out of working with the mentally retarded I would have gone into Special Education or opened a Harley Davidson dealership

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          • #6
            Looks good to go as soon as you put some petrol in it.
            If it doesn't use fossil fuels then it's not a toy worth having.

            Maico will rise again! !psm

            The Chiko Roll - Health food of a nation.

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            • #7
              When I picked it up, the back wheel wouldn't turn. I didn't know if the chain was rusted solid or the engine was seized or anything in between.(no kick starter)

              So we put the back wheel on a skateboard and wheeled it out to the ute.
              When I got home and took the chain off, I realized it was the brake hub.
              3 hours of gentle prying, trying not to damage the magnesium brake plate and wondering why it just wouldn't let go, this is what I see.
              I've been tearing the linings off the shoes.



              You have to understand that many people are not ready to be unplugged and many of them are so injured, so hopelessly dependant on the system that they will fight to protect it.

              Cum dubio, potestas egressus


              If I wanted to make a life-long career out of working with the mentally retarded I would have gone into Special Education or opened a Harley Davidson dealership

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              • #8
                Good work, I will be following your project.
                I loved my IT175. My Uncle loved the IT's, he had a 175, a 200 & a 250. He never let anyone ride the 200; he probably loved that one the most. He also had two Tenere & an XT660. The 250 was a bit much, I broke a few rear mudguards.
                My 175 was worked a bit (porting & expansion pipe extension) & I won a Junior national event on it. It was a bike I could race on Saturdays & trail ride on Sundays.
                It also got me into trouble with the cops a few times when riding around town! I remember one particular pursuit when they caught me; they new my Mom & my only concern was that they didn't tell her. The charges were - driving without a licence, driving under age, driving whilst under the influence, resisting arrest, driving without a helmet, driving with a passenger (my brother, who was wearing my helmet - he didn't trust my driving). I blamed him, because if he wasn't with me, they wouldn't have caught me.
                A great bike from an even better era.

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                • #9
                  Starting to strip it down to find all the surprises that a mistreated 37 year old bike has to offer.
                  After paint stripper to get of multiple coats of spray paint off.




                  Sanding with 4 grades of wet paper and a quick run over with a heat gun.

                  You have to understand that many people are not ready to be unplugged and many of them are so injured, so hopelessly dependant on the system that they will fight to protect it.

                  Cum dubio, potestas egressus


                  If I wanted to make a life-long career out of working with the mentally retarded I would have gone into Special Education or opened a Harley Davidson dealership

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                  • #10
                    Sandblasting and painting various rusty bits



                    You have to understand that many people are not ready to be unplugged and many of them are so injured, so hopelessly dependant on the system that they will fight to protect it.

                    Cum dubio, potestas egressus


                    If I wanted to make a life-long career out of working with the mentally retarded I would have gone into Special Education or opened a Harley Davidson dealership

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                    • #11
                      Nice!
                      2007 GasGas EC200
                      2005 WR250F

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                      • #12
                        Always love seeing your work, looking forward to watching this one progress.:grinning-
                        Pete.
                        '02 TL1000R.'04 450 EXC. '05 KX250F'16 200 EXC.

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                        • #13
                          Out with the old, in with the new.
                          Can you believe there's a muffler shop in NZ that produces the bottom section of expansion chambers for old 2T's, how cool is that.



                          You have to understand that many people are not ready to be unplugged and many of them are so injured, so hopelessly dependant on the system that they will fight to protect it.

                          Cum dubio, potestas egressus


                          If I wanted to make a life-long career out of working with the mentally retarded I would have gone into Special Education or opened a Harley Davidson dealership

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                          • #14
                            Great stuff, love the IT's.
                            Knowledge without mileage equals bullshit. Henry Rollins

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                            • #15
                              Got the frame back from the powder coater.
                              Got some bearings and seals.
                              Why is it every time you go to a bearing shop, you tell them what size and they say "that's an odd one,is it for a bike?"
                              The swing arm and main linkage bearings were going to cost $46 each
                              I sourced them on Alibaba for 53c each +$25 for DHL postage




                              Bit more sanding and polishing of the plastics.



                              You have to understand that many people are not ready to be unplugged and many of them are so injured, so hopelessly dependant on the system that they will fight to protect it.

                              Cum dubio, potestas egressus


                              If I wanted to make a life-long career out of working with the mentally retarded I would have gone into Special Education or opened a Harley Davidson dealership

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