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"Previous Owner" Masterpieces

Discussion in 'XJ Modifications' started by MattiThundrrr, Apr 24, 2015.

  1. MattiThundrrr

    MattiThundrrr Not a guru

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    I have seen many posts here about the hacked up, half-assed, maybe dangerous "custom" jobs that Previous Owners have done to our babies, so I'm starting a thread. Here's your opportunity to vent, rant, or even BRAG about how strange POs can be. Duct tape, zip ties, latex paint, wiring monstrosities, go nuts! Post detailed pics! The "winner" wins a difficult project, and sympathy from us all!
     
  2. hogfiddles

    hogfiddles XJ-Wizard, Host-Central NY Carb Clinic Moderator Premium Member

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    Custom wiring on a 750 Seca....
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    Notice the custom rear tank mount, too...

    Rear taillights
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    Polock Well-Known Member

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    look at the mess this guy made
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    oops, that's mine. i promise to clean it up some day
     
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    Bigshankhank Active Member

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    [​IMG] Hmm, I can only go back to when I pulled my 700 into the garage after having sat in the PO's front yard for 18+ months with no valve cover. There was so much water in the engine it bubbled out when I pulled the spark plugs!
     
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    Do i win alligator clips ect and check the horns out. Dollar store spray job complete with lots of runs trimmed out is hand painted gold
     

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  6. MattiThundrrr

    MattiThundrrr Not a guru

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    Wow, Bigshankhank! That is some super neglect right there, but it's nowhere near a creative as Cutlass79500's... gold? Drip drip drip. It's a Jackson Pollock with alligator clips! Is the famous artist any relation to our Polock?
     
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    Polock Well-Known Member

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    I can't draw a bow string
     
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    here's one. I just bought a '86 radian. it runs, but not well.

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    gee, I wonder what the problem could be?

    FU
     
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    cutlass79500 Well-Known Member

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    How much for the carbs would look right on my Darwin awards bike lol
     
  10. FtUp

    FtUp Well-Known Member

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    pm me and we can talk.

    FU
     
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    What could be wrong here?

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    Not too bad, I guess its kind of an upgrade, but still getting corrected. I think some people really underestimate a 12V battery in a vehicle and its ability to set fire to a 12 gauge wire very quickly.

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    jayrodoh YimYam Premium Member

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    Wow Dave, is that a trailer adapter allowing him/her to run combination tail/turn lights? Creative. At least they taped their wire nuts o_O
     
  14. k-moe

    k-moe Pie, Bacon, Burbon. Moderator Premium Member

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    I move to dissalow entrants where the problem is merely neglect and aging parts. A true masterpiece requires effort.
     
  15. MattiThundrrr

    MattiThundrrr Not a guru

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    I dunno... FtUp's looks like someone fried an egg on his carbs! Also, whoever took bites out of JPaganel's boots had some creative ideas about meal options. All of these are making me feel better about my poor beater! I don't think that they should be disallowed, but effort goes a long way! Keep it up guys! Let's see the CRAZY!!
     
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    It looks like the bike in the top picture has wiring joints made using those conical screw on connections. They used to be common in mains wiring in England many years ago. They were more tapered and so were known as dog c*cks. They were banned because they were not reliable. Are they actually any good for vehicle wiring?

    I once removed a fuse box cover on a bike to see four matching fuses, each neatly covered in cooking foil. When I removed the foil I found that each fuse was a 13A household plug fuse. This didn't bode well.....
     
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    hogfiddles XJ-Wizard, Host-Central NY Carb Clinic Moderator Premium Member

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    The ignition switch.... From a riding mower---
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    Hey, my first bike had one of those. Starter button on the handlebar didn't work so the PO had fitted the key switch to activate the starter, just like in your car. Handy, except when you forgot to put the transmission in neutral, especially since the switch was on the left hand side so you couldn't cover the clutch at the same time.
     
  19. hogfiddles

    hogfiddles XJ-Wizard, Host-Central NY Carb Clinic Moderator Premium Member

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    Exactly..... Did you see how the bracket has been riveted to the frame?!? Lol



    Speaking of starter button, I'll have to take a pic of the button on the Water Buffalo for you----
     
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    I came across this vid while looking for something else, but it seemed like a suitable candidate...



    FU
     

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