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Being new on here I didn't see a project topic so
I guess I'll do one here.

So my buddy Gerald felt it was a good idea to
give Vickie my G/F this '83 VT 500C shadow for x-mas
because she want's to start riding again.

Story on the bike is it was a rider three year's ago and just parked
and set out side since so I don't know ?
Not had time to look at it real good yet so don't know a lot about it
yet.
 

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Even if it were to start right up and run like a mouse eating paper, I'd still check EVERTHING electrically and mechanically. If you don't, you'll be chasing problems for as long as you own the bike. Switches, connections, sockets, head bearings. Chit corrodes and rusts up with that kind of exposure. As for the tires, if they've been outside for 3 yrs, they're junk.
 

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In addition to what Smilie said, I wouldn't attempt to start it until I drained and cleaned the fuel tank, replaced all fuel hoses, and rebuilt the carb/s. The battery is most likely toast. Check for rodent nests in the pipes and air box too. Check and/or replace the fork seals and oil. Brake lines are probably gone too. I would replace those and flush all lines, same with the clutch if it's hydraulic. Brake pads, wheel bearings, final drive splines, etc...check and/or replace them. Flush and refill the cooling system and change the engine oil and filter and plugs. You'll need a Honda manual for sure. Looks like an expensive project even if you do all of the work yourself.
 

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If it had gas in it and the carbs weren't drained you're going to need to flush and clean the tank and carbs then change the oil and try and start it. After that make it safe, brakes, tires, hoses, clutch. It looks like you need some new turn signals on the rear.
 

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This is not my first bike project that has been
sitting for year's so I'm aware of the issue's.
I'm in central TX so rust and corroded connection's are not as
big an issuse as it is for you northern folk's.

Plan this weekend is to get it stripped down for cleaning.
carb's cleaned in the sonic cleaner, change oil & filter, battery
and get a key made for it.
 

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Keep the posts going on what you get up to. I got a VT500 this summer of some winter fun. Mine was in a rough condition but came up good - although the timing chain needs replacing and this needs the engine out. The main problem I had was getting fork parts for the 83 - not many spares in the uk. Good luck and take lots of photos for the forum. I changed the bars which helps with the riding, your G/F might want the seat lowing - reduce foam on seat or change the shocks for smaller.
 

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Messed with this thing a little over the weekend.
Got the ign. switch out and to the locksmith to get a key made.
Carb's off and their going to work in the morning for a swim in
the sonic cleaner and then figger out what part's I'll need.

Andy I already plan to lower it a little the G/f has short leg's
I've got a set of shock's that are about 1" shorter and
slide the fork's in the tree's about 1".

So who's a good source for part's for this thing ?
I'm an old Kawasaki guy I know where to get part's for them
but not a Honda.
 

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I have a 1983 750 shadow I got only a few months ago and have found a lot of parts on ebay from bikes being parted out, all over the USA.
I am surprised there are such a variety of original parts,
and hopefully they are as usable as they are said to be. But at least available.
 

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swifty I was thinking more about new part's
thing's like cable's, carb. part's seal's, gasket's
brake rebuild kit's thing's like that.
 

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It looks to me as if you have this project well in hand.. my only advice at this point is to try to get hold of a service manual, download an exploded parts list and take photographs 'and label them' of everything you undo so that you will get it back in the right place.. I find using one of those typing correction fluids to paint white lines on hose ends helps with the photo identity when replacing them, as you have already stripped the carb I'm sure you know to look for pinholes or splits in the diaphragm before you reassemble, and after the ultrasonic clean to look through the jets to make sure they are clear..put an inline fuel filter on just in case there is a lot of rust or water in the tank and while the bike is in bits you might as well test for spark..good luck..

John.
 

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Got the switch back from the locksmith
Fork lock pin and the switch it's self work like they should
for a 30 y/o switch so that's cool.
$32 buck's with two key's wasn't bad.
Vickie's all giddy she's got a key to HER motorcycle
on her key chain so I get a cookie :D

Carb's are all cleaned but still need to put them back
together and get two choke plunger's and a cable.
Partzilla show's they have the plunger's, spring's and
the threaded elbow but not the cable.
 

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John I'm pretty good with a wrench here's my little KZ
that I did all work but some alum. welding.
 
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