I wanted 2 things:
To make it a “show” sled, but also have it as functional as when it was new.
I first saw the ’82 Kawasaki 440 LTD at the Fishermans Resort on Lake Gogebic in the U.P. of Michigan in 1982. I thought it was really cool looking. I owned a 1980 Kawasaki Intruder at the time. I probably would have stayed with Kawasaki if they hadn’t pulled the plug.
When I started restoring vintage sleds, it was on the top of my list.
I bought a “doner” sled (1980 Invader) just to get the belly pan. The only problem was the LTD had twin pipes and the Invader had only a single pipe.
I had to patch the single exhaust hole in the belly pan and drill two new holes in just the right place for the twin pipes. Also, old Kawi. belly pans are made out of a hard plastic. Over time the black dulls and turns milky. It took several hours of buffing with different compounds to get the original shine back.
I have found it is one thing to restore a vintage sled to look like new, but it is a whole other project to get it to run and handle like new. I accomplished both
They say it looks better than new