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Title: Suzuki SM11K chassis repaint spy pics
Post by: zuknomad on December 01, 2013, 06:29:22 PM
I was forwarded some pics today of a newly powdercoated '73 Suzuki chassis that I thought I'd share. As most Suzuki guys know, these chassis look real ugly as they start to rust, but getting the right white to repaint them (VintagePaint does sell one now) was a challenge. Many ended up painting theirs in an incorrect bright white.

This is a faithful color match in powdercoat to the Suzuki 'Sunburst White' found on all '71-'73 chassis. Can't wait to see the finished restore...

(http://i735.photobucket.com/albums/ww358/zuknomad/Suzuki%20Nomad%20reassembly/suzukisunburstwhite1_zps7a6b6931.jpeg) (http://s735.photobucket.com/user/zuknomad/media/Suzuki%20Nomad%20reassembly/suzukisunburstwhite1_zps7a6b6931.jpeg.html)

(http://i735.photobucket.com/albums/ww358/zuknomad/Suzuki%20Nomad%20reassembly/suzukisunburstwhite3_zps13a03e18.jpeg) (http://s735.photobucket.com/user/zuknomad/media/Suzuki%20Nomad%20reassembly/suzukisunburstwhite3_zps13a03e18.jpeg.html)

(http://i735.photobucket.com/albums/ww358/zuknomad/Suzuki%20Nomad%20reassembly/suzukisunburstwhite2_zpsf09fb8a6.jpg) (http://s735.photobucket.com/user/zuknomad/media/Suzuki%20Nomad%20reassembly/suzukisunburstwhite2_zpsf09fb8a6.jpg.html)






Title: Re: Suzuki SM11K chassis repaint spy pics
Post by: Iowaguy on January 03, 2014, 04:38:48 PM
That's cool !!!
Title: Re: Suzuki SM11K chassis repaint spy pics
Post by: zuknomad on January 03, 2014, 07:57:50 PM
It's 'as new', but even better than that being in powdercoat, Kent. Doesn't that white look true?
Title: Re: Suzuki SM11K chassis repaint spy pics
Post by: zuknomad on January 05, 2014, 06:58:46 PM
It's going back together, more pics soon...

(http://i735.photobucket.com/albums/ww358/zuknomad/Suzuki%20Nomad%20reassembly/donns340Nomad_zpsf2e66c77.jpg) (http://s735.photobucket.com/user/zuknomad/media/Suzuki%20Nomad%20reassembly/donns340Nomad_zpsf2e66c77.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Suzuki SM11K chassis repaint spy pics
Post by: 72Suzuki on January 05, 2014, 07:28:23 PM
 2utp
Title: Re: Suzuki SM11K chassis repaint spy pics
Post by: zuknomad on January 06, 2014, 08:34:08 AM
A few more. My spy needs to buy a better phone..., er..., camera. Well, adds to the 'spy' look of the pics, I guess...

(http://i735.photobucket.com/albums/ww358/zuknomad/Suzuki%20Nomad%20reassembly/image_zpsf45e79dd.jpeg) (http://s735.photobucket.com/user/zuknomad/media/Suzuki%20Nomad%20reassembly/image_zpsf45e79dd.jpeg.html)

(http://i735.photobucket.com/albums/ww358/zuknomad/Suzuki%20Nomad%20reassembly/donns340Nomaddash_zpsaef83c63.jpeg) (http://s735.photobucket.com/user/zuknomad/media/Suzuki%20Nomad%20reassembly/donns340Nomaddash_zpsaef83c63.jpeg.html)

(http://i735.photobucket.com/albums/ww358/zuknomad/Suzuki%20Nomad%20reassembly/image_zpsced1a593.jpeg) (http://s735.photobucket.com/user/zuknomad/media/Suzuki%20Nomad%20reassembly/image_zpsced1a593.jpeg.html)

(http://i735.photobucket.com/albums/ww358/zuknomad/Suzuki%20Nomad%20reassembly/image_zpsccd21395.jpeg) (http://s735.photobucket.com/user/zuknomad/media/Suzuki%20Nomad%20reassembly/image_zpsccd21395.jpeg.html)
Title: Re: Suzuki SM11K chassis repaint spy pics
Post by: chris r on January 08, 2014, 10:23:44 AM
Must be a really straight chassis. Filler and powder coating don't go together well.  uK#!**
Title: Re: Suzuki SM11K chassis repaint spy pics
Post by: hotdoo on January 08, 2014, 04:34:23 PM
That is one sweet Suzuki,the company may want to buy it back! hotdoo
Title: Re: Suzuki SM11K chassis repaint spy pics
Post by: zuknomad on January 08, 2014, 06:14:52 PM
Must be a really straight chassis. Filler and powder coating don't go together well.  uK#!**

Yes, it was a damage-free one owner sled, Chris. Made for a much quicker and easier restoration, I'm sure.

That is one sweet Suzuki,the company may want to buy it back! hotdoo

With Suzuki deciding to abandon the U.S. market in the past year Dan, I kinda doubt it. When I spoke with a young Suzuki rep a few years back, he didn't even know that they had ever built snowmobiles.  But yeah, this may turn out be one of the nicest Nomad 340's in the country.
Title: Re: Suzuki SM11K chassis repaint spy pics
Post by: LXbuilder on January 19, 2014, 12:07:30 PM
 That is one beauty of a Suzuki, thanks for posting Zuk.
Title: Re: Suzuki SM11K chassis repaint spy pics
Post by: zuknomad on January 19, 2014, 07:09:14 PM
That is one beauty of a Suzuki, thanks for posting Zuk.

Thanks LX, and it will be ridden; not a trailer queen. It was reassembled with stainless fasteners wherever possible, and even the bogie assemblies were powdercoated. It should be around for a long, long time.
Title: Re: Suzuki SM11K chassis repaint spy pics
Post by: zuknomad on January 20, 2014, 01:56:10 PM
I purchased some parts from chibravo, the man who did this restoration (so now you know, he was also my 'supposed' spy!) He had thought the powdercoater had painted a piece that didn't belong to him; the powdercoater insisted it was to his Nomad. chibravo took it and threw it in with the parts he sold to me, so I could see the result of the color match. I put it on the runningboard of my Nomad to see how close it was, and took this pic. It appears a bit brighter than my paint, but mine has undoubtedly yellowed over 41 years, and has been stained with mix a time or two. It could in part also be the angle the pic was shot at. The overall color tone looks very true to me...

(http://i735.photobucket.com/albums/ww358/zuknomad/Suzuki%20Nomad%20reassembly/sunburstsample1_zps576da90f.jpg) (http://s735.photobucket.com/user/zuknomad/media/Suzuki%20Nomad%20reassembly/sunburstsample1_zps576da90f.jpg.html)

After my parts were already on their way, chibravo was under the sled and realized that part was the skid plate for the bellypan chaincase bulge. It has been mailed back to him.
Title: Re: Suzuki SM11K chassis repaint spy pics
Post by: zuknomad on January 28, 2015, 07:15:16 AM
This sled has had a new owner for about a year now, and he has taken care of giving it a new seat, the original of which had flaws. The new owner also also took a cue from the earlier '71-'72 machines (and zuk's 'boy racer' '73) and had the skis done in white to match the tunnel with red ski tips. Notice his super-nice recently completed Merc Twister in the background, too.  101010

(http://i735.photobucket.com/albums/ww358/zuknomad/Suzuki%20Nomad%20reassembly/IMG_0752_zpsab5ef987.jpg) (http://s735.photobucket.com/user/zuknomad/media/Suzuki%20Nomad%20reassembly/IMG_0752_zpsab5ef987.jpg.html)

(http://i735.photobucket.com/albums/ww358/zuknomad/Suzuki%20Nomad%20reassembly/IMG_0751_zps1b126976.jpg) (http://s735.photobucket.com/user/zuknomad/media/Suzuki%20Nomad%20reassembly/IMG_0751_zps1b126976.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Suzuki SM11K chassis repaint spy pics
Post by: sledfam5 on February 09, 2015, 05:47:32 PM
WOW, what a great looking sled!
Both new owner and restorer should be proud!!

Classy looking sled.  Really like the white ski's too!


Not to hijack this thread but I'm curious who they might have had do the seat.  I have a '73 XR440 with less than 200 orig miles(pic below IF I did it right) and everything is in great condition on it except the seat....has some of the normal tears and cracks from age plus the rear trunk flap has some damage.  Any idea who did the seat or if anyone might have a good seat? 

thank you!
 

(http://i1302.photobucket.com/albums/ag134/jjgillund/73SUZUKIXR440005_zps76df53e4.jpg) (http://s1302.photobucket.com/user/jjgillund/media/73SUZUKIXR440005_zps76df53e4.jpg.html)

Title: Re: Suzuki SM11K chassis repaint spy pics
Post by: zuknomad on February 09, 2015, 07:18:23 PM
Nice XR440 and welcome to the fray, sledfam5!

I do not personally know who this man had do the Nomad seat, just that it was done in Chicagoland by an upholsterer who had done a fair amount of boat and car stuff for him.

I would ask penguin on this site if she would do one for you.

(http://i735.photobucket.com/albums/ww358/zuknomad/100_4395479x640.jpg) (http://s735.photobucket.com/user/zuknomad/media/100_4395479x640.jpg.html)

She has done many beautiful seats for vintage sled folks, including myself. The work is second to none!

(http://i735.photobucket.com/albums/ww358/zuknomad/mountedseatrear.jpg) (http://s735.photobucket.com/user/zuknomad/media/mountedseatrear.jpg.html)



 

 

Title: Re: Suzuki SM11K chassis repaint spy pics
Post by: sledfam5 on February 09, 2015, 07:51:59 PM
thank you Zuk!  just emailed her.

I was stalking some older ebay posts you had put up there and saw where I just missed a "NOS" seat that was on ebay.......sounds like it was a nice one.

look forward to coming around here more often for sure!
thank you
Title: Re: Suzuki SM11K chassis repaint spy pics
Post by: Uller God on February 11, 2015, 02:26:50 PM
Sled looks tits Zuk!
Title: Re: Suzuki SM11K chassis repaint spy pics
Post by: GHenry on February 11, 2015, 08:10:58 PM
Neighbors from way back used to have those Sukuki's ......... brings back lots of memories.

Nice job on the resto.  2utp
Title: Re: Suzuki SM11K chassis repaint spy pics
Post by: addicted2oldsleds on February 13, 2015, 05:26:31 PM
I grew up riding the 292 Nomad. It still amazes me how tough those sleds were in the day. I beat the crap out of mine for 4-5 years and can hardly remember it breaking. They were also pretty simple. The Mikuni carbs on those motors were a great match and very reliable.
Title: Re: Suzuki SM11K chassis repaint spy pics
Post by: Maj. Kong on February 13, 2015, 10:22:58 PM
I like the Sno-Twister done in Trail-Twister blue.

(http://i735.photobucket.com/albums/ww358/zuknomad/Suzuki%20Nomad%20reassembly/IMG_0752_zpsab5ef987.jpg)
Title: Re: Suzuki SM11K chassis repaint spy pics
Post by: zuknomad on February 19, 2015, 09:37:42 PM
I like the Sno-Twister done in Trail-Twister blue.

I didn't notice that Maj. Kong, partly because I don't know the Twisters all that well, but you're right, it does look great. It also fits the owner's feelings about originality. He told me that he likes them restored to original mechanically, but custom cosmetically to his taste.

I grew up riding the 292 Nomad. It still amazes me how tough those sleds were in the day. I beat the crap out of mine for 4-5 years and can hardly remember it breaking. They were also pretty simple. The Mikuni carbs on those motors were a great match and very reliable.

addicted, there was a local late-teen kid running what looked to me like to be an original condition '73 292 Nomad on the Relic Ride in the U.P. last Saturday. I flagged him down when he came through Steuben later in the afternoon and we spoke briefly. He told me he was amazed that the old Suzuki had no problems and did so well on the ride. The sled looked basically untouched.