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The last post on this project

On 31st March 2019, my Dad, Kev — the author of this blog and owner of this project — passed away.

I’m not sure if anyone is following this blog any more, but to explain the silence, here’s roughly what happened after his previous post.

In August 2017 he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and had a hasty operation to have a lung removed. He attempted to continue working past that point, but did not have the energy to do so, and reduced his working hours down to a manageable point, but was not able to do this so stopped working altogether. Teaching, especially the dark arts of welding, metalwork and other things, was his passion and his gateway to do things on the gpz9 bike, and I imagine this was a very sad time for him.

He then continued his cancer treatment to try and ensure the cancer did not spread. At the end of his chemo and radiotherapy he was given a very cautious all-clear, but this was short-lived as they then found other tumours in his other lung and one of his kidneys. It was here that the prognosis

Kev and his wife, Lin, moved down to Somerset to enjoy the rest of the time they had together and Lin also then gave up her job to care for him.

In March 2019 he had a turn for the worst, suffering from an arrhythmia he collapsed in a hospital in Taunton whilst waiting for a check-up. He was admitted and stayed there for a couple of weeks, before being transferred to Minehead Community Hospital where he was waiting to be transferred home with a palliative care plan.

Unfortunately the care plan was not able to be put in place in time, and he passed away in his sleep in hospital.

The funeral service is being held next week in Taunton.

I will be preserving this blog for another 12 months, and if anyone wishes to contact me to enquire about this blog, the bike, or my father, my details can be found on danieldainty.com

Thanks for following. I know Kev got a lot of happiness from the project, and I sincerely thank all of those people who made it possible.

Sorry to all following

I have had to do some serious refurb work on the house i.e walls down, new kitchen, flooring through out top and bottom decorating and garden landscaping front and back. Have to toe the line 😉. However now we are not living in a building site I have now been given permission from the boss to finish off my spannering. I am sorry if any questions have been unanswered but, I had to totally withdraw from my bike so as not to get distracted. So here we go, watch this space.

The names within BLD who are responsible for keeping this project alive. * Thank you *

Please look at the names below and remember they are responsible for this bike moving forward.  Without these people I would not be writing this and for that I can not thank you all enough.  Please take a bow and watch this bike ,with all your names on it, break the record for the fastest 900cc in the world!

Stuart Dobson —— Director

Jim Burgess——— Work Shop

Cheryl Steel——— Centre Manager

Terry Spencer—— Art Work

Steve Wilkinson— Art Work

Dave Nicholls——- Art Work

Laura Hamilton—- Work Shop Administrator

 Dan Collins———- Work shop

Darren Bottomley- Was – Left. Workshop

Any project with these names behind it could not possibly fail and finally; thank you all so much and see you all soon.

*THE* most professional motorbike company in the world!

This is were it all started! The bike needed a paint job that would surpass any other paint job in the world.  Whilst designing the bike I was also looking for a company to be able to deliver this requirement and after searching the length and breadth of the country I discovered the web site of the B.L.D Group.

BLD is a bike company run and owned by bikers and staff so professional you would not believe.  This company is so  ‘bike orientated’ it was a dream come true! They pledged their help right from the start recognising my plight and the ‘shoe string budget’ and for that I owe them so much and without their support and skills set I truly believe the project would be dead in the water.  Listed above is an acknowledgement and please take the time to read it.  Please click on the B.L.D. logo on my page and it will take you into their company and you can see for yourself why I am so grateful to the B.L.D Group.  Whist picking up my paint job I was offered a tour of the workshops in the in the Bournemouth department.  They have everything needed to repair anything!! Fantastic, form frame jigging, specialised welding, sand blasting,  the best paint artists, to general repair.  They have the lot and don’t forget they have departments in Southampton and Birmingham as well.  What a company.

Back in the seat!

Had a little academia distraction that I will have finished by July and its been awful not being able to go near my bike, but needs must and rest assured from July it will be full on as I am hungry for the record for the fastest gpz900 in the world!

Radiator and oil cooler fitted!!

Well as all you gpz boffins know the raditor his held on by the top fairing frame so more fabrication was needed and new fitting brackets for the after market oil cooler. Just click on the images to supersize. It just does not look like a full days work.

Redline Hydraulics! What a company to have supporting you.

Redline Hydraulics have very kindly offered to help with getting all the vital fluids around the bike and to be honest without these guys I would have struggled to complete the bike build.  This company in my opinion is probably the best fluid motion transfer company in the whole of the U.K. and feel privaliged that they are stepping in to help. Don’t just take my word for it, click on their logo in the supporters list and have a look at what they do, they are brilliant.  

Thanks guys.

Manifold to turbo.

manifold 026At last the manifold is made and connected.  Both supercharger and turbo are now conected which just leaves the engine build and the help of our new supporter to connect it all up and get the oil around the engine. I would like to thank Sam from the gpz zone for shipping the pipes over from Ireland and Rob Barnes with his patience with my crazy ideas and his welding.

Briliiant news!

After struggling with getting oil around the engine, rocker shafts, new style oil cooler, turbo and maitaining the pressure needed at the extreme revolutions the engine will produce, thankfully a  Worcester company who in my opinion are probably the best hydraulic and fluid solutions company in the U.K. have stepped into to help and for that I am eternaly greatful.  Keep watching for news of the company and pictures of the fantastic service they can offer.  Kamazoy ( you must check out their I.T services ) are at present working hard with their busy schedule to link the company in their own proffesional way and I am glad these guys are on board working the site and the back up  (24/7)  when I screw up with my posts or crash my computers.

All connected and yes it fits!! Thanks Bob and Rob.