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I am looking for a mechanic specializing in Z1 rebuilding, I have a 1974 Z1 A, 99% original, that needs some engine (and a few other parts) rebuilt. The timing chain jumped a tooth or two on the cam sproket. The bike has been in my cellar for 20 years and its time to get it back on the road. I live in New Hampshire. I would like references if possible. Any help is appreciated.

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I am guessing that the Hampshire you refer to is in the USA rather than the UK, otherwise I would recommend Dave Marsden at Z Power.
I really think you should join a forum/club for Z1 owners, as they will be able to advise you who is the best mechanic on your side of the pond, and this will no doubt save you money in the long run.
You have a valuable and desirable bike, good luck getting it back on the road!

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