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post #11 of 53 Old 01-27-2017, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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Got some time to do a little work on it, so I thought I'd get the fender repaired and painted. I wouldn't have done anything with it, except it had some scuffs and a few small spots that were starting to rust. I'm not "restoring" the bike to perfect, just doing spots here and there that need attention. My intention is to keep it as original as possible and not worry about it being "perfect".





After the paint is good and dry I'll do a little polishing - but not too much! The texture (orange peel) of the paint is about right, but the gloss needs to come up a touch.
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Hard to believe those tires are originals. They look like they're brand new!

Also, I seriously thought it was Elvis on a similar bike until I read your post!
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Hard to believe those tires are originals. They look like they're brand new!

Also, I seriously thought it was Elvis on a similar bike until I read your post!
Unfortunately the age of the tires prevent me from actually riding it, so I've sprayed them with a chemical protectant that moisturizes the rubber and gives them a "wet" look while hopefully keeping them from cracking. You'd never do that if you were going to ride it.

Elvis lives!

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Dam! I really do look like Elvis!

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Unfortunately the age of the tires prevent me from actually riding it, so I've sprayed them with a chemical protectant that moisturizes the rubber and gives them a "wet" look while hopefully keeping them from cracking. You'd never do that if you were going to ride it.

Elvis lives!
Very true. Even if they look fine from the outside, they may have cracked and the protective oil may have evaporated over the years making them unsafe to ride on. Keep up the awesome work on the bike!

Yup! The king lives on!
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Worked on removing the dents in the side cover -



Tried to recall my old bodywork training, and work the dents out with a pick hammer and file so I don't need to use any filler. Slow, but eventually got it.

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Still needs some polishing when it's fully cured, but I'm happy with it. The little circles at the bottom of the cover are factory spot welds, so I didn't want to "fix" them.

Trying hard to keep all my repairs from standing out - so they can't be too good.
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nah mate,, youre 'not restoring it'
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nah mate,, youre 'not restoring it'
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Well, not completely anyway...
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It took me 20 years, but i finally got the frame painted!

I started sanding on it 20 years ago, then it sat and rusted -




After more sanding to remove the rust and some chemical metal prep -




After primer and a few coats of gloss black -

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Making some progress -



Got the side and center stands, rear brakes linkages, peg mounts, shocks, chainguard, and pipes on. So far I've been lucky, and have had all of the parts I've needed. Bought them way back when I started the project. The biggest thing I located back then were the NOS mufflers. I've seen a few restorations with the wrong mufflers, and they stick out pretty bad.

Probably going to pull the carb and look it over, then fire it up. Changed the oil and cleaned the "filter" (just a centrifugal separator) when I removed the inspection cover on the left engine case to redo some areas that were corroded.
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Hasn't been run in over 20 years, and it fired-up 1st kick!

My oldest boy (pictured) was home from college, and always likes the challenge of getting an engine running again -



Electric start isn't working, but it looks like it's the relay. Clutch wouldn't disengage, but we eventually got it free. Made some basic carb adjustments and now it's idling smoothly. I was expecting some challenges to get it running, and maybe a shop full of smoke - but no such problems.
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