Been following this thread for a while now and am SO impressed at the awesome job you're doing "restoring" this beautiful piece of Big Red history!
Bikes like your Dream and the Honda Scramblers and SuperHawks from that era are what really started my interest in motorcycling, before I was even old enough to apply for a license.
My friends and I would drool over the pictures of those bikes in old copies of Cycle World snuck inside the textbooks we were supposed to be studying in math class.
I hope when your project is finally complete you'll treat us to lots of pics of the bike. She's a beauty and you're really doing her justice. For us old farts this is about as close to time travel as we're going to get!
I'm about as old as the Dream (I'm a '63, Dream is a '64), so I don't have any memories of them. I've owned a couple other Dreams, a Superhawk, and a Scrambler, but they were all pretty rough and nothing like this Dream.
Got the side cover, frame, and front of the fender that I painted polished-out -
Trying to match the original finish, so it can't be perfect. Ended-up with about the right texture and gloss-level, and doesn't stand-out as repainted. The original paint is a bit inconsistent, but polishes-up surprisingly well, there's just not much of it on there so you need to be gentle.
well for a 'not restored' bike it looks
production line fresh, plus polish...
that chrome and suchlike
i also ruined the coating of polished
aluminium on cases etc esp of one 750
by regular goddards glo hand polishing
sessions.. looking back they had a
real zen like element to them..
send you mad,,