This adventure in life begins with my Dad saying that he would give me (UPDATE: Dad said he did not give it to me - I owe him beer and hookers) the motorcycle with the promise of riding it and loving it. ALSO, and this is big, that my husband would help me in the rebuild on it. Know this, I (currently) know nothing about engines, how they work, or how to rebuild them. This venture will not only be the rebuild of the bike but, in me learning how to do it. YES, my husband is going to teach me!!!
AND, I drive smaller vehicles so I rented this truck and drove the 8 hours to Dads house to pick up the bike.
In the dark (hence the poor quality photo) and loaded up ready for the drive back to Boise.
Yep, here's my Dad.
These are the first pics taken in Boise. Dirt, grime and all. First step is to clean and see where we are at.
I did just a water cleanse. Lots of scrubbing with rags and toothbrushes.
Living in the Willamette Valley in Oregon there is some rust but nothing that major!
~Hasn't been started in at least 2 years
~Carburetor and jets need cleaned - possible new gaskets
~Gas tank cleaned and re sealed. There is a small weld on the tank that will need to be checked
Beyond that I'll keep you posted!!
A good cleaning has been done and now to remove the gas tank.
Check back often as this is where I will keep updates.
The seat was an easy removal - two bolts in the rear and two prongs in the front which are easy to slide out. This seat is in OK condition, but I think I'll look for another.
There are a couple of side thingys to remove here. Easy to figure out if you go slow. The rubber part, take your time to slowly lift and slide off of the hooky party.
Nothing that some water and a soft toothbrush can't clean.
Remove the fuel hose here.
The manual says there are 4 bolts like this one to remove. Reality is there are two in the back and two u shaped things in the front that keep it all together.
To remove: take off the two bolts then slowly pull the tank in a backward and slightly upward fashion. Watch out for the cable on the left side.
This is the cable to watch out for.
This is the left front side of the bike. When removing the tank this needs to be on the top of the black attachment thing.
We are now looking to see about tank lining. All other bits have been cleaned and ready for the tank to be re attached. That will take a few more days. Until then, have fun!!
Next update on my rebuild. October 2016
The tank only needed a good cleaning, it had already been relined. So all is good with the tank (Dad thinks he might have done it, but I'm guessing that he is getting forgetful?? He did recently tell me that he is almost considered 'elderly' hahahahaha)
I found out my petcock is leaky so gonna have to learn how to fix that now too.
We are still waiting for carb rebuild to arrive. Maybe by this weekend the parts will arrive, but we will be gone so no working on this project.
I did take off the chain guard.
Nothing too major with that, but here are the pics showing what bolts needed to be taken off.
These are all in order of where they were removed from on the guard.
I did need to lower the stand for removal of the lower guard.
Not too much rust (the most I have seen on the bike so far)
A good cleaning and ready to go.
Still waiting ...
More to come, but it's turning to winter here. And, I'm not sure we will get it up and running before it's freezing :)
I've always heard that carburetors are a bunch of springs and screws and a bit of a pain to deal with. Well, now I know for sure this is true.
The float was put in upside down so we had to bend that back into place - Here's my advice ... go slow and carefully, it can be done.
The carb for this model has a special power jet for increased fuel when the bike is at higher revolutions. This is why we had to purchase two - we got the wrong one the first time.
There is a main jet and a slow jet with the extra power jet.
This means you will need to make two adjustments - low and high speed.
This also means when you order a replacement rebuild kit watch out for the difference.
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