Thanks for quick inputs, All!
Gavin - ahhhh .... I see where each side is attached by a rectangular keeper - the brackets are mounted upside down! Now, don't know if I did this when repainting in 1981, or previous owner had already done it ... it was the era prior to digital photography, so I may have been the culprit! Will reinstall correctly next time! Thanks!
Kommando - yeah, hi fi violet. Original color I tried to match with Imron (misspelled earlier) paint. As Dave Martin points out - sheesh - not crazy about the color, either - would prefer red with the stripe! If so changed, would there be damage to the value?
Mitch - reclock? Is this same as replacing or repositioning the large spring? The spring has popped off the tab or the holding pin?
Yeah, the more I examine it, the more it seems like Option 2 makes more sense ... and, while none of you mentioned it, I assume you, to recognize the limited nature of the bike's value ... it's not a 750 Norton Commando :-)
Pardon me as I ramble on, below … if you see something I should or should not be doing, please let me know?
I think my strategy will be sort of a middle one - I’m excited to hear it run, but need to get some items in work so I don’t double up fixing, repairing, then taking apart for something I know I’ll need/want to do, anyway.
- strip bits to be painted (going to farm this out this time!)
- pull wheels to see if can revive the chrome and/or live with the little rust on the rims; if I can’t then follow path to repainting wheels and obtaining new rims
- examine brakes and replace as needed (never been touched by me)
- get new tubes and tires installed and balanced
- while front wheel off, and as I already have new forks tubes and seals, get them rebuilt and reassembled
- repaint fenders, side covers and tank
- get the chain soaking (is it possible it is still suitable?)
- replace the ignition (is there anything else that should be “modernized” in the charging/ignition/lighting electrics?)
- should I replace all the bulbs, headlight included, with LED? Any changes required to the 12V positive ground system?
- replace coil springs and shocks
- remove exhaust pipe and get dent removed? Am assuming this is possible? Better to just replace pipe?
- engine - once wheels returned a bit more accessible will see what is leaking and where. Planned to drain and refill frame … thoughts on what oil to cycle through by hand? Thin dino (non synthetic)?
- given the age, should I replace the wire loom? (will have some time). I examined it, again - actually looks relatively good - frayed fabric covering, but wires appear intact
- looks like it’s OK to use an AGM type battery
to replace the spec’d PUZ5A (9 AH) (5 1/4" x 5 1/2" x 3”)?
So, could you indulge a few (some silly) questions about where and what bits and pieces? I ordered all the parts over the years from britcycle in Canada and Maine - sent them a note reintroducing myself - they were always great).
1. Electronic ignition - several suppliers. Which is generally thought of as being easiest and best solution?
2. I have a new clutch cable, but know I need a new compression release cable, throttle cable and speedo cable. Best sourcing?
3. I have always disliked the lack of a tach gauge - it just seems imbalanced without one. Is there a factory look solution? Or, way to center the speedo?
4. Front tire - original was 3.25, but was only able to find a 3.50-18 (ChengShin) - suitable general use?
5. Rear tire - don't know what original was, but tire on it now is a knobby 4.00-18 (Yokohama); the new one I have is a 4.00S-18 (don't know what the "S" means (Dunlop Gold Seal K-70) - suitable general use?
6. Rear shocks - pretty awful looking and likely need to be changed out. Options and sourcing?
7. Repainting wheels - what is the actual color? And, what is a good source/manufacturer? Can I rattle can it, or best to simply get done by same paint shop as metal bits?
Found some great YouTube videos by 999greeves … very helpful!
Forgot to mention - I have just moved into a new place, and found that my next door neighbor is a former dirt bike racer and works at a local bike shop that does restorations along with their usual business of repairs. Should be a GREAT resource to keep me from doing stupid things and to provide stick and rudder for where to go for things like repaint, wheels, etc, if they don't do them.