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Title: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration! She Is Still Winning Awards!
Post by: joeyputt on Jan 11, 2012, 23:56:54
I am very proud to announce that I will be working with Brother casi85 to restore his Bridgestone M2/SS!

We will be taking her down to the bare frame and posting a lot of photos of the restoration so we hope you all enjoy this thread!

Today I received the motorcycle and took a few photos before I started working on her.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0001.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0002.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0003.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0004.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS Restoration
Post by: Tim on Jan 12, 2012, 12:37:00
Cool!  Will be watching.
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS Restoration
Post by: peteGS on Jan 12, 2012, 15:46:41
Me too! Love the style... twin scrambler style pipes... love it!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS Restoration
Post by: VonYinzer on Jan 12, 2012, 20:15:08
Very cool. Love these little bikes. Im sure it'll be a stunner when finished!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Jan 12, 2012, 21:41:26
Thank you for your support Brothers!

We started working on her and removed the exhaust, engine, skid plate, rear fender, shocks, rear wheel, etc.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00012.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00042.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS Restoration
Post by: atx360 on Jan 13, 2012, 01:20:35
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Bridgestone-cafe-racer-gas-tank-/120842327823?hash=item1c22c3970f&item=120842327823&pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&vxp=mtr

Dont know if this helps but I still havent seen a tank..... ;D ;D
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS Restoration
Post by: casi85 on Jan 13, 2012, 07:45:16
Thanks for the post atx360! Good find. I have 2 tanks already which one is beyond repair I believe and the other is in great reworkable shape. I was able to call in a few favors with some local vintage 2 wheeler friends who were able to get me a very good condition used tank. I love the design and lines of the original tank... they are truelly a piece of artwork!

Looking good Joey! Can't wait to see the stages of her recovery.
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Jan 18, 2012, 11:23:02
Dad was here yesterday and we spent some really nice quality time working on the Bridgestone togethor! We got her down to the bare frame and are inspecting all of the parts now. The plan is to go ahead and restore the frame first so that as we restore each part individually we can bolt them back to the frame.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00013.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS Restoration
Post by: Habanero52 on Jan 18, 2012, 12:06:41
WOW!!!!! You waste no time my friend! ;D
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS Restoration
Post by: Staffy on Jan 18, 2012, 18:31:11
The plan is to go ahead and restore the frame first so that as we restore each part individually we can bolt them back to the frame.
That's a great plan of attack.  I used the very same method with mine.
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Feb 02, 2012, 20:29:50
I had a small delay trying to get the frame in primer as we have had a lot of rain recently however it was nice this afternoon so I was able to prime it! Now that I have the frame ready to paint I can start working on all of the smaller parts so there will be a lot of photos this week!

Here is how the frame looks now!

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00014.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00022.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00032.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00043.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS Restoration
Post by: Habanero52 on Feb 03, 2012, 13:01:56
Looking good!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Feb 06, 2012, 21:20:11
Looking good!

I am very happy that you like it Brother!

Today I started working on restoring the front end parts for the Bridgestone, I have the headlight mounts and lower triple tree primed and ready for paint!

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0005.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0008.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Feb 07, 2012, 20:09:10
Today I painted the headlight mounts and the lower triple tree, I also started working on the front forks and restored the rear shocks.

I have not clear coated these parts yet however these photos show how they look so far.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00052.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00082.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0011.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS Restoration
Post by: Tim on Feb 07, 2012, 20:25:32
Wow - those are clean!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Feb 16, 2012, 23:10:58
Thank you Brother Tim, your kind words mean more to me than you know!

Brother casi85 is locating all of the new engine parts and has already acquired a new old stock crankshaft so we split the engine cases to clean and inspect the rest of the internal components and the transmission.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0017.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0027.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Mar 15, 2012, 00:10:37
We had beautiful weather today and the temperature was in the 80's so I painted the frame for the Bridgestone this afternoon! Brother casi85 has been acquiring a lot of very nice parts so I am looking forward to starting the assembly of them to the frame now that it is painted!

I showed the before photo of the frame and photos of when I primed it however here is the before photo again for comparison!

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00013.jpg)

This is how she looks now!

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00182.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0019.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0020.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0021.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0022.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0023.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0024.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Mar 15, 2012, 22:46:34
I made some more progress on the Bridgestone today and took a few photos while I was working.

The new coils came in so I went ahead and set them on the frame.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0035.jpg)

I also worked on the swingarm and sprayed it with primer.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00024.jpg)

The footpegs and mounts were pretty rough so I fully disassembled them and worked on restoring them this afternoon. The pegs, mounts, and hardware were originally a natural finish so I removed the rust and restored them to a clean natural finish and resealed them with shark hide. Brother casi85 also sent some new rubber for the front pegs so I installed them as well.

This photo shows what the pegs, mounts, and hardware looked like when I started.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00016.jpg)

This photo shows the front footpegs steel components after I removed the old rubber and the rust.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00084.jpg)

Here is a photo of the new rubber that Brother casi85 sent for the front footpegs.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00132.jpg)

These photos show the restored front and rear pegs, mounts, and hardware ready for installation on the frame after Brother casi85's approval. I did not smooth the casting marks on the pegs or mounts like we would do on our custom builds as Brother casi85 has requested that we restore everything as close to factory as possible which I agree is the proper thing to do with this build.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0025-1.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0029-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: casi85 on Mar 16, 2012, 14:25:18
What a way to go into the weekend... thanks JOE :P ! They look better than new... I look forward to the rest of the build and should have more parts arriving to you in the next few weeks to tie off the loose ends of parts missing.

Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Mar 16, 2012, 23:43:25
Brother I am really enjoying working with you on this build and it is so good to hear that you are happy! All of the parts that you have already acquired are beautiful so I can not wait to see what comes next!

I am working on finishing the fork legs and swingarm so I can mount the front and rear suspensions to the frame, I also bolted the footpegs to the frame and put the new chrome rear brake pedal on.

This is how she looks now!

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0008-1.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0010.jpg)

Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: Chucklhead05 on Mar 21, 2012, 16:11:50
Joeyputt, I am digging your work/paint stand! Simple and effective!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Mar 28, 2012, 21:53:18
Joeyputt, I am digging your work/paint stand! Simple and effective!

Thank you Brother, I have several different home made stands around the shop and they all make work a lot easier!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Mar 28, 2012, 21:53:27
I have been working on restoring several different parts for the Bridgestone, today I finished the final smoothing of the front forks, installed the new fork seals, cleaned the fork springs and boots, restored the metal boot cups, and sprayed the silver basecoat on the fork lowers.

I am waiting to finish all of the silver parts before I clearcoat them however this photo shows how the forks look this evening.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00113.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: casi85 on Mar 29, 2012, 08:54:39
Now how is it that a bike which is nearly 41 years old has parts that look 10 times better than the parts on my 2003 motorcycle. You truly make this old bike look better than new again!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: Habanero52 on Mar 29, 2012, 09:07:57
Joey is a true artisan master in all aspects!!!!  :D ;D ;) 8)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Mar 29, 2012, 22:45:18
Now how is it that a bike which is nearly 41 years old has parts that look 10 times better than the parts on my 2003 motorcycle. You truly make this old bike look better than new again!

Joey is a true artisan master in all aspects!!!!  :D ;D ;) 8)

Brothers you are both too kind, as always your support means more to me than you will ever truly know!


Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Mar 29, 2012, 22:52:46
I have been working on restoring a lot of the small parts for the Bridgestone and have several pieces in primer, these photos show the speedometer bracket and the rear brake stay.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00242.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0028.jpg)

Today I also got the frame sitting on the bike table, a couple of the small pieces for the lower triple tree are out for chroming so I can not permanently fasten the front end yet however I set it on the frame to see how she looks and to keep it protected.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00172.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00192.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: casi85 on Mar 30, 2012, 17:53:43
 8) Looking good! Can't wait to drop the parts off to the Chrome shop which should be this week coming up. Also just received word that the jugs/pistons/rings are in the shop getting Nikasel coated. Should have those back in your hands in 2 weeks time!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Apr 03, 2012, 00:08:08
8) Looking good! Can't wait to drop the parts off to the Chrome shop which should be this week coming up. Also just received word that the jugs/pistons/rings are in the shop getting Nikasel coated. Should have those back in your hands in 2 weeks time!

That is great news on the cylinders Brother and I can not wait to see her with all of the new chrome mounted!

I clearcoated a lot of the silver parts for the Bridgestone today and they came out even prettier than I had hoped, the parts are curing now so I will take photos and add them here tommorow!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: miken5678 on Apr 03, 2012, 11:34:04
out of curiosity what has been your results with sharkhide?  Bad memory but assume this is the same stuff that was mentioned after bead blasting alum?  No yellowing or issues on a hot motor/cylinder jugs?
 
Mike
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Apr 03, 2012, 17:04:45
out of curiosity what has been your results with sharkhide?  Bad memory but assume this is the same stuff that was mentioned after bead blasting alum?  No yellowing or issues on a hot motor/cylinder jugs?
 
Mike

Brother you are correct, sharkhide is what we used on the blasted covers for the La Pastinaca engine build. Brother Habanero52 is still building his chassis so it has not been tested on that engine yet however we did test it on some polished engine covers for a team members bandit 600 and it is doing well so far. The shark hide leaves a nice semi gloss looking finish on blasted aluminum however when it is applied to a polished aluminum surface it leaves a light rainbow finish. I applied it to the footpeg mounts for the Bridgestone which are clean steel and it left a nice satin clear coat looking finish.
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Apr 03, 2012, 18:19:38
I clear coated some more parts today and they are curing now, I have not taken photos of all the parts I clear coated yesterday however I thought I would share photos of a few of them so you can see how they look now!

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00033.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0006.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0007-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: miken5678 on Apr 04, 2012, 14:28:39
thanks for the heads up.  I cant remember if I got this below link off here or just general searching but after media blasting my indian cases just the oil on my hands presented a problem.  Glad I found sharkhide through your post but also wondered, and posed the question to the guy on the website, if the vapor blasting would even help or get rid of the bead blasting porous issue.  Wasnt sure if you might have had any experience with the vapor blasting.

http://www.vaporblasting.biz/index.html

Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Apr 20, 2012, 00:57:54
I have been working on restoring the last few small pieces that we will be painting black or silver and only have a couple pieces left to spray with primer and I will be ready to paint them all, I will add photos of them after I am finished painting. One of the pieces is the speedometer which had red paint overspray on the lens and trim ring which I was able to remove by polishing, the outer case also had a lot of small pitting which I repaired. Here is a photo of the speedometer in primer.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0022-1.jpg)

Brother Casi85 shipped all of the pieces he had rechromed back to me today, I looked like a child on Christmas morning unwrapping all of these pretty parts! Hahahaha!

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00053.jpg)

I also started sanding the aluminum pieces for polishing including the top triple tree and the brake hubs for the rims, I will add before and after photos of the aluminum pieces as I complete them as well. There were also a lot of nice new parts in the packages I received today including new rims and spokes so as soon as I finish sanding and polishing the hubs I will assemble and true the rims.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00094.jpg)


Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: andycafe on Apr 20, 2012, 08:51:59
Man I love shiny bits! good job
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Apr 20, 2012, 23:55:45
Man I love shiny bits! good job


Brother I can not wait to start bolting all of the chrome to the frame!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Apr 20, 2012, 23:57:32
Today I worked some more on restoring the last few small pieces that we are painting either silver or black for the Bridgestone. The chain guard that was on the motorcycle had heavy rust damage so Brother casi85 included a replacement chain guard in the parts that I received from him yesterday, today I started restoring it with the other parts as it will be silver and I was able to get it sprayed with primer.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00153.jpg)

This photo shows the tail light and tag bracket that I also worked on restoring today and was able to spray with primer.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00026.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Apr 22, 2012, 01:50:41
I had originally planned on trying to finish some of the paint work on the small parts today and I was able to spray the silver basecoat on the chain guard and the back side of the tail light bracket however it rained this afternoon and there was a lot of moisture in the air so I sanded some of the aluminum parts instead.

I am working on a lot of different parts however I would like to complete the front end components first, this photo shows the restored speedometer bracket with the silver base coat and clear coat.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00252.jpg)

Brother casi85 would like all of the aluminum pieces to be as close to factory as possible so he has asked me not to remove the casting marks, etc. and give the parts a light polish. I worked on the front brake plate this afternoon as well as a few other pieces for the front end. These photos show the handle bar clamps and the top triple tree, I still have more work to do before they are complete however this is how they look this evening.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00183.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00212.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00243.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00143.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Apr 23, 2012, 15:33:27
Brother casi85 has purchased a lot of beautiful new parts for this build including all new rubber, this photo shows the new rubber for the fual tank mounts that I installed on the frame today.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00054.jpg)

He also sent new old stock reflectors for the front and rear of the motorcycle, I installed the rear ones on the frame today.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00072.jpg)

I normally like to build a motorcycle starting at the front and working my way back however when I started work this morning I could not resist bolting some of this new chrome to the frame so I installed the rear fender and grab bar with their brackets and mounts which were also just replated with new chrome. I carried the frame outside to take a few good photos, you can also see the rear reflectors mounted to the frame in these photos.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00133.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00095.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00086.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00104.jpg)

I also mounted the ignition switch just because I wanted to have this cool keychain on the frame!

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00184-1.jpg)

I am going to get back to work on the front end and will try to post more photos this evening!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: Habanero52 on Apr 23, 2012, 20:14:01
WOW!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: Maritime on Apr 24, 2012, 09:40:12
NIce Joe, Keep it up, you do some great resto work.
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: casi85 on Apr 24, 2012, 11:14:51
 8) Put your shades on cause this bike will be too bright to look at without your sunglasses! Great work JOE! Can't wait to see her shining in the Sun at shows!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Apr 24, 2012, 14:11:22
Brothers you are all too kind, thank you so much for the compliments however a lot of the credit goes to Brother casi85 as well, he has a very nice vision for what he would like for this motorcycle and has truly been offering absolutely beautiful parts to work with!

She is a shining star, I hope a lot of people will enjoy getting to see her at the shows!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Apr 24, 2012, 14:11:35
This photo shows the handle bars that Brother casi85 had rechromed for the Bridgestone!

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00027.jpg)

I installed the triple trees with their bearings, the newly chromed handlebars with their clamps, and the speedometer bracket to the frame. I will have to take the frame outside to get some really nice photos however this is how she looks now!

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00062.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00029.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: andycafe on Apr 25, 2012, 03:03:40
looking sweet man! like it!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Apr 25, 2012, 13:41:51
Thank you Brother!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Apr 25, 2012, 20:21:39
I got a lot of work done on the Bridgestone today, I sprayed the final silver basecoat and clearcoat on the chain guard and tail light bracket and I was also able to spray the black on the speedometer, the front engine mounts, toolbox, center stand, and the swingarm. The paint is still drying on these parts so I will add photos of them in the morning.

After I painted today I filled the forks with oil and started assembling more of the front end components and was able to install the front forks, springs, spacers, boots, lower triple tree chrome collars, head light mounts, new front reflectors, the newly chromed headlight bucket, the axle, etc. to the motorcycle.

Here are a few photos of how she is resting this evening!

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00055.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00087.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00063.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: VonYinzer on Apr 25, 2012, 20:27:50
sweetness!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: casi85 on Apr 26, 2012, 07:52:18
That front end is coming together nicely! Can't wait to see the stainless front fender all polished up on there.
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Apr 26, 2012, 23:58:11
The parts that I painted yesterday dried enough to handle so I bolted the swingarm to the frame and assembled the newly chromed tail light housing to the bracket and mounted it to the fender. I also started polishing the tail light lens and mounted it as well.

I am planning on trying to finish the sanding and polishing of the front brake plate and hub within the next couple days so that I can build the front wheel and mount it as I would like it in place for measurements as I reshape and restore the stainless steel front fender.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0032.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0047.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0067.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: VonYinzer on Apr 27, 2012, 14:00:43
Beautiful Joe!!!!!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Apr 27, 2012, 21:49:53
Beautiful Joe!!!!!

Thank you Brother! You know your support means a lot to me!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Apr 27, 2012, 21:50:08
Today we worked on sanding and polishing the front brake plate and hub some more, as I mentioned previously Brother casi85 asked me to leave the factory casting marks, imperfections, etc. and lightly polish the aluminum to retain as much of the factory appearance as possible so I lightly hand polished the brake plate and reassembled it with the shafts that I cleaned and the levers that Brother casi85 had rechromed. Dad also came for a visit and spent a lot of time sanding the hub so as soon as we polish it I will post more photos and start building the wheel with the new spokes and chrome rim.

I am going to polish the plate some more to remove the very fine scratches however this is how it looks so far.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00102.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00044.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: casi85 on Apr 28, 2012, 08:34:23
BEA----UTIFUL!! Just the look I wanted Joe.
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: 56_oval on Apr 29, 2012, 01:27:10
Can't wait to see this one finished. Great job so far.
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Apr 29, 2012, 20:44:58
Brother casi I am so happy that the brake plate looks like you wanted it to! You have a beautiful vision for this motorcycle and I am so very proud and truly honored to have been provided the opportunity to work with you on it!

Thank you Brother 56_oval!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Apr 29, 2012, 20:45:08
Dad sanded the front hub on Friday so today I started polishing it, I also laced the hub to the new chrome rim with new spokes. I still have to true the rim so the spokes are loose in this photo and I am going to polish the hub some more however this is how the rim looks this evening.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00085.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00096.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00144.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: andycafe on Apr 30, 2012, 05:24:32
Nice, what a sweet looking brake assembly!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: Dale on Apr 30, 2012, 13:39:26
Now that is fine work! Absolute beauty so far.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00044.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00096.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on May 02, 2012, 18:56:28
Thank you both so much Brothers! Your kind words mean more to me than you know and they truly are my inspiration!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on May 02, 2012, 18:56:40
One of the coolest things to me about a Bridgestone motorcycle is that you can run Bridgestone tires on it! This photo shows one of the new Bridgestone tires as well as a new rim band and tube that Brother Carlos sent for the build!

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00123.jpg)

The new front brake shoes arrived so we assembled them to the brake hub.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00034.jpg)

We finished truing the front rim and installed the new rim band, tire, and tube.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00064.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00073.jpg)

We installed the front rim and brake plate on the chassis as well as the centerstand that I just painted black to match the frame and she looked so pretty we had to roll her outside so that we could take a few nice photos of her!

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00045.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00056.jpg)

While we had her outside I went ahead and took a couple nicer photos of the tail section of the chassis as well.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00088.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00098.jpg)

She is not complete yet however you all know how much I love before and after photos so I added these just for fun!

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0004.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00105.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: andycafe on May 03, 2012, 04:39:13
1 more wheel and you got yourself a roller there boy! LOL looking amazing!!!!!!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on May 03, 2012, 10:02:57
Thank you Brother! The new rear brake shoes are on the way so I am going to start building the rear wheel and hope to have it ready to mount to the chassis by the time they arrive!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on May 10, 2012, 21:18:01
I have been working on the rear brake hub for the past few days, today I very lightly hand polished it to match the work that we did on the front hub. I still have some final fine polishing to do however I am going to go ahead and lace the new chrome rim and spokes to the hub as I would like to finish the final polishing once the rim is on the chassis. I should be able to assemble the rim and add new photos of it on the chassis by this weekend!

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00019.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00065.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00106.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on May 11, 2012, 19:47:24
Today I laced the new chrome rim to the hub with new spokes, the new rear brake shoes and chrome axle adjusters are here also so as soon as I true the rim and mount the new band, tube, and tire I can assemble the brake plate and install the rear wheel!

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00047.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on May 12, 2012, 18:04:51
Today I trued the rear rim and mounted the new rim band, tube, and Bridgestone tire.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00103.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00035.jpg)

The new brake shoes arrived so I installed them on to the rear brake plate and the new chrome axle adjusters also arrived so I installed the rear wheel assembly on to the chassis and took a few photos!

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00057.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00066.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00074.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00089.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00099.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: casi85 on May 12, 2012, 20:12:03
She looks so preeeeeeeeety! I am so happy we have a roller! It all looks too good to be true... keep up the awesome work Joe!!!!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: andycafe on May 12, 2012, 23:47:08
YAY roller, Awesome! feels like a bike again instead of a unicycle lol nice work buddy......
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on May 29, 2012, 15:43:52
Thank you Brothers, it feels really good to see her as a roller again!

I have been working on the engine cases for the Bridgestone and just finished washing them so that I can start assembling the bottom end, I have also been sanding on a couple of the side covers to prepare them for light polishing.

Here are a few photos of the bare engine cases, I am going to start assembling the bottom end of the engine this afternoon!

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0002-1.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0005-1.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0008-2.jpg)

Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: peteGS on May 29, 2012, 16:44:51
This is great stuff Joe! Always good to get a roller going :D
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: VonYinzer on May 29, 2012, 19:53:45
As always Joe; GREAT WORK! Keep it up!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on May 29, 2012, 20:50:18
Thank you Brothers, you know it means a lot to me to have your support!

This afternoon I started to assemble the bottom end of the engine and I took a few photos while I was working.

I decided to install the shift drum, shift forks, etc. and the transmission in to the engine case first.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0001-1.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0003-1.jpg)

These photos show the new old stock factory Bridgestone crankshaft, new crankshaft end bearings, and the crankshaft assembly in the engine case.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0015.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0012-1.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0014-1.jpg)

I also installed the kick starter shaft assembly in to the lower engine case.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00052-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: DesmoBro on May 29, 2012, 21:06:20
Cool this Sure is coming together nicely...Top Notch Work Joe!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on May 29, 2012, 21:20:04
Cool this Sure is coming together nicely...Top Notch Work Joe!

Thank you Brother, I really appreciate your kind words!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: andycafe on May 30, 2012, 06:51:47
Nice as always!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: casi85 on May 30, 2012, 09:28:05
 ;D Now that is a perfect end to my day! Looking great Joe... can't wait to hear her running.
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on May 30, 2012, 23:18:26
Thank you Brother andy!

Brother casi I can not wait to hear her run either!

Today I did the final inspection of the crankshaft and transmissions fitment and assembled the cases togethor, after I assembled the cases I set the bottom end of the engine in the frame and assembled the drum plate, shifter shaft, drum stopper, etc. to the block.

Brother casi85 asked me to retain some of the aged look on the outside of the cases so I very lightly blasted them with walnut shell to clean them without giving them a sandblasted look, a couple of the dark spots in the first photo are from me getting oil on them while handling the cases during assembly which I cleaned before setting the engine in the frame.
 
(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00022-1.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0004-1.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0039-1.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0029-2.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: casi85 on May 31, 2012, 09:19:46
Looking good! I thought the bare frame was pretty but now with the bottom end she looks a little more like a rider!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Jun 01, 2012, 23:15:44
Brother I really enjoy this part of the build the most, it is nice to keep adding new and restored parts to the frame!

I worked on the Bridgestone a lot today, I decided that I wanted to get the back wheel completely done and the axle bolted down so I worked on the rear brake and drive systems.

The original back brake cable was in good mechanical condition however it looked pretty rough so I cleaned the casing and restored the metal pieces and the arm. I had already posted a photo of the brake stay after I restored it however I thought it should be in this photo as well, the switch is a new old stock brake switch that Brother casi found for the build!

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00042-1.jpg)

I have had the brake pedal sitting on the frame however these are the rest of the rear brake components and the rear brake plate arm that Brother casi had rechromed, the rest of the hardware and springs had a lot of rust so I restored them today.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00122.jpg)

This photo shows the brake pedal and the brake switch mounted on the frame, all of the hardware and cable connections are behind the frame rail.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00152.jpg)

The rear brake system is complete and functional!

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0016.jpg)

My goal for today was to complete the rear brake system however I finished it ahead of schedule so I decided to move to the other side and work on the drive components! I installed the transmissions electronics to the engine case, I also cleaned and installed the front sprocket and mounted it.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0013-1.jpg)

Brother casi had also sent a new DID chain so I installed it.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00142.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0017-1.jpg)

The entire rear wheel, brakes, and drive are now complete and this is how she is resting this evening!

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0025.jpg)


Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: andycafe on Jun 02, 2012, 06:29:15
And BAM there it is! such a sweet bike  :D
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: RotaryDanglish on Jun 02, 2012, 10:16:16
Can't wait to see it done, beautifull restoration.  :)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: peteGS on Jun 02, 2012, 10:51:36
Wow Joe she's really coming together! Can't wait to see her all done :)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Jun 04, 2012, 20:24:21
I can not wait to see her done either Brothers, we are getting close!

Today I worked on a lot of the small parts for the Bridgestone, I did not take photos of everything I worked on today however I did take a few to share!

You have to love the quality of vintage motorcycle parts, this throttle control is metal instead of plastic like modern ones! It had a lot of rust so it was one of the parts I cleaned today.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00252-1.jpg)

I started to clean the horn assembly however I thought I should test it first and it did not work, I just happened to have the same model horn saved here at the shop so I took the electronics and backing plate out of it and rebuilt a horn using the Bridgestones original bell and she sounds nice now! I also cleaned the horns rusted bracket and mounted the horn assembly to the frame.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0030.jpg)

The front engine mounts are now on the bike, the top front bolt is still loose as the skid plate that I have not restored yet mounts to it as well.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0021-1.jpg)

I also restored the bracket for the center stand stop today, it had a lot of rust so I cleaned it and sealed it with shark hide before I installed the new rubber bumper and mounted it to the frame.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0022-2.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0046.jpg)

Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: casi85 on Jun 07, 2012, 10:14:45
You're the man Joe...  8) !!!! You had the parts in the shop to fix the horn which is amazing! Can't wait to hear the horn honk and the engine purrrr!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Jun 07, 2012, 21:10:18
Thank you Brother! The horn that I had that was the same as the one on your Bridgestone was from a Yamaha CS1, that motorcycle actually looks very similar to your Bridgestone as well. I spent some nice quality time with her this afternoon so we will be able to hear her run very soon!

Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Jun 07, 2012, 21:11:11
Brother casi with the bikes you have in your stable she ig going to have a few good sisters!

Brother Justin I am happy that you like her!

We have been waiting for the new wristpin bearings to come in and they were delivered this afternoon so I was able to assemble most of the top end today!

Brother casi found this nice pair of cylinders and had them replated.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00012-1.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0006-1.jpg)

These are the new old stock pistons.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00123-1.jpg)

This photo shows the new rings, wristpins, wristpin bearings, and clips.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0019-1.jpg)

Here are the new cylinder head and cylinder base gaskets.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0023-1.jpg)

The top end is now completely assembled except for the cylinder heads, here are a couple photos of how she is resting this evening!

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00292.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0035-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: VonYinzer on Jun 07, 2012, 22:55:11
Beautiful work Joe! This bike has to end up in magazines. It'll be the nicest Bridgestone on the road!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: casi85 on Jun 08, 2012, 09:17:50
@vonYinzer: that is the plan once she is completed. I have been trying to get in with Bridgestone but they seem to have no interest in their vintage motorcycle history. I want to make sure Joe gets the accolades for building such a beautiful bike for us to all enjoy! I plan to bring her to all the local shows as well to create awareness not only of the Bridgestone motorcycle heritage but also the amazing work that Joe at DWMS is capable of!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: JustinLonghorn on Jun 08, 2012, 10:54:05
Absolutely top notch, sirs.
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: 56_oval on Jun 09, 2012, 03:48:39
Had no clue it was a two stroke until I saw those barrels!  Top notch brother.
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Jun 13, 2012, 00:58:54
Brothers as always your words are truly inspiring and I can not put in to words how much your encouragement always means to me. I never got in to this business to be famous, on tv, or in magazines, I simply enjoy returning antique and vintage motorcycles to their former glory and am truly blessed and honored to be provided the opportunity to work with Brother casi on this build to help create his vision, if she were to make it in to a magazine for others to enjoy I am sure it would be her honor and Brother casi definatley deserves it as he is a truly honorable gentleman.

Brother casi I did not know that you were making contact with Bridgestone, I would think that they would be very interested in one of their motorcycles!

I spent some time working on the engine and installed the rotary disc valve guides, rotary disc valves, rotary disc valve covers with intake manifolds, crankshaft collar, oil pump gear case, oil pump, and a new oil pump line today!

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00023.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00053-1.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0007-2.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00032-1.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00043-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: Habanero52 on Jun 13, 2012, 12:18:17
WOW!!!!!!
Joe, you deserve all the recognition possible for being such a dedicated restorer and awesome person!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: casi85 on Jun 13, 2012, 14:10:39
I have to admit that the Rotary Valve design on this bike really gets my blood boiling as I have never owned an engine with this style valves before.  :P

Keep up the great work Joe and I will keep digging on Bridgestone and other places to make sure this bike gets the attention it deserves!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: peteGS on Jun 13, 2012, 16:48:57
Looking good as always Joe! Doesn't look like it's too far away from finished...
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Jun 21, 2012, 00:14:40
Thank you again for your kind words Brothers, this has truly been a very enjoyable build!

Today I installed the clutch assembly as well as the pinion gear and the timing idler gear. The left side engine cover internals are complete and as soon as I receive a couple small pieces of hardware such as the generator o-ring, etc. I will be able to complete the right side engine cover internals as well!

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00044-1.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0010-1.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00162.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00253.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: MickyC on Jun 21, 2012, 02:37:19
wow very impressive has to be one of the fastest builds on here lol well done mate she looks awesome. like new
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Jun 21, 2012, 23:51:35
Thank you Brother! To be honest I really thought I would have had her completed by now however she will be ready very soon!

Today I started blasting the cylinder heads so that they will have the same natural finish as the cylinders, I am still working on them however this is how the head for the left side looks so far.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0033-1.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0045.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0036-2.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0040.jpg)

We are going to blast the inner side covers of the engine to give them a nice natural finish and polish the outer side covers so I also started blasting this cover for the left side of the engine.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0028-1.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0037.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: andycafe on Jun 22, 2012, 05:27:31
I'm starting to run out of superlatives  ;) Hell Yeah!......
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: Habanero52 on Jun 22, 2012, 09:14:26
Sweet! CASI is very lucky!!!!! :D ;D
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: casi85 on Jun 22, 2012, 16:22:26
They are coming right along... as for the bad head with all the pitting I was able to score a used one so you should have it in the next few days. Sorry you had to clean up a head that we wont be using. I guess the metal from the early 70's was good but not when left in New England weather for 30 years untouched!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: peteGS on Jun 22, 2012, 19:19:13
Joe what sort of media are you blasting with?
 
I was thinking of getting my Cucciolo wet blasted like I did with my 450 head and barrels but I think it will look too "new" that way. I'm now thinking of just cleaning, but maybe some form of blasting like that would be more appropriate? Maybe soda blasting or crushed walnut shells or something...
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Jun 22, 2012, 20:05:29
Joe what sort of media are you blasting with?
 
I was thinking of getting my Cucciolo wet blasted like I did with my 450 head and barrels but I think it will look too "new" that way. I'm now thinking of just cleaning, but maybe some form of blasting like that would be more appropriate? Maybe soda blasting or crushed walnut shells or something...

Brother I use a lot of different materials for blasting and it really just depends on the part that I am working with or the finish that I would like when deciding on what would work the best, if you would like to just clean your parts without removing material I would recommend the walnut with low air pressure as it gently cleans very nicely without giving the parts a blasted look and leaves a very nice authentic looking patina.

This photo shows the bottom of the Bridgestones engine case which I blasted with walnut shells and low air pressure, as I mentioned it very gently cleans and leaves a very nice patina without removing material however it does not remove stains or give an even color like glass, sand, etc. does so it really depends on the look that you would like.

I think that your Ducati engine would look absolutely beautiful if you very lightly blasted it with the walnut and left a really nice antique look on the parts!

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00022-1.jpg)

Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: peteGS on Jun 23, 2012, 09:34:04
Thanks Joe! That finish looks like it would suit really well actually, so that might be the way to go.


I found a place here in Aus that sells 20kg bags of shells for $24 (finely crushed) which should do the trick I'd imagine as it's only a small engine. I'll have to get a gun for the compressor but cheapies are available for about $30 locally which should do the job.


I can make a little cabinet easily enough too.


Thanks again mate, much appreciated :)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Jun 23, 2012, 23:49:20
You are very welcome Brother and thank you for sharing your Ducati build with us, I use a basic gun for blasting and it works great so I think you will be happy with one as well.
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Jun 23, 2012, 23:53:53
I was able to spend some time working on the Bridgestone this afternoon and got some good work done on a couple pieces for her, the new o-ring for the generator came in so it was one of the parts I worked on today. I cleaned the generator and installed the new o-ring, the casing on the wiring was brittle so I also removed it and installed new heat shrink over the wires to protect them. I still need to seal around the wiring where it goes through the housing however this is how the generator looks this evening.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00024-1.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00045-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: peteGS on Jun 24, 2012, 09:56:04
Very nice Joe! It's a good feeling to get those little details taken care of doesn't it? Makes the whole thing come together in the end...


I need to do some more research on the walnut shells (eg. fine vs. coarse etc.) but I have some ideas on a little blasting cabinet and I think that's the way to go. I need to spend some time on Google ;)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: casi85 on Jun 24, 2012, 19:01:31
Nice work Joe,

That so far was one of the hardest parts to get considering there are so many variations and almost all of them were not repairable. I love how freshthe metal looks!

Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: Habanero52 on Jun 24, 2012, 19:46:20
I use chopped glass to clean my parts since, like Joe stated, it cleans very well but does not leave a patina look. I have used walnut shells in my vibrating bowl polisher and it works great. If you need just a small amount of walnut shells, any pet store supply will have them in the reptile section.(It is used as bedding for reptiles.) If you need a lot, Harbor Freight carries 22 lb bags in both fine and coarse for about $23.00 per bag.
I also use Black Beauty when I need to remove a lot of rust, but this is very aggressive and removes a lot of base material. 8)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: peteGS on Jun 25, 2012, 10:18:47
I use chopped glass to clean my parts since, like Joe stated, it cleans very well but does not leave a patina look. I have used walnut shells in my vibrating bowl polisher and it works great. If you need just a small amount of walnut shells, any pet store supply will have them in the reptile section.(It is used as bedding for reptiles.) If you need a lot, Harbor Freight carries 22 lb bags in both fine and coarse for about $23.00 per bag.
I also use Black Beauty when I need to remove a lot of rust, but this is very aggressive and removes a lot of base material. 8)


Thanks mate, no Harbor Freight over here in the land down under I'm afraid but there is a place that sells 20kg for about $24 so it depends on postage costs if it's economical or not. I haven't found anywhere locally just yet.


I'm going to try to make up a blasting cabinet as I'll only need to do small stuff for the moment...
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: jenkinsm on Jun 25, 2012, 11:19:58
Just picked up on this thread and will be following it very closely.

I just stumbled on a gold 1970 SS a month ago.  I hadn't seen another gold one until I found your threda.  Mine has a similar barn-find story.  It's 100% complete and in really good shape.  Restoration probably won't start until the fall as I have other projects to work on...but thought I would share a picture of it.

Good job...and great thread.

Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: Habanero52 on Jun 25, 2012, 11:40:12
That bike looks sweet and in great shape!!!!!!! Looking forward to reading about your build!
 8)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: casi85 on Jun 25, 2012, 14:48:54
@jenkinsm - WHAT A GREAT FIND! I bet they are sisters! hahahaha! She looks to be in great shape compared to how I found mine. Was the motor free or seized up? Yours has the traditional badges which are really cool looking. For some reason they had a dealer installed option called the "checkered" which had some checkered flag logos on the tank and a few other places which my bike had installed.

I cant wait to see her running again! If you need along the way let me know!

Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: beatnic on Jun 25, 2012, 15:22:04
didn't want to post because she is in such rough shape, but here is my Bridgestone

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy102/beatnic_life/bikes/bridgestone3.jpg)

i pulled her from a shed that colapsed...it is pearl white with the "checkered" option. Everything is there, just really rough...
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: Wolfie on Jun 25, 2012, 15:38:47
didn't want to post because she is in such rough shape, but here is my Bridgestone


i pulled her from a shed that colapsed...it is pearl white with the "checkered" option. Everything is there, just really rough...

That turn signal for signaling ufo's?
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: peteGS on Jun 25, 2012, 16:28:53
Wow they're popping up all over the place!
 
Joe's work should set the standard with Casi's though I reckon ;)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Jun 25, 2012, 17:22:55
This is awesome, I never knew you guys had Bridgestone motorcycles! Thank you for sharing the photos and I would love to see more if anyone else has one!

We spent some time Sunday afternoon cleaning the inside of the fuel tank to remove light rust and old fuel residue, I let the tank dry real good overnight and sealed the inside of it yesterday afternoon with Caswell tank sealer. Now that I have completed sealing the tank the tins and new decals are on the way to my Brother Jason for new paint, he does absolutely beautiful paint work so I can not wait to see them when he is done!

It is hard to get a good photo of the new sealer in the tank however you can see some of it in this photo.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0005-2.jpg)

Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: casi85 on Jun 25, 2012, 18:01:45
@beatnic - I love it! get her running who cares how she looks... she just wants to breath some fresh air! This is the first owner I have seen who has the "checkered" like me! Keep the pictures coming and as you all see Joe does some AMAZING Work and more importantly is a great builder to work with. I have dealt with numerous builders/fabricators/painters in my day and no one even falls on the same map as Joe. His honesty, knowledge and caring is TOP NOTCH!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Jun 26, 2012, 19:43:37
Brothers you give me too much credit, I just love to turn wrenches like everyone else here however all of your kind words are my inspiration and truly warm my heart so thank you all for that! Brother casi you are a true friend and being provided the great opportunity to work with you on this project has been an honor and a blessing, thank you for putting your trust in me my friend!





Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: Swapmeet Louie on Jun 26, 2012, 19:46:04
Joey, did you see the frame I got for my big-twin project...? The bridgestone looks great as always man.
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Jun 26, 2012, 19:49:20
No man, the last time we talked you were just getting ready to order it! Do you have it posted here Brother?!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Jun 26, 2012, 19:50:43
I spent a few hours today working on some of the small parts like clamps and brackets, etc. I did not take photos of all the small parts however here are a couple that show the exhaust clamps and the bracket for the battery and oil tank.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00082-1.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00153-1.jpg)

The original right cylinder head had some heavy pitting in the combustion chamber and around the gasket surface area so Brother casi sent a really nice replacement head, this afternoon I also blasted it so that the finish would match the left cylinder head and the cylinders.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00163.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00352.jpg)

I set the cylinder heads on the engine and this is how she is resting this evening!

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00372.jpg)

Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: Swapmeet Louie on Jun 26, 2012, 19:51:00
No man, the last time we talked you were just getting ready to order it! Do you have it posted here Brother?!

Ya, it's in laughin at the club. Under almost done fiscoing my tank.
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Jun 26, 2012, 20:04:46
Brother I just went and looked at your thread and your frame looks beautiful! I saw your tank the other day on facebook but I had no idea you already got the frame in! I will definately be following your build and if there is anything I can do to help just give me a call man!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: jenkinsm on Jun 27, 2012, 17:29:21
Yes...must be!

The engine is free and has great compression for sitting so long.  Generally, everything is super solid on it...well, except for all the rubber pieces.   And yeah, the badges look great...even the seat is in great shape.  I'll have to admit I was really lucky to find this one.

I might start on this project this summer...but not likely until the fall or even winter.  Too much else on the go.  I bought a 70' Suzuki Stinger at the same time (from the same guy).  Also a great little bike.



@jenkinsm - WHAT A GREAT FIND! I bet they are sisters! hahahaha! She looks to be in great shape compared to how I found mine. Was the motor free or seized up? Yours has the traditional badges which are really cool looking. For some reason they had a dealer installed option called the "checkered" which had some checkered flag logos on the tank and a few other places which my bike had installed.

I cant wait to see her running again! If you need along the way let me know!


Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Jun 27, 2012, 21:47:30
Brother jenkinsm it would be so sweet if you could get her running, the old Stingers are awesome as well and I absolutely love the shape of their fuel tanks!

I spent a lot of time working on the Bridgestone today and was able to restore the cylinder head nuts and finish the complete assembly of the top end. After completing the top end I was a little ahead of schedule so I finished the installation of the oil line that runs underneath of the generator to feed the right cylinder so that I could start working on mounting the generator, once we completed the oil line I finished restoring the generator strap as well as the rest of the generators hardware and installed the generator, strap, all of the mounting hardware, and the generators drive gear to the engine.

I did not take a lot of photos of the small parts as I really wanted to complete the top end and the generator today so I worked pretty hard without stopping however this is how she is resting this evening!

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00046.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00192-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: andycafe on Jun 28, 2012, 08:45:58
too cool  8), coming along NICE  :D
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: peteGS on Jun 28, 2012, 10:18:55
So close Joe! Definitely looking good... you're setting a high benchmark for those other Bridgestones and the Ducati! :D
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: casi85 on Jun 28, 2012, 12:11:21
 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) Looking Good! At this rate it will be getting ready in no time! Hope the chrome pcs I sent down came out OK and are usable.
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Jun 28, 2012, 22:35:33
too cool  8), coming along NICE  :D

Thank you Brother! I am really enjoying this build and it is nice to hear that you like it!

So close Joe! Definitely looking good... you're setting a high benchmark for those other Bridgestones and the Ducati! :D

Yes she is getting so close, I have been working long days all week trying to get as much done as I can so we can hear her running soon! I do not set the benchmark man, you are all very talented creative builders that do absolutely beautiful work and I am very blessed to know and be able to work along side of you all here! Thank you so much for your support Brother!

8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) Looking Good! At this rate it will be getting ready in no time! Hope the chrome pcs I sent down came out OK and are usable.

Brother I can not wait to hear her take her first new breath of life! I have been working on her hard so we can see her all togethor very soon! The chrome for the front fender that you sent arrived safely and is absolutely beautiful!



Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Jun 28, 2012, 22:36:02
Today I spent some more time working on some of the small parts for the Bridgestone, I installed the battery bracket to the frame first and then restored the left side covers post and the oil tanks lower bracket and installed them to the frame. I decided to work on the airbox next so I spent a couple hours restoring it, sealed it with shark hide, mounted it to the engine, and installed the new rubber elbows that Brother casi sent as well as the tubes that he had rechromed. I also cleaned, sealed, and mounted the kickstand as well as a few other small pieces of hardware.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0020-1.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0024-1.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00282.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00353.jpg)

I also realized it has been a while since I have shown how the whole bike is looking so I rolled her outside and took a few photos!

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0038.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00373.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0041-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: peteGS on Jun 29, 2012, 09:34:37
Wow Joe she's really coming together! Thanks for the sunny photos, nice to see it outside and in one piece :)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: jenkinsm on Jun 29, 2012, 09:45:03
I'm in shock at how quickly you're pulling this together...amazing!

Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: casi85 on Jun 29, 2012, 13:24:18
Joe, She is looking amazing... I still am amazed at your ability to turn old parts that I would normally deem unusable into showroom quality parts. Keep up the great work.

PS you may need some sleep this weekend after the long hours working on her this week!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: shamus on Jul 05, 2012, 16:04:13
No idea how I've missed this one. Amazing.
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Jul 10, 2012, 15:54:33
Thank you so much for the compliments Brothers, you all know that your kind words are my inspiration! I apologize for the delayed response, we closed last week for the 4th of July holiday and a family reunion however I have been working on restoring the handlebar controls so I will start adding new photos again today or tomorrow! My Brother Jason offered to paint the tins so he has them and is preparing to paint them, I can not wait to see them when they are completed as his paint work is absolutely beautiful! While Jason finishes the tins I am working on finishing the handlebar controls, carburetors, engine side covers, exhaust, and wiring so she should be ready to take her first new breath of life within the next few weeks!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: JustinLonghorn on Jul 10, 2012, 15:56:51
Hell yeah, man!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: peteGS on Jul 11, 2012, 08:49:54
Really looking forward to seeing the tins done too Joe! Can't wait to see her back together in one piece :)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Jul 13, 2012, 20:23:49
The handle bar controls for the Bridgestone had a lot of corrosion so I have been working on restoring them over the last few days, Brother casi has a great vision of retaining the classic factory look of this motorcycle so I did not remove the factory casting marks or imperfections.

This photo of the left handle bar control shows the condition that all of the parts were in before I started working on them.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00124.jpg)

I wet sanded all of the controls by hand to remove the corrosion and I still have some fine sanding I would like to do before I lightly hand polish them to match the other aluminum pieces that we have already restored on the motorcycle however this is how they look so far. The left perch in this photo is a new old stock part that Brother casi sent.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00172-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: andycafe on Jul 14, 2012, 04:44:54
You know I love shiny  8) nice work man
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: peteGS on Jul 14, 2012, 18:16:42
They look great Joe! I love how you're not leaving any little detail untouched... awesome!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: casi85 on Jul 17, 2012, 12:02:30
These controls look just as good if not better than the NOS part I sent you!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Jul 18, 2012, 23:03:49
Brother casi I am so happy that you like the controls, I tried to match them as closely as I could to the new old stock one you sent! Dad came by today and we spent some good quality time working on the Bridgestone togethor this afternoon, we installed the handlebar controls that I just finished restoring as well as the new grips, throttle cables, and choke cables that you sent!

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00143-1.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00165.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0018-1.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00212-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: casi85 on Jul 19, 2012, 16:28:32
Those handlebars are filling up nicely! All's they are missing is some brake cables and a strong wrist to twist the throttle!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Jul 20, 2012, 23:50:46
Brother I love how simple and clean the controls are on this bike and I know a guy that will enjoy twisting the throttle! Hahahaha!

I disassembled the mufflers last night and started restoring them today, I worked on the left muffler first and still need to restore and install the three stainless heat shields however here are a few photos that show some of the work I completed today.

These photos show the condition of the bare muffler when I started and after I restored it.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00034-1.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00213.jpg)

Brother casi sent new chrome tips and seals so I assembled the rear of the left muffler.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00047-1.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00242-1.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0027-1.jpg)

The left muffler had two rust damaged areas on the bottom and one on the rear so this afternoon I cut out one area and welded in a new piece of steel to repair it, I still need to finish smoothing the area I repaired today however this is how it looks this evening.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00102-1.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00132-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Jul 21, 2012, 21:33:52
I spent some more time working on the right muffler this afternoon and was able to cut out the other two rust damaged areas and weld the new steel pieces in place, I still have more filling, smoothing, and shaping that I am going to do however here are a few photos of how the muffler looks this evening.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00102-1.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00303.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00193.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00354.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: peteGS on Jul 22, 2012, 07:54:51
Awesome work Joe! Those pipes are going to be spot on when you're done, just like the rest :D
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Jul 25, 2012, 22:40:00
Thank you Brother! The work to restore them has been a little time consuming however I have been enjoying it!

We straightened, cleaned, and sanded the three stainless steel heat shields for the left muffler, I still need to polish them however I bolted them to the muffler to check their fitment and to see how they would look mounted.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00015.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00083.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: Tim on Jul 25, 2012, 23:22:41
Well now I know what kind of bike my tank came off :)

(http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a275/CB550F/SR500/IMG_2612.jpg)
(http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a275/CB550F/SR500/IMG_2611.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Jul 25, 2012, 23:31:18
Brother Tim that is definately a Bridgestone tank, they are really nice tanks with a beautiful shape!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: casi85 on Jul 26, 2012, 09:37:38
WOW JOE! Those pipes are going to draw so much attention and envy for scrambler fans. They look so good I am not sure I want to run exhaust through them  :P !!!!!

@Tim - what do you have the tank on for a bike? Looks like a Bridgestone 200 RS tank. I love the style of the tank as it has more than one body line and has knee grips too.
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Jul 27, 2012, 03:02:14
WOW JOE! Those pipes are going to draw so much attention and envy for scrambler fans. They look so good I am not sure I want to run exhaust through them  :P !!!!!

Brother I can agree with that as you already know how much I love these pipes! I can not wait to see them mounted on the motorcycle!

I have also been working on restoring the skid plate over the last few days, after I removed the rust I found that it had a lot of pitting however it was very solid so I dedicated the extra time to smooth it which was also a little time consuming as the plate has several rails stamped into it. I was able to spray it with primer today and still need to wet sand it one more time before paint however I took a couple photos that show how it looks now.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00014-1.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00033-1.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00016-1.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00025.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: peteGS on Jul 27, 2012, 08:28:44
Ok, I just went back to the first post to refresh my memory... I'd forgotten those pipes were high pipes! Definitely tasty! Dunno what it is about high pipes but I just love 'em... but you can probably tell that by my GS...


And nicely done on that skid plate Joe, I really like how you're taking the time to make sure each piece is dealt with to the same level of detail, it's very impressive work.
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: stroker crazy on Jul 27, 2012, 10:25:35
I'm astounded by how well the skid plate cleaned up!

This build is becoming one of those that sets the standard for others to aspire to.

Crazy


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Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: JustinLonghorn on Jul 27, 2012, 11:03:32
Hell yeah man, that skid plate looks fantastic.
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: casi85 on Jul 27, 2012, 14:52:25
Its about lunch time and I need a plate to eat off... can you send me this one. It looks so clean I want to eat off it!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Aug 02, 2012, 00:02:26
Brothers thank you all for your kind words, they truly are my inspiration!

The original fender for this motorcycle was pretty rough so Brother casi located a replacement that had brackets in nicer condition and a stainless steel fender. The mounting brackets were bent a little so we straightened them and Brother casi had them rechromed, the stainless fender had a couple small dents in it so we straightened them and have been sanding and polishing it as well.

I trued the front wheel and forks to the chassis and mounted the fender on the motorcycle last night so that I could finish adjusting the brackets for the final fitment, today I finished the final assembly of the brackets to the fender with new bolts and installed the new mudflap that Brother casi sent with the mounting plate that I restored. After I torqued everything down on the fender I removed it one last time to clean and inspect it. I am still hand polishing the stainless steel however I can complete the polishing on the motorcycle so I mounted the complete fender to the forks with the original hardware that I restored and installed the speedometer cable this afternoon.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00072-1.jpg)

You all know how much I love before and after photos! I still have a little more work to complete before the front end is completely done however I thought I would go ahead and share these!

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/frontrim.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00084-1.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00125.jpg)

Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: andycafe on Aug 02, 2012, 04:21:03
unbelievable, truely amazing as always.
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: Wmatt on Aug 02, 2012, 08:19:37
Quality Joe, Absolute quality!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: Habanero52 on Aug 02, 2012, 09:36:44
Where did you get this brand new bike? Joe, you da' man!!!!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Aug 02, 2012, 21:55:33
Brothers thank you so much for your kind comments and support and you all being here to enjoy this build makes me very happy however I can not take all of the credit as Brother casi and Brother Habanero have supplied a lot of very nice parts to work with and Brother casi has a beautiful vision for what he wants for this motorcycle, we are a very family oriented shop and my Father, Brother, Wife, and my youngest Daughter have also all worked on this motorcycle so I am very blessed! No matter how many engines or motorcycles I build and share here you all always support and encourage me and it truly means more to me than you will ever know, I will never forget that and will always be grateful to have such loyal Brothers!

This bike has so many cool features and one of my favorites is the look and design of the factory steering damper, Brother casi sent a lot of nice parts to rebuild this one so we installed the damper on the bike.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00027-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: casi85 on Aug 03, 2012, 07:51:22
I had some butterflies in my stomach about the front fender as it was nearly impossible to find a good quality one but Joe you have turned a usable fender into a piece of art! It trully bringsthe front end together. As for the steering damper, who knows if it will function like the new technology but it at least looks real perrrrrty!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: RotaryDanglish on Aug 03, 2012, 10:56:25
...As for the steering damper, who knows if it will function like the new technology but it at least looks real perrrrrty!

That it does, deffinetly more subtle than modern tech ;)
Have played a bit with an old Suzuki T250 which has the same type of damper. It is more or less just a long screw threaded into friction plates below the triple tree which effectively "brakes" like your basic caliper/rotor making the front end harder to turn, simple to tune but not as effective at dampening hard jerks as the more modern rod damper, still very cool though.
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: shamus on Aug 03, 2012, 13:48:13
Yeah that damper looks great.
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: peteGS on Aug 03, 2012, 19:05:25
Joe this just keeps getting better and better! That front end is looking awesome :D
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: muskywhisperr on Aug 04, 2012, 16:11:55
This is truly a great thread.  I hope to make my project this nice.
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Aug 07, 2012, 01:15:02
Thank you Brothers! I am very happy that you are all still enjoying this build!

Here is a photo of the new gaskets that I just finished cutting out for the engines clutch cover and the carburetor covers.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00018.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Aug 08, 2012, 17:02:11
We have been working on restoring several different pieces for the Bridgestone this week, the carburetor covers had a lot of corrosion so we sanded them down to remove the fine pitting and started to give them a light hand polish. I am going to polish the carburetor covers some more however here are the before and after photos that show how they look after their first hand polishing

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_000810.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00057-1.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_000910.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00037.jpg)

We also installed the front brake cable and adjusted the front brakes. There was one small place in the cables casing that we were not happy with so we sealed it with black heat shrink, after we sealed that area of the cable we liked the way it looked so much that we added two pieces of heat shrink to the front brake and speedometer cable where they run through the front fenders bracket as accent pieces which will also add protection for the cables.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00036.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00019-1.jpg)

I would also like to send out a very special thank you to my Brother Jason who does absolutely beautiful paint work for taking the time to give these parts the quality restoration and paint work that they deserve and only you can do, I love you man! Jason just sent me these photos of the tank in basecoat as well as the side cover and oil tank in basecoat with their new checkered decals! He also took more photos of the restoration work he has been doing on these parts and we will post them all togethor once we has clearcoated and completed all of the parts.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/ResizedImage951344453686115.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/ResizedImage951344444178829.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: Habanero52 on Aug 08, 2012, 17:42:59
AWESOME!!!!! 8)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: JustinLonghorn on Aug 09, 2012, 14:39:19
More top notch work, sir.
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: peteGS on Aug 09, 2012, 16:36:53
Great stuff Joe! Man you must have some patience doing that polishing by hand... love it :D
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: Kanticoy on Aug 09, 2012, 16:49:58
Beautiful job brother.

Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Aug 10, 2012, 00:35:20
Thank you Brothers! I will never be able to thank you all enough for your kind words and support, they truly mean more to me than you know!

Brother casi approved the color for the tins so my Brother Jason is working on clearcoating them and he sent me this photo of the side cover today!

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/ResizedImage951344526641013.jpg)

We have been working on the wiring and I was able to get most of it installed, I have just a few small things left to wire however I have most of it completed. We have had the headlight bucket mounted on the bike and now that I have most of the wiring completed I installed the new old stock headlight that Brother casi sent so that I could test it, according to the tag that was on the bike when we received it this is the first time that she has powered a light in 38 years so it was really awesome to see the first signs of new life from her this evening!

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00038.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00058.jpg)

I still have to complete the final wiring for the tail light however I temporarily connected the wiring so that I could test it and the running light as well as the brake light are working good so I should have all of the wiring completed very soon!

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00173.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: casi85 on Aug 10, 2012, 09:50:55
And on that day the 9th of August in 2012 Joe said, "Let there be light!"   :P  :P  :P

Looks like her first heartbeat and she is getting so close!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: JustinLonghorn on Aug 10, 2012, 10:08:13
Indeed. I think we will need a video of her first breath, sir.
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: Dale on Aug 10, 2012, 11:12:22
Always a pleasure watching your builds. Perfect.
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Aug 10, 2012, 20:54:59
And on that day the 9th of August in 2012 Joe said, "Let there be light!"   :P  :P  :P

Looks like her first heartbeat and she is getting so close!

As much as I love to return bikes to their former glory it truly was a special moment, I had to leave the light on for a minute so that I could stand there and look at how pretty she is!

Indeed. I think we will need a video of her first breath, sir.

I will definately take a couple videos of her running to share!

Always a pleasure watching your builds. Perfect.

The pleasure is ours Brother as it is always good to have you here with us!

Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Aug 12, 2012, 17:52:23
My Brother Jason added a couple more coats of clear to the tins and he sent me this photo of the gas tank!

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/2012_08_109511_40_5795729.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Aug 13, 2012, 21:29:16
Today Dad was here and we had a really enjoyable time working on the Bridgestone togethor, we installed the new points and condensors that Brother casi sent, adjusted the gap on both sets of points, and set the ignition timing. After we installed and set everything we ran a test and we have really nice fire on both spark plugs!

Here is a photo of the new points and condensors mounted in the end of the generator.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_000210.jpg)

Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: casi85 on Aug 14, 2012, 21:06:29
Spark is good but the paint is amazing! I can not wait to see it all together!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Aug 21, 2012, 00:56:55
My Brother Jason really did beautiful work on the tins and I can not wait to see them on the bike, he put the final coat of clear on the tank today and has it so smooth there is no edge around the decals! I have been working on restoring the last few pieces that we are painting black, today I painted the speedometer, tool box, tool box door, kickstand, and the skid plate. I am still working on the skid plate and I have more detail work to do on these parts however here are a few photos of how they look this evening!

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_000211.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00194.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00202.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Aug 23, 2012, 14:23:06
We have been working on the Bridgestone a lot this week and have completed all of the wiring with the exception of one new switch for the front brake lever that we need to replace however Brother casi has located one so we will have it soon. I cleaned the exhaust studs and installed them into the cylinder heads and mounted the chrome exhaust pipes with new gaskets and the exhaust collars that we had already restored. We adjusted the neutral switches so now that we have the neutral, head light high beam, and the speedometers back light all working properly we installed the speedometer and the speedometer cable. I also installed the skid plate, tool box, and the kickstand on the motorcycle.

This photo shows the neutral working.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0057.jpg)

And this photo shows the neutral light and the head light high beam light working.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0058.jpg)

Here is a photo that shows the exhaust pipes and the skid plate mounted.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00059.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: casi85 on Aug 24, 2012, 07:34:46
The parts look like you poured wet paint on them a few seconds before you took the photo they look so smooth! And the lights on the speed are cool as anything... I have always wondered what lights it had in the speedo as it never worked when I had it at my house for a few weeks. I miss having a neutral light on my vintage bikes... I wish I could send you all of my vintage bikes for a neutral light surgery. Keep up the great work Joe can't wait to see her light up and rev up!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Aug 29, 2012, 00:30:30
Thank you Brother, I really love the black color that we used on this bike and the silver is really pretty as well however the paint work that my Brother Jason did on the tins is really going to make her look beautiful! Adjusting the neutral light was fun as there are two neutrals and two different neutral switches as well! Hopefully we will be able to hear her take her first breath in about a week!

We have been working on finishing the restoration work on the engines side covers and we were able to mount the left side covers late this afternoon!

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0028-2.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0009.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00133-1.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00154.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00214.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: casi85 on Aug 29, 2012, 15:42:17
Now that is the perfect look for me on this bike... no polish just raw metal as it came from the factory! Great job Joe bringing my vision to life. I love the way the wording for the transmission switch show on the casted cover. Looks awesome!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: MickyC on Aug 29, 2012, 22:13:41
you always impress me joeyputt, it blows my mind how you do some of the stuff you do. well done. not long now until itís done.
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Aug 29, 2012, 23:06:21
Now that is the perfect look for me on this bike... no polish just raw metal as it came from the factory! Great job Joe bringing my vision to life. I love the way the wording for the transmission switch show on the casted cover. Looks awesome!

I love the look of clean cast aluminum as well and think it was the perfect choice for the Bridgestone, you definately have a beautiful vision for this bike Brother and I am honored to be working with you to make it a reality!



you always impress me joeyputt, it blows my mind how you do some of the stuff you do. well done. not long now until it’s done.

Thank you Brother, I really appreciate your kind words and they truly mean more to me than you know. If we are able to stay on schedule we should be able to see her take her first new breath of life in about a week!   
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: stroker crazy on Aug 30, 2012, 02:12:12
I can see only one flaw in your work - the bike looks too beautiful to ride!


Crazy
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: Dale on Aug 30, 2012, 10:32:14
As usual - the bar for "doing the job right". Superb.
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: JohnGoFast on Aug 30, 2012, 10:52:01
I have completely missed this rebuild until now. Joe, you do beautiful work, this Bridgestone looks damn fantastic.

What are you doing to the zinc plated parts that were rusted and not rezinced or chromed. You say that you've cleaned them up and it looks like they have been given a sanding and polishing, what are you doing to prevent rust from returning? I'm just wondering if I'm going overboard when I do a restore and have all the zinc plated parts stripped and rezinced.
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Aug 30, 2012, 14:30:10
Thank you so much for the compliments Brothers, as always you are too kind and I hope you all know that your nice words truly are my inspiration!

Brother John there are only a few pieces of steel that we left a natural finish on however to prevent them from rusting we sealed them with Shark Hide metal protectant.

Here are a couple photos of the right side of the engine with the clutch cover on, I still need to rebuild the carburetors however I bolted the carburetor cover on the engine to see how it would look. I also installed the new air intake rubber with its new bracket and spring and assembled the kick starter with its new rubber and installed it. The carburetor and choke cables are just sitting on the head until we mount the carburetors, they will not be running through the fins.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_000110.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00049.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: JohnGoFast on Aug 30, 2012, 14:44:26
Thanks brother Joe, I could go for days telling you are a stellar craftsman and how great this looks. Definitely better than when it was new.
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: Habanero52 on Aug 30, 2012, 17:02:27
WOW!!!! Like it just came out of the box!!!!!!
Joe, you continue to amaze us all.
Thanks!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Aug 31, 2012, 13:34:24
Thanks brother Joe, I could go for days telling you are a stellar craftsman and how great this looks. Definitely better than when it was new.

You are welcome Brother John and thank you again for your kind compliments!

WOW!!!! Like it just came out of the box!!!!!!
Joe, you continue to amaze us all.
Thanks!

This has been a very enjoyable restoration for me and I am very happy that you are enjoying it as well, thank you so much for all of your loyalty and support for me and DWMS Racing!

The tins should be here today or tomorrow and I can not wait to see them on the bike!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: 1fasgsxr on Aug 31, 2012, 18:33:28
simply amazing work sir....I envy your patience and skills....Can't wait to see it all together
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Sep 02, 2012, 00:47:43
simply amazing work sir....I envy your patience and skills....Can't wait to see it all together

Thank you Brother! I really want to see her all together as well so I worked on her some more this afternoon!

My Brother Jason finished the paint work on the tins and as usual his work looks amazing! This afternoon I mounted the gas tank and installed the new strainer, gas cap, gas cap checkered decal, badge plates, badge checkered decals, and the new rubber knee pads. I also mounted the side cover with a new ignition switch rubber seal and the oil tank with a new cap, rubber mount, and sight window.

It has been a while since I have shown the whole motorcycle and now that I have the tins on I thought she looked really nice so I rolled her outside and took a few photos, it was just before dark when these photos were taken in the shade with no sunlight so the paint looks a lot darker than it actually is as there was no sunlight shining on the paint to show the gold colors, metallics, and the pearls however I thought she looked so nice I wanted to go ahead and post some photos! I will take some more photos with her in the sun and add them soon however you can see what the paint looks like in the sunlight in earlier photos I posted from when my Brother Jason was painting these parts.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0001-2.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0006-2.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0011-1.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00162-1.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0014-2.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00132-2.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00202-1.jpg)

Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: cyclefreak on Sep 02, 2012, 01:14:06
Amazing work brother!!!!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: JustinLonghorn on Sep 02, 2012, 01:21:16
Fuck me. Absolutely beautiful.
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: peteGS on Sep 02, 2012, 08:28:19
Wow Joe, spectacular! She's lookin' like a little ripper already :D


What's happening with the seat? Is that the last item?
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: Habanero52 on Sep 02, 2012, 08:28:53
What a unbelievable transformation!!!! A far cry from how she looked when CASI sent it to you.
You are unbelievably talented!!!!!!!Thanks for sharing her transformation.  ;D 8)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: Habanero52 on Sep 02, 2012, 08:34:52
Pete, the seat is on it's way. CASI wanted to restore the seat with the original type of materials that she came with. That has been a trek but it is finally coming together. Joe should be receiving it a few weeks. The pictures that I have see on the seat are very impressive, it will really finisher her off beautifully. I am sure you will like it.
Patience my friend, patience Christmas is coming soon!!!! ;D
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: stroker crazy on Sep 02, 2012, 09:49:26
Just went back to the start of the thread to remind myself what the bike looked like at the beginning.

An amazing transformation!

Crazy
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: casi85 on Sep 02, 2012, 10:42:40
Is that my bike? Pretty sure there is no way unless it was buried alive and Joe had some time to dig it up from its premature grave and give her some love!

ABSOLUTLEY AMAZING JOE! The seat should be the box for the cake as there is no way I can say the icing cause you took care of the whole cake! hahahaha Hopefully the seat will be in my hands in a couple weeks and I can send it quickly to you for final photos/testing.
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Sep 03, 2012, 15:29:16
I apologize for the delayed response Brothers, I have been trying to put into words what this restoration truly means to me however it is difficult to write. As always all of your kind words and support for the work that has been done on this build is truly inspiring to not only me personaly but to everyone who has been involved with returning this bike to her former glory! After we completed the La Pastinaca engine build with Brother Habanero he mentioned the possibility of working togethor again with him and Brother Casi on this Bridgestone and I must admit I was very excited to hear that we may be working togethor again as they are truly some of the finest people I have ever had the opportunity to work with.

Most of you know how passionate I am about DWMS Racing being a family and that dream has been realized ever since the beginning and it is a true blessing that our family continues to grow through loyalty, friendship, respect, and support for one another on a daily basis.

As for this Bridgestone as much hard work as I have put into her personally that is only a very small part of the entire family effort that we have all put into her togethor.

Brother casi has a beautiful vision for what he wanted for this build and it has been a breath of fresh air to be able to work within that vision togethor to bring it into reality as most people that I work with want a flawless finish and I truly believe that leaving the factory casting marks, the factory welds, and just enough patina here and there on the bike has given the Bridgestone a truly classic look that is more beautiful to me than any flawless finish could ever be. I also love the natural cast and lightly hand polished finishes on the aluminum better than the mirror finish we put on a lot of parts of other bikes. Not only does Brother casi have the beautiful vision that he wanted for this motorcycle but he and Brother Habanero have also both worked very hard to locate and acquire the finest parts available for the build as well as having all of the chrome replated, the upholstery work on the seat done, etc.

I have also been very fortunate to have help from all of my immediate family as well, my Father is here at the shop a couple times a week and has done a lot of work on the bike, my Mom watches all of the photos and constantly compliments and encourages us all, my Brother Jason did an absolutely beautiful paint job on all of the tins, my beautiful wife has helped me with the Bridgestone and she truly understands my creative passion and supports everything that I do, and my youngest Daughter who is a beautiful angel helped sand and polish pieces for the bike and did a lot of the work on the front fender so I have truly been able to spend quality time working with all of them on this build.

Our online family of Brothers and Sisters here on DTT as well as on facebook and other outlets that we have through DWMS Racing have all provided kind words, compliments, and support which truly means more to me than most of you know and has continued to provide me with the needed inspiration to keep working hard to improve the quality of the work that we do. We are all very thankful to have you here and honored to be members here as you are all very talented builders and honestly good people.

I love that we have all had a part in returning this Bridgestone to her former glory and that everyone has enjoyed the restoration, she has brought us all closer togethor as a family and I will always be grateful to her and to all of you for that.

Your Friend and Brother, Joe
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: AJWatUC on Sep 03, 2012, 18:45:13
bike looks awesome so far
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: VonYinzer on Sep 03, 2012, 19:48:04
Absolutely gorgeous.
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: Maritime on Sep 04, 2012, 10:56:02
WOW, better than factory original.
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: casi85 on Sep 04, 2012, 15:29:17
@Joe,

This has truly been an eye opening experience for me as I am like many on this thread as I am traditional both in the way I live my life and the way I treat others. I have been wrenching on cars/motorcycles for almost 10 years now and have yet to find such a great pool of people to enjoy our build as a family. I have always said I was born in the wrong decade as although I am young I still have the heart and way of life of someone who was born in the 50's.  As I have told Joe it is my honor to be able to not only share a motorcycle build together but build a relationship with someone miles and miles away! Our friendship runs deep and our family grows 2x thanks to the DWMS way of business and way of life. It's seems fitting to me that a vintage bike like this brings out the vintage spirit that brought this nation we live in to be what it is! 

Without going into too much detail I would sum up my experience with Joe and his beautiful family as such: With one man's ability to sculpt beauty with steel and rubber he has been able to tie together one family with one passion and create a network of enthusiasts who not only share a passion for all things 2 wheels but more importantly a love for humankind. Without people in the world like Joe and his family at DWMS I would not be able to see the good that still resides in the world.

As always Joe, thank you for your passion, enthusiasm and most important, your friendship!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Sep 08, 2012, 12:11:18
Thank you all for the compliments and kind words Brothers!

We have been working on installing some the small things for the Bridgestone, I restored the oil tanks fittings and we installed a new oil line from the tank to the oil pump. The original clutch cable was in beautiful condition so I cleaned the outer casing of it and heat shrinked the top so it would match the front brake cable cosmetically, after cleaning the cable I installed it on the bike with a new top adjuster and adjusted the cable so we now have a nice working clutch! We had the airbox off of the bike to finish the final detail work on it and Brother casi located a beautiful new old stock air filter so we installed it in the air box and mounted the airbox, all four new rubber air intakes, and the chrome air tubes back on the bike and finished routing all of the choke and throttle cables. We also rebuilt the fuel petcock, mounted it, and ran new fuel lines.

I am still working on cleaning and rebuilding the carburetors however here are a couple photos of the engine.

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00022-2.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00062-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Sep 10, 2012, 23:04:36
I finished rebuilding the carburetor for the left side of the engine and installed it today!

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00134.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: casi85 on Sep 11, 2012, 10:44:13
Talk about some fancy work! The carbs, petcock, and new tubes look like some great stuff! Looking closer and closer to her new life... :o :o :o
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: Bozz on Sep 11, 2012, 11:11:53
Wowza!

Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: davidc on Sep 11, 2012, 13:13:48
Joe, your restoration work is in a class of it's own.
The bikes will be better than the original factory finish and will no doubt be running better than the day it left the original shop that sold it.
 The world needs guys and facilities like you and yours - there's plenty of room for this standard of artisan finish.
The rest of us can do the ordinary 'get the bike going' restoration work

Keep up the good work

David C

Ireland
 
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Sep 12, 2012, 14:13:05
Thank you for all of your kind words Brothers, as always they truly mean a lot to me and everyone who has helped return this bike back to her former glory!

I am working on the carburetor for the right side of the engine and should have it installed by this afternoon, after I get this carburetor on I just have to finish restoring the muffler for the right side and then we can let her breath a little!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: stroker crazy on Sep 12, 2012, 19:06:04
Getting close to starting day!

I'm nearly as excited as I would be if it were mine.

Crazy
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Sep 12, 2012, 21:40:59
Brother we are very close to starting day! I am very happy that you are all here and that you are enjoying this build as much as we are, as soon as she is ready I will take a video and post it so that you can all see and hear her running!

Today we finished rebuilding the carburetor for the right side of the engine and installed it!

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_000111.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: peteGS on Sep 14, 2012, 17:41:51
Is there any better bike porn than this? Love it love it love it Joe!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration
Post by: joeyputt on Sep 14, 2012, 21:32:34
Is there any better bike porn than this? Love it love it love it Joe!

Brother Pete thank you so much for all of your support on this build, it truly means a lot to all of us! I really enjoy taking the photos and sharing them and I am not sure what could be better so we will try video!

She took her first new breath of life today! I am still finishing the restoration work on the chain guard and the muffler for the right side however we installed the muffler so that we could test run the engine and transmission for the first time!

Here is a video of her running! I did not have the memory card in my camera when we made this video so it is short however I will take some new longer videos this weekend and post them as well. We are running a heavy premix of oil for the first few minutes of break in so there is a lot of smoke coming out of the exhaust.

http://youtu.be/WC3ajysQZ_o
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration. New Video Of Her Running!
Post by: stroker crazy on Sep 14, 2012, 21:51:28
Great work Joe!

Looking forward to more video.

Crazy
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration. New Video Of Her Running!
Post by: Habanero52 on Sep 14, 2012, 22:03:59
It's alive, it's alive!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration. New Video Of Her Running!
Post by: casi85 on Sep 14, 2012, 22:13:26
And OUR dream has come true! I am beyond happy... my face hurts from smiling so much! As always Joe you have gone above, beyond and returned again. I can not wait to do more work with you in the near future.

I will have the seat frame cmpleted by the end of the weekend and ready for foam and cover. Once completed I will put up some photos when I ship it to you.

 :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration. New Video Of Her Running!
Post by: JustinLonghorn on Sep 14, 2012, 22:22:25
Absolutely beautiful work, sir.
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration. New Video Of Her Running!
Post by: casi85 on Sep 16, 2012, 21:11:11
Thanks Joe for sending the video as that is awesome that she is running! Filled me with a ton of energy to get the seat frame ready for the cover and foam application. I plan to have the cover and foam fitted in the beginning of this week, however wanted to send the thread a couple teaser photos (before and after) for the beginning of the week!  ;) ;) ;) ;) ;)

A special thanks to my father who set his projects aside this weekend to help coach me through the process as I am still a newbie with these sorts of things. Without him I would not have been able to come close to finishing this project in 2 days. Lots of tedious cleaning/prepping to make sure the finish came out right.

Hope to have the completed seat photos on the thread by next weekend once everything is completed.

Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration. New Video Of Her Running!
Post by: Tim on Sep 16, 2012, 22:49:32
Hey - I might have to ship you a seat to restore for me!  Seriously nice work.  I've got a Honda CA95 seat that is very similar in construction and after 50 years it is in need of some TLC.

How did you clean the springs?
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration. New Video Of Her Running!
Post by: casi85 on Sep 17, 2012, 21:30:38
@ Tim

Send it on over and I'll see what I can do! I love the older hondas I got a few older small cc hondas I play with as well.

The whole frame/springs/hardware got blasted with a mix of media that I use to vut rust but not rough the metal up. Then powdercoated the frame with a satin black finish. Once the frame was done I built a jig to streatch all of the springs out and blasted them as well. Once they were done I sprayed them with a few coats of silver paint with a satin clear finish.

Thanks for the credit but I have to admit it was not all me as my father helped out immensly.
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration. New Video Of Her Running!
Post by: joeyputt on Sep 18, 2012, 21:27:14
Thank you all for the compliments Brothers, I am very happy that you enjoyed the video!

Brother casi the seat looks amazing, you both did absolutely beautiful work on it and I can not wait to see it on the bike!

I sprayed the clear on the chain guard today so I should be able to mount it tomorrow, I also straightened the heat shields for the right side of the bike and am going to sand them some more tonight so I may be able to mount them tomorrow as well!

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0001%20(12)_zps649318f1.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration. New Video Of Her Running!
Post by: casi85 on Sep 18, 2012, 22:17:49
Now that looks awesome Joe more like a decorative piece than a practical piece.

My father and I spent some time tonight finalizing the seat by adding the decorative bottom rivets and adding the grab strap onto the seat frame. Hope you all like the before and after.

Joe I am shipping this tomorrow so hopefully you have it by the close of the week.
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration. New Video Of Her Running!
Post by: Tim on Sep 18, 2012, 23:10:57
That's pretty incredible.  Now, did you do the cover or is it an aftermarket piece?  I've got a new vinyl cover from Thailand, and honestly, I probably just have to take mine apart and spray the frame and clean the springs, but if it's in worse shape, I might just send it your way for some obviously professional help.

Did you replace the foam?
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration. New Video Of Her Running!
Post by: casi85 on Sep 19, 2012, 09:25:12
@Tim

The cover was actually made in Thailand like yours as they were the only ones who could make the heat seamed suede top. This seat has some very interesting details such as the suede, not stitch top with only side stitching and under stitching on the vinyl.

All's I can recommend is take as many pictures as you think necessary then go over it again and take new pictures from different angles. The key in the photos is the individual teeth that hold the cover on, hardware location, spring location, spring direction, strap location, grommet locations, rivet locations etc. There can never be enough photos when working on something so old.

The soft foam was replaced around the top and sides however in the interest of preserving/restoring to original we reused the high density foam over the springs and around the back of the seat. My upholsterer was very nice to work with as he agreed in my plans to restore the seat not simply replace everything for new.

If you want a hand let me know and I will try to do whatever I can to help.
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration. New Video Of Her Running!
Post by: Habanero52 on Sep 19, 2012, 10:59:41
You are going to have to bribe your father! ::)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration. New Video Of Her Running!
Post by: joeyputt on Sep 19, 2012, 12:13:37
Brothers you are both true craftsman, I can honestly say that is the finest motorcycle seat restoration work I have ever seen! I can not wait to see that beautiful seat on the bike!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration. New Video Of Her Running!
Post by: peteGS on Sep 23, 2012, 07:28:39
Wow guys I tune out for a week or so and come back to see a video of the first start and an awesome seat restoration job! Fantastic!


Gotta love starting on first kick too! This is just great stuff, good work guys!! :D
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle The Restoration Is Complete! New Photos!
Post by: joeyputt on Sep 24, 2012, 20:59:03
We completed the restoration of the Bridgestone! Here are the photos!

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0003-2.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00012_zps02c3e7ac.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00142_zps203db768.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/IMG-20111125-00018-1.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00043-2.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00032-2.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00052_zps81bce332.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0018_zpsaa4aca15.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0004-2.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00054-1.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00092_zps934d7957.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00113-1.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00102_zps9858ff11.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0012_zps5c92b9b7.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0009_zps526faef2.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00172_zps019696dc.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0007_zps76fab544.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0003_zpsc8541510.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0016_zpsf6b2bdd8.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0015_zpsc2f8e64b.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0014_zps7f41fb83.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0011_zps2edfb2fd.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0008_zps0c4a87c9.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00042_zps2b4ab2cc.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_0010_zps56a3712d.jpg)

(http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af284/joeyputt/Bridgestone/000_00112_zpseea265a5.jpg)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle The Restoration Is Complete! New Photos!
Post by: IanC on Sep 24, 2012, 21:04:35
Absolutely gorgeous. That is truly amazing work good sir.
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle The Restoration Is Complete! New Photos!
Post by: JustinLonghorn on Sep 24, 2012, 21:22:33
Holy sweet Jesus man.
Title: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle The Restoration Is Complete! New Photos!
Post by: 3DogNate on Sep 24, 2012, 21:59:25
Geez... That is just gorgeous. Nice resto job
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle The Restoration Is Complete! New Photos!
Post by: JohnGoFast on Sep 25, 2012, 01:21:03
What do you even say about something so amazing. Just amazing man.
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle The Restoration Is Complete! New Photos!
Post by: Bitsy on Sep 25, 2012, 02:40:33
I'm saving this thread for inspiration. Great work and thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle The Restoration Is Complete! New Photos!
Post by: stroker crazy on Sep 25, 2012, 05:45:00
Too beautiful for words!

Congratulations.

Crazy
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle The Restoration Is Complete! New Photos!
Post by: casi85 on Sep 25, 2012, 07:45:47
Can't believe this build is already over. I can not wait to see her in her stable with her new family at home. It will be a long journey for her in the crate but Joe you can chalk this build up as a win since she is trully amazing. I will post some pictured of her as she arrives home this weekend!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle The Restoration Is Complete! New Photos!
Post by: Maritime on Sep 25, 2012, 09:24:54
Beautiful work Joe.  That is just amazing.
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle The Restoration Is Complete! New Photos!
Post by: Wolfie on Sep 25, 2012, 13:11:44
Speechless!
(and that's unusual for me!)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle The Restoration Is Complete! New Photos!
Post by: Habanero52 on Sep 25, 2012, 15:02:04
Joe, once again, you amaze us all with your talents, dedication to detail, and thoroughness.
This is a build that has been a true transformation from an ugly duckling.

Congratulations to CASI also for having a very clear vision for this beautiful bike.
KUDOS!!!

Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle The Restoration Is Complete! New Photos!
Post by: Dale on Sep 26, 2012, 17:06:34
Congratulations gentlemen! She's a real little beauty!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle The Restoration Is Complete! New Photos!
Post by: VonYinzer on Sep 27, 2012, 17:52:39
Beautifully done as always Joe. You sir, kick the ass.
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle The Restoration Is Complete! New Photos!
Post by: peteGS on Sep 29, 2012, 16:45:08
Aaaah Joe! Fantastic! Absolutely fantastic! That Bridgestone is just awesome and your work is top notch!


Casi you're gonna be one lucky guy to have that in your collection :D
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle The Restoration Is Complete! New Photos!
Post by: andycafe on Oct 05, 2012, 19:57:29
Holy sweet Jesus man.

+1  ;)
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration! She Is Still Winning Awards!
Post by: joeyputt on Oct 31, 2013, 13:38:37
Congratulations to Brother Casi85 and his 1971 M2/SS Bridgestone motorcycle restoration by DWMS Racing for being awarded Best Classic Motorcycle at the 2013 Japanese Day Lawn Event at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum! This motorcycle won the Peoples Choice award last year at this same show and received the Outstanding In Class award at the 2012 Boston World Of Wheels! I am very proud of everyone who worked so hard to return this motorcycle to her former glory! I would also like to Thank everyone here for all of your support during this restoration!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration! She Is Still Winning Awards!
Post by: Habanero52 on Oct 31, 2013, 16:39:09
Thank you Joe. I know that winning these awards means a lot to Casi85 and you. I am delighted that your professional work is receiving this type of recognition, specially at such prestigious venues like the Larz Anderson Museum of Transportation. Now if I can only convince Casi85 to place this piece of art on permanent display at the Larz Anderson for 3-6 months. :)

Thank you for of what you do sir!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration! She Is Still Winning Awards!
Post by: joeyputt on Oct 31, 2013, 17:31:10
Thank You so much Brother Habanero52, as you already know I am very thankful for all of the trust that you and Brother Casi have put in me and I could never thank you both enough for all of your support. Word around the campfire is that the Larz Anderson Museum also honored your cafe racer with the Best Competition Motorcycle so Congratulations to you as well! Is the museum offering to display the Bridgestone? They should have it and your cafe racer there on display together!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration! She Is Still Winning Awards!
Post by: Habanero52 on Nov 01, 2013, 16:40:40
That is accurate brother Joe. That is why I want Casi85 to offer his for display at the museum!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration! She Is Still Winning Awards!
Post by: cafetbird on Nov 03, 2013, 09:46:49
A lot of folks don't realize how good NOS parts availability is for these 175 and 200 bikes.  They are perfect for a resto project.  Excellent job, guys!
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration! She Is Still Winning Awards!
Post by: casi85 on Nov 07, 2013, 21:31:06
As always Joe,

You have done a great job bringing back a bike that was a lost cause to a perfect work of art! No matter where I ride her or park her, people always ask a lot of questions about the bike. Thanks again for not only helping with the build but more importantly being such a stand up guy who not only builds amazing bikes but has shown me there are still great people in the world! This win is shared with all of the DWMS family!!

Casi
Title: Re: Bridgestone M2/SS 200cc Motorcycle Restoration! She Is Still Winning Awards!
Post by: casi85 on Nov 07, 2013, 21:33:02
Cafetbird,

Thank you for your kind words... these bikes are a great project... I can not wait to get my hands on another Bridgestone! I would love to see a photo of the 350 you have. Those are really amazing bikes!

Casi