Well, I thought I'd put this one on the restoration section since that's where it's fitting at the moment. No plans to cafe' this one. Just bring her back from the dead and get her to a new home.
The story with this machine comes from a mix of what's on the bike now and what the previous owner said about it. From the looks and sounds of it, she has been sitting since 1976 or so. I picked it up in the "old" part of town near my work for just under $200. He said he rode it very hard back in the day and it was time for someone to either part her out or put her back on the road. He said he stopped riding it because it was making funny noises. Well, at least he stopped riding it then right?
I found it in the corner of his garage in the back and he said it's been there for as long as he could remember. He got the bike on trade for cleaning up some guys yard in the 70's. Anyways, I got her back to my garage, cleaned the carbs, set timing and she fired right up! I didn't notice anything to obvious other than the cam chain was rattling pretty good. A quick check of the tensioner wheels showed they were toast. No teeth on the one and rubber bits missing on both of them. I knew it was time for a teardown at that point. I'll let the pictures do the talking I suppose for the rest of the story. Still looking for a reasonably priced seat for her, or, JUST THE FOAM from a seat as mine has been eaten by squirrels or mice or something else. PM me if you have one you are willing to part with. I'm located at Zip code 55432, Fridley MN.
Still thinking about the paint too. Haven't gotten that far yet.