I finally had a win with the fuel cap when I got home this avo and got the house mate to hold the tank while I had a gentle go with some big pliers. Came off relatively easily after all that...
I attempted some shots of inside, but there appears to be only a little surface rust, much better than my 450 tank was:
I also took the exhaust off and that was full of crud, so I can only assume there *was* some sort of baffle in there that has rusted to nothing...
The pile on the left came out of the pipe and the pile on the right came out of the silencer:
A bit of rust underneath the silencer in evidence:
And given it was so full of muck I've left it soak in the kerosene overnight:
And that brings us up to where it's at tonight.
Right now the only plan I have is to get it cleaned up and see if it works.
Once I've done that I can work out where to next and there's basically four options I can think of...
- Sell it running as is to fund another project.
- Find and restore a similar vintage bicycle frame so I have an authentic rideable restoration.
- Make a Cucciolo racer out of it.
- Make a board tracker replica out of it.
At this stage I'm leaning towards option 2, mainly because 3 and 4 aren't going to be easily rideable...