Small update. Just been trying to clean things up and get the bike to presentable condition. Not looking for show quality, she’s a survivor after all, just something I can hop on and not worry about. I spent a few hours the other night re-wrapping some sections of the wiring harness and tucking it up near the frame out of sight. Polished up the wheels and fenders and ordered some the rubber mounts for the tank that were missing from the bike. Then today I pulled the headlight case off the bike to repair a bunch of cracks in it and try to clean off the tape residue from decades ago that was there to hold everything together. So I plastic welded it back together. Next I tried to clean the residue off and couldn’t find anything that would do it so I decided that since that part of plastic was so faded and messed up anyways I would just sand off the residue and paint a 1” ring around the case in white to accent the tank.
so I sanded it clean and then after some shitty masking and paint prep I sprayed few coats of primer and a few of the closest white I could find in the basement and ended up with this as the end result
You can actually see in the picture that my mask lines weren’t too great and and I didn’t actually fix the cracks on the outside just from the inside, also the white I picked was definitely a little off from the white on the tank, but all in all not to bad, and the tape residue is gone so I’m pretty pleased. And finally a pic of it on the bike-
Not sure if I actually like the look of it or not, but it’s better than it looked before. Plus if I decide that I really hate the look I’ll find some color matched paint and do it right and bondo it and use clear coat, but at this point the chances are that the bikes gonna run through branches and brush and be in the woods so I don’t see any point in dumping a ton of time into paint work.
Oh and I also ordered a led 6v headlight bulb and socket because my low beam is burned out and I just don’t like the original sealed beam halogen with all the current draw and how much it costs to replace a sealed beam, but I hate the look of white led light on a vintage bike so I ordered a halogen imitation led and i think I’m gonna hole saw the old bulb out and glue the new socket and bulb in so that it’s somewhat replace-able. And this bulb’s high beam is supposed to be 1amp at 6.8v with 650 lumen output. So if I can make this all work I’ll be super happy, and it only costs like $6 for a new LED bulb so in theory I’ll have a brighter, more reliable, lower current headlight that is cheap to replace, so expect updates on that in the next few weeks.
Lol remember when I said this would be a small update? Whoops...