This thread will document the restoration of the 1979 Suzuki GS550 a friend and I are working on. Gary, the original owner, parked the bike in 1981 in a shed behind his house.
First, we had to dig the bike out. Gary had put shelves, tools, and all kinds of stuff between the bike and the door. We finally found the bike in the back of the shed-
After the cover is off, we notice all of the rust and pitting and just how terrible the storage conditions were for this old classic.. A typical barn find. We pulled the seat and Gary goes to town blowing dust and leaves off of her
I had been searching for a project bike to do a resto-mod and turn into a cafe racer. After seeing the bike in person I got my ideas going on how it will look one day. After discussing these with Gary, he shoots my ideas down. "No, no, we gotta put her back to her original glory! This bike needs to look just how she did when she came out of the factory." D'oh, there go my ideas!
We even found a crusty old rat tucked under the carbs!
After a little wash and detailer, the tank cleaned up nicely!
Then we loaded up the bike and moved her back to my shop to continue the cleanup. The goal is to pull the carbs and clean/rebuild them, remove all of the rust from the tank, clean up all of the chrome, oil and filter change, then install a new battery. Hope she will be up and running soon, then new tires and bits and pieces.
There's nothing I would like more than to kill the windshield, handlebars, seat, and highway pegs with fire, but it will end up back to stock since it is after all, Gary's bike. More pics to come as we start tearing this bike all apart!