Scott - I know you will do Uncle George proud.
I've been doing the vintage thing for some time. A great bunch of people to hang out with... You've gotta do mid-Ohio with your restoration.
One more thing. Hold onto the fairing and bags. I know that the purest wants factory original - but the conversation you get from the ad ons... a lot of those acsessories have been trashed and when restored they spark a lot of attention.
Try thinking of it this way: Vintage bikes are all about how motorcycling was lived not how it was sold...
I was hoping you'd chime in Dr. J, I'll be picking your brain along the way I'm sure! Thanks for the advice, I'll definitely hang onto the accessories, but I do really want to see it naked for my own tastes at first. I have all the receipts from when he purchased the fairing and bags, also a copy of a letter George wrote to the Arthur Fulmer company in Indianapolis looking for the green metal flake paint they used on their helmets so he could color match the accessories.
He was an extremely detailed man, makes for fascinating reading sorting through all his records of the bike, can get a real feel for how it evolved over the years. That custom seat with his and Barbara's height and weight still taped to the bottom is a great example, his receipts from ordering the seat are with it as well.
Anyone have any experience with that oil cooler add-on? Not sure what to make of that, although there are service records of having the head gasket replaced in 1977 for $73, so maybe he put it on because it was running hot from riding two up with luggage? How about the giant Fram oil filter as well, that made me smile.
He used this little bike for his touring bike until he got his first Gold Wing, obviously wasn't afraid to ride it, put 27k on it over the years. The Honda literature is great, I'll scan some and post it up. They call this a "super bike" and describe it with the most glowing prose imaginable, fast, powerful, smooth, the new 350 Four has it all!