Long story short. I like to tinker with bikes. But never did one right--with repainting frame, body, getting everything perfect etc. I've got them running, prettied them up, or rebuilt the motors but have never done the full monte. I always wanted to but it had to be on something worthwile after I'm done like a CB750 K model (the earlier the better because after 73 the Kawasaki 900s were king), 73 Kawasaki Z1 or the later 900 KZ's, 350cc or larger street two stroke, Hawk GT, or something along those lines.
Found an ad for a CB750 near me about 10 pm. Got ahold of the guy who said it was just posted & at 8:00 am the next day began my 80 minute drive to see it. I waded through a barn of various farm equip, cycles, & misc. & saw it in it's pigeon *** glory. I was initially let down because it was not in as good of shape as I had hoped but wound up getting it because I told myself I drove all this way & had not really ever seen one available before. In the back of the truck it went.
I have only briefly looked it over but I think I could restore it. Looking for opinions from you guru's (Simpson
I enjpyed your thread as a spectator & will definitley reread to learn this time!)
I have the title signed over to me
tank not great inside but I have cleaned out worse
a bird in hand...
did I mention the title?
early style with tank & sidecover graphics I like & color matched fork ears & headlight bucket
exhaust has cracks & holes but not unuseable, at least at first
washer welded to kickstand
ignition switch MIA & some non factory wiring present
both side covers cracked
two speedos, no tach--one glass cracked
throttle tube broken
missing bottom of airbox
head gasket leaked
minor road rash on clutch lever side engine cover
So what do you guys think---give it to me straight if I should keep looking.
My plan of attack would be to inspect the frame, get title transferred, then have it powder coated & start putting parts on one at a time as availability & budget allows. It will take me years I suppose. This will not be a NOS job like Simpson's (nicest I have seen), but just a nice old 750. I'll repaint the frame & body, but the rest will have to pretty much be the nicest parts I have already or can find. No replating.
I picked it up for $250 not including gas to go get it.
One quick question so I can sleep tonight...If I repaint, is there any serial number digit or range that indicates the factory color? If not I'd prefer blue.
The sissy bar will not be reused!
As I got it