Jason J. Gullickson

Jason J. Gullickson

Step 1 - Decide where to start

As I said before, one of the hardest parts of a project like this is deciding where to start. After spending the last two days going back and forth between two extremes (a complete frame-up restoration or a quick-and-dirty reassembly) I’ve decided to go with the latter.

The biggest reason for this is that my primary goal (to get the bike running in time for the fall Crud Run) is unlikely to happen if I completely overhaul the bike at this point. It’s definitely something I’d like to do (and maybe I’ll end up doing it anyway) but for now I’m just going to focus on getting the bike running and ridable and troubleshoot specific problems as they arise.

So, when I picked up the bike it came with a stock-pot full of parts in addition to the exhaust, fuel tank, seat and sissy bar separate from the rest of the motorcycle. This pot was filled with various fasteners, clamps and washers as well as the carburetors.

I think I’m going to begin the re-assembly with the exhaust if only because it’s the area that’s going to need the least attention. The fuel system needs to be re-attached as well but since the carbs are already detached I’m going to pull the bowls off just to make sure everything is clean before I bolt them back on. I’ll also be replacing all the fuel plumbing as well as treating the tank (I haven’t looked yet but I assume it’s rusty on the inside), so hanging the pipes will probably be the easiest thing to do first.