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Offline bluecb7

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74 xs500 resto-mod
« on: September 27, 2015, 10:33:41 AM »
Some of the intro of the project is a cut and paste from my member intro thread.

My dad has had a 74 xs500 sitting forgotten in the shed for the past five years or so. That is until I convinced him to let me do something with it. His only stipulation is that whatever I do must be able to be undone and returned to stock. My original plan was to make it into a cafe racer. With his stipulation in mind though I changed my plans. I felt as though it would end up forcing compromising it and I didn't want to that. So then I planned on just getting it cleaned up and back on the road. Some time between pulling it out of the shed and now though, I decided to do more of a resto-mod to it.

Things it needs:
New tires
Gas tank cleaned out (open to any ideas on how to do that)
Carbs cleaned, possibly rebuilt
Brake system redone
Overall clean
Fork seals replaced

What it looked like when I dragged it out of the shed:

The first thing I did was take off the seat, sissybar/luggage rack, and bar adapter things (no idea what they're called):

Then put a stock seat I got today on and did a little cleaning:

Things I noticed while cleaning:

Also it seems as though the engine was painted (sloppily) at some time in the past:

That's the spark plug wire.

That's as far as I got tonight, I hope you guys like it so far.

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Re: 74 xs500 resto-mod
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2015, 07:00:16 AM »
Went out to the garage and did more work tonight. I started by cleaning more, I absolutely hate working on a dirty bike. By this time though I had started polishing stuff, finished up the right side exhaust. Then I had a thought: "Why am I polishing stuff on a bike that doesn't even run?" So I pulled the carbs and tank so I can clean them once I get rebuild kits for the carbs.

Right side exhaust:

Left side (and what most of the chrome/polished stuff looks like:

May not show up well, but there's a lot of surface rust spots and just general dingy appearance.

Carbs off:

Sitting on the work bench waiting to be cleaned:

Just a little dirty :-\:

And how I left it for the night:

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Re: 74 xs500 resto-mod
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2015, 01:02:59 AM »
Broke down the right hand carb which is now soaking in carb dip. Unless you guys want to see pics of a bunch of carb parts no pics for for a few days until they're cleaned up and back together.

Offline dean

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Re: 74 xs500 resto-mod
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2015, 12:28:36 PM »
I had your bike's twin brother through here a few years ago  ;D :

looking forward to following your progress ! 

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Re: 74 xs500 resto-mod
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2015, 02:59:54 AM »
Seeing as how I've got a 74 also, I'll be following along to see how yours goes.
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