I did an overview of this bike in my intro, but thought I'd do a dedicated thread on it since I finally started working on it again.
The bike was pretty much complete when I bought it, but hadn't been stored very well so it was looking a bit ragged around the edges.
The squared off bodywork isn't considered to be all that attractive by most people. No worries, I planned on ditching most of it anyway. In fact the only things I'm not going to modify are the hubs, aside from a good cleaning and mild polishing.
I had to mod some of the tabs on the frame to use the newer (actually OLDER) parts. The rear fender I wanted to use hit the battery tray. so the stock one was cut off and a new one made up - it's a copy of the tray used on older bikes and larger bikes. Then I cut off the mounts for the sidecovers (actually airbox and tool box) and made up some new ones so I could mount some (fake) older style sidecovers.
I'm going to use rearsets, which means the kickstart will hit th ebrake pedal. I was mostly done making a lever with a foldable tip when a buddy of mine showed me his solution. Much easier... I took a torch and an old fork tube for leverage, put the kickstart in a vice, and did this to it. This is NOT the set up I'm going to use for the brake lever anymore though - turns out I may not need to use the bent kicker after all.
Stock wheels were 16" numbers that just weren't going to cut it. I found some NOS San Remo 17" flanged alloys and got some stainless spokes from Buchanan's to lace them up to the old hubs.
Here's an early mock up with a Sebring tank, valanced fender, new headlight, and some lower bars. I sold the tank to a buddy, got some clubmans for it, and a nicer looking chrome rim for the headlight.
Here's one with the 17" rims, new headlight rim, and the tank I plan on using.
Here's the rear fender I settled on Some pics have a different, non-valenced rear fender shown. Pay no attention to it...
A mock up with pretty much all the intended parts installed.
Jumping ahead quite a bit, here it is with the same fender painted, the new rim laced up, and the fork rebuilt (obviously).