Bought a 82 Interstate the other day. The plan was to lightly customize it to make a bagger, but now that I'm looking at it in the shop I'm feeling a little guilty about chopping it up. This is one of the nicest one I've had out of 4 or 5 previous old wings. The bike has 45,000 miles and was parked in a shop about 10 years ago due to "carb problems". So been stored indoors for the past decade (last registered in 09).
Paint and plastic is all in very good condition, no broken tabs or anything. A couple of cracks (less than 1") on the corners of one of the bag lids and the top box, but other than that it's clean. Frame is not scratched or rusted - just a small amount of surface rust on the side stand and center stand. I was going to strip it and powdercoat it but it really just needs a light touch up. Exhaust is perfect.
Engine spins nicely (not frozen) although I haven't tried to start it with 10 year old fuel in the carbs. Of course EVERYTHING has to be gone through - its been sitting for 10 years. Tank is full of rust (duh) so right now I'm in the process of dismantling the rear of the bike to get the tank out. I pulled the carbs just to see and they aren't really that bad, some varnish as expected but not horrible.
So, do I save it as a "survivor" or continue on with the customizing plan? If I go the bagger route I'm going to end up cutting quite a bit of the plastic and metal as well as new paint and powdercoat over the chrome - a path of no return to original.
I didn't take a pic of the bike when I got it but here it is in the shop semi-disassembled.
A few of my favorite things...
82 GL1100 Interstate - Current Project
99 Vakyrie Interstate - Daily (when the weather is nice) Driver
78 GL1000 Vetter - Restored to original - Sold
79 GL1000 Vetter - Refurbished as a Driver - Sold
78 GL1000 Naked - Project I never got around to - Sold
78 GL1000 "Old Gold" - The one that started me on this crazy path- Sold
95 20th Anniversary 1500 Wing - Sold
99 Kawi Drifter "Faux Indian" - Sold
03 100th Anniversary Harley Heritage Springer Softail - Sold