Say hello to ‘Dixie’

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Say hello to ‘Dixie’

Post #1 by sphen » Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:07 pm

I’ve been burning up the tech forum for a while now, but have been meaning to start a project thread, so here goes. As a way to post progress rather than ask questions - this is Dixie, a 1986 1200 Aspencade, 33k miles purchased for $300:

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Most of the body bits came in boxes - the PO inherited the bike from his father and was attempting to repaint and restore, but gave up and let it sit.

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After freeing a stuck engine (weather siezed), I started tearing down to just the motor. This will ultimately be a naked bike.

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I’ve had to deal with a good bit of water damage:

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Project bike "Dixie" - 1986 GL1200 Aspencade being rebuilt from ground up to be a naked 'wing. Build progress thread here: https://ngwclub.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=71959

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Re: Say hello to ‘Dixie’

Post #2 by sphen » Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:08 pm

Two bolts in the rear cover were seized and snapped off - ground out, welded up and retapped:

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Re: Say hello to ‘Dixie’

Post #3 by sphen » Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:11 pm

Engine stripped and sandblasted:

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Primed:

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Painted:

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Also cleaned up the heads and painted the covers:

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Re: Say hello to ‘Dixie’

Post #4 by Track T 2411 » Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:18 pm

Hello, Dixie! lolol lolol lolol
Looks like a fun project, and good progress. Soon you'll be able to "Enjoy the ride!"
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Re: Say hello to ‘Dixie’

Post #5 by sphen » Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:26 pm

Any way to rotate those photos in here? I uploaded on mobile (which looks fine) but on PC the rotation is jacked up...

Edit - photos fixed
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Re: Say hello to ‘Dixie’

Post #6 by wingrider » Tue Mar 31, 2020 6:23 pm

If you are using an Apple product to take the pics, you need to edit your picture on the Apple product. By just tweaking it,(cropping is what I typically do) and then post it, they seem to post right side up.
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Re: Say hello to ‘Dixie’

Post #7 by Rat » Tue Mar 31, 2020 7:51 pm

Hello Dixie .... nice work so far ....

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Re: Say hello to ‘Dixie’

Post #8 by Fred Camper » Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:55 pm

Nice progress so far. Keep up the posts as we are looking to figure out how Dixie will look in the end.
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Post #9 by desertrefugee » Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:33 pm

That's what I call rolling up your sleeves! Welcome!

(And Hello Dixie!)
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Re: Say hello to ‘Dixie’

Post #10 by 5speed » Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:39 pm

tag for updates. and welcome.
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Re: Say hello to ‘Dixie’

Post #11 by sphen » Sun Apr 12, 2020 10:26 pm

Heads on, timed, buttoned up. Leak down test looks favourable! Tackling the carbs next..

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Re: Say hello to ‘Dixie’

Post #12 by Jonesz » Sun Apr 12, 2020 10:48 pm

I am liking the treatment you gave the timing belt covers and valve covers. Look very rich.
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Re: Say hello to ‘Dixie’

Post #13 by sphen » Thu Apr 23, 2020 11:19 pm

Carbs rebuilt and reinstalled. Working on the frame now while waiting on some parts to come in so I can seal up and move towards testing the engine.

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Re: Say hello to ‘Dixie’

Post #14 by Rednaxs60 » Fri Apr 24, 2020 4:40 am

Nice colour. Is the frame going to be a matte or gloss?
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Re: Say hello to ‘Dixie’

Post #15 by sphen » Fri Apr 24, 2020 9:48 am

Rednaxs60 wrote:Nice colour. Is the frame going to be a matte or gloss?


It’s currently matte due to supplies on hand. Is there a right answer? Long term, is matte a bad idea durability wise?

Had thought about clearing it also.

Really wanted to have it powder coated, but I’ve blown thru my budget quickly and still have a ways to go.
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