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Say hello to ‘Dixie’

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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: viewtopic.php?f=30&t=71959
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Two bolts in the rear cover were seized and snapped off - ground out, welded up and retapped:
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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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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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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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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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Hello Dixie .... nice work so far ....

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

(And Hello Dixie!)
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tag for updates. and welcome.
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Heads on, timed, buttoned up. Leak down test looks favourable! Tackling the carbs next..
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I am liking the treatment you gave the timing belt covers and valve covers. Look very rich.
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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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Nice colour. Is the frame going to be a matte or gloss?
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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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