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Say hello to ‘Dixie’

Posted: Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:07 pm
by sphen
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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Re: Say hello to ‘Dixie’

Posted: Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:08 pm
by sphen
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’

Posted: Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:11 pm
by sphen
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’

Posted: Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:18 pm
by Track T 2411
Hello, Dixie! lolol lolol lolol
Looks like a fun project, and good progress. Soon you'll be able to "Enjoy the ride!"

Re: Say hello to ‘Dixie’

Posted: Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:26 pm
by sphen
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

Re: Say hello to ‘Dixie’

Posted: Tue Mar 31, 2020 6:23 pm
by wingrider
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.

Re: Say hello to ‘Dixie’

Posted: Tue Mar 31, 2020 7:51 pm
by Rat
Hello Dixie .... nice work so far ....

Gord

Re: Say hello to ‘Dixie’

Posted: Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:55 pm
by Fred Camper
Nice progress so far. Keep up the posts as we are looking to figure out how Dixie will look in the end.

Re: Say hello to ‘Dixie’

Posted: Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:33 pm
by desertrefugee
That's what I call rolling up your sleeves! Welcome!

(And Hello Dixie!)

Re: Say hello to ‘Dixie’

Posted: Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:39 pm
by 5speed
tag for updates. and welcome.

Re: Say hello to ‘Dixie’

Posted: Sun Apr 12, 2020 10:26 pm
by sphen
Heads on, timed, buttoned up. Leak down test looks favourable! Tackling the carbs next..
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Re: Say hello to ‘Dixie’

Posted: Sun Apr 12, 2020 10:48 pm
by Jonesz
I am liking the treatment you gave the timing belt covers and valve covers. Look very rich.

Re: Say hello to ‘Dixie’

Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2020 11:19 pm
by sphen
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’

Posted: Fri Apr 24, 2020 4:40 am
by Rednaxs60
Nice colour. Is the frame going to be a matte or gloss?

Re: Say hello to ‘Dixie’

Posted: Fri Apr 24, 2020 9:48 am
by sphen
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.