- Tires arrived on Friday
- Seeing new tires had me in the shed pulling wheels from the '83 donor, which now sits on the center stand and an ammo box
- While on the front wheel case, I pulled the '83 forks and gave them a good look: decent compression/rebound, not leaking oil (but with oil in them), no cracks in dust seals, pretty good on the shine, and little pitting. I'll flush the oil, refill, get 'em bouncing down the road, and address issues that might arise after that.
- Coolant tube gaskets are on order and somewhere in the US Mail system, my hope for a continuation of a "no leak" scenario and an offering to the Gods of good heads and head gaskets
- Carbs are cleaned and ready to be bolted up
- Rear master cylinder rebuild kit is here, and the cleaned master is painted
- Battery tray is primed for paint
- I washed and waxed up the trim bits, including the bags. Things cleaned up quite nicely, though it's an old repaint with numerous scratches and little chips here/there - especially on the bags.
- Bits to go naked are also slowly appearing in a box: decent headlight bucket and ears (cut blinker tabs, dammit!); Honda front blinker candidates (will see how they go); and a couple ideas for rear blinkers
- Ordered up some brake pads
- Pulled valve covers from the '83 donor and cleaned them up, as they don't have the oxidation issues of the '82 covers
- Started in on a solo seat and fiberglass foundation concept that's mostly a mess in my head right now
From what I think I've read about the '83 wheel bolt-up on older 1100s, I'll do well to move over the axle, spacers, and maybe(?) the caliper bracket to ensure alignment. Unless someone here waves me off, I'm also going to move the final drive from the '83.
The big unknown right now involves the exhaust, as recent posts have shown.