Since we have just about finished our Hardtails we decided to find a project that we could build the way we like. Then we could use it to test the waters to see if it would be worth building and selling these as really nice resto bikes that you would enjoy riding. We came across a deal for 2 bikes and enough parts for maybe 3 or 4 of various years for sale locally so we picked them up and this week we started on the 74 project.
The story we got on this particular little bike was that it originally belonged to a older gentleman who had completely stripped it down and started to restore it. He blasted the frame forks, wheels, exhaust and stripped the gas tank. He collected some really nice parts for it including new tires, tubes, seat and handlebars, but before he could finish the project he passed away. His son in law tried to finish the project, but knew very little about this type of project. He rattle can painted the frame, swing arm, tank front forks and side cover. even with the cobble job of putting the bike together we could tell that it had a lot of potential. That is why we decided to rebuild this one first.
Our plans are to have the Tank, forks and Side Cover professionally painted. Have the frame, swingarm, wheels, taillight bracket, Triple tree, footpeg assembly and all exhaust shields powdercoated. Update the engine with a TB parts 88 kit and all new seals gaskets and use a new wire harness. We will install all new bearings and seals in the wheels along with new brakes. New Fenders, rear shocks and rebuild the front forks with delrin bushins and heavy duty springs and all new cables.This should insure that whomever purchases the bike when finished will get years of use out of it without any problems at all. When we finally put all of this together it should make for a show quality bike that has some really good pep and still looks like a genuine 74 minitrail.
Here are some pics of the bike before we took it apart:
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Here are some pics as it came apart:
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