Before and After Pics of my 1970 Ruby Red

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  1. Bluebrick

    Bluebrick New Member

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    Found this 1970 KO Ruby Red literally down the street from my house. Thought I would post up a few before and after pics of the restoration. Learned a lot from this site. It had 1500 original miles when I found it at an estate sale. Bike was about 5 miles from the dealership where it was sold new in 1970! No spark, gunked carb, etc. Took it down to the frame, cleaned everything, replaced worn parts, wiring harness, etc. Went the Vermont Title route with no issues when I switched to WA Title. No other bike or car I have ever owned draws more attention. Period. And it is sure fun to ride. :) 2100 miles and counting....
     

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  3. cjpayne

    cjpayne Well-Known Member

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    Looks great
     
  4. Tripod

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    Looks good. Did you repaint it?
     
  5. Bluebrick

    Bluebrick New Member

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    Not a repaint-- Original paint! I just used repeated rounds of cleaner wax to remove the oxidization on the factory paint. I think it spent its entire life in an unheated garage out of the sun. Despite my neighborhood being very close to Puget Sound and salt air, there was very little corrosion on the bike and paint.
     
  6. Tripod

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    That gives me some hope for my silver tag. Right now its in eastern washington waiting on me to get through some z50's. At least its desert and around 6% humidity.

    It doesnt look like it has much sun fading, so it probably spent its life in puget sound. :D Some of the desert bikes that are parked up against a barn look like they have been parked at a nuke test site.

    Snap the bone on that foot brake and get it set back into place.
     
  7. ctbale

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    dang, your "after" pictures makes me want a ruby red ct70 even more!!!

    I have a Blue/Green a Green and 2 1977 Shiny Oranges.

    Think I am gunna bastardize the Orange one with crappy paint and make it (kinda) look like a KO Ruby Red

    Still kickin myself for selling my Blue KO
     
  8. scooter

    scooter Well-Known Member

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    Very Nice
     
  9. allenp42

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    WOW. That is one nice looking original paint bike. Maybe one of the nicest I seen. Nice work!
     
  10. lukelaw1

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    Very nice work and bike, the only thing bothering me is the rear brake arm. It appears really bent.
     

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