So the work has begun… First things first I wanted to see the extent of the rust damage. The primary rust is in the left hand floor board area. Took the foot rails off with the “chisel” method – a piece of cake.
The rust looked really bad from first impressions. The bottom is looking really good, hardly and real rust unlike the top surface.
So I did a very quick wipe down with CLR and a scotch bright pad. The outcome was enlightening showing that there is serious pitting but not holes.
So my dilemma now is do I leave the patina on the floor boards, or get some matching paint and do a proper repair? If I were to leave it I would treat it with phosphoric acid and then seal it with a coat or two of penetrol. If I were to do a proper repair I would fill the pitting and sand it smooth and then paint it, feathering in the edges up the legshield.
There are quite a few dents and bends that I want to sort out, but the body is pretty straight.
Need to fab a tool…
½” Rod and ½” Pipe. Not going to use that plier. Will get a HF plier.
Next I am going to tear it down completely. Not sure if I am going to take on the engine rebuild or send it to one of the experts on this forum. Also need to address the front end. If someone has a VBB fork they need to get rid of let me know.
More as I progress. Hope to get this going in the next couple of months