Last week I got my father's 1977 100/7 out of the shed it sat in for the last 9 years. He's the original owner, and the bike's only got 3200 miles on the clock. My dad brought this bike home when I was 8 years old, and I had my first taste of motorcycling on it. Over the years, the bike saw less and less use as dad spent his time building a business, raising his kids, and driving race cars on road courses throughout the Northeast. Eventually, it was parked in dry storage until I dragged it out last weekend. My dad's been talking about getting back into motorcycles and buying a new Triumph, and I thought it might be a nice father's day gift to get his old BMW back on the road for him. Last summer I rebuilt a Triumph T100 and made a sweet little custom job out of it, and I really enjoyed it. So this is my new project. Suffice it to say that it will not be ready in time for a great father's day presentation to my old man. Here's my plan to get this thing back on the road with some questions:
-Clean up the aluminum. What's the best way to clean up the oxidation on the aluminum? The cases, cylinders, and heads are pretty corroded. Is there a polish or cleaner that will bring this back to looking halfway decent?
-Rebuild the forks with new seals, oils, and maybe new springs since the forks were in the compressed position when I took the bike out of the shed. I don't know if the spring is shot or not, but as long as I'm going to be in there...
-Rebuild the Carbs. I turned the petcocks on to see if the carbs would hold gas after all this time. Nope! I got a nice puddle on the floor from where the gas leaked past every seal, o-ring, and gasket in the carb and onto my shoes.
-new fuel lines
-new break lines
-change oil & filter
-new break fluid
-clean, clean, clean.
Anything else I should give attention to? I've got a Haynes and Clymers on order. Thanks for any tips you can give. I hope I can keep this a secret until it's ready!