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    Looks like excellent progress, and it seems you are taking the time to do it up to your standards. Looking forward to the next steps.
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    Book marked this thread.

    Now, in post #10 I see 4 heads. Is this a rare 4-cylinder prototype?

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    Nope on the 4 cylinder stuff

    The other set of heads are R 60/2 LK heads that I got from a fellow Vintage guy and are going on my restored Dover White R 60US which currently has the original "Butter Heads" on it, I have to get them out to Randy Long for a refresh and exhaust thread repair on one of them before that happens. The Barn Bike had R 69S LK heads that were almost toast but Randy Long worked on them and brought them back to life. It took over a month to get the motor apart without destroying critical parts like the block, cylinders and the heads. I did get an "Oh ****" from Vech when I sent pictures of the swollen slingers and melted front bearing carrier which was followed up with a "Paper Weight" reference to the destroyed crank shaft when I asked if that could be rebuilt. I will say chasing parts and getting specialized work (crank shaft & heads rebuilt) has been a challenge but the most frustrating part is getting the body work ready and painted, Kent Holt has provided the perfectly matched "Turf Green" paint for this bike and all the other non black bikes before it but I have tortured myself with the prep and finishing of all these parts. By far getting the body & paint work right is the toughest part, now I get to find the right person to provide the correct pinstripe job with out a lot of drama or travel in a decent time frame.

    I'll try to keep updating the progress on this bike, unfortunately I get carried away and would rather stay greasy, sweaty and dirty than snap and post pictures.

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    Moving along slow but sure

    The Earles Fork with the "S" bike hydraulic steering damper is a nice piece of art especially when its nicely detailed and operational. Pinstripes and motor reassembly are next and then I get to tackle the wiring, I have to dig out that "smoke tester" for that step.
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    Finally got around to pinstripes

    The gas tanks look like old bald guys without pinstripes. I had it done at my local dealer back in the shop air conditioned shop that is. That's my Bristol Grey R 69S in the background that was used as reference for pinstripe location and start & stop. Kent Holt did the paint and stripes on that one and got me the Turf Green paint for this one. I muddled my way through bodywork and painting, what a pain in the A$$$$.
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    Moving along slow but sure

    Well I'm tackling the wiring for now, I need to get a couple items so it all goes together and be tested before I mount the headlight bucket in the frame. Its a pain to fix things upside down and backwards. I will get the lower end back together and in the frame while I wait for the electrical things to arrive.
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    Wow.

    Sir, that paint and pin striping looks amazing. I am in awe of your talent.
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    I use quality brushes and rollers

    Seriously, I have more luck than talent. I got the paint from Kent Holt and the glasurit paint is very forgiving as well as easy to correct mistakes with. That's not me doing the pinstripe job, I was able to find a local guy who can lay them down like a pro.

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    Lower end together!

    I'm far to non talent to have a camera with a charged battery to post pictures but I got the bottom end together and ready to stick it in the frame. I'm holding off with a fly wheel and front gear cover install until the lower end is secure in the frame where it belongs. I have to get a new oil pump gear nut (left hand thread) and locking plate, the nut has got thread issues ( I replaced the oil pump gears) and I seem to have lost the locking plate. Go figure with this stuff, I joke about the special container that I put a few key parts in when I disassemble so I don't lose them and then I can't find the special container. Any way its going together, I've got a couple other things to keep my spring loaded mind focused on clearing projects but I must remember to keep the camera close and its battery charged.

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    Great job on restoration, 'specially the pinstriping.

    I always hated having inspection or other stickers being affixed to the fork legs (or in this case front shock). I am very glad that NC has gone to a computerized inspection "sticker" and we no longer need a physical sticker. I've seen some folks use a small metal plate affixed somewhere obvious to display the required sticker.

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    Its hard to see but!

    Those are the original shock covers (front and rear) cleaned and polished, that sticker is from 1975 which was the last year the bike was ridden before it was taken apart and forgotten. I also have the last license plate it used which will also be used. I did manage to get the lower end together and stuck in the frame where it belongs. I replaced the oil pump gears and neglected to order a new nut for the pump drive gear the original one has some buggered threads so I don't want to reuse it. I've had a bunch of distractions lately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 69zeff65 View Post
    Those are the original shock covers (front and rear) cleaned and polished, that sticker is from 1975 which was the last year the bike was ridden before it was taken apart and forgotten. I also have the last license plate it used which will also be used. I did manage to get the lower end together and stuck in the frame where it belongs. I replaced the oil pump gears and neglected to order a new nut for the pump drive gear the original one has some buggered threads so I don't want to reuse it. I've had a bunch of distractions lately.
    Zeff:

    What's the blue bike on the left, in the second image?

    Nice work; thanks for posting.
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    There's a story behind those lights

    The blue one is high beam and the red is the turn signal. The bike is a late '69 12 volt bike in Turf Green.

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    Like I said before, many distractions

    Quote Originally Posted by Rinty View Post
    Zeff:

    What's the blue bike on the left, in the second image?

    Nice work; thanks for posting.
    So many I can't read "bike" instead I read "light". That's my 2020 R 9T/5 edition and one of my many distractions. Who wants to spend the days in the obviously over crowded shop when there are so many fun fun machines to take out for a spin?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 69zeff65 View Post
    So many I can't read "bike" instead I read "light". That's my 2020 R 9T/5 edition and one of my many distractions. Who wants to spend the days in the obviously over crowded shop when there are so many fun fun machines to take out for a spin?
    The heads got my attention; pretty exotic.
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