Hey all. New member here. Bought a modified '66 Bonneville recently and decided to tear it down, clean, fix and make a few changes here and there. Here's the "before" photo taken the day I brought it home.
Still a work in progress (as it always seems).
I started at the back end and I'm working forward since I've got some time before the new forks arrive. Rear brake didn't work so I disassembled, cleaned, treated the pads, greased, adjusted and repainted some drum parts.
I want the bike to take on a 1940s/50s kind of hot rod look to it without loosing too much of what it already is right now, so I painted white wall on the rear to match the new plan on the front set up (black springer forks, 16x3.5 black rim & hub w/chrome spokes and the 16-150/80 white wall tire). I decided to carry on with a little white trim here and there throughout the bike (at the ignition/light switches, new black/white Triumph tank badges, the springs on the solo seat...maybe a few other places as I go, but I don't want to over do it).
I removed the tank, rear fender and brackets for painting. Black satin.
While I waited for paint to dry, I went through the electrical at the battery box (it's got a Pazon ignition/12v). I pulled the spaghetti out of the box, put in a new battery, repainted the box, cleaned up the wiring and secured all the connections.
Cleaned the carbs. Engine was rebuilt recently, and aside from some tuning needed, it runs pretty well. So I'm leaving that alone for now except for some basic cleaning and polishing there. Painting/replacing a few minor parts here and there. Got a knucklehead kick-start pedal I've got to shave down about 1/8 of an inch to fit on. Keeping the jockey shift for now (no suicide clutch), but I have a foot-lever in case I grow tired of the hand shifting.
Pipes were burnt up and rusted. Took some acidic scale remover, aluminum cleaner and some Blue-job to them to try to get a little shine back. What a b*tch.
Anyway, still lots to do. Haven't even touched the front end yet. This is where things stand right now. Getting impatient waiting for my forks!
Hope ya like it. Until later...