I haven't posted for a while so here's a somewhat boring update.
We decided to go for an original look, so all the chrome except for the steering damper knob is going away. We thought the knob would be a fun reminder of what the bike once was. I got all the new replacement and missing parts ordered that needed to go to the powder coat shop and they are now waiting their turn for coating. There will still be much hardware to order once the bike is ready for reassembly. I ordered the frame bolts that were needed to get started but so many incorrect nuts and bolts were found during tear down that I stopped trying to compile one huge order. I live less than 110 miles from Baxter Cycle and going there is always fun anyway. Richter Machining is a separate business within the Baxter Cycle compound. AJ Richter is giving the engine a thorough inspection. When I pulled the head, I found new pistons and an overbore of 20 thousandths but not I, nor my buddy, have any idea of what else may or may not have been done,( he bought this bike for peanuts in 1978), so best to have a professional opinion. My other basket case rebuild (69 Bonneville) came with a rebuilt engine. It scorched both pistons within 1000 miles due to a botched job on the new slug trap. Finding a new set of pistons in there don't mean squat! I don't own micrometers etc for looking over components, nor do I have a background in mechanics or machining. I'm just an old farm boy who tinkers and I know my limitations. Hopefully, I will have the frame back and assembled before the engine is ready so I can get all the hardware while I'm in the little town of Marne Iowa. I still have rims and hubs that need clean up and new tires to be mounted so still things I can be doing when I find the time. I must confess that I'm not as eager to spend long hot days in the shop, especially since its not my bike. My buddy and I have what amounts to a barter system going. He's not so interested in wrenching as he is in owning a few nice vintage bikes. He's a good carpenter, so we trade work.