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    Default Drew's 850 L Restoration

    So, the GS did great for me this past riding season. I've decided to give her some love. I'll post progress pics as I go. Here she sat last weekend.





    And here she sits today.

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    Drew's 850 L Restoration

    Drew's 83 750E Project

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    What's the plan? Looks like you have a nice starting point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nessism View Post
    What's the plan? Looks like you have a nice starting point.
    I'll be keeping it mostly stock. Upgrade the suspension, she's a bit soft. Still researching paint for the frame. Kinda ruled out powdercoat due to the cost. Engine will be soda blasted and painted with VHT universal aluminum. Polish the cases, etc. I'm thinking about doing a somewhat custom paint job on the tank and covers, probably do the fenders to match. And then, a new pit replica seat cover. Should be fun!

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    1983 GS750ED-Horsetraded for the Ironhead
    1981 HD XLH

    Drew's 850 L Restoration

    Drew's 83 750E Project

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    Good luck with the resto...look forward to seeing your progress!

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    If my resto ends up looking anything like yours does before you've started, I'll be a happy man.

    You are certainly going to set the standard with this one.

    Good luck and greetings
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    Quote Originally Posted by londonboards View Post
    If my resto ends up looking anything like yours does before you've started, I'll be a happy man.
    Thanks for the kind words. As I was posting those pics, I was thinking how they made the bike look a lot better than it really does. She really looks tired up close. I'll be posting before and after pics of all the bits as I go.

    Drew

    1982 GS850GLZ
    1983 GS750ED-Horsetraded for the Ironhead
    1981 HD XLH

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    I'll be following with interest. Agree with Richard, it's a pretty nice starting point for a project! Looks like a beauty queen as she sits compared to my 850GL! I've been tossing around the idea of a light restoration on it, but if it happens it won't be any time real soon. (At least a year or two away, maybe more.)

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    Has anyone had experience with a soda blaster like this? I plan to look at it tomorrow.

    http://norfolk.craigslist.org/tls/4770366477.html

    1982 GS850GLZ
    1983 GS750ED-Horsetraded for the Ironhead
    1981 HD XLH

    Drew's 850 L Restoration

    Drew's 83 750E Project

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    So, I was hoping to start soda blasting today, but ran into a snag. The blaster I bought from CL was missing the pickup tube. Hopefully, I'll be able to get it through HF. If not, I'll have to fabricate one. Took off work this upcoming week to get something done on this project. I'm anxious to get going!

    1982 GS850GLZ
    1983 GS750ED-Horsetraded for the Ironhead
    1981 HD XLH

    Drew's 850 L Restoration

    Drew's 83 750E Project

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsandidge View Post
    As I was posting those pics, I was thinking how they made the bike look a lot better than it really does. She really looks tired up close.
    Don't worry - a lot of our bikes look better in pics than live and up close.
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