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    Senior Member purplecx500's Avatar
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    That is a standard CX500 lucky u has an 18 in.

    rear wheel .

    If the tank looks as good on the other side

    they are bringing good money.

    I have 1 stripped and ready to paint clean inside.

    Could sell for 3x what I paid for the bike.

    Sold the side covers for 60 some bucks

    After I get the GL500I out.

    I'm going to finish the CX500S

    GL1100 front end & a unusual 2 - 1 Exhaust.

    Going to leave lots of "Patina"

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    Makes yours look new.

    The tail light looks really cool with fender

    cut off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ramprat06 View Post
    It's rough, but I think most of it should clean up fine. I was surprised to see both the side covers! Hell, those might bring what the bike cost if you found later that nothing worked. The tank seems straight from the one side, although there might be some rust on the bottom rear frame hump area. How is the inside of the tank?
    Yeah, it looks really rough in those pictures. A lot of that is just dust that should be easy to clean once I get it dragged out of there.

    The tank has a bit of a dent in one side but I think I can probably pop it out easy, it is on the side so no complex bends or anything. The inside of the tank is probably kind of ugly, but while I have it off to work on other things I will just clean it out really well.

    Kind of figure I need to drain all the fluids, flush everything out and refill them. Think the carbs need rebuilding again. Then need to replace the cables that are stiff, and I vaguely seem to remember it needing a fork rebuild when it was parked years ago. So probably a few days of scrubbing and giving it some TLC, but I none of it seems very bad. I think the most painful part will probably be the cost of replacing both tires.
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    I feel ya tires are pricey,high line tires are ridiculous.

    I' happy with my Keda's also, Shinko Tour Master

    are worth every penny.
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    I say: Clean it up yes!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by machinshin View Post
    Well, I was able to take a short look at it today and the good news is that I am feeling much more confident that I can bring it back to life. I managed to shift it up into 5th gear and then with it on the center stand I could turn the wheel and turn the engine over. Wasn't very easy, but then again turning the wheel by hand I would have been worried if it was easy. Wasn't able to do much to check the clutch issue due to it being a bit buried in the back of a shelter currently, but I am feeling good about it and have plans to breath some life back into it. I am including some pictures of the poor thing for those interested in seeing the mess I am starting with. If I remember to do it I think I will start a new thread somewhere and catalogue the process of turning it back into a street ready bike.

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    Your machine looks in better nick than mine was when i started, it looks like everything important is there. As i said in my post earlier though " although the pistons moved up and down, compression was poor" it was only until i put a compression gauge on the head that it showed the problem, you'd swear that you could feel enough suck and blow when your thumb was over the spark plug hole, i did as well assume the problem was everything but the piston rings which everyone on the forum told me to check, i looked at the valves, the timing, head gasket after all working with engines i have never known rings to seize the way they had, i had to soak them for days in different solutions, in the end i freed them with the help of a dremel and a fine wheel, a very, very satisfying result. I can now say that every nut, bolt, gasket and bearing has been removed/checked and reassembled with correct torque settings.
    The only bug bear for me was the reassembly of the pistons and conrods back into their respective bores, space is a premium and you can only tighten con rod bolts in certain access positions of the engine casing and when you need to hold shells and covers whilst tightening a couple of bolts in the bowels of the engine case it is a little frustrating to say the least, but rewarding.
    It looks a good fixer upper please keep us posted on your progress.
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    1979 half dismantled engine

    1981 dismantled engine

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