I saved a /5 yesterday...

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by flux_capacitor, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. flux_capacitor

    flux_capacitor I know a shortcut!

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    I've been looking for a long time for a "barn find" bike that was in somewhat reasonable shape that I could restore. Yesterday I found that bike and I'm stoked about bringing it back to life.

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    Meet "Elvis" (named after the original owner who bought it new in 1974 and rode around shooting deer in South GA on it). 1973 R75/5 with 20k miles on it, bought from the 2nd owner. It has been sitting under a sheet for 10 years so it has plenty of "personality" to go with it.

    It has all the parts... battery box side panels, all blinkers, etc. It turns over just fine but is gonna need a new battery, seals replaced, fluids flushed, and tank needs relined. Carbs were sent to Bing 10 years ago and they rebuilt them; they have never had gas in them.

    My plan is to restore it to good rideable condition and ride the piss out of it. I won't repaint it except where there is rust. I like the story the bike has, and I don't want to cover it up.

    I've got some learning to do. Already been surfing through the airheads forum for awhile now. I've been infatuated with these old BMW's for some time now and am really excited to finally own one.

    I even drew one for my buddy's shop who specializes in vintage BMW restores, Apex Cycle Shop. We put this image on t-shirts. He'll be key in helping me get the bike going, both in advice and guidance.

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    I'll have to post a pic of the actual shirt. We reversed it to go on a black shirt. They turned out great.

    I'll post some more/better pictures of the bike soon.
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  2. JonnyCash

    JonnyCash turd polisher

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    I need one of those shirts. Seriously! Nice find. I going to get in the truck to go pick up a /5 this morning, though it's nowhere near as nice as that one.
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  3. flux_capacitor

    flux_capacitor I know a shortcut!

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    Thanks JC. The filter I used on this pic makes it look nicer than it is, lol. Best thing it has going for it is it has all the original parts. Even the original tool kit and hand pump. There is plenty of rust and leaking oil. :freaky

    I can get you a shirt, I'll PM you though, I don't want to come off as spamming. If anyone else wants one, PM me and I'll give you the 411. :clap
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  4. spo123

    spo123 Man About Town

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    SWB or LWB?
    I will NEVER sell mine
    Enjoy your new find.......You will even have more fun RIDING that toaster.
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  5. Cogswell

    Cogswell Spudly Adventurer

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    You are a good man for rescuing that bike so that it may live on ! :clap

    Keep us posted with pictures along the way.:deal


    Mike
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  6. disston

    disston ShadeTreeExpert

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    Great find. I would not take much time at all to get this one started. Rinse or flush the gas tank and replace the fuel lines. New oil and fluids. New battery. I think you can do things like push rod seals and most rubber for that mater as it needs it. Replace the speedo rubber boot on the trans end of the speedo cable. I'd clean and lube the hand controls and check all the cables for operation. I'm finished. I have run out of ideas for stuff that might need doing. Start her up.
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  7. dmftoy1

    dmftoy1 Been here awhile

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    I'm restoring a 74 with 19k miles on it (R90/6) that had similar history in NC. If its made of rubber and you'll be working on an area plan on replacing it. (Grommets, seals, washers, etc)

    Be curious what your fork innards look like if you rebuild them. Mine were packed full of oily black gunk and the dampers didn't work . . .$48 in parts and they nice and functional again!

    Keep posting pictures as you progress!!
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  8. blaine.hale

    blaine.hale Long timer

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    You're in good hands with Wes. I have the t-shirt somewhere ;)
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  9. hardwaregrrl

    hardwaregrrl ignore list

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    ....unlike Patty, I will leave my neck of the woods.:deal Lemme know if you need a hand....could host a tech day and let everybody else do the shit work!:lol3
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  10. crazydrummerdude

    crazydrummerdude Wacky Bongo Boy

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    Most excellent.
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  11. bpeckm

    bpeckm Grin!

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    me too.......


    .......................me tooooo......... :freaky


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  12. wmax351

    wmax351 Been here awhile

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    Looks like a nice project. I built a '71 with a toaster tank from boxes of parts (that used to be a bike) for my dad. Full crankcase up resto-rider.

    I need to get one of those shirts.
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  13. SuchesRider

    SuchesRider Just Do It!

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    Hey watch it there girlfriend! :lol3 You are right. If the tech day is in Dawsonville, consider me in! I can/will leave the Dahlonega/Suches area if I don't have to go far! :D SR
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  14. Wirespokes

    Wirespokes Beemerholics Anonymous

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    Seriously cool artwork! I love it! What does it look like on a black T?

    uh... no one's asked so I guess I'll be the one to make a fool of myself but...

    this bike didn't belong to THE famous Elvis, did it?
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  15. Sutherngintelmen

    Sutherngintelmen around the bend

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    Great bike Flux! :clap Does restore to original spec include rifle scabbard? :lol3

    If you need to rework steering head bearings I've got an extractor. :freaky
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  16. Gumbeaux

    Gumbeaux The Chameleon

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  17. flux_capacitor

    flux_capacitor I know a shortcut!

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    Thanks for the comments and glad y'all like the art. I'll take a pic of the actual shirt so you can see and then, just once, I will post how you can get one (don't want this thread to become spam).

    I may very well call on the local airhead contingent for help at some point so be careful what you wish for! :freaky (I spent time in Louisville, though, so at least you know I'd supply good bourbon!)

    Nope... not THAT Elvis (now THAT would be a COOL story). THIS Elvis was just some old dude that like shooting deer, lol.

    Still haven't had the chance to take any good pics, but they are coming! :deal
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  18. kwb210

    kwb210 Adventurer

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    I just picked up a 1973 LWB R75/5, fairly well taken care of but still needs some care. I don't plan on ANY "pretty" work, just make the mechanicals near perfect. Clean and re-grease the steering head bearings, service the wheel bearings (just did that on a 37,000 mile /6 and found them to be totally dry, so a god idea to service) I might replace the coils with a green coil form Motorrad Electrick and new plug wires (would that be an up-grade from 40 year old stuff), then pull tranny and service the splines plus check out any rear main seal leaks, then as long as the swing arm is off I will pull the bearings and freshen up the 40 year old hardened grease and that means you have to replace the $6.00 seals. That pretty much makes for a reliable runner. Of course adjust the valves, ALL fluid changes and new crush washers. That will give you a bike to ride to most rallies and events and get you back home. I plan on running my /5 to the Salem Rally this summer, she looks like a 1973 bike (Craig Vetter fairing and an 8 Track player) but mechanically she will be a solid runner. Oh, one more thing I will be doing is replacing the positive starter wire, starter to battery, a new wire should reduce the volts required to start her up and I also sent off the starter to Motorrad Electrick for a rebuilt. Opps, another item(s) I replaces is the starter relay $10 and the voltage regulator, I think about $27. The idea there was to get rid of 40 year old electrics. My main goal is to have a very reliable runner that still looks like it did in the 70's. Not a restoration, more of a restro-rection, yeah, that sounds good. Very much unlike it operator...
    Have fun getting her ready.
    Kurt
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  19. FriedDuck

    FriedDuck Why die all tensed up?

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    Nice bike! I looked all over at Barber for Wes's booth to get one of the shirts but never saw it (not like it's easy to get lost in it all in the swap meet eh?)

    Can't wait to see how this one goes.

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  20. mark1305

    mark1305 Old Enough To Know Better

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    Hey Flux, Nice find!

    Now you have to start attending the Old's Cool Spring & Fall Rallies. :freaky

    Hhmm... sems like we have one coming up in late April. :deal
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