I'm going to restore my 71 /5. It was a nice daily rider, but it leaked like a sieve. The local Airheads group was kind enough to get me going on fixing that problem. But one thing led to another and....well....here's the progression - I bought it looking like this I didn't like the fairing so that went away I rode it like that for 2 years. Great bike but the shitty rattle can paint was bugging me and as mentioned, the leaks were pretty bad. So the next step was this I figured I would get the tank and fenders done and put it all back together. But in working on the bike I noticed that the frame looked pretty scratched up so one snowy day..... So now the bike is in boxes awaiting refinishing. My goal isn't a concours restoration. I just want it to look like really nice and stock. I'm not going to sweat Glasurite paint and the minutia that some folks do, not that there's anything wrong with that - just not my thing. I have a fairly clear path on getting it back together but because this is my first BMW restoration, I have some questions - Frame - My plan is to have it powder coated to look stock. But I have seen detractors. Any reason I shouldn't powder coat? Hubs and fork lowers - they have the usual oxidation. What is a good way to clean them up to look fresh? I don't think I want to powder coat them silver because I believe that will detract from the original look. A guy I know uses beeswax on raw aluminum parts and it looks pretty good, but I would imagine before long it will look rough again as I doubt the beeswax would last all that long. Headlight shell and speedo - I think I'll send the speedo (broken Tach needle - go figure) in to Palo Alto unless someone has a better suggestion. The control "circuit" board is oxidized. I had to cut the wire ends off because the terminal screws were totally oxidized and stripped. Is it advisable to carefully restore the board? My soldering skills are okay. Or are there replacement boards? And how the heck does one remove the board from the bucket? I'll update as the project progresses. My goal is to have it done by Fall. I know if I let it sit dormant it could turn into the project that took forever. If I maintain momentum it will get done. Thanks for any advice.