Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus! TL125 finds it's way under the tree...

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by EvilClown, Dec 24, 2008.

  1. EvilClown

    EvilClown Standing by to standby for a possible disregard Super Moderator

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    Stumbled onto a true barn find a few months ago.

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    Always thinking I needed some kind of trials bike I couldn't help but ask, "What's the deal with the little TL125 in the corner?"

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    Long story longer, after very carefully watering the seed occassionally, it followed me home today.:clap Here it is loaded in the trailer sitting out in the freezing rain.

    After covering it with a tarp to keep the road spray off I quickly got it home, unloaded it and rolled it into the 'house of pain'. Had somewhere else to be so no time.

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    Once back home I rolled it out into the dimming afternoon light to get a few pictures.

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    She's been well used...

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    ...but appears to be complete.

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    Fender's a bit tweaked. Plastic. Maybe it can be starightened somehow.

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    Plenty of scars on the cases along with a little peeling paint. 'Patina' they call it.:lol3

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    A little cleaning to do.

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    A little wear in the places you'd expect it.

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    Ice coated tank emblem must've been super sharp sitting on the dealer's floor way back when.

    Don't know how crazy we'll get with it right away but the first order of business will be seeing if we can make it run. If so, it may become an ice bike for my daughter before it makes it into the woods. We'll have to see what the winter brings.

    In any event, our arrangement makes me a bit of the custodian of this little gem. I'll do my best to give it a happy home where it will be enjoyed for what it is.

    Gotta go. Have to do a little research on the vintage trials in New England.:evil

    Merry Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight!
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  2. Cowboy

    Cowboy Ceteris non Paribus

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    Here's a good site for vintage trials in the mid-Atlantic region. folks over there may be able to point you to their New England equivalent.

    http://www.mavt.org/

    Congrats! Here's to new life for grungy old trials bikes!

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  3. roadholder

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    Great find. I'm sure it will clean up real nice. I rode one for years, and a 250 after that. Pretty bulletproof bikes and fun to ride.

    These guys and their member clubs run some vintage stuff.

    http://www.newenglandtrials.org/
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  4. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    Excellent find, I would have trouble not tearing it apart for a total resto..... that is once I got it running first.
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  5. Caddy82rats

    Caddy82rats Long timer

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    Great bike, realy fun to drive and the engine is bullet proof
    Engine parts are easy to find (same as XL125)
    Seems complete and the tank seems nice

    Now we are looking pics before and after :D
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  6. fat pat

    fat pat Been here awhile

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    ...and during. please don't forget the ''during'' pictures.

    i have concluded that i need to move somewhere that has more barns. just not enough barns in southern california. great find.
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  7. EvilClown

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    Thanks for the replies and the links, guys. :thumb

    I've got a few projects ahead of it but when things start to move I'll post it.

    Thank you. Unfortunately it is only an illusion. A better photo would reveal that each side of the tank is a bit concave.

    Looked a bit closer the other night - rusted inside as well. Salvageable I believe. Might give this a shot and see what happens. Linky

    I'm sure there will be a few 'during' pictures as well.:lol3

    Fat Pat, your post makes me a bit hesitant to tell the rest of the story but here it is. It was a package deal - if the TL125 was going, the others had to as well.

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    '78 vintage PE250. All there. Turns over. Judging from the street tag I'm guessing it hasn't seen daylight since 1990.

    Then there is this:

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    1979/80-ish feel free to help me out here Husqvarna 250 OR.

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    No real interest at first in these two but I have to admit that red and chrome tank...

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    ...fat finned head and left side kicker speak to me. But hey, that'll be for another thread on another day.

    It was a very fortunate week. Prolly would have done well to buy a lottery ticket...
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  8. fat pat

    fat pat Been here awhile

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    definitely need to move. definitely. just awesome.
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  9. Caddy82rats

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    for the tank, phosporic acid who destroy rust and after por15 do the job
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  10. MeRide

    MeRide Me like bikes!

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    Cool optimal ratio Husky, EC! :clap
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  11. EvilClown

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    Thanx, Mark! It's growing on me. What can you tell me about it? I feel a new Husky 250 OR thread coming on... And please, talk me into getting rid of it.:deal

    BTW, started on the TL today...if you consider a bath a start.

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    With the DCSR's undying support she says, "It's looking better already.":rolleyes

    Below shows some tank damage on the right side...

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    ...and on the left.

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    I've seen worse. Won't worry too much about that right away. That'll give me time to figger out how to repair it.

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    There she be all washed. Time to roll it back in and maybe put some oil in the cylinders for a bit. It moves but it can't hurt. May even hose it all down with WD - gets a bit humid in the shop some days.

    In the mean time the tank will come off and we'll see what kind of liquid goodness pours out...:huh
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  12. MeRide

    MeRide Me like bikes!

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    You know I have a sickness for the old and odd so just stop that right now! Then again I've had Husky made guns, chainsaws, and other goodies but still have never landed one of their bikes...:huh

    Pardon me while I call in a refill for some prescription meds......
    ......must......not......take.....on......more.....old......bikes......
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  13. MeRide

    MeRide Me like bikes!

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    Its looking good! It looks ridden but not screwed with.


    Thats called "patina" in the collector circles. Get it straight! Make up a story about how Steve McQueen once rode it and dumped it over in his azalea bushes during a wild party and you've got gold.


    You mean you haven't started it off of a modified Coca-Cola bottle gas tank yet! Get crackin' !!!! :deal
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  14. MeRide

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    There's something simply beautiful about those tubular frames of yesteryear......
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  15. EvilClown

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    That's the direction it's headed only I happen to have an old lawnmower tank I use for that sort of thing.:evil

    Anyhoo, after oiling her up I got it back in the shop.

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    Pulled the seat, sidecovers etc and got the tank off.

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    In the process discovered the toolkit is intact.

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    Emptying the tank it looked like it was used as a spittoon. Then it looked like something else...

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    "Hmmmmm...is it just the paint holding this thing together at this point?" BTW, 18 year old gas has a special smell.

    Rinced it out some more with some diesel. Maybe it'll at least stop the rust until I get back to it.

    Now, the carb...

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    Looked shiny and new on the outside.

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    This end isn't too scary.

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    Over on the bench it gets disassembled. Still not too scary. It gets taken apart for a good cleaning...

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    ...might see if Chris has some room in the ultrasonic cleaner.:evil

    Ok. Back to work.

    Care to go into detail on this process?
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  16. EvilClown

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    That's what I'm sayin'.








    The Husky has a tubular frame...:deal
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  17. EvilClown

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    ...I should mention it has spark.:clap
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  18. MeRide

    MeRide Me like bikes!

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    Yes, yes it does. Pretty much noticed that already. Thanks for bringing that up again. Why didn't you mention the sweet tank, gold rims, ......

    I have a 1974 Ag-Tronic 4000 watt generator made in USA that I can trade ya. Its got a classic flathead 8hp Briggs and Stratton Model 19 engine on it and a wheel/handle kit too. The useful generator head part died after 5 days of Ice Storm but its got lots of patina and a full tank of gas! Its what they call a "classic". :wink: I can autograph it with a Sharpie marker too. Might even have an old Snap-On wrench or two to throw into the trade pile. I know you can't resist! :1drink
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  19. EvilClown

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    Unfortunately, I'm looking for a 1973 Ag-Tronic. Too bad, too. Yours sounds pretty nice. :lol3

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    Carb's all packed to go for a dip in the hot tub. The curse was taken off the rear fender. All tucked in for the night.:1drink
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  20. MeRide

    MeRide Me like bikes!

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    You're missing out buddy. Everyone knows the 1973 was a flop and the 1974 was a classic.
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