P r o j e c t "toaster tank"

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by TINK, Aug 6, 2014.

  1. TINK

    TINK Been here awhile

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    I'm at it again, from the makers of PROJECT-S a new project is in the works...

    I'm buying a 1973 R60/5 Toaster Tank. Picking her up tomorrow (photos coming soon).

    Bike looks to be all original, red paint white pin strips appear to be factory.

    Apparently, or so the story goes, there was some sort of fairing on the bike so the current owner collected the bits necessary to bring the bike back to stock, but never got around to finishing the project (the guy has some 50+ bike, so it's understandable)

    Headlamp bucket is in a box and the wiring loom is hanging all over the front forks like so much spaghetti. :huh

    I won't know what I've got for sure until I get her home, but I have a good feeling that I can piece her back together and get her fired up without too much time or money... I hope. :eek1

    The $64K question is the California DMV fees!? I have no idea what this will end up adding to the cost of the bike. It has not been registered since 1979, so she's going to be out of the DMV system for sure. We'll see. :deal

    Stay tuned...:ear

    TINK

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  2. Vger

    Vger Adventurer

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    WooHoooo!
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  3. Mikeyork5

    Mikeyork5 Adventurer

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    Look forward to following your progress - so I would suspect the purchase of a K75 is on hold?
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  4. TINK

    TINK Been here awhile

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    I don't know, could still be a K75 in the garage too if the right one comes along...
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  5. TrailCruiser

    TrailCruiser Been here awhile

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    TINK, I just acquired an R75/7 and will be doing a restoration of sorts. You're inspiring me to consider a P R O J E C T thread here documenting it as well. I look forward to the new project, and thanks for all the great info on Project S!

    ps. I sure wish this forum allowed embedded pics rather than links only.
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  6. Bill Harris

    Bill Harris Confirmed Curmudgeon

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    Good show. We like projects

    /5 wiring is not that hard, it lust looks like a mess inside the headlight bucket. Start at the beginning and work systematically to the end and you'll be OK.

    I think it was Renner's photo that had the most disgustingly ordered and organized /5 h'light bucket wiring I've ever seen.

    One tip-- before you start, paint the inside of the headlight bucket white or with grey primer-- makes the inside look much less cave-like. If ever I have my bucket gutted I plan to do that.

    We'll watch while you run that gantlet. :1drink:ear:deal

    --Bill
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  7. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    Congrats tink
    Sounds like you got a good deal, when do we get to see photos.
    We like photos. and you like to take them. it's a great combo...
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  8. Ben Carufel

    Ben Carufel Boxer Addict

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    I'm interested in hearing where you end up with the DMV fees!
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  9. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    I've ran across Tink & Project S at a number events here in SoCal.. S is amazing to see, nothing is left undone. Attention to detail is just a pleasure to see.

    S in Huntington Beach last year
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  10. TINK

    TINK Been here awhile

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    Pictures!

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  11. TINK

    TINK Been here awhile

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    I purchased the bike from the second owner, who never transferred the title from the first owner, so, technically this is a one owner bike.

    Bike is all original, from what I can tell. It appears I have all the pieces I need to put her back together.

    Original factory paint is in very good condition. Chrome toaster tank panels and side covers are in great shape too.

    I'm optimistic that I should have a runner in short order.

    Odometer says 24K miles, so she's a low mile bike.

    Stay tuned...

    TINK
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  12. bmwhacker

    bmwhacker Still on 3 wheels

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    Just read your "Project S" thread from start to finish...nice job!

    As a /5 fan / owner I'll be following this build.:D
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  13. TINK

    TINK Been here awhile

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    Here's what was in the box...
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  14. Prutser

    Prutser Long timer

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    Thats a great bike to start with. Much better than a bike which had 5 owners who all thought they new what they were doing:lol3

    It looks like the mufflers are not the ones that should be on a /5.(but i can not see them very well)
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  15. TINK

    TINK Been here awhile

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    You are correct, Prutser, the mufflers are the later /7 style. They are new aftermarket with some minor rust due to sitting in storage for 10 years. They should clean up okay.
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  16. Bill Harris

    Bill Harris Confirmed Curmudgeon

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    Wow. And original Red is the hardest color to keep original.

    Treasure trove in that box. Of course, most of that is not "extra parts", but it's still great to have all the bits and pieces together in one place.

    And your enameled tank badges even have the "proper" conchoidal fracture around the screw holes...

    I've used the "/6" style mufflers on mine for 30+ years (instead of the /5 Cigar mufflers), since they were "current bike" parts at the time, I was always able to get muffs on sale if I kept an eye out. Although not totally "correct", I'm not a slave to style. But this next muffler-replacement cycle I might splurge and get a set of correct Cigars. Who knows.

    --Bill
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  17. TINK

    TINK Been here awhile

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  18. Pokie

    Pokie Just plain Pokie.

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    That has all the possibilities of being a really nice ride!
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  19. Bill Harris

    Bill Harris Confirmed Curmudgeon

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    Dang good photos. You aren't related to Inmate Benthic (Spencer) are you?

    Be cautious-- I see the /5 ignition-headlight-etc switchplate in the middle of all that Medusoid business where the headlight is s'posed to be. That switch-- and the handlebar switches-- are the most noticable /5 features and can be expensive to get back "correctly". Duane Ausherman has a section on the /5 switches at his website for when you tackle that.

    --Bill
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  20. TINK

    TINK Been here awhile

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    In the Box-O-Stuff, Bill, there was a second ign switch plate and a set of handlebar switches that look new, or almost new.

    I'm already thinking of converting the ign switch over to a Rocky Point Cycle kit.

    Wiring is going to be the biggest challenge, for sure. But, it looks like who ever took this apart didn't screw with the wiring too much so I should be able to save most of the original wiring with some TLC and time.

    TINK


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