75 non runner worth messing with


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75 non runner worth messing with

Postby Quick Cal » Thu Mar 26, 2015 9:26 am



Ok. Now I've run across a 75 non runner. Carbs off. Goofy paint. I have not seen it yet so thats all I know. He's asking $350.

Would it be worth the gamble at say $200. What would be top dollar to give. Worth messing with or pass.

I might go just look at it.

Can you do a compression test with the carbs off?



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Re: 75 non runner worth messing with

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Mar 26, 2015 9:54 am

Yes the compression can be checked without carbs.
The rest is your discretion.You know about the cost for tires,belts,fluid replacement etc.
I've yet to invest less than a fiver to get one running.

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Re: 75 non runner worth messing with

Postby SnoBrdr » Thu Mar 26, 2015 6:13 pm

Quick Cal wrote:Ok. Now I've run across a 75 non runner. Carbs off. Goofy paint. I have not seen it yet so thats all I know. He's asking $350.

Would it be worth the gamble at say $200. What would be top dollar to give. Worth messing with or pass.

I might go just look at it.

Can you do a compression test with the carbs off?


Are the carbs gone or just off?

And $500 is a low ball figure to put into a bike if it needs much of anything.

Just a set of tires are close to $300.

And that's doing it all yourself.

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Re: 75 non runner worth messing with

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Mar 26, 2015 6:53 pm

Never less than a fiver to be precise.
Tires,belts and a complete fluid change.
I didn't count the hundred or so hours either. :lol:

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Re: 75 non runner worth messing with

Postby tom84std » Sat Mar 28, 2015 7:25 am

In my lifetime I've received a lot of pleasure from resurrecting old abandoned machinery of all types. It's as if something old but still sound has earned the right to be restored and cared for. Brought back from obscurity. "Welcome back old girl!"

Something to look for... On an old four-cylinder wing that has ever been left outside, look closely at the subframe for internal rust. One of my bikes had never been left outside but when I got it, the subframe was completely rusted through. It wasn't from rain, it was from being washed with a clogged drain hole. Probe a wire through the drain hole and make sure it's clear. Look for bubbles in the paint, especially along the bottom edge at it's lowest point. Tap it with a tool and listen to the sound. Mine sounded dull and crunched like an egg shell.

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Re: 75 non runner worth messing with

Postby Rob H » Sat Mar 28, 2015 10:53 am

It's a 40 year old motorcycle.everybody knows life begins at 40........ :P

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Re: 75 non runner worth messing with

Postby goldminerusa » Sun Mar 29, 2015 7:29 am

BUY IT! Its worth 4 times that in parts. Then take the cash and buy something decent and save tons of time, money and aggravation.




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