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What is typically the best way to work a bike restoration? Do you work the motor over first, or the frame and the 'platform' and then get to the motor? I never really thought about it much but have 2 other bikes to play with and I am just collecting ideas I guess.
 

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Depends on the detail of restoration really.



Total resto, take it all apart, checking all parts for wear and possible replacement. Frame is a 1st, is it cracked,



twisted, usable? Engine next, whats it need? Boring, rings, top end, bottom? Essentially it depends on how rough/old the



machine is, how intense a rebuild you are into, how much time and money you want to put into it. For me drivability is



more important than cosmetics. If it looks pretty but runs like crap, whats the point?
 

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Usually I don't like restoring/customizing anything that I know has faults in the drive train. After that's up to snuff let the cutting and grinding begin.
 

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Personally, I already knew mine was going to be a ground-up restoration. I'm opting for completing the rolling frame, then bodywork and paint, and then the engine. You see I'm treating it like the Air Force treats builds a new base. They always spend money on top notch people facilities first. Then, when they run out of money, they still need the airport. Congress just HAS to give 'em more money! So I fgure, by the time I get done with the frame,electrical, bodywork, and paint, I'll have so much time & money tied up in it that Momma will have to agree to just about anything that needs to be done to get the engine done. How's THAT for sneaky?
 
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