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1978 CX500 "The Grub", 1983 GL650I "Nimbus"
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Congratulations, Jenn! I suppose now you'll want expedited shipping on that exhaust.
I'll try to get it sent by this weekend.

First order of business would be a thorough carb cleaning. There are lots of threads on the topic, so I won't go into detail, except to recommend using an ultrasonic cleaner.

Regarding the spare engine, you should have lots of useable parts in there. It appears to have been exposed to weather with the rear cover removed. If it's only surface rust, soaking each piece in EvapoRust will clean them up nicely. It never hurts to have a spare camshaft, etc. on hand. (Be sure to keep the matched followers with it, and label the position of each.)

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