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- Grand Rapids, Michigan
Hi all, I'm brand new around here. I just inherited a 1975 xs650 from my grandfather that's been sitting in his garage since '81. It's only got 2k on the odo and he even splurged for the backrest and windjammer III back in the day. Planning to try and fix it up and get her roadworthy. She's in barn find condition right now (Grandad was kind of a hoarder if you can't tell from the background), but we're taking it a step at a time.
The inner gas tank looked kind of rusty inside so I pulled it off to try and put some Evapo-rust through it. I got to find out that it still had half a tank! 40-year-old gas never smelled so good. Luckily dumping the gas out took a lot of sludge with it. I rinsed it with some vinegar to try and loosen anything else up, and after it dried I put a gallon of Evapo-Rust in. This week has been the slow process of turning the gas tank at every angle to make sure to remove the rust from every nook and cranny.
The tires still hold air, but I wouldn't trust them more than a jog down the street. I got one cylinder to fire on ether so I'm pretty sure she'll run. Planning to change the oil and sump filter before I turn her over again. Would change the other filter, but it's out of stock on Mikes . I know you technically don't have to change them, but they've been sitting in the same oil for 40 years and I just think it's time for that sort of thing.
Right now my plan is to get fuel moving and oil clean, I've been looking at a lot of the learning posts and it's been a huge help. Any tips on what to focus on to get this bike running would be awesome. Hoping for the best!