I started by building a stand to mount the engine on. I purchased a length of steel which I cut up and bolted together (I don't have any welding tools...or skills so bolts had to do). I found a couple of images online of stands other people had constructed and used them as a guide. Once I had the engine up off the ground I was able to start stripping it down.
I removed the head cover which I then cleaned with degreaser and wire brushes to get as much of the oxidisation and dirt off as possible. I also used a load of carb cleaner to get rid of any other grime/grease. I masked the whole thing using tape and newspaper and gave it a liberal coating of wrinkle finish paint. The paint doesn't dry with the exact finish I was hoping for (looks a bit velvety in some light) but I'm happy.
I have also started polishing the side covers. I have one side 90% done. As you can see it's a huge improvement. There are some deep scratches in the covers which I am choosing to keep. This bike is 30 years old and I like them...it's a bit of a "chicks dig scars type thing", it will add character and give the bike some personality.
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