$5k Cafe Racer – XS650 Engine clean up
The $5k Cafe Racer project is in full swing. Stage 1 has begun and the engine is now half dismantled. I'm not sure if I'm going to completely pull it all apart at this stage as it will require the purchase of a heap more tools and so far the XS650's internals…
The $5k Cafe Racer project is in full swing. Stage 1 has begun and the engine is now half dismantled. I’m not sure if I’m going to completely pull it all apart at this stage as it will require the purchase of a heap more tools and so far the XS650’s internals are looking pretty good.
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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