Steering stop missing a weld on the far side and a bit bent.
One difficult piece to take apart was the steering head. The fork tubes were lightly rusted and would not go through the triple trees. I found that carefully wedging a chisel in the bottom clamp joint opened the holes up enough that the forks were easily removed. I was careful not to expand this too much as I did not want to crack the castings. I was hoping to save the fork tubes but rust pits make them unfit for reuse.
Spreading the lower fork tree to release the fork tube.
All parts were cleaned with kerosene to remove heavy grease and then washed with Sam’s Club commercial de-greaser. I am adding all of the factory options for 1969. The reflectors and brackets as well as the front fender brace were missing and new ones were purchased. The skid plate was NOS and a bit rusty so it is heading for paint too.
Parts ready for Precision Motorcycle Painting in South Bend Indiana.
My last point was to figure out which tank transfer type to use. Through the Royal Enfield Interceptor Group on yahoo, which I am a member of, I found the original transfer was a stick on and not vinyl. The original transfers degrade quickly upon contact with modern fuels and vinyl is thicker than the original transfers. I am going with painted transfers as an alternative as I think this will best replicate the originals and be compatible with modern fuels.
The tank restored by Ross Thompson and ready to paint. Ross does beautiful work.