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Old 12-22-2013, 08:04 PM   #1
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Well, here goes. Sell two and buy one. After riding Greg's IT this past fall, I fell in love. So with his complicity and a little bit of patience, I recently purchased a 1981 IT-465 from a CraigsList ad. But to do so, I had to make room in my teeny little shop. So I sold the two SC-500's that were waiting in the wings. Water under the bridge and here we go!


Greg found this one for $350.00 and let me know. Melody and I were in Colorado Springs that day anyway and so went to check it out. VERY rough, but after some discussion, I loaded it up on the trailer for $200.00. I was looking for a fairly complete IT with bad plastic because my goal is to end up with a street legal Bumble Bee bike, and that's exactly what Greg found.

It had been sitting outside under a pine tree in a back yard for who knows how long, but looked fairly complete albeit run hard and put away sopping wet for several years.

The photos begin after removing the tank, seat and side covers. The tank was cracked and leaking and I could not bring it into the shop like that.









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Old 12-22-2013, 08:08 PM   #2
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Looks really good for sitting outside for so long. Stuff back here that sits outside turns orange and becomes part of the Earth real fast.....
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Old 12-22-2013, 08:09 PM   #3
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Throttle is frozen








Absolutely no idea what the heck this is on the right front fork.








Judging by the condition, I would believe this is the last year this bike was run or cared for








Big gobs of silicone sealer. Not a good sign.








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Old 12-22-2013, 08:13 PM   #4
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And of course, the ubiquitous and all too common missing kick stand and broken mounting tab. Gotta stand on the pegs to kick these tall boys over, right? Sheesh...








Broken right side tank mount.








The pipe is in amazingly good condition, except for...








Another mystery part clamped to the cross bar.







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Old 12-22-2013, 08:21 PM   #5
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The seat is in pretty good shape too but will still get new foam and cover just because. The side plates are in bad shape but were going to be replaced with that sexy Yamaha YZ Yellow anyway!







Some blue latex paint and big gob of JB Weld to try to repair a crack. It didn't work.








Who knows how long the bike sat in the backyard with the cap disintegrated like this. The tank was full of water, ice and a thick, nasty orange goo that was leaking all over everything through a wasted and frozen open petcock.








Never a good sign...








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Old 12-22-2013, 08:26 PM   #6
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Never hurts to have a couple of spare links, I guess.









Amazingly, as I began to disassemble the bike, all the OEM fastners were intact. You never see that! Well, until I got to the air filter. Ah ha! A square SAE stove bolt nut crammed onto one of the metric air filter mounting studs. I knew there had to be at least one somewhere!

















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Old 12-22-2013, 09:16 PM   #7
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MY BROTHER!


I am soooooo jealous!



Way to go, Dude!
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Old 12-22-2013, 08:23 PM   #8
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Another mystery part clamped to the cross bar.





These bikes had a Water Bottle that attached to that Bracket with the Velcro Strap...


Here is how mine looked when I got it.










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Old 12-22-2013, 08:12 PM   #9
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Congrats Buddy!


Glad it all worked out and you got one heck of good deal on that one.

The Bike looks great- even has the original Silencer (Spark Arrestor) on it- Nice!!

That bike will clean up very nice and with some Fresh new "Yellow Plastics" will look like brand new.

Just a couple of simple modifications for Horn- Brake Light- Mirror and you will be in business to make her street legal with a Title and Plates.

Get this bike moving as we have some big rides to do this spring and summer!





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