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Engine Paint & Polishing

polished casescorroded covers

Any 37-year-old bike will need some paint & polish to bring back the factory luster. Some people polish the engine's aluminum covers into a mirror finish but I didn't go that far. However, if you look closely at the photo on the right, you can barely see my reflection. The valve cover, forks and rear hub received the same treatment, which really made a big difference.

 

painted engine

The cylinder fins couldn't be polished, but a good layer of heat-resistant black paint gave them a great look, which is better than how the engine came from the factory. I used a gun cleaning brush to scrub between the fins, then masked the cases and valve cover. A few coats of paint made it look great.