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First a little back story. the story that the bike was bought back in the late 70's or early 80's after the previous owner spilled it. Shortly afterwards the clutch burned up and was slowly pulled apart by my grandfather over the next 30+ years. since I was a kid i remember going the grandparents place and in my head winning hundreds of races on this bike. so a few months ago I got the idea to "steal it" during the night and fix it up for him. This is not going to be a show room quality restoration.

The bike is a green 1970 650 TR6C.
 

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More pictures. I'll post more pics as they come.
 

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Gumpy I used Mothers Mag and Aluminum wheel polish with a medium grade steel wool. dip the wool in the polish and scrub it in. wipe/polish it with a clean rag. it wont give you a mirror shine but it will remove most of the surface crud and get you back to a pretty decent shine. this only works for chrome and stainless parts. steam cleaned the majority of it and for the rest I use stuff called Awesome which is sold in the house hold clearners section of most stores.
 

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Very nice, very thoughtful idea! If you can keep it a secret I'm sure he will be gobsmacked with the results...keep us posted.
 

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Ok its update time. 1st off Grandpa finally noticed something was "missing" in the shop so I had to let him know about the project. He is needless to say a little excited. Tank still needs paint
 

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sorry ,no updates yet. I have had to stall the project due to some unexpected events. Should be able to order some new parts soon to get it the engine going again . thanks for the complement
 

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Sorry for not updating you guys on the progress for a long time. I hate to say that with the exception of a few new parts being ordered the bike is pretty much in the same spot as it was in the last picture updates. I have however learned about this bikes colorful past:

One the left hand side case cover there was a welded repair. Not thinking it was anything more than a repair after one of its many wrecks I ground and polished it off. I later found out after talking to my uncle, who originally bought the bike from its previous owner, I learned that the weld was done to repair a whole made by a Police .357 mag. Apparently its first owner made a hobby out of out running Oregon's finest officers. As the story goes he did this until an officer punched a hole in the engine which caused him to wreck the bike resulting in his arrest.

couple years later this guy gets out of prison has the bike repaired and proceeds to out run the cops again. gets arrested again after wrecking the bike again and goes back to prison. This time the guys wife/girl friend decides to sell the bike and story to my uncle.

My uncle makes the repairs and rides it for a few years then sells it to my grandpa who rides it around until the late 80's when the clutch goes out. bike gets parked and sits outside in and out of cover for the next 20+ years.
 

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Great story! Really cool your doing this for your grandpa. You think about doing something small or making a nod towards the bikes history on the final outcome? Could be a small nick name pinstripe or something.
 

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No I hadn't thought about adding a nickname.Not a bad idea though. Anybody got suggestions?
 
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