Can A Parts Bike Live? (Help Needed)
I picked up a $100 bike off ebay. '86 VN750 with 20K. I had intended to use her as a parts bike, maybe take a few things off her to augment Bess right away, and save the rest just in case I had some kind of failure.
The parts bike is kind of a mess, but as I look at her more closely, I think she has promise.
The main problems:
The gas tank is full of rust.
The bleeder bolts were snapped off on both brakes.
Someone stopped mid Ear Shave (the carbs are there, but no box or ears - also no replacement post-shave filters, or, as far as I can tell, any rejetting.)
Also, the radiator was removed, but is in a box. It looks like everything is there.
So. If the engine is good, it seems that some time and not a ton of money (thanks to ebay) might get her running again.
I can do all the work, I think. (I'm good mechanically, and figure things out, but have never done engine work before.)
Is there any way to make sure the engine's not locked up before I sink a lot of time into her? If so, how do I do that?
Where do you suggest I begin?
MF Battery, Iridium Plugs, RR relocated, Voltmeter, 170/80/15 Kenda Kruz rear tire, DIY Samsonite hard bags, DIY shaved seat with Beaded seat pad ('cause that's how I roll) and the dreaded STATOR CHANGE.
Shining Black Bess '86 VN750, retired for parts after a fried stator and being knocked (kee-runch) in her parking spot.