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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-16-2018, 01:54 AM Thread Starter
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A Tempting Winter Flip Project

Full disclosure: I'm posting in "Sell or Swap," but I'm not actually selling, buying, or swapping. I just came here to say how tempting this deal looks that I saw on Facebook.

It's funny how often you see things like these in for-sale ads:
  • "Probably something simple"
  • "I don't have time to mess with it"
  • "Need gone"

I certainly don't know what's wrong with his bike. Heck, he could have a cylinder that went bad or something, in which case it's an opportunity to spend the winter following Roach's rebuild video series, which certainly looks like an interesting thing to dive into.

Or it could be something simple, as he suggests, in which case I'll just see what it's doing, post to this forum, we'll fix it together, and I'll sell it somewhere and we can all split the profits

Of course, the reality is that there's no way in hell I'm bringing a second bike into my garage. I would if it was up to me, but it ain't up to me, as you all know.

But it's tempting. It's worth that money in parts alone.
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Ooh, I just found something more tempting. Somebody in Chattanooga is selling a goat's belly for $40. That's not super close, but an hour and a half away. So three hours of driving, whatever gas money that is, and forty bucks. Then I can take a saw to it like somebody on the forum mentioned they had done once, so we can see what's going on inside. And this time... there will be photos.

1986 Vulcan 750
Purchased June 2018, as a first bike.
Put 1,300 miles on it so far.
Location: Murfreesboro, TN

AGM Battery, Iridium Plugs
SeaFoam does wonders, and I'm protected by Ride-On
Back tire: Dunlop Challenger.
Front tire: Dunlop Challenger, but about to replace it with a Kenda Cruiser.
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I can't trust anybody on those yardsale sites anymore. Those phrases scream to me 'I know what the problem is, but if I tell you, you won't buy it, and its too much expensive for me to fix/have fixed'
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That's actually how I got my bike. $250 not running, the guy I got it from bought it that way. Said the PO rebuilt the engine and afterward the starter wouldn't work. Sold it to him for a song, and he sold it to me due to age and lack of time. Seeing as he had two more bikes, a four wheeler, and tractor he was working on I believed him.

A full engine rebuild, and a head replacement later it runs great.
The starter issue was an unconnected engine ground, it ran but leaked oil. Onto finding the rebuilder put the oil filter boss in 45* out and cracked the case. And broke one of the cam cover bolts off in the head. And had cut several wires under front of the airbox. And mistimed it. And, And, And.

Caveat Emptor I suppose.
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"All it needs is ..............................................."
"Ran fine last time I used it"

I've been stung a few times by those type ads. Now, I won't buy anything unless it "runs". It can smoke, knock, or whatever, but must run & move.

FWIW. Been around the block a few times.
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