Is it worth the trouble/money?
Was given an '86 750 and am getting it together for my son to ride. Previous owner (my brother) had a mechanic check it out before his last long ride. Report was that the engine was noisy and worn out - sell it before it breaks. Instead, he gave it to me - thanks bro.
1) Cam chain is noisy - I have seen several threads about replacing the tensioner springs (ACCT - I don't know what the acronym is for). That doesn't seem too bad to do.
2) Clutch is weak - Clymers has a pretty good write up on replacing the clutch disks. Doesn't seen too bad.
3) Left Rear Head Gasket Leak - It appears there is a coolant leak at the base of the rear, left side, head. The sparkplug in this cylinder is fouled, the other 3 look decent. Haven't checked compression yet. This would be the bottom head gasket. From leafing thru this forum, and the Clymers, it does not appear to be trivial to change this out.
I have a couple of options and I am asking for your input/advise as to which option to choose:
1) Button it all back together with the expectation that my son will not be putting on too many miles. If it dies, part it out on EBay.
2) Sell it to an unsuspecting soul looking for a cheap ride.
3) Sell it to a talented, knowledgeable owner of Vulcan 750s.
4) Pull the engine, give the repair a shot, knowing that if I screw it up, I can still part it out on EBay.
Is changing out the head gaskets as bad as it looks? Help!