My Stepfather just suffered a stroke and i need to get his 90's 750 Vulcan running to sell.
It has been sitting for 10 years.
The tires are always up, the battery looks newer (on charge now)
Its VERY rusty around the speedo gagues and other places.
I know ill need to drain the gas etc..
Im not sure about draining the carb. Is there a How to/ DIY here for bringing it back to life.
I restore old chevy's but this is my first newer bike that i will be working on.
Please tell me what i need to do and what its worth.
i think the mileage is around 1800 miles. ( the white gauge dial is 1/10 of mile right?)
Pics when its a bit cleaner.
Welcome to the forum. Sorry to hear of your stepfather`s stroke. There are a lot of good folks here willing to help out if they can. I will give you a couple of links to the Vulcan Verses. The first is just the table of contents: https://www.vn750.com/forum/verses.php
Clean rust from tank, and treat to prevent reoccurance of rust: https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1153
Link to pics of carb in gallery: https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11672
Look for the carb drain port and screws in the "Carb parts 101, properly labeled" series. Open and drain the carbs, then spray in enough carb cleaner to fill the bowls, close the screw and let soak for an hour. Drain and repeat a few times until you think all the crud and varnish is out.
Link to more pics you may find useful: https://www.vn750.com/photopost/showg...500&ppuser=962
Remove the petcock from the bottom of the tank to see how much rust, varnish and crud is in the tank and on the screen/filter of the petcock. There is no point incleaning the carbs, without cleaning the tank and replacing fuel lines before putting fuel back in them.
The petcock only allows fuel out when vacumn is applied to the center nipple, as when the engine is running. The two nipples on each end supply fuel to either the front or rear carb.
While you are doing all this, check the battery to see if it will still hold a charge. Probably not if it is ten years old. Try charging it at a LOW RATE of 1.4 amps (1/10 of the rated capacity of the batterys 14 amps). An automotive charger that doesn`t have a low setting, will overheat your battery plates, warp them and short out the cells internally. You may need a motorcycle specific charger or "tender".
If you need a new battery get a Maintenance Free - Absorbed Glass Mat type.
You are not going to want to ride on those ten year old tires, no matter how good they look. Dry rot and sidewall cracking will have made them unsafe.
I hope between wib`s posts and mine you have enough ideas to get started. lance will show up soon, and give you a more detailed plan of attack on your resurection of the Vulcan project. Good luck with everything.
1991 VN 750 -"Cosmic Lady
" or "Bad Girl
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