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    1973 R75/5 Rebuild, Paint Side Cover Horizontal Stripes

    I also painted the horizontal stripes on the chrome side covers. I tried the Monza Blue paint from Glausrit but I didn't like how that looked. So, I tried some Dupli-Color rattle can paint and they look better. I may try to paint the side covers yet again as I'm not sure to best handle the curved edges. But they look pretty nice.

    Here are a couple of pictures from the write-ups.


    Here are a couple pictures.

    Final Masked Side Cover
    First Attempt at Masking the Side Cover

    First Attempt Painting Side Cover Stripes: Ragged Edges
    First Attempt Painting Side Cover Stripes: Ragged Edges and Easy to Peel the Paint

    Dupli Color Paint Choices
    Second Attempt with Dupli-Color Paint: Two Candidates to Choose From

    Retaped Cover with 1/4 Inch Pinstripe Tape Over Dividers
    Second Attempt at Masking with 1/4 Inch Pinstripe Tape Over Dividers

    Final Side Cover Stripes
    Final Side Cover Stripes
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    1973 R75/5 Rebuild, Repair Clear Coat Sand Through

    Folks,

    Let me start by saying you can't repair clear coat sand throughs and expect it to last. It won't

    That said, I tried repairing my sand through mistakes on the fairing to avoid redoing the clear coat as I don't have enough on hand to shoot it again. And this let me try out the new Devibliss High Flow air line fittings to see how much difference they make in spraying the clear coat. MUCH BETTER!!! I got the atomization I needed and the clear went on glass smooth with very minor orange peel. Another lesson learned.

    I followed the techniques I found for doing this so the repair is hard to see. In time, the repaired clear coat will peel. But, I'll get to find out how long this type of repair can last. Live and Learn.

    Here is the write-up on how I did this work including some links to very informative YouTube videos I found that show how to do this "you can't repair clear coat" clear coat repair.

    • 51 BMW R75/5 Repair Clear Coat Sand Through

    Have a Save and Relaxing 4th of July.

    Here is the sand through pictures and the final result.

    Hazy Areas are Sand Through Spots
    Hazy Areas are Sand Through Spots

    Sand Through Spots (White Spots at Bottom)
    Sand Through Spots (White Spots at Bottom)

    Clear Coat Repair on Side Panel After Sand, Buff & Polish
    Clear Coat Repair on Side Panel After Sand, Buff & Polish with Pinstripe Stencil Applied

    Clear Coat Repair on Side Panel After Sand, Buff & Polish
    Clear Coat Repair on Side Panel After Sand, Buff & Polish

    Clear Coat Repair on Fairing Nose After Sand, Buff & Clear
    Clear Coat Repair on Fairing Nose After Sand, Buff & Polish

    Best.
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    1973 R75/5 Rebuild, Assemble Windjammer II Fairing

    I did a number of projects on the Windjammer II fairing: disassembled the fairing, repaired cracks, removed the old paint, painted it to match the bike (Monza, or Metallic Blue), and painted pinstripes .You can read about that work in these write-ups.


    Now it's time to assemble the fairing again and mount it on the bike. I wrote-up how I did this work here.


    It required installing the headlight assembly, the side reflectors, new chome edge trim, the Vetter name plate, removing old decals and deep scratches from the windscreen and modifying the fairing bracket so it doesn't gouge the paint on the frame (I hope).

    Here are a couple pictures from the write-up.

    New Silicon Seal on Headlight Bracket
    New Silicon Seal on Headlight Bracket

    Attaching Chrome Headlight Retaining Ring
    Attaching Chrome Headlight Retaining Ring

    Finished Headlight Installation
    Finished Headlight Installation

    New Windjammer Chrome Edge Trim
    New Windjammer Chrome Edge Trim

    Heating Chrome Trim with Heat Gun to Form to Tight Radius Curves
    Heating Chrome Trim with Heat Gun to Form to Tight Radius Curves

    Adjusting Fairing Edge wiht Dremel Tool to Align Chrome Trim
    Adjusting Fairing Edge with Dremel Tool to Align Chrome Trim

    Taping Chrome Edge Trim While Hotcha Glue Dries
    Taping Chrome Edge Trim While Hotcha Glue Dries

    Dremel Tool to Trim End of Chrome Trim
    Dremel Tool to Trim End of Chrome Trim

    Use Razor Blade to Gently Peel Edge
    Use Razor Blade to Gently Peel Edge

    Lighter Fluid Loosens Glue Along Exposed Edge
    Lighter Fluid Loosens Glue Along Exposed Edge

    Novus #3 and Rubbing with Lint Free Cloth to Remove Deep Scratches
    Novus #3 and Rubbing with Lint Free Cloth to Remove Deep Scratches

    Scratches Are Gone :-)
    Scratches Are Gone :-)

    Taping Name Plate Down While Silicone Seal Sets
    Taping Name Plate Down While Silicone Seal Sets

    Windscreen Foam Tape Gaskets Attached
    Windscreen Foam Tape Gaskets Attached

    Hollow Bolt Inside Faring to Attach Turn Signal Stalk with Wiring
    Hollow Bolt Inside Faring to Attach Turn Signal Stalk with Wiring

    Turn Signal Installed
    Turn Signal Installed

    Plastic Edging as Gaskets on Lower Bracket
    Plastic Edging as Gaskets on Lower Bracket

    Windjammer Fairing & Bracket Mounted on R75/5
    Windjammer Fairing & Bracket Mounted on R75/5
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    1973 R75/5 Rebuild, Final Assembly and Project Completion

    Folks,

    I completed the rebuild project after 18 months. :-)

    I documented the final assembly steps in this write-up.


    I will post about the the "first ride" around the block separately and include a short video.

    Stay tuned.

    And yes, it's a let down to be done, but there is a sense of satisfaction at what I learned along the way and the problems I figured out how to solve. I think that's part of the addiction to rebuilding these old airheads.

    Here are some "glossy" photos of the completed rebuild.

    Front Profile
    Front Profile

    Gas Tank
    Gas Tank

    Instruments and Steering Damper
    Instruments and Steering Damper

    Front Wheel Hub Cab
    Front Wheel Hub Cab

    Left Carburetor
    Left Carburetor

    Right Carburetor
    Right Carburetor

    Push Rod Tubes
    Push Rod Tubes

    Engine Badge
    Engine Badge

    Sito  Mufflers
    Sito Mufflers

    Sito Mufflers
    Sito Mufflers

    Rear
    Rear

    Reflections in Fairing
    Reflections in Fairing

    Tool Box, Tools and Tire Pump Installed
    Tool Box, Tools and Tire Pump Installed
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    In a word... WOW!
    We're going to have to coin a new phrase or something to describe a bike lucky enough to have found it's way to your shop!
    That bike is nothing short of spectacular. Amazing attention to every little detail. Really, really nice Mr. Reams. Good on ya.

    I'm quite sure there are dozens of us who would love to provide you with a cure for your no project blues!
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    1973 R75/5 Rebuild, "Grover's" First Ride Around The Block, July 4th

    Folks,

    Here is a short write-up on the first time I rode the bike around the block on the Fourth of July. There is a short video at the end.


    Yeah, there was a pretty big grin inside that helmet :-)

    Onward to the next project which is yet to be decided. I'm looking for any of the following bikes to do a build and provide a similar level of detailed documentation:
    R60/2
    R69/s
    (both of the above would get a sidecar at some point)
    R80/7
    R80/RT
    R100/RS (1977-1979 or 1986 on)
    R90/S (yeah, sure, maybe if the price is right)

    Onward...
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    Quote Originally Posted by happy wanderer View Post
    In a word... WOW!
    We're going to have to coin a new phrase or something to describe a bike lucky enough to have found it's way to your shop!
    That bike is nothing short of spectacular. Amazing attention to every little detail. Really, really nice Mr. Reams. Good on ya.

    I'm quite sure there are dozens of us who would love to provide you with a cure for your no project blues!
    Hi Happy Wanderer,

    Thanks for the kind words. It was a labor of love as this bike was my wedding present to my wife. I still have both of them :-)

    Yeah, project ideas, contributions, etc. are welcome. I am in search of the next bike to restore, build, freshen up.

    Best.
    Brook.
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    Loved the thread. Interesting, Informative, Enlightening, Detailed, Captivating, Well Thoughtout, on & on etc. Waiting for your next build. Barry

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    Quote Originally Posted by barryg View Post
    Loved the thread. Interesting, Informative, Enlightening, Detailed, Captivating, Well Thoughtout, on & on etc. Waiting for your next build. Barry
    Thanks Barry.

    Onward ...
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    1973 R75/5 Rebuild, Another Try Attaching Windjammer Electrical Connector

    Folks,

    So, at the end of the first ride on Grover, I turned the handlebar to the left to full lock and hear a "crack" noise. It was then that I noticed the turn signal stalks (original length) interfere with the newly repaired electrical connector I had reattached to the fairing.

    Hmm, So, that's why one end of the stalk was bent up, which of course I carefully bent back down again.

    So, I tried Plast-aid this time to make the repair. It was reviewed in Motorcycle Consumer News a few months ago. Plast-aid is made in Colorado not too far away from where I live. It is a moldable and formable plastic polymer so you can make things with it and it can be used as an adhesive to bond plastic together, or you can do both. It does not bond to some plastics, like polyethylene, plastic caps on spray bottles, etc. But it does bond to ABS which is what a Windjammer is made of and many motorcycle fairings as well.

    Here is my write-up on this repair. I removed the turn signal stalks which I should have done in the first place.



    I like the product and it is very easy to work with. I have no affiliation with the company. Your mileage may vary. No warranties or promises of suitability for your purpose is implied ... etc., etc.

    Plasti-aid Kit-Large Size
    Plasti-aid Kit-Large Size

    Applied Plast-aid In Moldable State
    ABS Plastic Patch Epoxyed Across Connector Hole in Side Pocket
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    Tank Pad Adhesive-3M Weatherstrip Adhisive-FAIL

    Folks

    A short update on the use of 3M Weatherseal adhesive to attach the rubber knee pads to the tank. When it got hot (94 F) the adhesive let go.

    3M "Gorilla Snot" Weatherstrip Adhesive-DID NOT HOLD :-(
    3M "Gorilla Snot" Weatherstrip Adhesive-DID NOT HOLD :-(

    SO, I applied a liberal amount of Silicone Seal and attached the pads and used masking tape to hold them in place. The Windjammer fairing uses Silicone Seal to attach the metal headlight bracket to the painted plastic fairing and held for 40+ years. I suspect the kneepads aren't going to come off until I want them to.

    Onward.

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    Hmm, So, that's why one end of the stalk was bent up, which of course I carefully bent back down again.
    Admittedly, not one of the Vetter crews finest installation details... ..

    Of course, to do it right*, would have required the installer to totally disassemble the front end all the way down to the lower triple clamp and install an appropriate thickness spacer to compensate for the turnsignal bracket. An expensive proposition compared to Japanese motorcycles which simply required the turnsignals to be removed.

    I wish that I had noticed that in your "above" shot before you found out the hard way.

    * Vetter's Corporate Motto: "First To Do It Right"
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    Quote Originally Posted by lmo1131 View Post
    Admittedly, not one of the Vetter crews finest installation details... ..

    Of course, to do it right*, would have required the installer to totally disassemble the front end all the way down to the lower triple clamp and install an appropriate thickness spacer to compensate for the turnsignal bracket. An expensive proposition compared to Japanese motorcycles which simply required the turnsignals to be removed.

    I wish that I had noticed that in your "above" shot before you found out the hard way.

    * Vetter's Corporate Motto: "First To Do It Right"
    Hi Lew,

    Yeah, It was a DUHOOOOO!! moment when I saw that interference between the turn signal stalk and wiring bulkhead connector broke the repair I had made. I never checked to see if the turn signal stalks were going to hit the connector. Oh well, I found a new solution for repairing broken plastic parts.

    Best.
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    1973 R75/5 Rebuild, Coffee with Craig ...

    Folks,

    This is an unexpected bit of serendipity at the end of the project.
    http://brook.reams.me/2014/07/24/coffee-with-craig/

    Enjoy.

    Best.
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    He really is just a regular guy

    I met him in St Augustine Fl. at a Riding Into History Concourse event a couple years ago and he is just a regular guy who does amazing things. That Mr. Reams is very much in line with you sir. The Rebuild journal and all its content are simply amazing and very well done. A good many individuals can restore a motorcycle and do a great job but you have gone the extra mile and shared it with hundreds or possibly thousands of very interested readers, along the way you provided a guild and tips for all interested in them. Thank you and thank you so much for all the information and the adventure of Grover's restoration. I am sure Mr. Vetter was equally impressed with your work and may be left speechless after enjoying the Grover rebuild.

    Thank you for the adventure

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