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Well I finally found a vintage BMW that I can work on and enjoy. I won this bike on Ebay and looks to be a very original BMW R27. Its all together, the engine in free and I cant wait to start working on the bike. I would like some opinions on where to start. I like the patina of the bike as is and don't want to do a total restore at this point. It would be cool to ride it in some vintage events like it is, except for new tires, oil etc. I had been a member of this club for a number of years and really enjoy the magazine and website. Now I can finally join in and see what I have been missing!

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Looks like a great project! Bummer about the headlight bucket. Since you want the bike to be a safe-to-ride 'rider', apart from the obvious engine servicing, you should service the front and rear swingarm bearings, wheel bearings, steering bearings, brakes. Beware - when you have those components apart, it will be very tempting to cosmetically address the stuff you take off!

But figure on a complete carb rebuild, new ignition coil, points/condenser, plug cap and wire, valve adjust, sump clean and inspection, trans/final drive/driveshaft oil change. New driveshaft boot too.

These can quickly become a money pit, and especially the singles, extract more money from you than they're worth, but they are really cool bikes to own and ride and most of us stop counting the money spent early on.

Good luck!

Dave

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Hey, that's for the tips.

Hey, that's for the tips. What you described is basically what I had in mind to do to this bike at first. Yeah, about the only thing damaged on it is the headlight shell and rim along with the headlight brackets. I will keep a lookout for any used ones for sale. Its tempting to start putting on new parts and cosmetically updating the bike but I will resist for now!

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Get yourself the Barrington book for the singles too. Best money you'll spend.

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why not panel beat the headlight

If for the moment you like the patina of the young lady - why not panel beat (or have someone else panel beat) the headlight shell and bracket. It doesn't look beyond repair from the photos and with a little love would stay in character with the rest of the bike.

By the way I think the bike looks great.

Mal

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Oh by the way

By the way I can envisage a time when un-restored bikes will be less common than restored bikes (we all like something shiny).

However supply and demand is alive and well as a concept and you can't make 50 years of aging appear in a genuine way, (well Levi jeans seem to achieve that goal and charge a premium price for the privilege). But I think you get my point.

Just a thought.

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I had that same thought of

I had that same thought of trying to straighten the headlight shell and keep it with the bike. If anyone knows a metalsmith in the U.S. that does that sort of thing please let me know. Also, I do have the Barrington book. What a great resource of information on these particular bikes. I have spoken to Chris at his shop and he is most helpful. I'm sure I will be using him for parts and service in the near future along with many others.

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Any autobody shop should be able to repair and paint the headlight shell

Tommy

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