Anyhow, after my move, settling in, summer of reworking a home yada yada.
My only real accomplishment this year was getting a title re--issued for the bike. It was a pain, lots of phone calls, and even 1 wrong issued title by the state that had to be corrected. So I now have a wisconsin bonded and titled 1959 BMW R69
I had a long wait for the Barrington updated restoration manual as well but got that in the spring.
There's a restoration company in Elkhorn WI which is near enough to me to give them a try. The more I looked into this project I decided that having a professional look into the motor/bike etc is the most prudent route.
I don't need a beauty queen, I just want a streetable bike(for now).
The cylinders are making compression but it's low, around 70 on both. Now it could be that oil isn't being pushed up as needed.
The most surprising thing is this old girl still made spark.
So my current plan is letting a pro handle the motor, i'll handle the chassis parts.
Wish me luck on this endeavor.
Mostly thanks to a great group of guys I met via facebook that are 2 hour or so south of me.
Everything has been cleaned, disassembled, reworked.
Cylinders reworked for new pistons.
New ikon dampeners front and rear.
New stainless exhaust
New Heidenau k34 tires, tubes.
Center stand fixed
trans and shaft drive resealed
New handlebars went more stock vs the tall US that was on there.
New led headlight and tail light inserts from Vech
brakes relined, hubcaps cleaned and painted.
New stainless steel spokes
Hope to have a rolling chassis by late January. With any luck, i'll be riding her next summer.
Frame and luggage rack out for powder coating.
Still trying to find a painter that's reasonable. It's insane how much they want for 2 fenders and a gas tank.
Unfortunately for those that remember this was my Uncles bike that he bought in Germany and brought back during his army days passed a few weeks ago. I was hoping for a photo op with him and the restored bike.
I'm deep into this project but so far I'm staying under budget.
Everything else looks like you made some very good progress!!!
Long Island, New York
The tank is the piece that is most critical, and for that you may want to evaluate several examples of your painter's work before you entrust it to him/her.
If you plan to take the bike to Quail Lodge, pretend you never saw this message. My point is that you don't have to pay thousands for a paint job if you are not building a show bike. You could even do it yourself if you are brave.