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tuckerberg

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Hey y’all,
New to the forum and thought I would share my 85’ big red project with you. A friend of mine gifted me the machine and by the picture you can see why! Many thought it was a lost cause and too far gone but I look at 3 wheelers as an endangered species. I had to bring it back from the dead.

She (my friend) told me it had been sitting in her uncles field since 2001 from what she knew.... maybe longer. He stoppped riding it because he couldn’t get it out of gear, and he turned it off and since the big reds don’t start in gear, left it sit. I live in northern MN and when something sits outside for an extended period of time it’s usu not a good thing.

We drug it out of the wood S and to my garage and the adventure began.
The fenders, seat and tires are all shot. Although the seat pan is plastic so I was able to recover that. It has a plastic tank so I didn’t have to deal with a rusted fuel cell so that’s good. The carb was so gummed it was incredible. I believe the airbox has been home to generations of mice. Almost everything is rusted that can rust on it too.

I decided to start by figuring out why it wouldn’t get into neutral. I took of the left side cover and sure enough the shifter arm (not entirely sure the tech term) had broken. It was a quick easy fix for me at the shop. Put it back together and sure enough got it into neutral. Fresh carb rebuild and some DIY CDI swap and I got it running! Now the fun part.......

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tosaw

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Love it, looking forward to seeing this ones return from the dead.
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tuckerberg

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Been working pretty diligently on the tear down. 90% disassembled and no real hiccups or surprises.

20 years of sitting is sure making cleaning the engine a pain in the a$$. Used some GUNK brand engine cleaner to try and cut the crud... it worked o.k. I’d say, gonna have to just take after it with scotch Brite or steel wool.

Most of the bearings are in decent shape, I’ll replace the front wheel bearings.

No real bad dents or rust holes in the frame. I have access to a cabinet media blaster at work so I’ll know more when I get it sanded down.

As for the fenders.....
my plan is to make my own. The shop I work at is CNC machine and Fabrication so the idea is to draw them up on a CAD progran, laser cut, then bend on the press brake. I will most likely be doing a fairly in depth documentation of that process when I get to it.

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bigredmark

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The metal fender project sounds awesome. I am looking forward to seeing some posts on this. Thanks for sharing.
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Big Red Jason

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Just saw this for sale. Check out fenders. Big Red Steel Fenders.png 
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VilliageI-Idiot

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Be nice if you have access to a bead roller to roll those edges.  I can see stitches in somebody's future with a bare edge.  
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Big Red Jason

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chainsawman

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looks like the one I got from Kentucky, i'd just go with a new plastic kit from maier and save all the hassle, they don't cost all that much and what you saved on the machine will pay for it, shop around and some have just about everything for 400. i'd go with a steel tank, the plastics leak and you can never put a decal kit on it, just double line it with por15 tank liner and you will never have another problem with a steel. believe me all this good stuff extra is worth it! get new everything! ebay is your getting place and shop good! somebody has it cheaper! and it dosent matter if it a Chinese knock off, its the same thing! don't buy real used! they just jack up the price on used junk! and also trx250 and 300 a lot of stuff interchanges and sells for less just because they sold/marketed it as that! they jack the price on atc250es stuff because its "collectable"
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tuckerberg

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Slowly making progress on Andre
Got everything bead blasted and sanded and painted. I used rustolium high heat paint for everything and it looks great. I have done some rattle canning in the past with some mixed results. This stuff seems pretty awesome. Maybe it’s because I took my time prepping it this time.....

I also picked up some 250sx front forks off eBay for a pretty good price. The original forks were pretty rough... I have the stem and one good fork if anyone would be interested in them. Let me know. Cheap :)

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honda4x4nut

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Any new progress I would love to see it
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That choice of silver looks great, is that also the high temp?
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