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    Hello from Louisville, KY

    Just picked up a 1990 with 641 miles on it. Tank has significant rust inside and I'm sure there will be a LOT of rubber bits to replace. But she was stored inside and looks great! Winter project...

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    641 miles, wow! Welcome to the site.
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      #3
      Originally Posted by Buzzzz View Post
      Just picked up a 1990 with 641 miles on it. Tank has significant rust inside and I'm sure there will be a LOT of rubber bits to replace. But she was stored inside and looks great! Winter project...
      You may be surprised. Replace the carb boots, brake lines, maybe tires depending on how you feel about tires and ride it. The rusty tank is a bigger bitch.
      Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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        #4
        Evaporust the tank for a couple of days, then keep it filled with gas and keep changing the filter.
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          #5
          Do Not Ride on 28 year old stock tires.

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            #6
            Thanks for all the replies. Just getting around to digging into this project. Petcock was fused into the tank. Removed the metal bits, but the plastic "filter" tore in half trying to remove. Will fish that piece out after the Evaporust. Key is stuck in the gas cap now. Lid opens, but the "ears" won't snap back into the locked position when you close the lid. Afraid the insides are corroded from the bad gas and years of fumes.
            Looking for a new battery cover (previous owner lost) and black tank rubbers that protect paint from the frame. As gummed up as the tank and petcock were, I'm afraid of what the carbs will look like. Rebuild kits are likely in order next.

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              #7
              Yup looks like that whole fuel system is hosed. Now might be a good time to replace the e-pump with a Mikuni and one of Wildwhl's pump mounts. Unless you are trying to keep it stock, in which case you're going to want to replace the lines. If the tank is just filled with bad, cruddy, jellied fuel that's no too bad. Rust scale is another story, because that could point to pinholes showing up later and leaking fuel everywhere.

              You might be able to get that lock cylinder working a bit better by cleaning it up and putting some dry graphite lube in it. If not, there are replacement ignition/fuel lids combo kits available. I have the same problem with one of my lids that needs replacing, try pushing down really hard on the lid with both your thumbs until you hear it lock. Then turn the key to get it out. It's going to feel like a rusty door hinge.
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                #8
                Remember, you can easily take the gas cap off and soak it in Evap-O-Rust, then flood WD-40 or TriFlow with teflon. But if you are going to lighten the bike, the stock cap is very heavy. Plenty of affordable aluminum replacement gas caps out there.

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                  #9
                  welcome. post some pics when you get the chance.
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