1st Restoration of H2C
Post Date: Jan 25th, 2006
Shortly after the start of the NAKTC in
Summer of 1997, I just couldn't resist purchasing another 1975 H2C. The
bike still had the original bodywork but faded as expected. Because it
had only 6,000 miles, and it was a rare H2C, I took my chance from an
unseen sight. The bike came from state of Maine, which translated to
another $550 of transporting fee from Federal Companies. It's
almost 8 years to the write up of this story so I don't really
remember exactly how much did I pay for the bike.
It was a fairly straight forward project
without major hurdles. Getting the paint right wasn't a piece of cake
by all means -- took several trials with the painter until he was
about to toss me out of his shop. I had 2 sets made -- 1 set was a bit
darker with painted graphics and the second set was closer and
decals. Before the vinyl decals, I tried the water transfer decals but
without success. The water transfer decals wrinkled easily and was
tearing away. You really must know what you are doing if you
plan on using the water transfer type on your restoration project.
While the bodywork was sent out for
painting, tons of hours was poured into detailing and some touchups on
the bike. Everyday after work and weekends, I would hit the
basement and labored away. I really enjoyed seeing the results
after the work throughout the restoration process.
When the bodywork was ready and mounted
on the bike, it was like seeing a birth of your child. I didn't
really do anything to the motor, just hooked up the carbs and lines,
check the oils and brakes, then fire it away. I always started with 1
to 3 kicks.
After - Darker bodywork and painted graphics
Another interesting view
The pictures below show the conversion
a more stock look. I still have the darker bodywork, the Wirges pipes,
and the sporty seat which I am using on another H2C (this is a
different restoration project).