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The frame looks good.

What vehicle is the green shell in the background?
It's a 1973 M718A1 1/4 ton military ambulance, it's on the rotisserie, I restore military jeeps, another bad habit I have, lol, I just finished this one not long ago, it's a M151A2 with aftermarket body. I like the Vietnam 1/4 tons with independent suspension all the way around, but I own several types.
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Thanks guys, never thought I would score so quick, also have a nice set of fork tubes on the way, should have enough to get one going for sure.
 

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Yes the blue set is usable as is, but considering hambone is a top notch military vehicle restorer, I’m sure he’s gonna paint them.
Will get you the forks and remaining parts out this weekend.
 

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Thanks again Spiz, Yes I am going back with original color, but with the price of candy yellow, I going to experiment with removing the paint from the DupliColor Metalcast yellow can and spraying it thru my gun. From what I have seen, it's not bad off, ordered some tank decals and some knockoff side covers, I hope they are good quality. Still have to do a little research on the wiring harness, sure would be nice to buy a $60 new one, not doing a museum resto, just want it to look nice. May buy a few nuts and bolts along the way but nothing major, the bill adds up quick.:oops:
 

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Hi guys, I just picked up a 1971 SL70 in Aquarius blue. The rear fender was missing and I was able to obtain a yellow replacement. The tank is in ok shape, but could use paint. The front fender and now the rear fender will need paint. I'm not a perfectionist, but I like to get close. I know Marble motors sell the correct paint, but has anyone tried another color. I'm thinking VHT Ford Light Blue SP134 or possibly Rustoleum Safety Blue. Any thoughts would be appreciated. PS. I have 2K Spray Max to Clear coat for durability as needed.
 

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I started with a 1971 SL70 rusty roller I purchased for $100 that someone had ridden into a tree bending the frame at the neck.
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I put a 140 engine on it and 14 inch knobbies front and back. The front end was always in the air and it was quite dangerous like this.
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To make the death trap more manageable I put in a 1997 Kawasaki KX80 rear suspension and rear brake. I also put longer shocks up front.
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Since SL70 parts cost a fortune and this was going to be something I ride I decided to go with a crf body.
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I rode it 70 miles on the Hatfield-McCoy trails in West Virginia. It is a lot of fun!
 

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I started with a 1971 SL70 rusty roller I purchased for $100 that someone had ridden into a tree bending the frame at the neck.

I put a 140 engine on it and 14 inch knobbies front and back. The front end was always in the air and it was quite dangerous like this.

To make the death trap more manageable I put in a 1997 Kawasaki KX80 rear suspension and rear brake. I also put longer shocks up front.

Since SL70 parts cost a fortune and this was going to be something I ride I decided to go with a crf body.

I rode it 70 miles on the Hatfield-McCoy trails in West Virginia. It is a lot of fun!
Awesome project! It turned into a very cool bike.
 

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Got a little work done, new rings, gaskets and seals, painted engine covers and cylinder, going back with all original bolts and nuts, a lot of polishing.
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Got it back on the wheels, need to order a few parts, hope to have my tank and fenders painted after the first of the year, it's getting closer.:)
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Nice looking bike! Below is a project I just started digging into after getting frustrated about 5 years ago after not being able to get it to run and having no good space to work on it. This was my first bike at 8 years old and I'm now 50. After 30+ years of not running, I'm happy to say that after a new top end, it will start first kick. Just starting the full tear down today. My goal is not a show bike, but to take it down and clean up and paint everything to give it a full refresh. I need to rebuild the carb, get a few new parts, but overall it is in decent shape...just 49 years old.

I do have one main item I need, so here is a shout out to my fellow SL70 owners. Growing up, my older brother had a same color scheme SL175 (still in the family as well as the matching SL100 and SL350) and we had a crazy crash that put the almost exact dent in both bikes. I lost my brother 20 years ago to cancer, so the dent will stay. The tank was not put away well, so it is probably going to end up as wall art in my pole barn. Anyone have a 71 tank that is in decent shape they would sell?

Also, anyone find a decent option to add an aftermarket spedo to an SL70?

Thanks!
JJ

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