Originally Posted by oregoncoast
I'm with you. Get it running, and ride the piss out of it!!
So many people want to restore old bikes to pristine condition...then they can't bring themselves to ride them as they were intended because they have too much "invested" and they look too pretty. I commend you for wanting to build a runner but still with an eye to making it look good.
- get it running,
- get it technical in a good working order,
- don't trust any statements from pre owner or any advices which is OK or not OK by just looking to a picture,
As already mentioned when I was in the same position like you I thaught just some paint here and there , some small things, ...
But I was wrong - sadly - it did not bother me a lot beside of that I might have paid just some €€€ or $$$ to much for the bike, but that amount was nothing to the cost of the rebuild in technucal manner. The Bultaco that is now working fine I hope is 13 years younger then yours, haven't been used for around 15 - 20 years, (stood in the garage) and only 1.150 km where ridden with the bike at all, the bike still had first tires, -first plug, ... nothing was missing!!
Here the replaced techn. parts for engine: