Pope "papa" of the VTXOA
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: St Charles, IL.
Yep, those are the risks of buying a "Barn find" type vehicle. You gotta go into it thinking;
It's going to need;
All fluids changed like fuel, engine oil, brake, clutch, suspension, coolant, etc...
Check for mice damage in wiring, seat, airbox, exhaust
So you work that into the price as things you are going to have to do to make it road worthy. There's no way I'm buying that and riding it home. It's going to be trailered until new tires get put on it. Seals will be fine. Oil doesn't collect acid, acid comes as a byproduct of combustion so as long as it hasn't been running, there should be no acid. Do not try to start it with that old fuel in the tank. Drain out that crap and see what comes out. Tank may need cleaning, it may not.
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