Project Lowbucks ’78 YZ250: Paint, Plastic Restore and More
After a few truly miserable parts on our Project Lowbucks YZ 250, we were able to get into something more pleasant. You see, the bike chosen for our project was quite possibly the filthiest bike I’ve ever worked on in my life. Hours and hours were spent getting the various parts in paintable condition. Now, as we’re nearing the completion, we’re starting to see what the bike will finally look like.
We turned our attention to getting the nasty looking plastic appear much better. In fact, liberal use of Krylon Sun Yellow spray paint amazed us at times. The gas tank, as with most of the rest the bike, was pretty bad and took more than a little time to get prepped. The front fender was pretty much straightforward, but the rear fender was definitely not usable. There was a chunk out of the plastic that prevented its usage.
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Luckily, we were able to pick up a rear fender for $3, and with a little work on it we were able to make it fit. We were lucky in the saddle department in that the seat was in very good shape, all things considered. There was a very small tear in the forward part of the saddle, but you had to look to find it.
Still, when you think about it, the bike cost us a mere $125 when we picked it up and it was actually running. So far, we’ve put $3 in parts in the bike and another $12 in paint and parts cleaner. That, my friends, is getting a bike together and running for truly low bucks.