1973 BMW R75/5 Rebuild: Some Refinishing Information

I’ve had several questions and Email about how I refinish the rough aluminum casting on the engine, transmission and rear drive and also some questions on how I got the carburetors to look shiny and new again.

NOTE: Refinishing is not rebuilding. Refinishing is restoring the surface of parts to “like new” condition. You are removing crud, stains, grime, dirt, grease, bugs, corrosion, tar, mud and old gasket sealer that have frequently been baked on for 10, 20, 30 or more years. It takes PATIENCE. It is applied Zen Smile

So, I put this together to illustrate some of the techniques I use on this project:

And, some After pics from the write-up:

Polished Hubcaps

Polished Hubcaps

New Rubber, New Spokes & Polished Wheels

New Rubber, New Spokes & Polished Wheels

Polished Engine

Refinished Engine Case and Timing Cover

Refinished Left Side

Refinished Transmission

Cleaned and Polished, Outside View

Cleaned and Polished, Outside View

Powder Coated Right Control Perch with Polished Lever

Powder Coated Right Control Perch with Polished Lever

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