Working on a Benelli 500 QUATTRO
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Two months ago and after some back and forth, I acquired a silver benelli 500 quattro with 5000ish original miles. After getting the bike, I connected a new lithium battery and she started like a champ but once you disconnect the choke it didn't run well at all. I figure the issue is probably in corroded / dirty carburetors.
I am currently painting the tank and side covers and they are looking very nice.
Most of the chrome is in good condition and what is rusted has already been sent to have it chromed. Rims are a bit rusted and I removed most of it. I will decide later if I want to disassemble or not.
The engine is clean but I want to pull it out of the frame to have it cleaned. I need to paint the black area just below the valve cover. Removing the engine scares me a bit so I am looking and looking before doing that task.
The pipes are pretty rusted. Can pipes be repaired? There are some large holes. I have a good chromer but not sure if this pipes can be repaired. I found a supplier in Germany that has imitation pipes for about a grand but I really really want to salvage this pipes. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Lastly, does anyone know what a fully restored 500 Quattro is worth? I have checked for a couple of months and found none for sale. Most for sale are SEIs and the 650 but no 500's, any idea why?
Enough questions for tonight.