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Posted: 8/22/2017 3:37:00 PM EST
A buddy of mine recently "gave" me an 87 Honda rebel... well sold it to me for dirt cheap.

Spent some time getting tires, rebuilding the carb, new battery, etc., and now it runs like a top!

Time to move onto the cosmetic issues....

I've got some "crud", pitting, whatever you call it on the crank case.

Short of swapping it out for another one, what can I do to clean up this funk?

A quick pic.....
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Link Posted: 8/22/2017 3:44:30 PM EST
A lot of polishing.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 3:55:06 PM EST
Sandblast the whole thing and paint it
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 3:56:42 PM EST
I would just ride it until the scars are hidden by road grime.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 3:58:06 PM EST
dremel tool

Or we have a member here who restores bikes like that, he uses nos parts and makes them beautiful
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 3:58:37 PM EST
Sandblast or wire wheel, then paint.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 3:59:30 PM EST
Paint it with some ospho and brush it off.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 4:09:40 PM EST

Simple Green and a Scotch brite pad.

Then shoot it with this.

Link Posted: 8/22/2017 4:14:51 PM EST
try some steel wool in an inconspicuous area. It does wonders on chrome.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 4:26:53 PM EST
Do not use steel wool on aluminum- it will leave microscopic bits which will rust.

Cases can be taken off and "Bead" blasted ( or other media, but not sand), then polished. A LOT of work.

In place of polishing, there are a lot of paint coatings which will look really good (My BMW GS has painted engine from the factory).

Lots of work no matter how you go- save it for winter!

Link Posted: 8/22/2017 4:34:27 PM EST
I would probably start with 800 grit paper, work to 1400-1600 (wet sanding)  before I brought out the aggressive polishing pastes.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 7:45:38 PM EST
Olympic Cerakote could do a GREAT job on that by the 6th try in 2019
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 7:47:15 PM EST
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Or we have a member here who restores bikes like that, he uses nos parts and makes them beautiful
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This, I don't know his name off the top of my head, but contact the member here who makes old bikes like that look like new!
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