I bought this 500 back in 2003. It was truly a barn find with just 600 miles on it but it had sat uncovered with gas in the tank since 1987 (according to the original owner). Even though it was low mileage, the years of sitting and being uncovered took its toll on it. It took me 2 years to go through it and put it back to showroom condition. Doing this back then wasn't a problem as many needed parts were still available which included a new gas tank. The odometer now reads 7445 miles, but most of that was put on right after the restoration. Since then, this bike has mainly sat in storage in my heated basement. A few years back, I noticed that the clutch slave cylinder started leaking hydraulic clutch fluid which must have been festering undetected for years as it took the paint right off the left crankcase cover as well as the bottom of the Lockhart full fairings. I decided that this winter would be a good time to just go through it again and put it back to how I had it just following the restoration. The almost 7K miles put on it since then also created other (normal) issues, with road / stone / chip damage, dirt and wear & tear, that I also wanted to get cleaned up. First thing on my list was to fix the damage from the hydraulic fluid leak. The crankcase cover on the left shows the damage that was done from the leading fluid. Before paying to have this cover repainted, I got on eBay to see about finding a used replacement and I got very lucky. The one on the right is in EC and is a 9 out of 10 cosmetically. I just had to touch up a couple of spots and it looks nearly new now. As the hydraulic fluid was leaking over the years, it would drip off the crankcase cover and collect in the bottom of the Lockhart full fairing. You can see how it made its way out of the drain hole and spread its way across the bottom of the fairing eating the paint right off it. The fairing is now out getting repaired and repainted. I had it out this past summer and the pilot jets were plugged. Typical scenario where it would only run with the choke on. The carbs were totally rebuilt back in 2003 so I decided to have them done again. The shop I work with initially had trouble finding a rebuild kit, but finally acquired one out of CA. I took the carbs off for them and had a heck of a time as the boots were rock solid. Knowing that they would never go back on, I found a new set of boots online. The boots for the '84 / '85 are easy to find and inexpensive, but the '86 boots are not so easy. It took me a week to find a new set and cost me $100. Another thing on my list was to replace the left rear cowl decal. These decals are typically destroyed by the seat latches when trying the put the seat back on when it isn't aligned. I had replaced both of these decals back in 2003, but this one got damaged again a couple years later. I had been looking for that decal since this past summer and it is now pretty much unobtainable. I searched online and found a company that makes and sells the complete set of decals for the '86. I bought the kit and they made me extra decals for the rear and lower cowls for just a few dollars more. In this picture, I had just applied the new decal and am pulling the tape off of it. This company did a great job as the cut matches the other side and the color is spot on. https://cbdecals.afegraphics.com/view_product.php?adminshopping=&product=86vf500f-FullKit-CB00787 Here are a bunch of misc parts and the chassis. I am hand cleaning literally everything right down to the nut and bolt. There is a little bit of touch up paint here and there, but not too terribly bad. Normal maintenance items such as spark plugs, coolant, oil, air / oil filters, hydraulic fluids, chain and sprockets are also being done. The tires are due to be replaced and the rims are out being powder coated white, which are the original OEM rims that haven't been on this bike since 2003. So that is where things currently are at the moment. I will update this thread as things start to come back together.