1. Husqvarna Motorcycles Made In Sweden - About 1988 and older

72 450 WR Tank Restoration

Discussion in 'Vintage Restoration Projects' started by Altos75, Aug 24, 2016.

  1. Altos75 Husqvarna
    B Class

    Location:
    Milwaukee
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1972 Husqvarna WR 450
    Other Motorcycles:
    1966 Norton Dominator, 1969 Moto Guz
    Finally got around to repainting the gas tank on my WR last weekend. Now on to reassembling the bike. image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg
    Husky cr, DPete and visiteur1948 like this.
  2. 84scrambler Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    mid Florida
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    87 xc 250, 85 wrx 250, 79 wr 250
    Looking good, I see you had your helper with you. Now if you could only teach him to wet sand... lol
  3. Altos75 Husqvarna
    B Class

    Location:
    Milwaukee
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1972 Husqvarna WR 450
    Other Motorcycles:
    1966 Norton Dominator, 1969 Moto Guz
    Unless it involves chewing up things or making a mess of the lawn he isn't much help.
  4. 84scrambler Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    mid Florida
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    87 xc 250, 85 wrx 250, 79 wr 250
    lol, some times there worse than kids... Keep us posted with some pics as you reassemble the bike. Its kinda like a motivation thing.
  5. Altos75 Husqvarna
    B Class

    Location:
    Milwaukee
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1972 Husqvarna WR 450
    Other Motorcycles:
    1966 Norton Dominator, 1969 Moto Guz
    Will do, I'm hoping to get to it this weekend. Here's a few pics of my pile of parts. image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg
    Michel Dufayard likes this.
  6. Altos75 Husqvarna
    B Class

    Location:
    Milwaukee
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1972 Husqvarna WR 450
    Other Motorcycles:
    1966 Norton Dominator, 1969 Moto Guz
  7. Altos75 Husqvarna
    B Class

    Location:
    Milwaukee
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1972 Husqvarna WR 450
    Other Motorcycles:
    1966 Norton Dominator, 1969 Moto Guz
  8. Altos75 Husqvarna
    B Class

    Location:
    Milwaukee
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1972 Husqvarna WR 450
    Other Motorcycles:
    1966 Norton Dominator, 1969 Moto Guz
  9. 84scrambler Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    mid Florida
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    87 xc 250, 85 wrx 250, 79 wr 250
    Very nice work, That thing is gonna be sweet.
  10. Crashaholic Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    Antelope Valley, CA.
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    73 450 DM; 72 450WR; Others
    Wonderful job on the tank. I also like your refurbish job on the rear inner fender. Being handy at tig welding certainly has its perks. It looks like some material has been removed from the cylinder skirt next to the transfer ports, that's a big plus for improving volume. Have you considered taking it a step further and cleaning up the entry to the transfer ports? Check out the photo.

    Also, Husky came out with a service bulletin describing what porting mods to do to improve the 450's performance. Check out the attached PDF.

    Can't wait to see the finished product and get feedback on your first ride.
    DSCN7734.JPG

    Attached Files:

  11. Bigbill Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    '83 250wr
    Other Motorcycles:
    0 right now
    Excellent work on the ports, crash. The performance upgrade is free when we port n polish. The tank looks too good for the woods.
  12. jimspac Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    Connecticut
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    82 250WR, 82 430WR, 84 250WR, 85 400
    Other Motorcycles:
    86 400WR, 82 Montesa Cota 349
    That is why I would put a Clarke tank on a rider. I could keep a durable finish like Deltron on a tank but that will not protect from dents
  13. Altos75 Husqvarna
    B Class

    Location:
    Milwaukee
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1972 Husqvarna WR 450
    Other Motorcycles:
    1966 Norton Dominator, 1969 Moto Guz
    More progress IMG_5064.JPG IMG_5010.JPG IMG_5064.JPG IMG_5010.JPG IMG_5177.JPG
  14. Altos75 Husqvarna
    B Class

    Location:
    Milwaukee
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1972 Husqvarna WR 450
    Other Motorcycles:
    1966 Norton Dominator, 1969 Moto Guz
  15. oldbikedude Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    Honey Brook Pa.
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1988 wr 430 with cr suspension
    Other Motorcycles:
    66flh,67 CA77,76 CR125M,73H1,74ty250
    Great job on the restoration. Nice pics. Real nice metal skills & the finishes look great. Gonna be a beauty.
  16. Crashaholic Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    Antelope Valley, CA.
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    73 450 DM; 72 450WR; Others
    Looks like its coming along great. With the wheels already built you don't have to much further to go.

    Have you decided what kind of shocks you'll be using to complement the Race Tech fork upgrade?

    What ignition did you go with?
  17. suprize Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    Bendigo, Australia
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    WR 400, bike in a box Moto Villa 350
    Other Motorcycles:
    ktm 300
    where do you find an assistant like that?? mine would set fire to it...
    Husky cr, Crashaholic and justintendo like this.
  18. oldbikedude Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    Honey Brook Pa.
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1988 wr 430 with cr suspension
    Other Motorcycles:
    66flh,67 CA77,76 CR125M,73H1,74ty250
    Not sure if that sway bar is gonna fit the bike
  19. Altos75 Husqvarna
    B Class

    Location:
    Milwaukee
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1972 Husqvarna WR 450
    Other Motorcycles:
    1966 Norton Dominator, 1969 Moto Guz
    Thank you for kind words!
  20. Altos75 Husqvarna
    B Class

    Location:
    Milwaukee
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1972 Husqvarna WR 450
    Other Motorcycles:
    1966 Norton Dominator, 1969 Moto Guz
    Thanks Crashaholic, I have an old pair of Works shocks which I liberated from my Norton build but I'm still on the hunt for a set of period racing shocks. As for the ignition I installed a Penton Dynamo (AC) which I purchased from John LaFeve. I plan on running a 200mm Hella light and unfortunately the standard 6V 30watt output wouldn't wouldn't cut it.