So in summary i would say i am looking at the following:
TO START MINIMUM:
- Carb rebuild
- Full Fluids change
- New Battery
Get bike running (poorly) then (after acetone tests and other tests):
- engine removed, followed by head removed
- locate good shop to have valve guide replaced/machined
- potential new valves as well
- get head back and replace all gaskets, potentially new seals
- move, or add rearsets where they are originally from factory
I think i could get on board with this as long as there aren't too many other unknown gremlins lying in wait. The original asking price will probably be scoffed at given the crowd here but it was $2,300. I have essentially gotten him down to $1,200 from there which is still above where i would ultimately like to be. However, if he did do what he claimed which was invest $4K in the build through a shop to custom build 5 years ago, the price is certainly more then fair from his perspective.
Now the call is. What haven't i thought about above? And, do i want to make the plunge?
obviously no one can make that decision for me, but since if i go through with this you will all probably get to know me daily on the engine section of the forum, i would definitely take the last minute opinions. Cheers guys. If nothing else this has been an enlightening conversation and i appreciate all of the input.