Two years ago, February 2013, I bought a Seca II from a kid at the Air-Force Academy. He had cut it up and dismantled it. I gave him way more than it was worth and hauled it home in the back of my Ford Escape. I laid the parts out on the driveway and took note of what I had. The engine looked alright; had some dents in the crank plug and some rash on the fins. The carbs looked alright; had some damage to a couple of the slides. Most everything else was cut or ground in some fashion. I think Mister PO thought he'd build a fighter with it. Too bad he didn't possess the skillset to follow-through. I planed to turn it into a faired touring bike. To do some updating. Fit a newer fairing and tail, install a 17" rear wheel, fit a more modern front fork, etc, etc. I made it far down this path and ended up here: A Seca II with an FZ6 front, FZ1 rear and custom tank. You can read more about this foray of insanity, here: http://www.xjrider.com/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=3040 I had hoped to ride this bike out to the Seca II Rally in Arkansas in May of 2013 but as the deadline for the rally quickly approached, decided it wasn't going to happen and took my other Seca II to the rally. I parked this one in the garage and left it there. The bike sat in the garage for two years, waiting sadly for me to return. I had trouble finding the motivation. Given that I also own a fully faired Seca II, I couldn't see how I would use the bike. Too much overlap. Well, in April 2015, I was sick to tears of looking at the bike, sitting in the garage, and decided to do something different with it. Given the amount of dirt here in Colorado, I wanted a scrambler. Having owned many XJ's and having restored them, I had a mess of spare parts. This one would be a Parts-bin Scrambler. I began the project by cutting off the rear tail that I'd built two years prior. A new tail was built to suit the idea and support a rear fender and light. The fender came courtesy of an XS400 and the light, well, Wal-mart: Little by little, the design came together and finally, I had a workable design: Parts were reconditioned and I slowly became more and more disgruntled with the previous owner. The height of that disgruntlement came when I discovered that he'd damaged the starter gears, likely when he flooded it with his modified petcock. I split the cases and went through the engine, replacing the gears, the seals and the gaskets. I cleaned the cylinders and went through the top-end. When done, the engine began to look the part: It was the same story with the carbs. Damage at every turn. I replaced all four of the diaphragms, rejetted it for altitude and fully reconditioned the carb set. I continued to recondition parts and went through every aspect of the bike. After years of sitting on the garage, the bike was finally back together. Finally, on June 15th, with lack of fanfare, the bike fired to life and ran for the first time since 2012. With the bike running, I turned my attention to cosmetics. I painted the fenders and tank using Spraymax products: And tuned the carbs using a monometer and Wideband O2 sensor: Finally, this past weekend, I was able to get out and put some miles on the bike. 120 or so later, she's running well and feels like an older bike than she is. When I got home, I sat in he garage with her and we shared a short glass of Jack Daniel's No 7. A tradition I share with all the bikes I bring back to the road. There is still much work to do. I am working on fabricating side-covers from ABS plastic and designing some brackets for the sides of the rear rack that will be cut from aluminum to mirror the headlamp brackets. If you want to read the entire story, you can find it here: http://www.xjrider.com/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=6900 Thought you guys would enjoy seeing a bike put back on the road, even if it weren't a first-gen Seca. More to come on the progress of this one, someday soon. Stay tuned.