Motoracer13, he flushed the brake lines and put new fluid in--brakes are excellent now! He told me the old fluid was basically rusty water. I haven't found any beautiful and tolerance-inspiring rainbow stickers yet, but I did find this beautiful sticker addition:
I bought that old 99 300 EXC from a guy in Topeka for $1,500 several years ago. It was in terrible shape, but everything worked and it ran pretty good. It would rip your arms out of the sockets without hesitation! I enjoyed a couple of seasons on it before it started running crappy. I figured a carb cleaning would resolve that. However, the front forks were leaking, the grips were trashed, and lots of other things needed attention.
Before I knew it, that bike sat for almost 4 years! It was probably more like 2 years ago that savage offered to fix it up for me and I basically blew him off. (stupid!
A few weekends ago I was cleaning out my garage, and was tired of working around that big piece of junk. What kept me from selling it for whatever I could get was the memories of huge grins when twisting the throttle on that big 2-stroke!
Here on RideForum, we've seen savage flip several old bikes. His attention to detail shines through on each one. Whenever we get to ride together, I note his bikes always look about show ready despite the hours and abuse. So I say to myself, "Troy, you know Quinton will do a great job on this 300, and what have you got to lose?! It's been sitting here useless for years!" So I asked and he said "yes".
I basically told him "carb needs cleaning and the forks are leaking, and it probably needs some love in other areas, too". He got way more than he bargained for! Honestly, I did not realize so much was jacked up on it. The front brake worked when I loaded the bike in my truck but was completely gone when I unloaded it at Quinton's house. Within a couple days, Quinton told me he was basically shocked at how bad the condition of this bike was!
Long story short, he unveiled it to me at Luc's gathering, and I almost didn't recognize the bike! It runs perfect and much better than it did before. I love the tweaks he did to the power with the spring change, etc. I am looking forward to getting on some trails if it EVER DRIES OUT! Over 13" at my house the last few weeks.
My brother, Matt, and I plan to ride Chadwick this weekend (Oct 19-21).