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I had to go get this. I probably would have walked away if I hadn’t driven 4.5 hours to see it. I did talk it down to $500. The gas tank is pretty rusty inside and all 3 seat pads are shot. I’ll pull the carbs and clean out the tank and see what happens. At 30,000 miles if it starts it’ll get wheel bearing, brakes, tires, all that good stuff. My daughter said she wanted an older Rebel. I decided she needed a 450! I have all winter to work on it.
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Have fun & patience. Good to see someone cares about poor, neglected 450´s (y)
 
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1 cup of salt mixed well with 1 gallon of white vinegar makes a good rust remover.. you will have to rotate tank to get full coverage.. several layers of plastic wrap held in place with rubber band will seal tank petcock nipple..
don't expose tank cap to acid mixture..
may take several days to clean properly
after emptying vinegar, mix 1 cup of baking soda with 1 gallon of warm water.. add to tank, swirl around for 10-15 minutes neutralizing the acid.. Rinse well with clear water.. Dry using hair dryer to heat exterior of tank..

I recommend using Caswell 2 part epoxy gas tank sealant no matter how you clean the tank.. should you find tank has pin holes, use masking tape to cover the outside of hole and Caswell to coat inside..
Caswell isn't cheap but you will find it preforms better than any other tank sealer.
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Nice project bike! Good price too! RESPECT!
AND...Welcome to the forum!
You wouldn't happen to be my brother, would you? 😉 Same name, same ability to haggle the price down to a low amount!
 
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Welcome to the forum. Nice find, good price!
 

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1 cup of salt mixed well with 1 gallon of white vinegar makes a good rust remover.. you will have to rotate tank to get full coverage.. several layers of plastic wrap held in place with rubber band will seal tank petcock nipple..
don't expose tank cap to acid mixture..
may take several days to clean properly
after emptying vinegar, mix 1 cup of baking soda with 1 gallon of warm water.. add to tank, swirl around for 10-15 minutes neutralizing the acid.. Rinse well with clear water.. Dry using hair dryer to heat exterior of tank..

I recommend using Caswell 2 part epoxy gas tank sealant no matter how you clean the tank.. should you find tank has pin holes, use masking tape to cover the outside of hole and Caswell to coat inside..
Caswell isn't cheap but you will find it preforms better than any other tank sealer.
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Thanks for the heads up. I’ve been doing a lot of searching last night about this. Didn’t sleep much!
 
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