got things back on track today by pulling the engine, removing the wheels, swingarm, and shocks. total work time, a couple of hours and i must admit pulling the engine turned out to be easier that i expected (but as heavy as i imagined). also drilled the bottom tree for the headlight, and removed the brake rotors from the wheels.
next steps - sandblasting the tank, powder coat the wheels and get the 1200 engine kit. also, still waiting on the frame from elswick cycles and when that arrives its frame chop time!
actually looks pretty good
my, you are a heavy bastard