After driving more than an hour up to check out the old Panhead in the barn I found out the seller had already cleaned and shined the bike before we go there. So it didn’t look so much like a barn find as I had expected.
I also found out the seller had plugged a battery charger to the battery that had not been charged in years. I added some oil (as the tank was nearly empty) and left the 12 volt charger on the bike.
We did manage to fire it off with the 3 or 4 year old gas in the tanks – which frankly surprised me. I wonder why the seller took the time to clean the bike but not drain the stale gas out of the tanks?
After bringing it back to our storage are I shot some WD-40 on all the rusty parts and areas to soak in. Tomorrow I’d check and fill the old battery’s cells and try to charge them, at least until we can get a new 12-volt battery to replace this old one. We need to drain out the old gas and oil and add fresh. Then I suspect we could get this bike running and back on the road pretty easily.