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Motorcycle Stuff => Honda SOHC4's => Topic started by: smack doogle on April 27, 2008, 09:35:41 AM



Title: My rat bike/cafe/what ever it turns into "rebuild" (will need assistance)
Post by: smack doogle on April 27, 2008, 09:35:41 AM
Gentleman,  I introduced myself a few days ago and after reading through everything on here and SOHC4.net everyone seems like good people.  I really enjoy reading about peoples build ups and such.  So I thought I would show you all what I have going on here.  I picked this bike up this past christmas for $40.  PO said he had it for a few years with the intention of rebuilding but he never got around to it so it sat in his garage.  He said the PO before him hadn't had it start in about 5 years.  So rouphly 10 years of sitting without any attention.  When I picked it up the kickstart was froze and I noticed the oil filter was a twist on (strange?)  Well, I got it home and within a week the bike was stripped down to bare frame.  Now, I'm a 28 year old sailor.  This is my first ever rebuild of anything.  I am not rebuilding this bike to be prisitne or perfect.  I want it to look nice but I also want to do this rebuild on the cheap so powdercoating, chrome, big boring, etc. etc is out.  I'd like it to look similar to one of carpy's bikes (picture below) but with a raw "I did this bike with sand paper and spray cans for $5" look.  This bike will hopefully be the bike I can ride around and not feel bad about getting stuck in the rain.  This bike will also be the bike to teach my wife and kids how to ride someday.  I currently have the frame sanded down to bare metal and getting ready to prime it and go with Honda Red (all rattle can with patience and care).  The rims will be sanded(or blasted depending on how stubborn the chrome is) and painted flat black with some Duplicolor wheel paint (heard good things about it).  The spokes will probably have to be bought new.  Some are bent and almost all are pitted and rusty.  My engine is confusing.  I have it tore down and haven't measured anything but the oil filter is somehow secured to the lower by ways unknown.  It isn't screwed on (if it is it is on there with the strength of god)  I've tried the old, screw driver in it and twist method, but no go.  I'm thinking of just finding a running engine and throw it in for the time being and when it needs a rebuild then rebuild as opposed to spending loads and lossing hair over what I have now.  I have the carbs seperated (in nice organized baggies labeled by carb number) The PO threw in carb rebuild kits for the carbs so some day soon I'll let them sit in some simple green and give them a good cleaning and tear down.  The electrics?  who knows.  The whole harness is there but I haven't tested anything.  Anyway, I have my work cut out for me so if anyone is bored and likes NewCastle or Amber Bock I would love some knowledge and company to help point me in the right direction.  (I live on Hanscom AFB).  I can give special tour of the Constitution if needs be ;D 
Anyway, here's the pics all in order.  The last is one of Carpy's bikes, http://www.cb750cafe.com/ that is what someday mine will show resemblance to.


Title: Re: My rat bike/cafe/what ever it turns into "rebuild" (will need assistance)
Post by: smack doogle on April 27, 2008, 09:46:42 AM
More pics to come.


Title: Re: My rat bike/cafe/what ever it turns into "rebuild" (will need assistance)
Post by: S-Dog on April 27, 2008, 04:26:37 PM
Looks like a good bike to start with...  I like the tail light.


Title: Re: My rat bike/cafe/what ever it turns into "rebuild" (will need assistance)
Post by: andy750 on April 27, 2008, 10:22:23 PM
Looks like you have your work cut out for you. Just one thing to keep in mind - its not cheap getting a bike running. Unless you have a cheap exhaust to put on it, you`ll need to find one, new seals here and there, new cables, carb rubbers, air filter etc etc...all adds up. Good luck with it as its worth it in the end.

cheers
Andy


Title: Re: My rat bike/cafe/what ever it turns into "rebuild" (will need assistance)
Post by: smack doogle on April 28, 2008, 06:50:51 AM
I know it wont be cheap.  $10 here, $20 there...it all adds up.  I'll be shopping around to minimize the cost.  The biggist hurdle will be the engine and the electronics.  It'll be fun.  Right now first thing is first.  I need to get a rolling chassis.  I should be able to blast the rims this week along with the fenders and headlight ears.  Frame hopefully will be painted next week.  Getting that together will motivate me to keep the project rolling.  Right now with all the shining and cleaning it's hard to focus on the end product.  Just seems like a lot of tedious work.


Title: Re: My rat bike/cafe/what ever it turns into "rebuild" (will need assistance)
Post by: azure on April 28, 2008, 07:00:18 AM
Hi Jack,

Getting it to run in some fashion was my initial priority when I started. I figured if I could get to that point, then I would be motivated to go further.

All best for a successful launch,
Ben


Title: Re: My rat bike/cafe/what ever it turns into "rebuild" (will need assistance)
Post by: gene03079 on April 28, 2008, 05:39:43 PM
I like your starting point. Getting the bike running is half the fun. Riding is the reward. Follow the basics and it wont take long to get it up and going.