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Old 03-12-2008, 05:51 AM   #106
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That is a fine looking seat. Usually its pretty obvious that they are homemade. Not so in your case. The bike is looking great. Your are still going to use it for its intended purpose aren't you? Or will it be too shiny?
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Old 03-12-2008, 08:55 AM   #107
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That is a fine looking seat. Usually its pretty obvious that they are homemade. Not so in your case. The bike is looking great. Your are still going to use it for its intended purpose aren't you? Or will it be too shiny?
Thanks for the compliments - mom's sewing lessons are finally coming in handy!

No, this won't be too shiny by any means, because I intend to use it and get it dirty. My dad does nut and bolt, judging standards style car restorations, and that warped me for life. Being too anal about restorations takes the fun and creativity out of it, and makes you paranoid to actually use it when you are done. Especially with a dirt bike! I have plans for the tank...
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Old 03-12-2008, 05:54 PM   #108
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Nice! I'm looking forward to its completion :)
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Old 03-12-2008, 06:08 PM   #109
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this is really a great thread. Keep going man!!!


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Old 03-20-2008, 10:24 PM   #110
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A little late on posting this - the wife's car blew up so I have been working on that instead. Bikes have spoiled me - cars are a bitch to work on!

I did my tank electrolysis. It took me a while to get it set up with the anode (or would that be the cathode?) isolated but hanging in the tank. I used 1/3cup of washing soda in water for the electrolyte:

The anode would get fuzzy with rusty crap in just a few minutes. Oddly it turned green, but a chemist friend insisted that iron under the right conditions could turn green - copper may not be part of the occasion:

I tried and failed at getting a picture of the finished product, but I'm pretty impressed with how it turned out. After a day of electrolysis, not only did it remove most all of the rust, it even removed it under the crappy creme job. So the creme was all loose, and I was able to suck it out of the tank with the shop vac. Lesson learned - don't get distracted before you dry the tank out completely, because the rust starts coming back quick when it's damp.

This done, I started to get it ready for some paint. On the left side, the original paint was still there under the primer:

I also had my wife help me get the engine in - I muscle it in, she threw the bolts in. It's a tight fit and only goes in one way, just barely:

I'm really close to getting this running...
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Old 03-21-2008, 02:10 AM   #111
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I did my tank electrolysis...
Interesting. Any more details on this process?

Bike's coming together nicely, btw!
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Old 03-21-2008, 08:47 AM   #112
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Interesting. Any more details on this process?

Bike's coming together nicely, btw!
Thanks! Lots of info online, but check these out:

http://www.altelco.net/~jacil/clay/m...ElecSetup.html
http://antique-engines.com/electrol.asp
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Old 03-21-2008, 09:11 AM   #113
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Hey, thanks for the links. That altelco.net link in particular is a great resource for derusting a tank. I will use that method on my '73 CB350G soon. (I will coat the tank with POR-15 to keep it rustfree).
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Old 03-21-2008, 12:03 PM   #114
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I did my tank electrolysis.
Man, I've heard of this process but I never new it could be done with... uh... around-the-house tools! Excellent, man. Just excellent.

Getting me stoked for my CL450 barn-find.
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Old 03-21-2008, 12:21 PM   #115
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Damn,now I'm gonna have to bring the CL 350 back to life.
(as soon as the glacier in front of the shed melts)




This thread is ruining my summer plans....
'cause I really wanted to finish the siding,patch the roof,repair the driveway and anything else that's on the dreaded "LIST"..............
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Old 03-21-2008, 12:33 PM   #116
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... finish the siding,patch the roof,repair the driveway ...
You said it buddy.
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Old 03-21-2008, 12:42 PM   #117
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that is just cool as hell

damn. I love that stuff.
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Old 03-21-2008, 01:07 PM   #118
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What sold me on the electrolysis method is that it uses basically inert ingredients, and produces nothing nasty in the process. I was left with 2-1/2 gallons of rusty water which I had no qualms about pouring in the grass outside the shop.
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Old 03-31-2008, 09:07 AM   #119
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That tank is about all that is left to do...


I am really really getting tired of this:
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Old 03-31-2008, 09:11 AM   #120
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Updates! Lookin' good. Can't wait to see the paint.

I'm with you on the snow.
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