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Old 02-11-2014, 07:21 PM   #1
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Project CB350/4- yes or no

I got the option today to buy a 1973 honda CB350 four cylinder. The guy had the motor running last summer but has some problems with the points. He offered it to me for 250.
He says he has a complete bike including chrome fenders, tank, he cleaned the carbs and replaced floats and seals.
So yes or no. pick it up as a project to keep busy on rainy days and winter?
I have never worked on anything that old before. I am still in my late 20s so the oldest thing i have rebuilt was from the 90s. I am guessing i could find a manual and should be safe, but thing like points and condensors are a new world to me.
Getting the VIN tomorrow to ensure i can get it registered in my name

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Old 02-11-2014, 08:38 PM   #2
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If the rest of the bike was in good condition considering price, bad points wouldn't scare me away. Points are easy to adjust/replace.
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Old 02-11-2014, 11:16 PM   #3
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Points would be the least of your worries. 4 carbs can be expensive/time consuming *if* they are in bad shape. If it is good condition cosmetically, go for it, could prob unload or part out for that price and be okay
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Old 02-12-2014, 07:25 AM   #4
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He said he had it running last summer, then took the carbs off and cleaned them up. He said he bought some parts for the carbs cleaned them replaced whatever needed replacing, claims it cost $100 and the carbs are in great shape now.
He said he dosent have a manual so was just guessing with the points, said there is "meat" on them but could use replaced and a proper adjustment. Says bike is complete which helps the cause.
Looking online it seems like at 250 if i buy it and dont get at it I should be able to part it really quickly for close to 1000. Or i can just oil everything up and keep it until next winter as a project
I parted a XR650R a couple years ago so know all the fun involved in it running back and fourth to
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Old 02-12-2014, 08:15 AM   #5
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I would do it in a heartbeat if it looks like it's in good shape. They sound great.
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Old 02-12-2014, 08:21 AM   #6
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$250 is less than a dollar per cc. In the 21st century that's pretty good. Do it.
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Old 02-12-2014, 09:29 AM   #7
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I would do it, it's a good deal. One thing though, there's a good chance that the carbs will need work. Unless they are an experienced mechanic, they might not have balanced and set up the carbs properly, and are blaming the present poor running/non starting on points. I have seen this plenty. I have had lots of bikes brought to me where the owner claims it's the points that need adjusting, but in the end it's really the carb. Or just as often vice versa.

Anyways, don't let that scare you away, snap this up.
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Old 02-12-2014, 10:10 AM   #8
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is there a good forum to look on to get info and help on these things? Its going to be a huge learning experience for me working on a older bike, but will also be a really cool project. And i can keep it forever if i dont cut corners as a in town grocery getter or just fun toy, and should fit the Mrs just right
Going to get the VIN today and see if the guy it is registered to is still alive or in town, It would be a real kick in the pills if i cant find the last registered owner, as i might not be able to get it in my name
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Old 02-12-2014, 10:21 AM   #9
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Man, I would be all over that for $250, but then I am Old School and the points/condensor/ carbs would not scare me away... Like several have said ^ probably the most likely problem is in carburetion: getting 4 synchronized takes patience and knowledge... and the skill comes in after you've done it a bunch of times!!!

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Old 02-12-2014, 11:09 AM   #10
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is there a good forum to look on to get info and help on these things? Its going to be a huge learning experience for me working on a older bike, but will also be a really cool project. And i can keep it forever if i dont cut corners as a in town grocery getter or just fun toy, and should fit the Mrs just right
Going to get the VIN today and see if the guy it is registered to is still alive or in town, It would be a real kick in the pills if i cant find the last registered owner, as i might not be able to get it in my name
updates to come
The Single Overhead cam forum is the one. Forums.SOHC4.net iirc.
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Old 02-12-2014, 05:10 PM   #11
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Dyna still sells the Dyna S electronic ignition for the 350/400 four cylinder bikes. If you get the bike, get the kit and never have to futz about with points again.

In proper tune, they are like an electric motor.
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Old 02-12-2014, 08:58 PM   #12
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I wish I could find one for $250, running or not. Points are an easy thing to fix. My first brand new bike was a CB350/4.
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Old 02-13-2014, 07:09 AM   #13
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I got the VIN yesterday but its kind of stragne. Unlike current ones that are just a string on numbers and letters.
Tomorrow im heading to Service Ontario, our DMV to check on title transferr
Wish me luck
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Old 02-13-2014, 09:46 AM   #14
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Vins didnt go to the 14 character standard until the early 80's.
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Old 02-13-2014, 09:56 AM   #15
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I'd be all over it. Vintage bikes like that are going for serious coin these days.
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