'70 sl350 street tracker

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by shane_lxi, Aug 4, 2012.

  1. shane_lxi

    shane_lxi Adventurer

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    Hello all! My name is Shane and I'm new to bike riding and building. About 2 years ago, I bought my wife a Honda Spree for our anniversary, and enjoyed riding it around so much, that I ended up with another, then another. Eventually, I ended up with four of them. I know I look like a douche riding around on it, but I had fun, and it sparked my interest in building something bigger.

    So I started looking around for something a bit bigger, but not too big. Just something I could bomb around town on. I decided on a cb350, and quickly found 2 titled parts bikes in my area for next to nothing.
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    Then I found a great deal on a running and riding sl350 locally that I also scooped up. It was in rough shape, but I didn't mind, it gave me a good starting point.
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    A few days later, I had something like this.
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    Next up was fitting an rd400 tank, cl360 fork (about 2" shorter than the sl350 units), welding on a longer hoop for the longer seatpan, and lengthening the swingarm 4". The swingarm really changed up the look, as well as the rd400 tank. I like the kind of layed out stance it has with the rear wheel kicked back.
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    I got everything pretty much tacked up on the frame how I wanted it, so it was time to tear it down to finish my welds, paint and clean the engine up a little.
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    So that's where I'm at right now. Plans are to paint the frame black, engine will be raw/dull aluminum with black sidecovers. Trying to keep the polished metal to a minimum, but the forks and upper triple will be a dull, slightly polished finish. I'm hoping to have it assembled by next weekend, but I'm waiting on my fork seals, fork bearings and allen bolts fot my engine covers. Updates will follow!

    Oh yeah, and here's my moped, lol
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  2. LashLarue

    LashLarue Been here awhile

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    Who did you order the allen bolts from? The guy I used to buy from is out of business.
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  3. shane_lxi

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    I bought them from fastenal, but they had to order a few. Tore my forks down today, and started polishing and trimming them. I got one lower polished, going to finish the other tomorrow and then reassemble them. Turned out good, not exactly a mirror finish, but that's not necessarily what I was going for either. Pics tomorrow!
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  4. shane_lxi

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    So I got alot of painting done today. I fucked up a fork seal so I had to order another pair, the other one is in though. I don't want to talk about it. Sorry I don't have any pics of the painted pieces, I'll take some next time I work on the bike (probably sunday). The VHT krinkle paint works really really well, the parts look awesome. Just painted a few tidbits today, sunday I'll paint the rest up. Still have to paint sidecovers, skidplate, and the kickstart arm, oh yeah, and the frame. The kid who was going to sandblast my frame for me seems to have changed his mind, so I'm prolly going to have to pony up and take it to a shop.

    Anyway, here's some pics of the fork lowers.

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    Didn't want a mirror finish, I was pleasantly surprised when I cleaned the compound off that they were pretty much exactly how I wanted them! More pics to come.
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  5. richr2011

    richr2011 n00b

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    I noticed one of the exhaust bolt studs is missing, I also have one missing from a similar project, do you know where to get a replacement?[​IMG]
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  6. lake_harley

    lake_harley Been here awhile

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    A good auto parts store should have, or be able to get a metric stud for the exhaust. Is the hole OK but just missing the stud, or is the hole buggered up?

    BTW....the polished fork leg looks good!

    Lynn
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  7. shane_lxi

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    I ended up helping my brother paint his house on sunday, so I'm a bit behind, but here's and update.

    Finished up all the welding on my frame, unfortunately. I am not a good welder, I wouldn't even say I'm a decent welder, so don't laugh!! I should have it atleast primered by tomorrow night, but hopefully I'll get as far as throwing a coat of paint on there. Here's some pics, more soon.

    My wife took some pics while I was welding/grinding.
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    I really really like this paint. Tough as nails! The pictures really don't do it justice, this shit is great!!
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  8. shane_lxi

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    The frame looks awesome! I'll take some pics on Sunday after it treats a little more. It'll need to sit for atleast a week to get a tight wrinkle finish like my triple tree, but it's going to look great when it's done! If its treated, I should have a roller together by Wednesday, Sunday at the latest if it's still gummy on Wednesday. I'm stoked to see what it looks like!
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  9. redcb

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    Looking very nice. I'm jealous. That was my plans for my bike when I first got it.
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  10. LashLarue

    LashLarue Been here awhile

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    I went to a Tru-Value hardware store and bought a bolt with the correct size and thread. It is actually easier than dealing with these studs.
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  11. hardwaregrrl

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  12. shane_lxi

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    Got some work done today. Put the front end all together with my new conical bearings, much nicer and less headache than the ball bearings! Also threw the swinger on and painted up the rest of the parts, including the engine sidecovers. Should be putting the rest of it together soon, I just need to wait for the paint to cure now, again, lol. Frame isn't quite cured yet, but I managed to put it together without fucking it up too bad :D. More pics when more is done!

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    Goes on like this, but starts to wrinkle after about an hour. Wrinkles get tighter and tighter over about a 2 week period. Looooooong wait.
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  13. redprimo

    redprimo Been here awhile

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    I have a frame that I had powdercoated a couple of months ago with silver hamertone that looks a lot like that pic of your triple tree. I really like the look and cant wait to see how you finish the rest of your build. What are you thinking for the tank? I'm toying with the idea of wraping mine with a layer of carbon fiber.
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  14. shane_lxi

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    It's going to be kind of a ratty bike when it's done, the tank is going to stay the same, but I'm going to put honda decals over the Yamaha decals, lol. I like the 70s graphics.
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    MSrider Rebel with a sixfiddy

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  16. hardwaregrrl

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    doode...are you crinkle coating the camry??:D
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  17. shane_lxi

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    haha, that is actually a parts car for my daily, which I am about to get rid of. It's a Cressida, which is often confused for a Camry, so I put an "I love my Camry" sticker on it for laughs. It's basically like a rear-wheel drive Camry with Supra internals. I loved that car, but got rear-ended leaving work last year. I bought an identical car to replace it and swapped all my parts over, but it's not the same somehow, so I'm thinking of selling it and moving on to a new project. Here's some pics of it before I totaled it... and afterward, lol.

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  18. MODNROD

    MODNROD Decisions, decisions

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    I've had a '92 Soarer TT, I drive a '91 Supra TT to work now, but always wanted a Chaser. Camry looks with a 1JZ-GTE......it's the street racer in me:lol3

    One day I'll get to the CB350 in the back of the shed too, but I think if I ride the thing all the time, I'd probably keep the TT's for a bit of a hit occasionally.
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  19. shane_lxi

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    Been bored waiting for paint to dry, so I went out and polished my headlight bucket, and put the clipons in place. Then I sat on it and made vroom vrooms for about an hour. Here's a pic!

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    I wish I lived in Australia :(. We got the mkIII supra with a 7m and that's it. My brother-in-law has a sc400, which is essentially a US market Soarer with a 1uz, we also got them as a sc300 with an n/a 2jz. Very nice cars. Since we're on the subject of rwd Japanese cars, here's a s13, which I just sold :(. Had a turbo swapped ka24de, which is the US market engine for the s13+ chassis. I kinda miss it :(

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  20. larrattn

    larrattn n00b

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    Hi, any chance of buying some of the discarded SL350 bits ?

    Regards
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