Another kick at the cat, 71 CL 450 restoration

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by anonny, Aug 30, 2011.

  1. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    Thanks bud :1drink

    Another sub assembly out of the way

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    and getting close to obsessive compulsive

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    You have seen this brake plate before but it took 3 reshoots until I was satisfied, a whole lot of outgassing!

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  2. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    Just incase you haven't seen enough powder coating :evil

    Watch this piece, we will see if it drives me outta my ever lovin

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    Front fork springs, brake lever and front axle.... done

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    Heres that cover again, still more to come

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    Most of the stuff above and the rear brake plate took 3 reshoots.... frustrating

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    and this is the defects I kept getting, it's like the aluminum is full of impurities despite my cleaning efforts.

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  3. Skowinski

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    Nice work! How do you do powder coating at home? :confused
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  4. Brad Felmey

    Brad Felmey Long timer

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    By buying a powder-coating gun, powder, and pissing off the missus by using the kitchen stove.

    In my case, I bought a used stove off CraigsList for $75.
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  5. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    It's a pretty simple set up and when I get time I will post some pics of my setup but basically I have a large(ish) metal cabinet as the spray booth where the hook the parts hand on is grounded to some ground rods.

    The work piece hangs off the hook and i shoot with powder, when done I pop it into an old kitchen oveb I keep in the garagre for curing.
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  6. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    We had some guys at work come in with a dry ice blasting unit so i brought in the cylinders
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    Frozen and clean
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    Unfortunatly we all thought they would be here for 2 days and I was going to bring in the rest of the engine tomorrow but he is done and packing up.
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  7. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    Work has been demanding and I just finished a run of 2 weeks all 12hr days so precious little has been done, the time was used to order parts and take apart a few smaller pieces. Another week and I should get a life back.

    Finally some decent results, I bet I have striped this thing 4 times if Ive done it once. Had to use a powder primer to stop the offgassing followed by the chrome powder, now I just have to reshoot a few of the scruffy pieces.

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    And the new parts are arriving daily, NOS 2nd over pistons and NOS foot peg rubbers.

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    Carb kit's, points, plugs and condenser
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  8. Brad Felmey

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    That brake panel looks really good!
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  9. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    Thanks Brad, I'm trying :D

    Spent a little time in the shop but just organizing a place for the dirty bikes for the winter, this is temporary to see if it will work out and it looks like if I lift them a foot it should be a go.

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    The mailman just keeps bringing those parts, wheel bearings & seals, fork seals and steering head bearings.

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    New seat cover

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    Now if I can just get some quality shop time.
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  10. Skowinski

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    Man, you are moving fast on that bike, you must already be getting some quality shop time!

    I started the CB500 about the same time, and still picking on getting the engine out of the frame... you'll be done by the time I get the frame painted. :lol3
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  11. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    Well it was supposed to be a winter project :D
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  12. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    Looks like it's going to be atleast another 3 weeks before I can get real serious about this bike, work has been demanding and continues to be so for a while. Meanwhile I bought another distraction....

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    What a hoot that thing is :D

    back in the shop, parts continue to arrive

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    the forks had some rust above the travel limit and I didn't want the expense of buying new ones

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    so I cleaned them up and powder coated them chrome.... that should stop further rust and that area hides behind the boots anyways

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    and a bit more powder coating, bar clamps in chrome and seat hinge in black

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    and forks legs in a color that is supposed to be Honda's gray, anyone care to comment on if it's a color match? I don't have anything to compare it to.

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    just noticed the fork boots I bought don't match, I should have know better as they were from Taiwan and I doubt the vendor will do anything about it. Old vs new

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  13. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    Thought I had a shot of the rusty old seat base but you are going to have to take my word for it.... it was in tough shape, after sandblasting the rust off, welding up the cracks and a shot of black powder

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  14. Brad Felmey

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    I love watching you do this. :norton
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  15. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    Good to see someone is enjoying the build Brad, sure is a lot quieter than the last one. Maybe I need to do another radical one. :evil
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  16. gloud

    gloud Been here awhile

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    I am enjoying it also, you sure got me thinking about a powder coating system!
    I am restoring a 74 XL175K1 this winter, all you guys who are doing CL's are getting me interested in them.
    I think I will be finding one for next years build.
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  17. Skowinski

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    Yep, the powdercoating has me intrigued also. And, I love the old 450's!
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  18. LC Garage

    LC Garage On Any Sunday

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    Great thread, cool bike and learned about a few new tricks, such as the ice blasting and home powder coat, great info! :D
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  19. johnnyc14

    johnnyc14 Been here awhile

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    Bake, I still have the 4 fingered socket you need for the ccrank nut and I think I have a pretty good engine drain plug. Let me now if you need them, I can put them in the mail to you.

    John
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  20. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    Thanks John, PM sent. :evil
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