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Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by DualHabit, Apr 2, 2010.
Looks something like this....(not sure if hatchet is included).
I like the hatchet; i may have to "borrow" that idea. If the market picks up and a couple of houses sell I'll be in the market for a KLR.
As a bit of an introduction--This is my 54th year riding. Grew up in PA; got drafted, stuck around the military for 20 years, 4 days & 3 hours to collect a pittance of a retirement; went to Murray State to finish my degree(s) and am currently employed by the Commonwealth here in Frankfort. In all those years I have had in excess of 40 bikes and the one that I enjoyed the most was my '03 KLR. But I convinced myself that I needed something bigger, faster, newer. Now I think I'll trade my C-10 Connie and finish my riding days on another KLR.
Some of you know that I've been working on a 74 CB450 that I bought in a box last winter. Well today was the day. First start. First a pic or two of the tank that I'm stoked about. It's off a 68 CL450. I wanted a new old look like I've seen on some old hot rods. TonyT and Chewy at Superior Paint Specialists in Buechel did it up for me. Looks old but it has three coats of matte clear on it.
Got the shorty exhaust on and the carbs and cables all done. I like the look of the stacks.
Fixed up a coffee can with two nipples and ran fuel hose to the carbs. Half pint of gas and WOOHOO!
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Yes, great build. Hope to see it at the MW.
Love the inset logo on the tank! That is going to look great when you get it done.
Thanks guys. It's been a lot of work and late nights. It's amazing the amount of little shit that needs to be cleaned or polished or fabricated--primed--painted or found on ebay or got from some source when you buy and resurrect a bike-in-a-box. Whew I can see the finish line. Not sure I'll have it out to the Wrench before KK but I'll be there if I have to push it from my house!
The inset used to be stock on the old tanks. The badges are even original and in pretty good shape. I found some gauges on CL and while talking to the seller I noticed a hulk in the back of the garage. 1968 CL450. Motor partially disassembled and locked up. Frame butchered. Forks rusty. Rear wheel missing. And this tank all dented and rusty but still pretty good considering. So I came home with it too. It had a good master cylinder on it that I rebuilt and used. I acid bathed the inside and coated it with POR15. Stripped and sanded and pulled dents and filled and sanded and sanded. Took a while to find somebody who would do what I wanted. Flat turned down twice. Guess they didn't need the money.
Damn nice bike you have there John! Can't wait to see it in person
Check out this video by Martin Hoffman
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Dang John, that's awesome! Still need to get down there one evening but it's gonna have to cool off some for me...
Yeah I didn't make it last night. I was out in the heat all day and just couldn't stand it.
Progress today! Cycle Gear had the electronic flasher unit I needed to make the LED turns work. Plus they had the small cone fuel filters. Front brake filled and bled. New ATF and seals in the forks. Ordered a Shorai battery last night that will be here Friday. 210 CCA in a 3.5x4x2.5 package. When you feel it in your hand it feels fake! Slowly knocking things off the list. Two weeks to go.
Got my seat finished and it turned out great. The hide I bought was a little thick and that made it difficult to pull around the pan but I finally got it.
The battery tray under the seat
Carbs are all plumbed up.
Looks like you're gonna be on the road in no time John! Or you could just buy my 750 and not have any more work to do...
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That bike is too nice to cut up or I'd consider it. I'm looking for my next project. Really want a ratty 360 or 350. I need to sell the 350 before I get the itch to take a side grinder to it. It's too nice too. Need a rough one to resurrect.
I've got a ROUGH CB77 SuperHawk (I bought it for as a parts bike).........I'll GIVE it to you if you'll get my SuperHawk back together & running - I've got all the parts now, just no motivation!
Are you around Louisville or close by? I'd like to see the bikes.
I'm an hour south of L'ville. Will PM you details.
Man, I wish I would have known that you needed a Shorai. I keep them in stock at my work in St Mathews.
I bought it in St Mathews at Batteries Plus Saturday right at closing. They didn't have the one I wanted in stock so it's ordered. LFX14A2-BS12 Your Store?