My free SL350!

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Mr. Vintage, May 2, 2007.

  1. Cornbread Red

    Cornbread Red Fart's dust

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    I have GOT to learn to electric weld.. Pretty stuff.

    I'd still ask around about how much to powder coat that frame, you might be suprised..:evil

    Harbor Freight sells wire loom covers, pretty good electrical connectors, too. I'm doing a ATK wiring job over, and the HF stuff is easy on my budget.

    Good luck with yours.

    Chip
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  2. pnhd65

    pnhd65 renaissance man

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    That's unbelievable how those panniers turned out. Can't tell they're made of wood. It's funny how many times you get into an older bike and find it needs frame repairs, even if it's low mileage or you thought 'lightly' used. Great job btw. How's about a picture of the ole MT 250? :freaky
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  3. pnhd65

    pnhd65 renaissance man

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    Hey, I just noticed on those pictures of your repairs on the rear loop. When you look at those old frames, you can see how that's a stress point on them. Obviously I can't see what that looks like in person, but I always think, why did this happen in the first place? What can I do on my repair to prevent it from happening again? Would it be possible to get a short piece of tubing whose ID is close to the frame tubing's OD, cut a piece in half lengthwise and use it as a fishplate for reinforcement across the weld area and to beef up that point of the frame? Either way, keep up the good work, really enjoy seeing your progress.:freaky
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  4. Bar None

    Bar None Candy Ass

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    Great thread. I did a simpler rework on a standard 1982 Silverwing GL500 ($300 total) that I rode down to the Panama Canal. I wanted to make it a one way trip so took a throw away bike. Sold it for $500 in the no mans land between the borders of Costa Rica and Panama.
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  5. Mr. Vintage

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    I'll have to get a good photo of the Elsinore - it's not especially photogenic.

    Some time in the past the rear frame loop was broken off and poorly repaired - not sure how it happened, but the factory welds were surprisingly lame to start with. I made sure that the panniers and rear rack bear only on the meaty part of the frame, and the loop just holds the fender and taillight.

    Thanks for the encouragement and feedback.
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  6. Mini Trail

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    I have that exact Benelli 50cc. Mine is badged as a Ward's Riverside.
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  7. Mr. Vintage

    Mr. Vintage Family Dude

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    Ditto, mine's the Wards version too. I live on a highway-ish road, so I don't ride it hardly ever - its just too slow. It tops at about 35 on level ground, and will barely pull 4th gear - I've been thinking that adding half again as many teeth to the rear sprocket would be a good thing. Is yours this way Mini Trail, or is mine just messed up?
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  8. Mini Trail

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    100_1492s.jpg Mine is way overgeared. The guy I got it from (RIP) rode it a lot at our scooter meets. I think he actually upped the front sprocket. You have to really Rev it, slip the clutch and give a good push with your feet to get it going. It tops out faster than my 50cc four strokes and about the same as my 4-speed CT-70, but suffers badly on hills. I think it will pull around 40 - 45 when in full tuck which is about what is needed to run with the Cushmans.
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  9. Mr. Vintage

    Mr. Vintage Family Dude

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    I'm not getting a whole lot done lately - the heat in the shop is worthless when it's 15F outside. I did manage to get the frame painted, and the swingarm and head bearings put together.
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    I also managed to pinch both tubes installing the tires... :baldy
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  10. pnhd65

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    Frame looks great, keep up the good work.

    Both tubes huh?

    I've had days like that.:freaky
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  11. wheelgun

    wheelgun Not a wannabe..a usetobe

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    I was hoping this thread would get bumped back to the top.
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  12. Mr. Vintage

    Mr. Vintage Family Dude

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    Manged to brave the blizzard and venture out to the shop a few times lately. This weekend I cleaned the slime out of the forks, replaced the fork seals, and put the front end together, and this morning - wheels! Sorta looks like a motorcycle. I managed to restrain myself from polishing the fork legs - I keep having to remind myslef that it's going to get dirty. It's amazing how fairly crappy crome can be polished up to look respectable. Kinda lousy picture, but you get the idea:
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  13. YamaGeek

    YamaGeek Ancient trailbike padwan

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    Jeff,

    Nice re-build along, thanks for the photos.

    Some errata, I used to own a '68 CL350, was a basketcase for $100 and ended up costing more because the rocker arms for the early 350's were rare and entirely different from the later engines. Honda wanted you to pay dearly for these bits, they were over $40 bucks each in 1978. The early engines (pre '69) a were in a lot higher state of tune than the later ones. I can honestly say my Cl was able to nudge within 5mph ( indicated..) of a ton with a slight tail wind. Damn scary on a bike equiped with Nitto universal tires.

    I also owned a '75 MT250, nice, solid dualsport motorcycle that I ended up having to sell, to pay rent one cold winter in '84, I miss that bike also.

    Very inspiring, I'm also in respect your ability with a Mig torch on your exhaust redo. Gets me fired up to get my LT5 a bit more ADV ready.

    Thanks
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  14. pnhd65

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    Phukin' A, that looks great, didja decide on a paint color yet? There was, is, another SL 350 on these pages that was redone that burnt orange color, beautiful!!! If you paint it that orange color, I'll name my next born after you!! Course, I've had a vasectomy, but doesn't mean I can't try!!:D :freaky Anyway, keep up the good work!!




    Orange with a black pinstripe and those black panniers, just do it! :evil
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  15. Mr. Vintage

    Mr. Vintage Family Dude

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    What, like a KTM? Isn't that blasphemy of some sort? :D

    I'm still waffling on the paint scheme, so you'll have to stay tuned...

    Thanks for the positive feedback.
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  16. MikeyT

    MikeyT Krusty Olde Pharte™

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    What's that old Chevy? 52? Oops. I see it's a 51. Looks nice given what I can see.
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  17. pnhd65

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    Hey Jeff, it's on the bottom of page 5 right now. Thread is, 1973 SL 350, originally posted by huhwhye. Post #6 is by nachtflug, he has a before and after of a 1971, THAT'S THE ORANGE I'M TALKIN' ABOUT!!! Not no stinkin KTM orange.:1drink
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  18. Mr. Vintage

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    Since lately it's (still) darn cold in the shop, plus I have to wear snowshoes to get there, I've been trying to find projects to bring in the house. So I made air cleaner elements (well, one so far). I bought some filter foam, cut it to size, and glued it together with silcone adhesive:
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    I then set about fixing the speedo. The speedo itself works, but the trip odometer wouldn't reset. As far as I'm concerned this is the fuel gauge, so I split the ring and broke into it. The mecanism was rather rusty, and I ended up destroying the knob just to get it apart. I got it working, but it's a screwy deal. Correct me if I'm wrong but the trip odometer will only let you reset the tenths digit manually, so reseting this thing could take a loooong time. So I split open another speedo I had, this one off of a CB350 - note the different trip odo mechanism:
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    I figured I would swap in the different trip odo into the SL speedo, but it wasn't to be - besides the reset being in a different place, the face plates don't match up. So I rolled the odo back on the CB350 speedo to match, and I'll use that.
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    This is probably really dull, but I'm desparate... spring can come anytime.
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  19. drhach

    drhach gorillamanufacturing.com

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    Amen to that. We got 14" of snow last night. Enough is enough already.
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  20. Mr. Vintage

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    It's been warmer lately (the 30s!), so I've actually been getting a lot done. I spent some time degunkifying the engine, so now it's ready for me to replace all the seals. I also retorqued the head.
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    I cleaned 35 years of chain goo out of the sidecover, only to add new goo in the clutch cam. I'm trying not to get too carried away cleaning (it's going to get dirty again, I promise), but OCD takes over sometimes.
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    This is a lousy picture, but it's starting to look like a bike again. I spent 2 hours over the weekend putting the taillight on, since that necessitated starting on the wiring.
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