Project CB350/4- yes or no

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by gumbellion, Feb 11, 2014.

  1. gumbellion

    gumbellion Been here awhile

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    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 says he has a complete bike including chrome fenders, tank, he cleaned the carbs and replaced floats and seals.
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  2. freetors

    freetors Long timer

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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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  3. seven4eight

    seven4eight rat-bike connoisseur

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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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  4. RustyStuff

    RustyStuff Long timer

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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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  5. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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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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  6. vanislejay

    vanislejay Been here awhile

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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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  7. bpeckm

    bpeckm Grin!

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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!!!

    Do it!!

    :evil
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  8. RustyStuff

    RustyStuff Long timer

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    The Single Overhead cam forum is the one. Forums.SOHC4.net iirc.
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  9. fast1075

    fast1075 Fasterizer

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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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  10. Andyvh1959

    Andyvh1959 Cheesehead Klompen

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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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  11. Tim McKittrick

    Tim McKittrick Long timer

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    Vins didnt go to the 14 character standard until the early 80's.
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  12. FTL900

    FTL900 White and nerdy

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    I'd be all over it. Vintage bikes like that are going for serious coin these days.
    Restore it!
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  13. Twotaildog

    Twotaildog Old Poop

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    I always liked those little buggers. At $250 you don't have much to lose.
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  14. welder

    welder Long timer

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    The 350 fours had anemic power but overall a good machine. they sound sweet. Good pipes are like hens teeth. spares are fairly plentiful on fleebay. At $250, buy it. The parts alone are worth far more. If you can eventually title it, great, if not part it out. BTW the cb350 twin is actually faster than the four :lol3
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  15. Twotaildog

    Twotaildog Old Poop

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    Explain to the guy all the trouble you'll have to go through to title it. Bring 2 Benjamin's and wave them in his face while you offer him $200.
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  16. MrBob

    MrBob Out there

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    This was one of the sweetest engines Honda ever produced. It's a no-brainer, you'll be able sell it for more than you paid for it even if you do nothing.
    This was mine while I was in college.

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  17. spo123

    spo123 Man About Town

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    Find an old Kerker 4 into one pipe....
    It will take some time to set up correctly.....willl SOUND EXCELLENT.
    Do NOT let him FOOL you! Those CARBS WILL NEED SOME WORK and adjustment WILL make YOU CRAZY!
    Possible TIMING CHAIN!
    Make sure it is COMPLETE>
    With the registration, shit.....and the owner is YOUR FRIEND.....Offer him $100. and have another $100 BILL (not a bunch of crap singles, etc.)
    Get it and see what you can do....
    Worst case you loose a little $$$ and learn a few things.
    IF no good, either sell or part it OR JUST SMASH IT TO BITS WITH A 12lb (whatever kilogram that is) SLEDGEHAMMER and kill it for good.
    Have some fun.
    One of my college roommates had a lovely green one with the Kerker pipe and a STOCK AIRBOX......It went through a few of my friends and was very reliable.
    Did I mention how it SOUNDED? :ear:lol3
    See 'ya!
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