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 offered it to me for 250.
    He says he has a complete bike including chrome fenders, tank, he cleaned the carbs and replaced floats and seals.
    So yes or no. pick it up as a project to keep busy on rainy days and winter?
    I have never worked on anything that old before. I am still in my late 20s so the oldest thing i have rebuilt was from the 90s. I am guessing i could find a manual and should be safe, but thing like points and condensors are a new world to me.
    Getting the VIN tomorrow to ensure i can get it registered in my name

    Thanks!
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  2. freetors

    freetors Been here awhile

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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. gumbellion

    gumbellion Been here awhile

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    He said he had it running last summer, then took the carbs off and cleaned them up. He said he bought some parts for the carbs cleaned them replaced whatever needed replacing, claims it cost $100 and the carbs are in great shape now.
    He said he dosent have a manual so was just guessing with the points, said there is "meat" on them but could use replaced and a proper adjustment. Says bike is complete which helps the cause.
    Looking online it seems like at 250 if i buy it and dont get at it I should be able to part it really quickly for close to 1000. Or i can just oil everything up and keep it until next winter as a project
    I parted a XR650R a couple years ago so know all the fun involved in it running back and fourth to
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  5. RustyStuff

    RustyStuff Been here awhile

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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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  6. 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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  7. vanislejay

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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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  8. gumbellion

    gumbellion Been here awhile

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    is there a good forum to look on to get info and help on these things? Its going to be a huge learning experience for me working on a older bike, but will also be a really cool project. And i can keep it forever if i dont cut corners as a in town grocery getter or just fun toy, and should fit the Mrs just right
    Going to get the VIN today and see if the guy it is registered to is still alive or in town, It would be a real kick in the pills if i cant find the last registered owner, as i might not be able to get it in my name
    updates to come
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  9. 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!!

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  10. RustyStuff

    RustyStuff Been here awhile

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    The Single Overhead cam forum is the one. Forums.SOHC4.net iirc.
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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. gumbellion

    gumbellion Been here awhile

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    I got the VIN yesterday but its kind of stragne. Unlike current ones that are just a string on numbers and letters.
    Tomorrow im heading to Service Ontario, our DMV to check on title transferr
    Wish me luck
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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. gumbellion

    gumbellion Been here awhile

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    Looks like changing the registration is going to be a bit of hoop jumping.
    Even though i have the VIN since there is no plate on the bike, and it hasnt been registered since they went to electronic filing they have no access to the information on the bike or even who owned it when it was last registered.
    Now i have to pay for a VIN verification, write a affidavid that is notorized on how the bike came to my being and all known history on the bike, blah blah blah.
    So i have to buy it before i can get the VIN verified, then take that in. when they accept that its time of the affidavid then it goes to someone to get approved.
    @250 why not though right??
    i will pick it up thursday I hope and post pics!
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  18. welder

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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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  19. 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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  20. MrBob

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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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