The Ballad of Jane Honda: A vintage rebuild

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Randi, Oct 28, 2012.

  1. OBIWAN

    OBIWAN Been here awhile

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    You can use electrolysis to remove rust. For example you can use a 5 gallon electrolysis tank (plastic). Use Sodium Carbonate (Arm and Hammer Washing Soda), a 12 volt motorcycle battery charger, and a steel rod. Add 1/4 cup of A&H soda for every gallon of water. Electricity induces the chemical reaction so, you connect the negative lead on the rusty piece and the positive lead on the steel rod. The electricity induces the reaction to move the rust from the work/piece to the sacrificial steel rod. End result: Given enough time and electric current, the rust moves from the work to the rod. Electrolysis won't add metal back where it's been rusted away, but it will help stop the rust in it's tracks so you can paint and restore the metal.

    That tank looks like one from a 1996 CB750 I use to have.
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  2. dillon

    dillon Low Speed, High Drag

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    So I finally got to rebuilding the forks. The ones that were on the bike were pitted to the point where I doubted thier integrity...
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    So Randi found a set of forks from a CM400 for cheap and got em coming in the mail. After checking em out I saw they would not be a bolt in, so I pulled em apart and what do you know, the inner tube and guts bolted right into the lower fork legs of the CL. The springs are even progressive!
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    The CM400 inner tubes are a touch longer than the CLs, but Im thinking we can just push em up in the triple trees if needed. I also picked up a set of tapered roller bearings for the steering head today. So after the frame gets painted those will go in and we will be able to see how these forks install. Engine gaskets should be here right before Thanksgiving, so after that we should be able to inspect the engine and ensure its good to go...
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  3. Randi

    Randi Adventurer

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    It's getting kinda obvious who does the mechanical shit and who does the pretty shit. :wink:
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  4. Live2Ride

    Live2Ride Not Famous

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    So you're doing the mechanical shit. :1drink
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  5. dillon

    dillon Low Speed, High Drag

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    Have you seen any of my bikes?:rofl
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  6. Live2Ride

    Live2Ride Not Famous

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    Just the ninja. :eek1 :lol3
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  7. dillon

    dillon Low Speed, High Drag

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    Yeah youre right, that was one pretty bike...:lol3
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  8. kimel

    kimel I hit what?

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    You realize that the point at which Jane is dubbed "ready to ride" will coincide with the largest blizzard of the winter...right?
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  9. Randi

    Randi Adventurer

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    Well when it's snowing like a banshee you'd better pop back into this thread for pics of my crashing her down my snow covered driveway then! :evil
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  10. Dansrc51

    Dansrc51 I need a cape....

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    This thread should help with my vintage Honda lust. thanks for sharing :clap
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