Tijme to start the great 1973 CB350F refresh

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Sniper X, May 8, 2013.

  1. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    Been toying with and actually trying to sell this baby for a few months. I have gotten a few bites but no one who wants to trade or pay what I want. Sooo, long story short, it is gonna get the carbs refreshed, new petcock, creamed tank, and new paint (stock again) on the tins......

    State it's in right now. 13K original and runs well until debris gets in the carbs.

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    Oh and a new seat cover.
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  2. Mista Vern

    Mista Vern Knows all - tells some.

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    that's a beauty and a keeper - best of luck getting her spiffed up for the road!
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  3. Cogswell

    Cogswell Spudly Adventurer

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    Good on ya for fixing it up !

    Don't use the Kreem, lots better remedies out there. Por 15, Caswell's, etc. Just do a little searching in here.:deal


    Mike
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  4. Chico

    Chico Thief and Saboteur

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    I vote to keep the cool original paint. Patina and nearly extinct colors are awesome. (oh wait, this isn't democratic rebuild?) :augie
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  5. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Adios Mexico

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    Nice bike. Whatever you do, don't use kreem in the tank. Use anything else.
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  6. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    +1 on the Kreem,every old bike I get here that has been Kreemed is Fubared,peeling strips inside the tank and major headache to get it right again. It turns to crap.
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  7. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    POR-15 is fantastic for sealing tanks.
    I did an old Triumph tank and it worked and looked fantastic.
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  8. Domiken

    Domiken Been here awhile

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    +1

    I've done two tanks with POR-15 (one being a 74' Suzuki GT250) and they came out great. I made a writeup if you want to check it out:

    http://www.svrider.com/forum/showthread.php?t=154997

    Good luck on the build, looks like a great little platform.
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  9. Sniper X

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    I used the term kreem as a generic term and will never use it specifically again. I used it on my Yamaha 650 Street tracker project and regretted it after it began flaking off after about three months. Anyone have a link to the POR15 system?

    On the paint, I found the original stickers, and have the original paint codes, and frankly, it looks a lot better in these pics than in reality! If it looked as good in life as in the pics, I would leave it alone.
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  10. Domiken

    Domiken Been here awhile

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    That's what we hear happens.

    Here's where I bought my kits, super fast shipping and nice folks.

    http://www.advanced-rust-protection.com/?gclid=CJSq0KDqi7cCFUOe4Aod3DwAvw
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  11. lrutt

    lrutt SILENCE.....i kill you

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    New stock paint job will cost you. You sure you will get your money out of it?? Paint doesn't look that bad. The little 350f's are pretty soft in price unfortunately. Miles different than the 400f.
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  12. blaine.hale

    blaine.hale Long timer

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    Even Zebra semen would work better than kreem.
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  13. IHWillys

    IHWillys Been here awhile

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    Three or four years ago I coated a pinhole riddled '75 CB550F tank with the Caswell epoxy and it is still in good shape. I chose it over others after discovering the difficulty in getting all the liquid out of the tank when I was prepping it. The Redkote instructions, and I believe the POR as well, mentioned that puddling could end in grief as it may skin over, trapping "un-dried" coating underneath. I didn't see how this particular tank could easily be coated without some puddling. The Caswell, being a two-part epoxy, is not affected if it puddles as it will still harden all the way through. Perhaps it is also not an issue with the POR coating.

    The CB550F tank had been previously coated with Kreem which had failed.

    Ken
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  14. east high

    east high Been here awhile

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    I'd clean the carbs, POR 15 the tank, throw some new tires on it and call it good. Some time with a buffer would really make that stock paint shine. It's only original once.
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  15. Sniper X

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    I would paint it myself. I have a shop grade compressor and guns and know how to paint so the cost will be paint and sand paper.
    I will probably not sell it but try and trade it after I finish. I have seen these go for over $3000.00 in excellent condition on either coast. And mine only having 13K on it is still in great running condition. However, I will say that these days, people paying top dollar for bikes want them as close to perfect as possible. And the paint is really not as good as it looks in the pics.
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    It has new tyes on it, and is just dusty. But I plan to do the tank and carbs first.
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  17. Hotwheelbill

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    ++++++++1
    I used this on my xl350 that had Kreem in it and had sat for 10 years. Worked its way behind old peeling kreem and did a great job of removing rust. I did have to do it three times, but only because of the old Kreem Krap!!

    Oh, nice Bike.
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  18. Sniper X

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    Thanks, now that I posted up that I was going to restore it I have three offers to trade it so we shall see.
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  19. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    Nice classic example, what will you do about the tank pin stripes if you repaint or can you buy the decals?

    I know what you mean about it looking better in pic's, Ive lived the dream a few times now. :D
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  20. Sniper X

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    The decals are still available.
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