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Old Yesterday, 10:24 AM   #1
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Honda 350 Sees the Light of Day

Yesterday, I dragged (literally) my old '69 Honda CL350 cafe bike out of the lawn mower shed. I built it in about 1974, but it has been parked in the back of the shed for the last 20 years, unmoved. The CV carbs had bad diaphragms and there were no replacements available back then. I had my ironhead Sportster at the time, so the poor old Honda was forgotten.

Anyway, I finally got up the courage to pull it out into the daylight and it looked pretty bad...



The fork lock was rusted in the locked position, so I had to free it up with some liquid Wrench and patience. Luckily, I found my old ignition key. Then I hosed it off to see what sort of mayhem 20 years worth of moisture and grime had done to the paint, chrome, and plastic. It actually looked pretty good after I cleaned it up. The header, handlebars, carb tops, various fasteners, and a few spots on the frame were rusty, but that's about it.



It needs a thorough gas tank & carb cleaning, new tires, battery, carb diaphragms, chain, and numerous other small items, but the motor, clutch, and transmission are free, so I'm encouraged.
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Old Yesterday, 11:22 AM   #2
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Holy shit! That is pretty amazing. It was in really good shape under all that much. Good luck!
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Thanks. After cleaning it a bit, I was really surprised it looked as good as it does.



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Old Yesterday, 03:29 PM   #4
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The unbelievable part is the "Black Bomber" tank. While they may have been reasonably priced in '74, they can be worth a small fortune now.

Check these:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/NOS-1965-68-...727178&vxp=mtr

http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-65-68-H...b79071&vxp=mtr

Just wanted to warn you before you decided to hammer in knee scoops or something stupid. Or you might want to find another style and sell that one to fund other farkels from Dime City.
Not trying to be rude or anything, although I'm no fan of the Cafe scene.
The bike sure did clean up well!
For tank reference, here's a pic of my original Bomber.
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Old Yesterday, 03:52 PM   #5
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Oh man. You washed off all of the "patina." That could have been a $30,000 bike
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Old Yesterday, 06:08 PM   #6
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...Just wanted to warn you before you decided to hammer in knee scoops or something stupid. Or you might want to find another style and sell that one to fund other farkels from Dime City.
Not trying to be rude or anything, although I'm no fan of the Cafe scene...
Believe me, I know what the tank is. No plans to do anything to it other than make sure the inside is clean and put a good wax job on the original paint. The chrome panels are in fine condition, too, under the white paint. No sanding or anything was done to them, just a light coat of primer and the paint. I'm not part of the current café scene and don't plan on buying farkels from Dime City, whatever that is...

I built this café from a wreck 40 years ago (during the last café fad), so no OEM parts were harmed. I think I paid about $35 for the Black Bomber tank at a salvage yard in1974.

Anyway, I know where you're coming from, and the tank is safe with me. I hate seeing nice survivors hacked up and painted flat black in the name of café racers. Nice motorcycle collection, BTW. I've seen a lot of your pics on this site.

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Old Yesterday, 06:14 PM   #7
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Wow, that cleaned right up, never would have known that bike looked like it does under all that dust and grime!
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Old Yesterday, 08:33 PM   #8
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Oh man. You washed off all of the "patina." That could have been a $30,000 bike
Now you tell me!
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