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Old 03-21-2010, 02:15 PM   #61
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I just picked up an '83 CB1000 Custom that had been sitting for ever. It originally came from New Mexico and some how made its way up to the Chicago area. It was coated in dirt from a leaking valve cover gasket, I am currently soaking the carbs in a pinesol vat just like you did and I will reassemble them hopefully on Monday. I was able to get it to fire on some starting fluid
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Old 03-21-2010, 04:25 PM   #62
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Old 03-21-2010, 04:36 PM   #63
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Loving this thread

I've been wrenching/polishing my two vintage bikes as well, and the engine in the XS500 needs a new base gasket, I think I'll try my hand at polishing up the cases and cylinder jug while it's out and apart. I credit this thread with giving me the inspiration to do work on my own bikes.
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Old 03-21-2010, 05:36 PM   #64
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FWIW, I really like using the Honda tool for adjusting the valves, because you don't need to rotate the engine (or hammer the tool) to depress the bucket.
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Old 03-22-2010, 08:33 AM   #65
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Great thread. I did a similar thing with 78 Suzuki GS1000. That is now my touring bike. My only compaint about the older bikes is the weak charging systems. I can run a set of heated gloves but that's about it. So, it limits cooler weather riding. Your bike should be good for about 100K miles once you're done. Keep up the good work.
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Old 03-22-2010, 08:39 AM   #66
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Thanks- it's a work of passion.

After I did a ride from Denver to Michigan & back on the CB1KC, I decided that it's in need of a few things for long distance touring-

- a custom saddle
- an aux fuel tank
- a better fairing.

Ideally a bike with the factory Hondaline fairing and side/top boxes is great on the road, but it's smallish fuel tank means lots of fuel stops (125 miles or so).

So it's my day bike for Colorado, or for the region.

I have my eye on the R1150RT for my future distance bike.
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Old 03-22-2010, 09:36 AM   #67
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Day 15

A very short day anyways. I dropped the kids off at school and had about an hour of free time.

So I pulled the exhaust pipes down and removed their rear mounting brackets.

They were pretty groady, so they get to soak in the Pine Sol vat for the next 5 days-



I'll paint them when I get home from my trip.
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Old 03-22-2010, 08:32 PM   #68
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Sir, I salute you! I think you are doing an incredible job..LOVE the Pine Sol application!
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Old 03-28-2010, 09:46 PM   #69
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Day 16

Since I'm still waiting on the new valves, I did a little work on the CB today, odds and ends.

First, I painted the rear exhaust pipe mounts after their Pine Sol bath. Since it's a hi temp item, I used hi temp paint -



Then I worked on removing the baked on grease, tar, and other oily crud from the pipes. Before -



After cleaning with lacquer thinner -



These pipes will nee a lot more attention down the road...

Then I moved onto the GM Coil upgrade/mod. One of the coils I picked up at Checker Auto for $24.00 -



Figuring out the mounting bracket...



And where the new coils will go -



Beemer Pat came by and we brainstormed the mount some, and he took my template with him to see what he might be able to fab up for me at work (Thanks Pat!).
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GM Coil info here -

http://www.cb750c.com/modules.php?na...iewtopic&t=125
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Old 04-07-2010, 07:19 AM   #73
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Day 17

Did a bit of work today-

Cleaned up these pipe retainers after they soaked in the Pine Sol vat for a week or so -



I also polished up the tops of the carbs. I had to strip off the old clear coat before I started buffing. I used some paint stripper and after that was rinsed off I soaked them overnight in my gallon can of carb cleaner.

Here is a comparison -



After getting them buffed up nicely, I brought them into the kitchen to be scrubbed in some very hot water and dishwashing liquid -



I used a small, soft tooth brush to clean any remaining polishing compound from the logo & letters -



Tomorrow I will clean them off with brake cleaner and when they are dry I plan on spraying a few coats of clear lacquer on them to maintain the shine.
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Old 04-17-2010, 09:27 PM   #75
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Hallelujah We Are Delivered!

YAY! New Post!!
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