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Offline Bru-tom

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My Custom CB550 build.... *MOAR DIY'ness!*
« on: December 16, 2012, 11:33:46 pm »
Hey all!

thought its time to start my build thread before i get carried away and lose pics in the process... ;D

i looked long and hard to find something with a good platform to start building off. many many hours of searching and seeing these bikes are really sought after no matter where you are from, i came upon this beauty for half the average going price. There was something about this bike that was different than the others id seen, so i bit the bullet and went out blazing to make sure i get her. not much was known about the bike by the lady selling, so my gut took over....

With her being 1000 odd km away, i got a mate to go check her out for me with limited bike knowledge, needless to say, many other potential buyers were hounding the lady to sell, but i had already secured the deal! i must have changed my mind a millions times trying to decide whether i should go for something that doesn't kick start, motor hardly turns over, no battery, this and that.....

a week later and 1.5 days late, 11pm on a Saturday night, she arrived!

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first day of stripping and attempting to get her to start Jaya3 and i found a few odd and ends:

-kick start shafts spline is shot, assumed that the kick start lever was not fastened properly.
-tank is rusting inside, minor though.
-filters are clogged with miffed old fuel.
-a blown front Tyre and tube; doesn't make moving around too easy!
-carbs are sticky, really sticky and funked up with old fuel.
-ignition switch not making contact properly

so thats the basic list of "to do's" before i think any real progress can be made..she needs to start and eliminate my fears of it being a dud...

jay reckoned we swap carbs to see what state the motor is in... after sorting that out, connecting a battery, fixed ignition switch....

"VOILA"!!! she started on like the 2nd push of the start button! as if it last ran yesterday! was super stoked!

a few pics:











excuse the chops, been a while since i last posted pics...

so the main thing id like to do now, is fix the carbs up. the frame was also painted with hammerite and is in superb condition! otherwise, everything else has surface rust on, but nothing some electroplating/powder coating cant sort out  ;D

so yeah, thats my build, still unsure what route i am going to go with her, but lets say something OEM+ for now like we say in the car scene.

thanks for reading
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Re: My Custom CB550 build....
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2012, 01:10:43 am »
Glad you found your build keep us updated
 

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Re: My Custom CB550 build....
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2012, 04:29:03 am »
Awesome BT . See u later to sort out the tyre.
« Last Edit: December 18, 2012, 09:02:35 am by Jaya3 »

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[quote Freak]  You mustn't push em.. You have to mentally break and destroy them when it comes to motorcycles.    I tell her everything is for sale... In her dreams!!
 

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Re: My Custom CB550 build....
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2012, 08:04:50 am »
Good luck and with Jaya in the neighbourhood you might not just go OEM + But that is not a bad thing just look at his bike!
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Re: My Custom CB550 build....
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2012, 07:08:25 pm »
Awesome; following with interest!
 

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Re: My Custom CB550 build....
« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2012, 07:35:08 pm »
Glad you found your build keep us updated

me too mate! lots of inspiration here, i have all of you to blame ;)

Good luck and with Jaya in the neighbourhood you might not just go OEM + But that is not a bad thing just look at his bike!

hahaha, that's also true. i don't want to go 100% stock, but for now there is still a lot of cutting and wrenching ahead...its weird how much longer it takes removing stuff you don't need on a bike lol

Awesome BT . Seen u later to sort out the tyre.


done! and done done!! :biggrin:

Awesome; following with interest!

sweet, hopefully there will be a consistent stream of updates! ;)

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Re: My Custom CB550 build....
« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2012, 07:58:20 pm »
 :happy1:
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Re: My Custom CB550 build....
« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2012, 10:58:23 pm »
CB550. Like the Nike advert says "Just do it"  :biggrin:
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Re: My Custom CB550 build....
« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2012, 07:37:16 am »
Nice dude!

What are ur plans with it?  Brat, cafe, bobber?  Show us some inspiration pics. ..

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Re: My Custom CB550 build....
« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2012, 09:04:50 am »
Geese buddy , i was so stoked when she started up first time. you need to load that vid to youtube and share :)

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Re: My Custom CB550 build....
« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2012, 10:05:51 pm »
CB550. Like the Nike advert says "Just do it"  :biggrin:

hahaha!

thats real nice, but a little too much for my liking mate...

Nice dude!

What are ur plans with it?  Brat, cafe, bobber?  Show us some inspiration pics. ..

this is more or less what i want to do









not 100% sure as of yet though. just ideas.


i would really like to tig some nice knee indents into my tank, but it seems that there is a lovely plate welded into the side just below the badge spot. its really rough, so i would prefer to get another donor tank before i molest this one more. :biggrin:

Geese buddy , i was so stoked when she started up first time. you need to load that vid to youtube and share :)

yeah man, what a relief that was. whats going to be even better, is if my carbs will work oneday lol

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Re: My Custom CB550 build....
« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2012, 10:08:25 pm »
and i have finally secured myself a argon bottle for my tig welder, want to fab up some nice custom exhausts too :thumleft:

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Re: My Custom CB550 build....
« Reply #12 on: December 19, 2012, 04:45:02 pm »
I am also keeping a keen eye on this, I will (hopefully) be starting a little build-thread for my '73 CB 500, which I will be doing almost stock if I can manage it!
Keep keeping on and keep updating!
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Re: My Custom CB550 build....
« Reply #13 on: December 20, 2012, 05:52:33 pm »
Sooo... Brat, brat, cafe or cafe... hehehe... NIce options!

Well done on the argon bottle, not easy to find... I am searching for 2 bottles, one argon for tig and a tri-mix for mig... :)

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Re: My Custom CB550 build....
« Reply #14 on: December 20, 2012, 09:37:32 pm »
Only saw this now! Subscribed  :thumleft:

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Re: My Custom CB550 build....
« Reply #15 on: December 21, 2012, 07:07:19 pm »
I am also keeping a keen eye on this, I will (hopefully) be starting a little build-thread for my '73 CB 500, which I will be doing almost stock if I can manage it!
Keep keeping on and keep updating!

awesome stuff, all the best with that build! ;) my parts are not all on the greatest of nick, so thats not an option for me hahaha

Sooo... Brat, brat, cafe or cafe... hehehe... NIce options!

Well done on the argon bottle, not easy to find... I am searching for 2 bottles, one argon for tig and a tri-mix for mig... :)

hahaha, im thinking i would like to do both. i mean, the only difference is the seat in my books, i cant change handlebars etc much, my almost 6foot 5 stature doesnt help in that respect lol.

yeah, i am super happy to have found a bottle, rental just isnt in my budget  :biggrin:

Only saw this now! Subscribed  :thumleft:

hahaha, welcome ;D

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Re: My Custom CB550 build....
« Reply #16 on: December 21, 2012, 07:20:07 pm »
update time, not much of one though...

ok, so to my horror, i found that my tank had a flat spot on the one side...turns out that there is a blemmin plate that has been welded in is responsible. stripped the gunk off and this is what iv found:







so my options for now are: fix, fix and/or fix. i hammered the high spots out as much as possible without causing more damage. going to deoxidene and clean the inside of the tank before i do anything to the outside. then etch-primer the bare metal before filling with some good  quality filler and then shape. as you can see from the last pic, the welds are pretty high and tried to remove as much metal as possible so it will not affect the badge once its finished. i think i need to remove more and TIG it closed if i go thorugh...

i did however find a cb750k tank to try out, but....you decide:











my feeling is that its a tad too large :( so i am going to return it and just fix mine for now....UNLESS, once of you kind fellas can wort me out with a replacement :thumleft:

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Re: My Custom CB550 build....
« Reply #17 on: December 21, 2012, 07:25:19 pm »
before you ask, that front tire is just to enable it to be mobile hahaha O0

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« Reply #18 on: December 21, 2012, 07:44:08 pm »

hahaha, im thinking i would like to do both. i mean, the only difference is the seat in my books, i cant change handlebars etc much, my almost 6foot 5 stature doesnt help in that respect lol.

True that... Although, brats tend to have drag style bars whereas cafe racers have clip ons or clubmans... ;) So seat and bars...

You know, the best way to do both is to do two bikes! hahaha...

Whereabouts are you from? Doesn't say in your profile...

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« Reply #19 on: December 21, 2012, 08:00:59 pm »
True that... Although, brats tend to have drag style bars whereas cafe racers have clip ons or clubmans... ;) So seat and bars...

You know, the best way to do both is to do two bikes! hahaha...

Whereabouts are you from? Doesn't say in your profile...

yeah, hahaha, thats also why its called a custom :P

im from east london hey...i think it should show in my profile now....

two bikes, hah, dont have space for one :biggrin: