Move it on over…

Just changed my blog over to the new address: www.restorevival.wordpress.com

Working out some bugs with images, but the content is all there. Keep an eye on progress there now instead of here!

Word. Lyman

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Sneek Peek

Well alrighty then.

Having finished the body work and painting, replacing the throttle cables, adjusting the float level, valves, removing and cleaning the cam chain tensioner, and slapping in a new battery… I fired it up last weekend and took a spin around the block. I limped home on three cylinders to find that the #1 spark plug was loose and the #1 and #3 plug wire caps were loose. Replaced the plugs and repaired the caps and tried it again with great success! Some hesitation on acceleration and still a little rough idling, so next will be cleaning the carbs this week to include a carb synch. This means that I get to build a manometer! Will post a how-to and some pics when I do it. In the mean time, here’s a sneek peek at the CB750 as it currently stands!

Unofficial prerelease photo of the CB750 RestoRevival

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It’s Coming Together

The last week or so has been either really busy, or bad weather, or both. I mean… it was snowing when I got up this morning! But that didn’t stop me from installing a new headlight and rear turn signal.

I have been able to get a few things sorted out with my bike when the weather cooperated like finishing the paint on the tank and side covers, which of course included some basic body work on the tank to remove the large dent.

Black on Black

After pulling the tank to fix and paint it I discovered that it is not a ’76 tank. Honda moved the petcock to the left side in ’74, but mine is on the right. So I figured I would just do a quick facelift to get me rolling while I look for a good ’76 tank. I also replaced both throttle cables and spent a couple hours cleaning the bike and polishing the chrome. While the tank was off I decided to clean it out as it was pretty rusty. Here’s before and after:

Before

After

You can clearly see the difference. And what did I use to get it that clean you ask? Well… I am working on a super duper non-coating top secret cleaning method that gets all the rust out, but requires no etching or coating of the inside of the tank. No harsh chemicals that could damage the paint on the outside, and no residue to later deteriorate and end up in your carbs or worse! When I have it perfected I’ll start offering it as a mail order RestoRevival exclusive service… with club membership and a secret handshake for those in the know.

Last Wednesday I spent a couple hours with Matt working on the Passport. I think it’s safe to say that the person who stole it knew little or nothing about scooters. We are sorting out some mangled wiring issues at present, but we got the carb back together and found some more parts online so that’s progress. We meet again tomorrow to see why it’s not getting any power when we hook up the battery. Here are a couple shots of what we’re looking at.

Jacked up wiring and corrosion damage

Ouch!

I'm pretty sure it's not supposed to look like this...

In any case, it sure is fun working on this little scooter. I’m looking forward to finishing it just as much as I’m looking forward to finishing mine!

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Still rainin’

No break in the weather today. Since I don’t have a garage or carport I gotta go with the flow. Yesterday it rained most of the day too, but during a break I pulled the tank and got a good look at the throttle cables. The pull cable adjuster is broken. Maybe that’s why it won’t idle, or part of the reason. So I ordered a pair of replacement cables this morning and picked them up this afternoon. Will put them on tomorrow if I get the chance, then try firing it up again!

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Rain Delay

Well, no physical work on the bikes today due to weather. I did speak with Matt about some parts I tracked down for the Passport so they should be in by the beginning of next week at the latest.

Yesterday I spent a couple hours on the CB750 restoring the side covers. Both were cracked, the left side badly, but some diligence and a little time and they’re looking good.

Just Hangin' Out... to dry

A note on the paint on the CB750:It is a color change called “chrome illusion” that changes from gold-orange-pink-purple-blue. I am not a fan, I must say. I have seen some color change paints on cars that look great, but this particular one should not be on the small surface areas of a motorcycle. Too busy for such a small area. Also, it was a homemade job for sure, lots of pinholes in the paint along the lower edge of the gas tank. This is common when an inexperienced, and often impatient, person wields the spray gun. The key to painting, and particularly color change paint, is several successive thin coats. If you get impatient and don’t pay close attention to when you put your next coats on you can get bubbles from off-gassing that then pop and leave pinholes. It’s all about the VOCs, ya heard?

Back to the point, the side panels are almost done. I patched the cracks and sanded them smooth again, but they need a little touchup sanding and a final coat of their new color: flat black. I’m seriously looking forward to painting the gas tank tomorrow if the weather is nice!

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Ready to Roll

This week’s adventures: a 1981 Honda C70 Passport scooter owned by none other than Matt Schnable from Harvest Records. And a 1976 Honda CB750 K6 motorcycle rescued by yours truly. Not a “barn find” in the strictest sense, as those usually come from within a barn. This ol’ beaut was posted up behind an old tobacco barn in Tennessee patiently awaiting my arrival.

Check back periodically as I put up some info on recent and past projects. Plus keep your eye out for a special new page on non-motorized RestoRevivals!

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