I finally have the time to start my project CB 360. As promised, here are the bikes. I have 3 in all and an almost new motor complete in a box. I figure I can build 1 café bike and maybe 1 restoration project if all goes well.
I spent most of last night just getting the garage in shape to actually do the work. I had to sweep out a ton of dirt and salt from the cars. I also had to move some stuff around, I had bikes packed in pretty tight.
I started on the blue one as it has a title and seems to be in decent shape. The tank is rusted inside, but the green tank is not, and I have another bike out in the shed. That tank is perfect inside. I decided to at least see if I could fire one up before I dumped a bunch of money into them. I hooked a battery up to the blue one, but couldn’t get it to turn over. I jumped the starter relay out and it cranked right up. Unfortunately I have no spark, so that will have to be addressed. I did have spark, good and strong on the orange bike kicking it over, but it has no starter. I don’t know much about old junk like this, but the cases don’t have a starter hole in them even though all the wiring is there for them. I assume this is not the original motor, or electric start was an option, and the harnesses were all standard?
Ok, so I have, a good set of coils and a condenser, so I have spark. Now I needed to get some fuel to the old lump. I took the carbs off and opened them up. They were not really THAT bad, but one of the diaphragms has a tear in it. I will need one of those, which I am hoping to get off one of the other bikes, or ebay.
Sooooo, I have myself convinced that I can make the bike run. I have the carbs cleaned out good enough to get fuel to the old girl. I just need to tear the other bike down and get a good slide/diaphragm and the coils and I should have a winner. I think I’ll wait until I get one running before I go any deeper. I really want to tear it down to the frame and start on the café bike, but I don’t know. What do you guys think?
Anyway, now that I have bored you all to death, here are some photos.
Here is the one I’m starting on.
This one is in the worst shape. Wheels are nice though.
I did some quick cleaning. Looks pretty good under that layer of filth.
This one is in great shape, but check out those freaking ape hangers!
Dirty carbs…. Ugh.
That’s as far as I am right now. I’m heading to ebay to hopefully find a carb slide, or set of carbs. If not, I’ll pull the set off the orange bike. I’m done messing with it today, it is about 60 out. I think I’ll take the RC out for a spin.