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post #41 of 52 Old 08-07-2014, 12:18 PM
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Finally some more progress. Finished my seat, not the greatest but my first attempt. It's just sitting on top of the frame right now.
Also got my Carpy's header installed.
Now working on the tail light assembly to go in the seat pan.
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post #42 of 52 Old 08-18-2014, 12:54 PM
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Working on the taillight/turn signal assembly.
Because of the curvature of the seat pan I decided to recess the light.
Used a piece of 321 stainless to make the housing.
I'll be cutting the opening in the tail this afternoon.
A little nervous, I only get on shot at getting it right.
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post #43 of 52 Old 08-22-2014, 06:42 AM
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Finally got the taillight housing welded into the seat pan. Ground the welds down, now a little final finishing and it will be done.
I will cut the extension off of the housing. All in all I'd say it came out pretty good. I was a little worried since I only had one
shot at getting it right.
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post #44 of 52 Old 08-27-2014, 03:52 PM
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A set of clip-ons away...................

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post #45 of 52 Old 09-17-2015, 12:13 PM
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Been gone awhile

but the bike is finally finished, well kinda sorta finished.
I almost went crazy with the carbs and pods. First the needles were
sticking and it would piss gas out the overflow tubes. So I put the originals back in and they wouldn't seal and pissed out the overflow tubes. finally ordered new seats and float needles and one of the fuel line tee fittings started leaking. Damn, it's always something.

Never was happy with the way it ran with the pods so I went back to the stock airbox. Huge improvement. I'll never use pods again.

So it's running great and riding it is a blast. But, that crappy single piston front caliper has got to go. It will slow the bike but stopping is always an adventure. Planning to shop for a gl1000 front end and make the swap in the not too distant future.

Also thinking about giving her a coat of paint. I like the bare metal but it's really hard to find a tank that doesn't have any corrosion underneath the paint.

Here's a crappy picture from my phone.
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post #46 of 52 Old 09-17-2015, 12:35 PM
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Looking good! What year is that? '77,'78? Would you consider selling the pod filters? I might want them.

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post #48 of 52 Old 09-23-2015, 06:29 AM
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Not very cafe so to speak, but pulled it out of storage to give it some love before a show coming up in a few weeks.
71 CL450, everything but the paint and frame welding was done in my dorm room in collige. Because knowledge is important, but horsepower is importanter.
She will be on the streets next summer with the rest of my kids


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post #50 of 52 Old 10-05-2015, 05:02 PM
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My 78 CB550. Mildly cafe'ed. Never wanted to chop the frame because it's a true survivor. Guy I got her from picked her up in 1981. 13k miles on the clock. Also had a 1981 CB400t that I wanted to do something with but ended up just keeping it as a commuter before selling it. That's in the 4th pic.
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The small displacement Honda -4's have eluded me. But they are one of the bikes that will definitely come home one day, perhaps resto, resto-mod, or just a goofy fun build. Beautiful bike man!


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post #52 of 52 Old 04-24-2016, 05:50 PM
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Nice 550. I love those bikes , the style, the handling, the ease of rebuild... my favorite.

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