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post #1 of 31 Old 06-05-2008, 06:44 AM Thread Starter
 
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CB550 just finished

Well, here is my first official post aside from my introduction. I said I would post pics as soon as I was finished, and the time has come. Here is my 1976 CB 550. It is about 6 or 7 months of weekend work, but I think it is well worth it. It rides like new, well as new as a 30+ year old bike does.
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post #2 of 31 Old 06-05-2008, 06:52 AM
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Any before pics.? We use to roadrace the F model at Bridgehamption back in the ol' days. It is a sweet bike. Since you are from NJ and not too far from CT, our BBQ is July 20th. We would love to see the bike in person.

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What a gorgeous bike! Thanks for posting the pics.

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Cool bike! There is one of those for sale here. I saw it riding around last week, kind of a neat little bike. He has some sort of exhaust on it that sounds kind of cool to.

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Dayum, that is a hot looking bike.
Looks great!
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Very Nice
I love the tank decals

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SPECTACULAR! Very nice work!!

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Beutiful restoration. I love the clip-ons. Really sets it off.

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Very well done ! Thanks for futher fueling my cafe fire ----

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This is what it looked before

Her is the only image i have from before. It was dirty and pretty rusty. I stripped it to the frame, had it powder-coated, and hand polished almost every bolt. That is only the tip of the iceberg. This is a lot of work.
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That's freakin cool! Please post up all that you've done to it. I would love to do that to my wife's 82' CM250




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4 into 4: a classic Honda signature. An absolute gorgeous result. Be proud.

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Wow, that is just too cool! I've been tempted by a couple of CB550's that have been for sale locally, this beautiful example makes me want one even more!

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List of work done

Striped down to frame
Powder-coated frame, swing arm, misc brackets
polished all bolts, sidecovers, rear brake drum
removed center stand, grab bar
replace rear shocks, sprockets, chain (gold), bronze swingarm bushings, tappered neck bearing
polished rims, including every god damn spoke
new clubman bars
modern (nissin)master cylinder, new pads, rebuilt caliper
rebuilt top end
polished exhuast pipes, header
chrome covers for gauges
painted headlight bucket, cleaned up the wiring (what a mess in there), mini blinkers, new tailight, shortened rear fender
dyna S electronic ignition
rebuilt carbs, replaced all boots with intake
replaced all gaskets
smoothed out tank and side covers (removing emblems), painted metalic jade green
new clutch
rebuilt forks, replaced fork oil seals
new spark plug cables
new bridgestone battleax tires
replaced all cables


That made me tired just writing it. Let me know if anyone else is wondering anything.

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No points here.

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No points here.
dyna S electronic ignition Your bike needs to be entered... BOTM contest.

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I'd say my BOTM vote would stand a great chance of going to your bike! Very nice work, tastefully done, great style for sure.

You may have already seen this fellas work, but if not...

http://www.cb750cafe.com/?PHPSESSID=...d4cec0eedc2e78

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man that is GORGEOUS where did you find those tank decals?

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You have my vote for BOTM!

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Oh does that bring back memories. I put so many miles on one of those things it makes my butt hurt looking at it. But I loved every minute of it.

Nice job. Thanks for the pics.

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I'd say my BOTM vote would stand a great chance of going to your bike! Very nice work, tastefully done, great style for sure.

You may have already seen this fellas work, but if not...

http://www.cb750cafe.com/?PHPSESSID=...d4cec0eedc2e78
Yup... Carpy does some nice work. Read abut his Seeley. It was patterned after the Rickman right down to the Reynolds 531 frame. But then again you know how partial I am towards Rickman.

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Sweet resto.

It needs a nice green solo tail, if I may be so bold.

I think that would really complete the look

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Sweet machine tkamps!

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Thanks for the kind words

Thanks to all for appreciating my work. I put a lot of time into the bike and it is all appreciated.

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Gorgeous TK! Love that color and great detail....


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I third a BOTM....

As soon as I saw this I smelled a BOTM. Looks good!

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BOTM for certain. What a great job! Just beautiful... Did you don anything special to polish rims and spokes? they look especially sharp.

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Damn that is one sweet ride!
Congrats on a well done rebuild!

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BOTM for certain. What a great job! Just beautiful... Did you don anything special to polish rims and spokes? they look especially sharp.
Just a lot of time with scotchbrite, and some hurting hands. It is amazing what time and elbow grease can accomplish.

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