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CB350/400 / Re: Making your own gaskets
« on: Today at 02:51:35 PM »
They would if he didn't have a 400 Roo.

CB500/550 / Re: CB500 four K0 ????
« on: Today at 01:14:05 PM »
For a "Nuts and Bolts" restoration you'd think he'd have fitted the correct type of bolts in the correct holes. The camcover uses JIS screws on the external edges, he's used normal flanged bolts. Plus there is no vent pipe fitted so the oily mist will drop crap onto the carbs.

Looks to be a K1 masquerading a a K0. Easy to do, transfer on the side panels, change the colour gold (he does say new tank) remove the lighting switch on the bars, change the seat and lock and it's most of the way there. Didn't do the headlight brackets though, most likely because there are rarer than rare and he couldn't find them.

Does the K0 not have the front helmet holder Graham? never noticed before if that's the case.

Plus L reg, that's extremely late for a K0 to be unsold, they'd have sold out with being a new 4 cylinder model so it's unlikely there was 1 still unsold in a showroom back then.

CB500/550 / Re: 550 F2 started!
« on: August 09, 2022, 11:29:56 PM »
The project is stopped. Black and Decker in their wisdom decided to secure the work top to the metal underneath by just drilling a hole in the wood and using an 8mm bolt/screw fully threaded and forcing the bolt to, in essence thread itself into the wood. I experimented with hole sizes on a spare piece of wood. 6mm was too small, couldn't get the bolt started, 7mm was too big so settled for 6.5mm. 3 bolts went in ok but one just span and TBH the other 3 didn't feel that tight. So I decided to countersink the wood and fit some 8mm nuts in there instead. I thought I had the correct length bolts but found them 5mm too short. I have hundreds of bolts lying around but could I find 8 x 8x45mm ones. Nope. So onto ebay and found some in stainless. In a few days they'll arrive and I can finally finish this. The wood is done, holes for the pegs are drilled and the bolt holes are done. Just need the bolts now and I can get round to finishing this.

If you ever try this Steve, good luck getting the handles off the threaded bar. Nothing I did made any difference.

CB500/550 / Re: 550 F2 started!
« on: August 09, 2022, 05:53:28 PM »
I've never claimed NOT to be a massive tart  ;D ;D ;D

Halfway done and already made a few mistakes. Saw the back edge of the stationary board was level with the mounts, as my wood is slightly wider I just centralised the holes, bloody winding handles wouldn't turn then as they hit the wood. Remove all over again and having to redrill the holes is annoying.

Try getting the winding mechanism out, had to grind 2 of the washers off as the split pins in the handle wouldn't come out and when one did it still wouldn't come off the bar. Bloody nightmare this is turning out to be.

Member 4 Sales / Re: Downsizing... CB500K0 US Import by JamesH for sale
« on: August 09, 2022, 02:48:10 PM »
Starlight Gold, best colour ever  ;D ;D

Keep on keeping clear Steve. Hateful disease.

CB500/550 / Re: 550 F2 started!
« on: August 09, 2022, 02:46:55 PM »
Bought the wood to fix my workmate yesterday. £30 for one piece of hardwood, not even a big piece  :o

Going to see if I can make 2 new worksurfaces later today. This is an original Black and Decker workmate from the late 70s, nearly 50 years old. It's been left outside in all weathers, had engines dumped on it loads of times, I've used it as a step ladder etc. There's very little of the original blue paint left on the metal now  :D I was thinking of dismantling it totally and having it powder coated, shining up the alloy braces etc so it looks brand new again. There's a TV program in that I reckon  :D :D

Does that make them as good as original though Graham?

The same manufacturer who produced exhaust hangers for the 500-4 also did the repro ones that DS sells and they got them wrong, not only is the metal thinner but they bent them at the wrong angles. The upper ones are fine, the lower ones are well out. Unless they are using the same machinery as they did in the 70s, with the same materials as then I think the reproduction will never be as good as the original.

CB500/550 / Re: Whats the correct sidestand?
« on: August 09, 2022, 02:38:08 PM »
I bow to your superior knowledge on the metal of tow bars Sye, never really interested me enough to check one.

CB500/550 / Re: 550 F2 started!
« on: August 09, 2022, 02:34:29 PM »
Yeah that's fine to do that Roo.

I suspect the box was imported Graham to cover a shortage of that colour shell over here. The main warehouse for Honda in Europe was in Holland, maybe that's why CMS are based there now.

I used to regularly browse the store room at Queenies and I never saw any shells in boxes, they were all in little bags with brown paper wrapped shells. Which funnily enough is what's in the box, 2 shells in bags. Makes me wonder why they did that, seems a waste of a box.

CB500/550 / Re: 550 F2 started!
« on: August 09, 2022, 01:15:35 PM »
Ones on the left are production done in the 90s IIRC. The ones on the right are period ones. I have some in pairs in boxes, never seen that in the UK, they were all sold singly over here. The boxes came from Australia originally.

Not sure if I've said this Roo but those discs, when they come they must be fitted with the fronds facing the same direction as the Dremel rotates. Easy way to do this is to look at the disc, one side has a small indent/hole, face this indent to it faces the Dremel and they are the correct orientation.  My BIL just bought some after watching me clean some of his pieces and he complained the fronds were hitting him in the face, he clearly didn't read the instructions on the Amazon page.

Not sure if you've got a Dremel Flexible shaft for your Dremel Roo but if not let me know and I may have a spare one lying around. I've returned 3 Dremels under warranty and they always send a brand new boxed kit in return so I had some spare shafts, just given my BIL one and my daughter has claimed one to but I may have another somewhere. The difference the shaft makes is amazing.

DS is selling OEM cables, not original. He does order the genuine ones but they are over £30 to buy.

Andy Cepok has them but he won't post to the UK anymore. Maybe Alex could buy a few and send them over  :) :)

CB350/400 / Re: HELP! Clutch not disengaging! CB400F
« on: August 09, 2022, 01:05:30 PM »
If you can find a decent second hand one I'd advise changing the shaft as the splines will go eventually. The inner ring is almost useless as they are, that means the outer ring is carrying all the stress and they will fail in time. Either that or don't use it very often  :)

CB500/550 / Re: Whats the correct sidestand?
« on: August 09, 2022, 01:02:54 PM »
Main stand, usually mud causes that. The webbing around that area is hollow, due to it's location it gets all sorts of stuff thrown at it by the back wheel. The dirt sticks inside, when it gets wet is acts like a huge sponge and just starts to eat away at the metal from the inside, you can't see it as it's hidden and the first you'd normally know of it is the paint bubbling on the surface as the rusts underneath blows it off the metal. By this time it's usually too late, the place in question is also a pivot point for the weight of your body, so when the rust has eaten enough of the metal that it's significantly weakened it the pressure of lifting the bike with your weight as well will snap it off. You see a clean break as that's what's left of the metal but the outsides will just be rust.

Frame, they do them cold because the heat will remove the frame paint and the customer doesn't want that do he, no he'd sooner it was weaker than have to repaint the frame.

Dealer, easy, they wanted to sell you another set of bars. Although in this case I'd 50% agree with him, if the metal is creased it's compromised, if it's just a slight bend then straighten them, it's the fact they are chrome which means they don't want to heat them and destroy the finish which means they tend to bend them cold.

Tow bar, probably heat treated as standard so any other type of heat will compromise it's safety, lot of stress on a tow bar and they can't take a chance of the trailer coming loose because it shears off.

CB500/550 / Re: Whats the correct sidestand?
« on: August 08, 2022, 10:33:49 PM »
You give me far too much credit, I meant just beating the crap out of it with a bloody big hammer 😁😁😁

CB500/550 / Re: Whats the correct sidestand?
« on: August 08, 2022, 07:51:24 PM »
So what about welding parts, are they weakened? If no heat was applied I'd agree it could weaken the part but with heat it allows the metal to be reshaped without significantly weakening it. Maybe the mechanic thought you meant just hitting it straight again.

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