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Desperately Seeking!! / Bits’n’bobs to good homes
« on: September 14, 2018, 11:55:55 AM »
Hi all,

Having a clear-out & recently ebayed a few bits... now left with a couple of unsold items which will sadly go to the tip unless good homes found. (off to Oz, won’t be shipping these..)

Anyways...

(1) CB400F DID Rims... minor rust (this was a US bike originally) / serviceable, though a gorilla has scored the chrome in places. Aargh... 😱
(2) Plastic 750K2 mudguard... in Ruby Red! Interesting...🤔
(3) CB400F Clutch cover... serviceable, a bit scuffed
(4) SS50 (5 Speed) Handlebar mounts. Repro items, grommets u/s
(5)  SS50 Speedo Cable - serviceable, though sheath worn at mudguard contact point.
(6) Wagner Sealed Beam Unit. LHD. 60/45W (approx 175m Dia) VGC - off my 750K2 (no pilot, tho’ interestingly a clear disc area in the reflector for this?)
(7) CB750K2 Rear Light Mount (Fair)
(8) Yamaha Flywheel? 113mm x 40mm (help here?... new / unused condition & sacrilege to skip it)
(9) Possibly a couple of 400F rear wheel spacers.. tba

If you’re interested in any of the above PM me & I’ll send a pic ... unless you want regardless in which case give me with an address. 1st come 1st served basis!

I’m away this weekend & will post next Weds thereabouts... and PM you back with those costs. (to my PayPal pls)
Cheers,
Simon

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Other Bikes / DIY Tank painting
« on: June 12, 2018, 01:11:53 AM »
Kinda embarrassing after reading James’es / Julie’s restorations (& all the smart stuff everyone here does)... but recently gave new life to a rather tired little SS50 tank. Got it off eBay, complete with minor dents and little bit of internal rust. Took delivery whilst in LHR - it stank of oil, making me fret wrt ‘dangerous goods’ as carry-on for the flight home. So; rinsed it out in the hotel bath (vinegar, shampoo, everything), which only gave me a whole new problem in that I gave the hotel plumbing a run for its money & made the room smell (horribly) like a breakers yard.

Once back home (Brunei) put the tank into a reverse electrolysis bath for 24 hrs which got virtually all of the rust out. Very tidy inside now.

Next up hrs of bloody sanding... and a first in popping the major dent out with a garden hose... simply controlling the pressure inside the tank by varying my fist seal. Dead chuffed with that. For the remaining minor dents - filler of course.

Next up the base layer / rust protection..

And followed by a good few light coats of Kawasaki Green...  I’ve read this is pretty darned close to the original Honda Mighty Green... which my local paint shop simply couldn’t mix up. (I sprayed this via an old compressor / paint gun / 30psi or so)

Then a rub back with 2400 wet & dry.... decals / preserve nature sticker and a good few coats of automotive lacquer. Saddened at the end of all this to have a couple of small areas of orange peel... but bingo, with more light wet & dry + polishing paste these totally disappeared.

Finally - new badges.

The tank, honestly is beautiful, and has a deep rich gloss finish to it. I of course accept it was simple versus the intricate spraying / two tone / flecked / decalling the professionals do, but hey, a  continuing learning curve, and something I’d happily (will) tackle again.

(a couple of years back I did a Parakeet 400F2 tank... came out nicely but with a couple of minor dreaded orange peel areas.  Will go back & see if I can buff them out..)

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CB750 / Exporting my bikes
« on: June 06, 2018, 04:01:29 PM »
I guess James - Sussex is the man here, but if anyone can help please chip in. I plan to retire later this year (yay!) to Oz, and want to take the 5 bikes with me - one is post ‘89, the others all pre ‘89.  Any “gottchas” to be aware of; is it simply filling in the appropriate bit of the V5C and bunging them in a crate? I have of course, got an importer set up for the Brisbane bit. All help / comments wrt the UK side of things appreciated. Ta. Simon

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What is it? / Calling Ash - can you make my wife happy again...
« on: July 25, 2015, 08:31:21 AM »
Hiya A ll/sh,

No morn porridge for me this am.... microwave gave up the ghost. Whipped the back off it (warily due biggum condenser I believe) and found this. Basically a one hertz flash over short 3 cycles... and then stops. After a rest will repeat performance.

Anyone / Ash... home repairable? Mrs Lobo cock-a-hoop coz she thinks she's in line for a new one... whereas I've Fizzy parts to buy...

Lobo.


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Other Bikes / Forgive me.... a Fizzy
« on: June 15, 2015, 08:55:32 PM »
Well folks,

Today I collected a mint'ish 1975 Fizzy. Pretty chuffed with it; an eBay purchase which came in somewhat cheaper than I expected. (But still pricey)

Anyways, it's never been run since resto; was kept as a lounge-piece investment...

No longer... I'll get it MOT'd, insured & soon ridden.

As I say, forgive me. Not a Honda, but as early 70's means a lot to me.

Simon

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CB750 / Carb Set up / Useful links.
« on: May 18, 2015, 05:29:41 AM »
... came across these today... about 2 yrs too late in my case. So what's new....
The first link has a limited selection of those felt washers, just type 'Felt' into the search box.

Simon


http://www.motorcyclecarbs.com/search.cfm

http://www.salocal.com/sohc/tech/carb/dspg_mgs/adjstr1.htm

http://www.hondachopper.com/garage/carb_info/tuning101/carb_tips.html

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CB350/400 / Another gauge freshened up - thanks to Kent400
« on: April 21, 2015, 03:19:35 PM »
Just completed a 'new' CB400 speedo today (eBay / £20); my 5th resto (2x 750 + 2 x CB400F) ... getting better all the time. Just want to publicly say a big thanks to Kent400 (Peter) & his generosity / invaluable tips. (Yup, the mileage has been changed... to fit the bike)

Simon

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CB750 / That crappy (K2) UK Lights switch addition.
« on: April 07, 2015, 06:28:27 AM »
Gents,

My K2 up for MOT, and every year they comment upon the light switch logic (but pass it nevertheless). They have a point - I too wonder if it's been set up wrong... help please.

LH h'bar... that crappy (simple ON/OFF) clamp switch with Low & High... external wiring.
RH h'bar.... OEM. P/L/H

My wiring... crappy switch in L position ... no lighting whatsoever, regardless of RH selection.
Crappy switch H... Parking light on in (P), Low beam in (L) and hi beam in (H) on the OEM.

I understand the logic was to prevent the rider being plunged into darkness if he inadvertently pushed the RH switch all the way to OFF from Hi beam .... but this 'fix' is not much better in reality.

So, has my bike been in ore toy set up?
Ta in advance.
Simon.

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Misc / Open / Ebay purchase - help & advise pls
« on: February 16, 2015, 03:11:48 PM »
Ladies / Gents...help please; I've not a lot of experience with ebay.

Recently 'won' an ebay auction on a 'better than new' SS50, rebuilt at a cost of £4000. (apparently). (got it significantly below this number) Lots of glowing words, including the fact that it has V5 (dealer selling for a friend who could no longer use it).
I paid a deposit & it was due to be delivered to my dad's / Basingstoke last Saturday.

Except on Sat a one sentence email "The Honda will be delivered Sunday 16:00" (the seller doesn't do small talk / social niceties)
I write back along the lines of "Fine, don't forget to send the V5 along; I'll complete it & send it DVLA"
Shirty reply, "I'm a dealer, I know about V5s and it's me who has to send it off"
My reply, "Ok, but I still need to see it / sign" before I hand over the balance"
His reply, "Looking for it..."
And then, "Lost it... will refund your deposit"

I said not acceptable; and that a replacement V5 can be got from the DVLA...

Today's email, "I can't get a V5 easily, and besides someone else wants to buy it without the V5. Will refund your deposit" (why would anyone want a mint / expensive bike without a V5???)

So guys.... I've all the time in the world, and can be bloody minded if I want to be.
And in this case I do.

In the last few minutes I've sent him a copy of the ebay advert which clearly stated the V5 is present. My gut feeling is that he's been offered a better price since the auction ended & he's trying to get out of the deal.

Best way to go about this... I'm determined to make trouble! (and of course I realise that its unlikely I'll get the bike if he's determined not to sell it)

Simon.

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CB750 / European K2 Restoration / Reference photos...
« on: January 29, 2015, 01:46:22 PM »
Happened across these.... my K2 suddenly not 100% beautiful (just 99%)....

https://www.flickr.com/photos/yamaparts/6177587434/in/photostream/

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Misc / Open / Classic Motorcycle Concept (CMC)
« on: September 27, 2014, 03:28:05 AM »
These guys have hacked me off ...

Couldn't believe my luck when I found they stocked (1) Genuine part handlebar pipe for my K2: part # etc all correct. Ordered it, & PayPal deducted immediately.

5 days later email confirmation of 'Order Complete'
4 days later computer generated email to say Paypal account refunded full amount... no explanation

Contacted them via the supplied email address.... "email returned due address not valid"

Went back to home page, and via that "Contact us" box asked for an explanation, and gave him 7 days for a reply, after which I'd post here...

Reply... when we came to ship the part we saw it is covered in rust, so no longer for sale, but we have pattern parts in stock"
Called their bluff, but also genuinely responded; "no worries, send it on at a reduced price & I'll get it re chromed myself"

No reply.... resent 2 days later,
No reply...  I give up.

So, I'm not out of pocket, but bloody angry at such practices / them taking my cash for 9 days over a part I guess they never had.

Sadly, it's not an uncommon practice, and not the first time (for me); but they're too now off my list.

Cheers,
Simon

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Tricks & Tips / Tank painting.... DIY
« on: September 20, 2014, 04:19:58 PM »
Thought I'd have ago.... after all, everything DIY is just nous & patience... right?

Bought a cheapo CB400 tank off ebay @ £31. Looked good... stripped the paint... looked bad. Loadsa filler, been in a spill... or two. Innards though looked fairly ok, and with a bit of electrolysis have banished what light rust there was.

Have never played with filler seriously; and never realised there's various grades as the major dent stuff still leaves significant pin holes / imperfections. So I had to buy finer filler to fill the first filler....

Tried 3 different paints... two rattle can types & one (Honda) automotive. The best colour I could find (er, Brunei) was a Rust-oleum .... which seems pretty damned close to Parakeet as I know it. I then used the same brand primer.

About 5 coats of each & more sanding with P1200 wet & dry than you can shake a stick at. The paint has good resistance to soaking in petrol (test piece) but I still wanted more protection, and so after the decals went on I further applied a couple of coats of an automotive clear lacquer (2 pack).

The results? Think I'm pleased... the tank looks stunning ... from 3 paces back. Up close & it fails the orange peel test. Rather significantly.

Summarising... I've a new found respect for guys who can turn a tank into something most of us take for granted every day .. and given the time & patience invested can fully appreciate the costs they (have to) charge. This said, I could spent all the time in the world on my tank, and never achieve what a professional does... unquestionably there's a lot of skill involved. Due the side panel being a virgin moulding it has come up even better. (but not perfect)

So, enjoyable, massively time consuming, and a reminder lesson that there are some things I'll never be able to do.

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Anyone able to comment good.. or bad on these folk?
Ta,
Simon

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Misc / Open / Winterising...
« on: September 11, 2014, 12:28:24 AM »
In the sunny bit of my life I run a little jet boat with a couple of two small 2 strokes in it. Each time I 'put it to bed' - which might be a few months - I blast 15 secs of Mercruiser Storage seal through the air boxes. In this time the engines cough, splutter & finally die, oxy starvation I guess.

My question to the chemists / carb gurus out there (Ash / K2-K6 etc) is whether this might help preserve my old Hondas.... specifically the exhaust systems. (appreciating that a good run is the best starting point)

Unsure of what this  spray exactly does, but on start-up there are embarrassing clouds of white smoke for a couple of mins - so it must be good? Right?!

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Misc / Open / Rust removal... old tanks / tools etc
« on: August 15, 2014, 01:24:11 PM »
Had a go at a bit of 'Alchemy' this past couple of days due my tank being away at the 'painters... and a substitute gash tank bought off ebay to tide me over. (£31). Anyways, gash tank fairly rusty within, and so had a go at electrolysis... see the below link, Method 4/5

In my case I used an old tin as the anode, flattened & then concertina'd to fit in through the neck. It was attached to a wire coat hanger, suitably bent to hold it clear of the cathode (ie the tank itself) (I guess you're going for max surface area here, ie an old nail etc not good enough)

Notably the (modern) battery charger wouldn't work... it detected 'no battery' I guess. So I attached a battery.... and simultaneously then put this on a trickle charge... fooled it. Hah!

Within the hour bubbling & fizzing within, and soon after brown / horrible grunge coming out the filler neck. After 15 hrs took the anode out for a look-see; it was covered in rust.  Scrubbed it off, and put it back. Another 9 hrs & anode now noted as disintegrating. (see pic)

Tank flushed... FILTHY. 3 more flushes & all clear, internal looking great.

Sorry on lack of photos, patience isn't a strong point of mine...
Will definitely make this process a part of my arsenal... to include old tools etc. Problem with vinegar treatments etc is that damage can be done to adjacent platings etc - I believe this process to be kinder. ALL tech questions to Ash... I failed 'O' level chemistry and haven't a bloody clue, other than pure magic....

Enjoy...

http://m.wikihow.com/Remove-Rust-and-Corrosion

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