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Author Topic: 1973 CB350G Canadian Noob Build (Gotta start somewhere!)  (Read 71656 times)

Offline Saturdays Wrench

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Hi All  :D

I love motorcycles. This is my 4th one and I decided it was time to take on the challenge of rebuilding a bike myself. I am not a mechanic but can be resourceful when I need to be. I love learning. I love wrenching. I respect wisdom. This is why I am posting here, to learn from others, get advice and guidance along the way. I work on a computer from Monday to Friday but just can't wait for Saturday's wrench!  8)

Here's what I'm dealing with:
It's a 1973 CB350G (the one with the front disc brake). I purchased the bike for more than I would like to admit ($1500) and it was not running ( I know, I know..). I justified the price because CB350's are in demand in the area I live in and there are not many around, especially so close to where I live. Also, he gave me a box of parts with it. I was happy. It had been buried deep in his garage for approx 3 years and was starting to get some surface rust and a whole lot of cobwebs. It has approx 33,000 miles (seems a lot but I intend to rebuild the engine), battery was dead, 3 yr old gas in the tank with rust inside the tank, engine turned over, brakes not ceased, tyres almost brand new. I came to the conclusion that the bike was well maintained and decided to go for it.

What I intend to do:
- dismantle entire bike
- recondition all aluminum to mirror shine
- rebuild engine with upgrades
- fresh PC on frame and select parts
- upgraded rims, spokes and tyres
- upgraded front brake, possibly dual disc??
- upgraded suspension in front and rear, stock forks rebuilt, possible inverted forks??
- custom seat, headlight, running/brake light
- clip on bars, upgraded front controls
- brand new wiring harness with Motogadet M-unit & components
- upgraded battery
- redesigned and repainted tank
- upgraded chain and sprockets
- possible upgrade to electronic ignition system
- upgraded rear sets

I'll post more of where I'm currently tomorrow and some pics of the inspiration I have been cultivating. Thanks and sorry again for such a long post, they will be short and more concise in the future.
« Last Edit: Dec 04, 2014, 13:36:27 by Saturdays Wrench »
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Offline Saturdays Wrench

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Re: 1973 CB350G Canadian Noob Build (Gotta start somewhere!)
« Reply #1 on: Dec 04, 2014, 13:40:39 »
Here is some inspiration pics for now that I have gathered from just doing a little research online. I don't know if I want to go with clip-ons or clubman style. I don't think I will go with a cafe style seat but rather a more bobber style with the end kicked up slightly so it's not like a diving board.

Build progress pics/video to come. In the meantime does anyone have any advice for cleaning/shining the aluminum parts?
I would like the side covers to be nice and clean like BOTs bike (black & orange 350 below).

Thanks!
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Offline MotoMadness

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Re: 1973 CB350G Canadian Noob Build (Gotta start somewhere!)
« Reply #2 on: Dec 04, 2014, 15:23:22 »
We just finished up one.  Let us know if you have any questions or need anything.


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Re: 1973 CB350G Canadian Noob Build (Gotta start somewhere!)
« Reply #4 on: Dec 04, 2014, 15:41:02 »
For the side covers, it's just remove them and polish.

BTW I'm in Toronto too.  Would like to see some more pics of the rack / bags that seem to be on the bike from the photos.  I'd be interested in buying them from you if you're selling.

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Offline Saturdays Wrench

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Re: 1973 CB350G Canadian Noob Build (Gotta start somewhere!)
« Reply #5 on: Dec 04, 2014, 16:19:25 »
We just finished up one.  Let us know if you have any questions or need anything.
Wow it looks awesome man, great job! Thanks for offering up your help, I would for sure love to hear your input when I post some questions. I will hit you up when I get stuck. Off the bat though I know there are 2 common problems with this engine that people have since resolved or figured out ways to combat them/replaced with upgraded parts, I know one has to do with thew Cam chain tensioner or the rollers or something? What is the other common problem with the 350? I read it a while ago but have since forgot where I read it.

Thanks and again great job on the bike, thanks for sharing!
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1973 CB350G - Project Bike
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Offline Saturdays Wrench

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Re: 1973 CB350G Canadian Noob Build (Gotta start somewhere!)
« Reply #6 on: Dec 04, 2014, 16:21:45 »
For the side covers, it's just remove them and polish.

BTW I'm in Toronto too.  Would like to see some more pics of the rack / bags that seem to be on the bike from the photos.  I'd be interested in buying them from you if you're selling.

tim@dotheton.com

Tim, I sent you an email buddy! Thanks for getting in touch. Part pics coming soon, talk soon.
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Offline Saturdays Wrench

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Re: 1973 CB350G Canadian Noob Build (Gotta start somewhere!)
« Reply #7 on: Dec 10, 2014, 23:18:54 »
Back to the progress! My first teardown session went pretty smoothly. I am learning a lot as I go and just taking my time with it. Again, if you see or read about me doing anything out of the ordinary I would love to hear your feedback. I want to learn as much as possible.

Please excuse the mess in the background of the pictures and video. It's not my house and I don't live there but if it were up to me, 90% of the stuff would be in the junk yard! I'm working with what I have and things are getting done. I plan to organize more over the holidays.

I will be documenting this entire process on YouTube. I plan to even visit/interview some mechanics/builders/fellow riders for input down the road so it should be an interesting series to learn from and I hope you subscribe and follow along with me.

Here is episode 1 of my project:


Here are some pics:

« Last Edit: Dec 12, 2014, 00:45:06 by Saturdays Wrench »
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Offline Toxic Motorwerks

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Re: 1973 CB350G Canadian Noob Build (Gotta start somewhere!)
« Reply #8 on: Dec 11, 2014, 20:43:40 »
Great start and great videos. Looking forward to more.
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Re: 1973 CB350G Canadian Noob Build (Gotta start somewhere!)
« Reply #9 on: Dec 11, 2014, 23:18:54 »
Some interesting stuff, but I'd avoid going for velocity stacks on a street bike, compounded by no rear inner fender as seen in some of those photos. And run a front fender or a brace (unless you want to look at it and not ride it). Just my 2 cents worth...
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