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Author Topic: '75 CB500T - "Sancha"  (Read 5461 times)

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'75 CB500T - "Sancha"
« on: Aug 16, 2013, 16:36:35 »
OK...it's far enough along now that I'm feeling more confident of seeing it through to the end. I wanted to make sure it didn't devolve into boxes of parts on Craigslist before launching a new build thread.

So here's the "before"...a '75 CB500T that I bought off a Maine state trooper. It was a barn find for him...only 2400 original miles. All I had to do to get it running was replace a float and needle seat. Though my intention from the get go was to do a cafe/brat, I briefly had second thoughts because it was in such good original condition. But there's a reason the CB500T was only produced for 2 years...it's kind of a pig...and I quickly came to my senses.

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Re: '75 CB500T - "Sancha"
« Reply #1 on: Aug 16, 2013, 16:43:42 »
Here's the only image of the tear down...probably the way it's best remembered...a hazy dream...

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Re: '75 CB500T - "Sancha"
« Reply #2 on: Aug 16, 2013, 16:49:53 »
Frame waiting for blast and new coat of shiny black...

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Re: '75 CB500T - "Sancha"
« Reply #3 on: Aug 16, 2013, 17:08:56 »
I'm not confident enough yet to tear down and rebuild an engine, so I called on a friend who has the experience and know-how to help me with this. The project now becomes a collaboration.

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Re: '75 CB500T - "Sancha"
« Reply #4 on: Aug 16, 2013, 17:15:13 »
Engine complete...frame painted...

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Re: '75 CB500T - "Sancha"
« Reply #5 on: Aug 16, 2013, 17:41:54 »
Looking good!
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Re: '75 CB500T - "Sancha"
« Reply #6 on: Aug 16, 2013, 17:44:57 »
Meanwhile, I'm skimming the grocery money and obsessively buying the parts needed to flesh out my vision...Mikunis, bars and grips, bullet lights, fiberglass fender, lithium ion battery, electronic ignition, etc., etc.

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Re: '75 CB500T - "Sancha"
« Reply #7 on: Aug 16, 2013, 18:20:57 »
Got one of the brat-style seat pans from Dime City and took it to a tuck n roll guy in New Hampshire along with a few yards of faux leather I picked up from a furniture manufacture. He turned it into a nice narrow bench seat that should look good with the refinished stock tank.

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Re: '75 CB500T - "Sancha"
« Reply #8 on: Aug 16, 2013, 18:26:24 »
Welded a short piece of rear fender to the hoop...stripped the tank. Fiberglass front fender came primed and ready to shoot.

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Re: '75 CB500T - "Sancha"
« Reply #9 on: Aug 16, 2013, 18:32:57 »
Drove up to northern New Hampshire to bring Rob Nigl at Peach Pit Racing the tank and fenders to get painted. He did an amazing job.