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Author Topic: 74 Honda XL 350 - The Turd  (Read 29018 times)

Offline CALfeRacer

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Re: 74 Honda XL 350 - The Turd
« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2016, 17:51:42 »
Oh man, I'm jealous. I miss that 75, I was too quick to sell it and really wish I didn't.
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Re: 74 Honda XL 350 - The Turd
« Reply #11 on: May 23, 2016, 10:12:19 »
I am in.
I'm going to eat your brains and gain your knowledge.

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Re: 74 Honda XL 350 - The Turd
« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2016, 00:47:10 »
Back after traveling for the weekend. Finishing up disassembly. Kickstart lever was a sumbitch to get off the spine, ended up splitting it wider with a screwdriver and prying it off. I think I broke the piston free while I was trying to loosen the kicker, so there's that

Drained out some fairly decent looking oil (half of it went on the shop floor). Next time I get out there I'll dig into the top and end check the centrifugal filter.



Some straight up doo-do out the carbs



Throttle valve/slide is still stuck in there. Got the carb soaking overnight hopefully I can break it free tomorrow. Brass is in good shape, almost looks like it was never messed with.



Let's see if we can't eat some rust.


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74 XL350 - The Turd - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70252.0
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Offline vandito.cb

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Re: 74 Honda XL 350 - The Turd
« Reply #13 on: May 24, 2016, 01:03:53 »
the frame doesn't look a tenth as rough as it did when everything was on.

gonna paint or powder?
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74 Honda XL 350 - The Turd
« Reply #14 on: May 24, 2016, 01:06:33 »
It's actually in decent shape overall. I want to powder but this is going to be a pretty low budget build and the list of parts I need to pick up is getting bigger and bigger.

I was thinking of picking up the HF PC gun and a toaster oven for small parts, since I'm keeping a lot of the stock setup.

Gonna have the frame blasted by the guy who did the 360 frame, see what he gives me for a quote to PC on the frame and swinger.


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"He broke the mirrors off his Cadillac, 'cause he doesn't like it looking like he looks back."

74 CB360 - Luna - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=63294.0
82 GS550L - Tracker-ish - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=67229.0 - Sold
74 XL350 - The Turd - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70252.0
Suzuki FA50 "No-Ped" - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=71189.0
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74 Honda XL 350 - The Turd
« Reply #15 on: May 24, 2016, 22:46:13 »
Started in on the engine. Exhaust valves have  been stuck open for ?? years. Will definitely need to replace the exhaust valve springs, if not the valves. Exhaust ports are filthy and piston still seized. Cam sprocket is in such a position that I can only access 1 bolt. Tried a few custom 10mm wrenches to free the lower bolt but no luck. I'm thinking my best option is to break a link on the timing chain and let it drop so I can remove the head and access the cylinder.

Any pro tips for this situation?




Rockers, camshaft and upper journals look to be in good shape. No major damage or scoring. That's a win.

« Last Edit: May 24, 2016, 22:47:44 by adventurco »
"He broke the mirrors off his Cadillac, 'cause he doesn't like it looking like he looks back."

74 CB360 - Luna - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=63294.0
82 GS550L - Tracker-ish - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=67229.0 - Sold
74 XL350 - The Turd - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70252.0
Suzuki FA50 "No-Ped" - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=71189.0
73 Suzuki RV125 -http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=73875.0

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Re: 74 Honda XL 350 - The Turd
« Reply #16 on: May 24, 2016, 22:55:38 »
It's toast. If you have a chain breaker pop it and send me the rock box and head  :o
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Re: 74 Honda XL 350 - The Turd
« Reply #18 on: May 24, 2016, 23:14:25 »
Grind off the ends of one pin link and push it out.  You can get a master link later.

Fixed... I have a few master links if you need one later tater
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Re: 74 Honda XL 350 - The Turd
« Reply #19 on: May 24, 2016, 23:16:29 »
I have a chain breaker...but heard you aren't supposed to reuse pushed out pins?
"He broke the mirrors off his Cadillac, 'cause he doesn't like it looking like he looks back."

74 CB360 - Luna - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=63294.0
82 GS550L - Tracker-ish - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=67229.0 - Sold
74 XL350 - The Turd - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70252.0
Suzuki FA50 "No-Ped" - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=71189.0
73 Suzuki RV125 -http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=73875.0