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Author Topic: Rachels 78 CB400A...generic re-fresh  (Read 9670 times)

Offline trek97

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Rachels 78 CB400A...generic re-fresh
« on: May 17, 2017, 08:19:07 »
Rachel is loving her scooter.  Just needing something more.

Ted found this one close to him...went to check it out for me.  Turns out it was JUNK!  And the guy has been selling parts off while listed for sale on CL.  AND still wouldnt budge on price.



Found this one near Hurco.  The price just went stupid.



After 3 more days of hunting, this 1978 CM400A, Hawk, Hondamatic complete w clean title and original toolkit popped up on CL two hours from me.

Non-runner w no history.  Its been through the hands of atleast 2 POs w intentions to cafe it.  But neither got around to it.









My plan is a nice, safe, stock set up.
« Last Edit: Jan 08, 2018, 20:46:04 by trek97 »

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Re: 78 CM400A for Rachel
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2017, 08:35:50 »
I can dig it, man!

Make it a cool bike for a cool chick.
I'm going to eat your brains and gain your knowledge.

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Re: 78 CM400A for Rachel
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2017, 08:52:21 »
Ten-4 bro.
Its funny, cause at first I was like "ORANGE?!?! YUCK".

But now that its sitting surrounded by Gray, Beige and black bikes.  That orange adds a nice splash of COLOR to the garage.

And I think I like it.   :D

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Re: 78 CB400A for Rachel
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2017, 07:58:51 »
Starting work to make her run, or find the reason she was parked at only 2300 miles.

Got a new Clymer manual from Amazon. 
But even better, Maritime, sent me the DL link to Official Honda shop manual right here on DTT!  8)
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=14484.0

heating up old oil w lamp to drain and refill.



Shes got an oil filter.



Pulled plugs and shot some penetrant into cylinders.  Gave her a kick, Happy shes got spark on both plugs!



Hooked up to battery shes got some lights and the horn kinda works.





Pulled frozen carbs.  And got em soaking in carbmedic.











Found compression.





Put a big chain in the tank and it went for a tumble in the clothes dryer.



Dumped a mountain of rust out and filled to the top w Evaporust.  Now sitting for a couple days.






Old chain has been drinking up some penetrant.

« Last Edit: Jan 08, 2018, 23:05:03 by trek97 »

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Re: 78 CB400A for Rachel
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2017, 04:25:09 »
Thanks for the lesson

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Re: 78 CB400A for Rachel
« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2017, 06:44:06 »
Looking good mate.
I'm not sure, but don't ask Brodie.

Way to many build and half done projects to list here.
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Re: 78 CB400A for Rachel
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2017, 08:39:11 »
Thanks for the lesson

Your welcome, just doing what I love doing.  And looking to spend ZERO dollars until I get her fired up OR find the reason she was parked at only 2300 miles.  However, so far Ive spent $2.50 on the replacement overflow tubing...My repair leaked so I JB welded it.  (now its a temporary fix until I can get a solid bowl.) And $25 on a manual, I didnt need.  ;)   And WELCOME to DTT!   8)

Looking good mate.

Thanks bro.  So far I found no reason for parking this thing.  Pulling head cover now to take a peek down her blouse.   ;D

Valves are all dead nuts on spec.

« Last Edit: Jan 08, 2018, 22:53:14 by trek97 »

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Re: 78 CB400A for Rachel
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2017, 10:07:50 »
Hey, tell Rach no riding in flip flops unless she plans of drag racing this thing in Vietnam.  ;)


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Re: 78 CB400A for Rachel
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2017, 11:04:19 »
Carbs ready to go on.  Insulators soaking in Wintergreen oil, Getting oil up top and valves are dead in the center of spec.  Fixed stuck starter button and lubed the pull cable, push cable was torn in half.   :o 

Getting close to kicking this bitch.





« Last Edit: Dec 25, 2017, 06:47:06 by trek97 »

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Re: 78 CB400A for Rachel
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2017, 14:24:54 »
Following along.
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