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Author Topic: '73 CB250 - Doing it right this time round.  (Read 99307 times)

Offline Green199

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Re: '73 CB250 - 'Rustic Racer' conversion.
« Reply #60 on: Jul 25, 2012, 17:46:57 »
I took the forks off to give the lowers a cleaning and slight polish.

Whilst I had the forks off, I checked the condition off the stancions. Towards the top they are pretty badly pitted and rusted. Below the lower clamp, the surface seems to have no pitting, just a little patch of rust.

You can see in the pictures where the lower clamp is positioned on the forks, and how below this point (the fork travel section) is in ok condition.

Would it be ok to keep the forks like this and maybe just spray and clean the rust up for aesthetics?
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Re: '73 CB250 - 'Rustic Racer' conversion.
« Reply #61 on: Jul 31, 2012, 19:37:16 »
Ok, shoulder seems fine now so back to working on the bike.

This is what I did to the forks. The fork travel area seemed in good clean condition, just the tops were badly pitted. So a few layers of Hammerite direct to rust paint seemed to clean them up relatively nicely. Will be running them without the original gaitors I think.
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Re: '73 CB250 - 'Rustic Racer' conversion.
« Reply #62 on: Jul 31, 2012, 19:41:36 »
Stripped the paint off of the swingarm and continued on the frame too. Tell you what, regretting not getting it blasted. Yes its money I really could do with saving, but stripping the paint with nothing but a wire wheel and a wire brush takes an absolute age!

Set the tank and seat on the frame as it sits to get a look of how its going to look back together. Really liking the bare metal frame, but know It can be a pain to clear without yellowing. So stuck between painting it black or as close a colour silver/grey to the bare metal as I can find...decisions, decisions....
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Re: '73 CB250 - 'Rustic Racer' conversion.
« Reply #63 on: Jul 31, 2012, 20:42:07 »
looks really cool man. shocks look too new.. but everything else is fantastic
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Re: '73 CB250 - 'Rustic Racer' conversion.
« Reply #64 on: Aug 01, 2012, 06:38:50 »
looks really cool man. shocks look too new.. but everything else is fantastic

Yeah I know what you mean. Going to wait until the front end is back on then have another look. If they still look out of place im gonna have to give them a once over with some scotchbrite to dull them a tad.
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Re: '73 CB250 - 'Rustic Racer' conversion.
« Reply #66 on: Aug 01, 2012, 08:12:58 »
dude cant get over how much i like the tank and seat! i have been coming back here to look at it like 20 times now. you never mentioned what your doing with that amazing faring. or you did and i missed it.. anyway, im really looking forward to seeing this come together.
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Re: '73 CB250 - 'Rustic Racer' conversion.
« Reply #67 on: Aug 01, 2012, 16:02:59 »
Cheers guys. I'm gonna build the bike without the fairing first (because its easy to just bolt on) and then see if I can get it to work with the rest of the bike. Bit of an arse about face way of doing it, but because i'm really not certain on the fairing its easier than definitely including it in the original build and then being disappointed.

The only real problem with it is that once its on, it doesn't leave enough room to tuck behind the screen because its too far back. The easy fix is to just move the entire fairing forward, but then it doesn't look 'right' because its too far forward. I do really like the lines and such of it, but, its just going to be a pain to make it function as well as it looks.
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Re: '73 CB250 - 'Rustic Racer' conversion.
« Reply #68 on: Aug 07, 2012, 13:36:43 »
Not a lot achieved recently. Mostly continuing with painting parts. Put a couple of coats of primer on the swingarm. Think I'm leaning towards a real raw, steel/gunmetal colour for the frame and swinger.

Also did some filling and then painted the front mudguard and the headlight bucket in the same grey as the seat. Still need to continue the stripe onto either the fender, or both the fender and headlight (not decided yet), and then age them both up.
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Re: '73 CB250 - 'Rustic Racer' conversion.
« Reply #69 on: Aug 07, 2012, 13:40:55 »
While the paint and primer was drying on the above parts, I cleaned a few things up.

Re sprayed the coil/condenser bracket, cleaned up said condenser and replaced the hardware with some stainless bolts. The paint isn't perfect so it fits with the aged look i'm going for, even though its not really important to look 'rough' because, well, its covered from sight by the tank.

Did the same to the tank mounts, and sprayed the lower fork clamp. Was trying to polish and clean it up like the top clamp, but it had a LOT of surface rust and then flash rusted overnight, so I just sealed it with a coat of hammerite.
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