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Author Topic: Real back in the day survivor  (Read 20160 times)

Offline surffly

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Real back in the day survivor
« on: Apr 14, 2013, 18:59:41 »
A friend has owned this bike for years.
Now I finally own it.
Was built in LA in '74 out of a crated brand new bike.
This is a cb550.

Wiring is shot and a rats net so that's the first job.
Carbs were just rebuilt, soda blasted an polished.
Has new tires.
Needs front brake hooked up and shoes replaced.

Silver tank now though



rrmerlin1650

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Re: Real back in the day survivor
« Reply #2 on: Apr 16, 2013, 09:44:52 »
Sweet! you found one!! CHEERS!

Offline MarcelM

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Re: Real back in the day survivor
« Reply #3 on: Apr 16, 2013, 16:23:36 »
WOW! isn't that oldskool or what!! Super!

Offline surffly

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Re: Real back in the day survivor
« Reply #4 on: Apr 22, 2013, 23:38:31 »
Started work on the wiring....
And boy did it need it.
Millions of but connectors and the super crazy thin wire powering the coils.
I spent most of the day making my own harness, luck this bike doesnt really need that many wires.

Bike is weeping oil, not sure from where.
Does look like at some point the bike will need a head gasket, but hopping not till next winter.

Need to order new chain and sprockets.
The rear on the bike now is tiny and robs the low end it needs.
Also starting to think about running an exhaust that is more then just headers.
Right now it just has real dunstal headers, I have the mid pipe but it doesnt fit. 
Thinking side mounted fish tails.


Here is a better picture of the front.
Still dont know if its correct or not.
But did find that the neck bearings were shot, so those will need to be replaced.
Zero idea if they are honda, amen, or harley parts.  Will need to find out.


Ordered some grips and a better rear brake light trigger.
The bike had mini clubmans on it before I got it, and I am thinking I want to go with them now.
They will push the controls just a bit forward and that would really make the bike more comfortable.


And the number one part that every bike should have!


Offline DrJ

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Re: Real back in the day survivor
« Reply #5 on: Apr 23, 2013, 00:18:30 »
Hallcraft front hub.

Offline Tim

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Re: Real back in the day survivor
« Reply #6 on: Apr 23, 2013, 15:15:31 »
'...neck bearings are shot...'

Would hardly think it would matter ;)
"Quality . . . you know what it is, yet you don't know what it is. But that's self-contradictory. But some things are better than others, that is, they have more quality. But when you try to say what the quality is, apart from the things that have it, it all goes poof! There's nothing to talk about. But if you can't say what Quality is, how do you know what it is, or how do you know that it even exists? If no one knows what it is, then for all practical purposes it doesn't exist at all. But for all practical purposes it really does exist."


Offline Ross.

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Re: Real back in the day survivor
« Reply #8 on: Apr 25, 2013, 08:26:58 »
Love it. Kick myself for not buying a chopped 750 frame way way way back in the 80s.
My W'nR'n blog....http://rossmz.blogspot.com/

#japstyle Rusty the Yammie Scorpio (now sold) -
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=72970.0

Bender (now sold) - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70756.0

Suzuki DR500 Tracker (now sold) -http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=72517.0

"Pistoncino" the Gilera 106Speciale Strada  http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=71526

Offline VonYinzer

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Re: Real back in the day survivor
« Reply #9 on: Apr 25, 2013, 08:39:55 »
I'm 99% sure Amen frames used Harley neck bearings. A quick measurement of the steering stem would tell you though.
Like a river that don't know where it's flowin'
I took a wrong turn and just kept goin'