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Blood Sweat Tears and Grease => Projects => Trackers => Topic started by: tjvtyler on Oct 06, 2015, 17:02:43

Title: 1974 Honda CL360 Tracker Build
Post by: tjvtyler on Oct 06, 2015, 17:02:43
Hello all,

Newb here. I have been looking around for a bike that I could build into a neighborhood cruiser but still go race the hooligan class with the local flat track club. I was looking at XLs and XRs but I wanted to start with something really cheap which is how I arrived at the CL. $600 on Craigslist. Motorsports are in my blood and I've been riding motocross and working on my moto bikes for a long time but this is my first "project" of any sort... To make it a little more fun I suckered a friend into a build-off. It will be his first project as well and he picked up a Yamaha DT250 for $50!

Here it is the day I picked it up. It wasn't running but has good compression. I would soon find out that pretty much all the wiring was trash. No biggie, I planned on a Motogadget unit anyway.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a217/secret717/CL360/IMG_5548_zpse24ju6im.jpg) (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/secret717/media/CL360/IMG_5548_zpse24ju6im.jpg.html)

Posing on the new (really old) whip!
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a217/secret717/CL360/IMG_5563_zpsyzxdija4.jpg) (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/secret717/media/CL360/IMG_5563_zpsyzxdija4.jpg.html)

The culprit...I have a lot to get to before I bother with this though.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a217/secret717/CL360/IMG_5557_zpse5xe3nyd.jpg) (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/secret717/media/CL360/IMG_5557_zpse5xe3nyd.jpg.html)

Getting stripped down. Not too bad of shape actually.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a217/secret717/CL360/IMG_5558_zpstzt5hhtw.jpg) (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/secret717/media/CL360/IMG_5558_zpstzt5hhtw.jpg.html)
We have a roller!
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a217/secret717/CL360/IMG_5590_zpsjgae3vhp.jpg) (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/secret717/media/CL360/IMG_5590_zpsjgae3vhp.jpg.html)

Motor will definitely need some blasting.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a217/secret717/CL360/IMG_5587_zpsplyk9pvl.jpg) (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/secret717/media/CL360/IMG_5587_zpsplyk9pvl.jpg.html)

Couldn't resist polishing one piece up just to see how tough it was gonna be to bring it back to life. This piece probably took 15 minutes. Not bad.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a217/secret717/CL360/IMG_5597_zpslukhnntx.jpg) (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/secret717/media/CL360/IMG_5597_zpslukhnntx.jpg.html)

Getting that shitty weathered paint off the tank.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a217/secret717/CL360/IMG_5611_zpsdxe6fgij.jpg) (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/secret717/media/CL360/IMG_5611_zpsdxe6fgij.jpg.html)

I was hoping I could leave the tank bare and just clear coat it but unbeknownst to me someone had already bondo'd the right side  >:(
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a217/secret717/CL360/IMG_5613_zpsyhtnjy2q.jpg) (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/secret717/media/CL360/IMG_5613_zpsyhtnjy2q.jpg.html)

The carbs were dirtier than an Amsterdam madam. This shit was like melted caramel.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a217/secret717/CL360/IMG_5615_zpsgfvvdlhk.jpg) (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/secret717/media/CL360/IMG_5615_zpsgfvvdlhk.jpg.html)

Get outta here brackets!
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a217/secret717/CL360/IMG_5620_zpsssewtfmc.jpg) (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/secret717/media/CL360/IMG_5620_zpsssewtfmc.jpg.html)

Starting on the tail. I couldn't seem to sketch up something I loved so I just said screw it and started shaving it up.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a217/secret717/CL360/IMG_5639_zpscoaqj6n0.jpg) (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/secret717/media/CL360/IMG_5639_zpscoaqj6n0.jpg.html)

This is what I got done last night. The basic shape is there but obviously some more work to do tonight!
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a217/secret717/CL360/IMG_5645_zps0p7pzgtv.jpg) (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/secret717/media/CL360/IMG_5645_zps0p7pzgtv.jpg.html)

I'll keep this thread going as it progresses. I'm sure I'll be reaching out for help soon.

Cheers,
Tyler

Title: Re: 1974 Honda CL360 Tracker Build
Post by: tjvtyler on Nov 30, 2015, 23:58:45
Been a while since my first post. Slow steady progress is the name of the game. I've done just about everything I can do without really spending much. Now it's time to start the spending.

Here's some pics...

Finished tail mould
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a217/secret717/20151013_012641182_iOS_zpsknd1r6qz.jpg) (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/secret717/media/20151013_012641182_iOS_zpsknd1r6qz.jpg.html)
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a217/secret717/20151013_020427599_iOS_zpsf1jk1kpv.jpg) (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/secret717/media/20151013_020427599_iOS_zpsf1jk1kpv.jpg.html)

Glass laid up
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a217/secret717/20151128_232133000_iOS_zpsel8w2ewn.jpg) (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/secret717/media/20151128_232133000_iOS_zpsel8w2ewn.jpg.html)

Frame as she sits now
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a217/secret717/20151104_000653823_iOS_zps2ybb5vrl.jpg) (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/secret717/media/20151104_000653823_iOS_zps2ybb5vrl.jpg.html)

Engine painted
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a217/secret717/20151128_232726347_iOS_zpserhymvpn.jpg) (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/secret717/media/20151128_232726347_iOS_zpserhymvpn.jpg.html)

Also found time to photoshop my vision for the bike. Getting there!
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a217/secret717/20151105_034632000_iOS_zpsxh0uqh4m.jpg) (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/secret717/media/20151105_034632000_iOS_zpsxh0uqh4m.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1974 Honda CL360 Tracker Build
Post by: Djfob on Dec 01, 2015, 00:35:31
Looking good so far!
Title: Re: 1974 Honda CL360 Tracker Build
Post by: tjvtyler on Dec 01, 2015, 18:09:12
Looking good so far!

Thanks Djfob!
Title: Re: 1974 Honda CL360 Tracker Build
Post by: tjvtyler on Dec 03, 2015, 17:21:05
Did some grinding over the last couple days.
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a217/secret717/20151203_005324443_iOS_zpsxai5yarx.jpg) (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/secret717/media/20151203_005324443_iOS_zpsxai5yarx.jpg.html)

First layer of filler on there. Obviously a bit of work left...
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a217/secret717/20151203_014452325_iOS_zpsj86a8xgm.jpg) (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/secret717/media/20151203_014452325_iOS_zpsj86a8xgm.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1974 Honda CL360 Tracker Build
Post by: WhyNot on Dec 03, 2015, 18:35:15
What was that you used to mold the seat?

Everything looks cool man......good job.
Title: Re: 1974 Honda CL360 Tracker Build
Post by: tjvtyler on Dec 03, 2015, 20:08:35
What was that you used to mold the seat?

Everything looks cool man......good job.

Thanks man! I used some craft foam from Hobby Lobby to form the shape then laid fiberglass over it.
Title: Re: 1974 Honda CL360 Tracker Build
Post by: WhyNot on Dec 04, 2015, 06:45:44
Thanks man! I used some craft foam from Hobby Lobby to form the shape then laid fiberglass over it.

Thanks, just looked different from others I'd seen.
Title: Re: 1974 Honda CL360 Tracker Build
Post by: sincerelyadam on Dec 04, 2015, 08:33:38
Rad!
Title: Re: 1974 Honda CL360 Tracker Build
Post by: stackpoole on Dec 19, 2015, 14:15:23
Following this build. Im thinking about going a similar route with my cb450. Great job so far!

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Title: Re: 1974 Honda CL360 Tracker Build
Post by: tjvtyler on Apr 20, 2016, 15:06:21
Finally started making some progress. Wheels/Tires are done, tail is done, engine is done and just about all the remaining parts have been ordered. Next up is welding up the rear hoop and then on to electrical. I picked up an M-Unit so hopefully it won't be too complicated.


Title: Re: 1974 Honda CL360 Tracker Build
Post by: treitz on Apr 20, 2016, 17:35:28
Nice work on that seat pan! Looks great.
Title: Re: 1974 Honda CL360 Tracker Build
Post by: Brodie on Apr 20, 2016, 22:12:36
Looks great, nice work on the tail. Engine looks good as well.

Have you checked those air filters to make sure they are not blocking any of the ports on the carbies? Some of the cheaper pods can block vital ports and make the bike run like crap. They also tend to be more restrictive than a good stock filter.
Grab some K&N or Uni filters. I will make a world of difference for tuning and troubleshooting.
Title: Re: 1974 Honda CL360 Tracker Build
Post by: sully1987 on Apr 21, 2016, 05:28:23
Would love to see some updates on the m unit


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Title: Re: 1974 Honda CL360 Tracker Build
Post by: Tune-A-Fishİ on Apr 21, 2016, 07:52:50
Coming along very nicely.

Next carb tear down you should consider sending the bodys off to RestoCycle for a vapor blast... well worth the money for both the detail and function  http://www.restocycle.com/

Similar to your carbs:

(https://noblehops.smugmug.com/photos/i-ChtqW8M/0/L/i-ChtqW8M-L.jpg)
Title: Re: 1974 Honda CL360 Tracker Build
Post by: tjvtyler on Apr 21, 2016, 14:21:50
Looks great, nice work on the tail. Engine looks good as well.

Have you checked those air filters to make sure they are not blocking any of the ports on the carbies? Some of the cheaper pods can block vital ports and make the bike run like crap. They also tend to be more restrictive than a good stock filter.
Grab some K&N or Uni filters. I will make a world of difference for tuning and troubleshooting.

Thanks for the tip! I'll definitely keep this in mind when I get it up and running.
Title: Re: 1974 Honda CL360 Tracker Build
Post by: tjvtyler on Apr 21, 2016, 14:23:18
Coming along very nicely.

Next carb tear down you should consider sending the bodys off to RestoCycle for a vapor blast... well worth the money for both the detail and function  http://www.restocycle.com/

Similar to your carbs:

(https://noblehops.smugmug.com/photos/i-ChtqW8M/0/L/i-ChtqW8M-L.jpg)

Yeah the carbs are driving me crazy. I will probably end up doing something before I finish this thing up. Refreshing everything else is making them stand out.
Title: Re: 1974 Honda CL360 Tracker Build
Post by: tjvtyler on Apr 21, 2016, 14:25:57
Nice work on that seat pan! Looks great.

Thanks treitz! It was my first shot at fiberglass and though it took a lot longer than it probably should have, I'm happy with the way it turned out.



Would love to see some updates on the m unit


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I'll be sure to chronicle my M Unit endeavors!
Title: Re: 1974 Honda CL360 Tracker Build
Post by: Zweihammer on Apr 24, 2016, 00:23:24
Great vision you have for your CL, your tracker tail looks trick. Are you going to try adding your number plates into it as a single unit?
I had an old, 60's tracker body given to me back in the 80's, when I was a teenager. It was one piece, tank, seat, numbers and tail. It was fiberglass molded with heavy, bass boat, silver flake and candy purple accents. I hated it and traded it for a TS185.
I so wish I had it today, I would build a whole bike around it.
Your photoshop reminds me of it.
Title: Re: 1974 Honda CL360 Tracker Build
Post by: tjvtyler on May 03, 2016, 12:53:12
Great vision you have for your CL, your tracker tail looks trick. Are you going to try adding your number plates into it as a single unit?
I had an old, 60's tracker body given to me back in the 80's, when I was a teenager. It was one piece, tank, seat, numbers and tail. It was fiberglass molded with heavy, bass boat, silver flake and candy purple accents. I hated it and traded it for a TS185.
I so wish I had it today, I would build a whole bike around it.
Your photoshop reminds me of it.

Thanks, I'm glad you dig it. I'm not sure what I'm going to do about the number plates yet. I just got the engine in last night. Going to start piecing it together to get everything working as it should before I tear it down and paint the frame/tank/tail.

Title: Re: 1974 Honda CL360 Tracker Build
Post by: 1sttimer on May 04, 2016, 09:27:45
Flippin rad.
Title: Re: 1974 Honda CL360 Tracker Build
Post by: advCo on May 10, 2016, 00:10:14
That tail is bitchin.'

I love fiberglass.
Title: Re: 1974 Honda CL360 Tracker Build
Post by: alaincam on Jun 17, 2016, 20:17:23
What type of tyres are those and what sizes?  Awesome stuff
Title: Re: 1974 Honda CL360 Tracker Build
Post by: tjvtyler on Jun 23, 2016, 23:48:45
What type of tyres are those and what sizes?  Awesome stuff

Tires are Shinko SR241. 3.5" front and 4" rear.
Title: Re: 1974 Honda CL360 Tracker Build
Post by: snmavridis on Jun 24, 2016, 10:28:11
Loving this thread.
Title: Re: 1974 Honda CL360 Tracker Build
Post by: 1fasgsxr on Jun 24, 2016, 13:28:13
yummy
Title: Re: 1974 Honda CL360 Tracker Build
Post by: crazypj on Jun 24, 2016, 15:45:38
Nice work on that seat pan! Looks great.

+1
 I like it.

BTW, when you get totally pissed off with carbs, send them to me and I'll make them work for you
Title: Re: 1974 Honda CL360 Tracker Build
Post by: tjvtyler on Jul 11, 2017, 22:32:25
Welp, I've lost motivation with this project seeing as the temps in my garage this time of year are a nice and cool 125 degrees. Located in AZ.

Clean title and TONS of new parts. Bike is not far from complete.

See CL ad here: https://phoenix.craigslist.org/evl/mcy/6192801752.html
Title: Re: 1974 Honda CL360 Tracker Build
Post by: coyote13 on Jul 12, 2017, 11:57:35
Aw man, you're so close!  And it looks so good!  Wait out the summer, I know the heat sucks donkey balls (I'm in Dallas so add in humidity to the temp) but you're gonna regret selling that bike
Title: Re: 1974 Honda CL360 Tracker Build
Post by: 1fasgsxr on Jul 12, 2017, 13:22:08
Don't give up !!  Get you a small window a/c unit and cool the garage down !!!
Title: Re: 1974 Honda CL360 Tracker Build
Post by: irk miller on Jul 12, 2017, 14:17:34
Seriously, man.  I'm not totally finished with mine, but I got it on the road.  It makes a huge difference being able to rip around on it, even if it needs to be painted or whatever.  They're a blast.  You just just need to experience the thing off the lift. 
Title: Re: 1974 Honda CL360 Tracker Build
Post by: Mxracer394 on Aug 13, 2017, 11:54:46
If you were local I would be all over that thing. I'm building a cb200. What did you do to the engine to make it look brand new?


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Title: Re: 1974 Honda CL360 Tracker Build
Post by: idahofrank on Dec 02, 2017, 23:07:18
May I ask where you got the reverse meg exhaust?  I would like to use the same on my CL450 headers. Thank you.