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Title: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Feb 05, 2017, 09:40:43
 ** I'm not sure what sub-forum to put this in, since it's not going to be a traditional cafe racer. I'm also not sure what other category it would fall under, either**

 I've known about this bike for a few years. The owner approached me at breakfast a few years ago after seeing my 550 in the parking lot. Then...he wouldn't sell. I'd occasionally call and ask him about it. After I gave up on it, he started calling me!
 I think the city is starting to get on him about his property. Imagine an episode of Hoarders meets American Pickers. There are four old Mopars and a bunch of Ford and Mopar big blocks there, too.
 The bike is a '73 CB500. It was rough when I first saw it a few years ago and has only gotten worse. He bought it in '74 and parked it in '81. This is what happens when you leave a bike in a leaky shed for 35 years.

As found.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/IMG_20160927_094427045_zpsvmcydtks.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/IMG_20160927_094427045_zpsvmcydtks.jpg.html)

 First time it saw daylight in 35 years.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/IMG_20160927_095616652_TOP_zpsqlvc0mno.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/IMG_20160927_095616652_TOP_zpsqlvc0mno.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/IMG_20160927_095635700_zpsy7yntltl.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/IMG_20160927_095635700_zpsy7yntltl.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/IMG_20160927_095628952_TOP_zpsryex4smb.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/IMG_20160927_095628952_TOP_zpsryex4smb.jpg.html)
 
 The gas tank was as thin as a beer can when I first saw it. It obviously got worse...
 For some reason, he wanted to keep it and the tag. I was more than happy to leave that mess in his yard.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/IMG_20160927_095620639_zpsmorfggei.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/IMG_20160927_095620639_zpsmorfggei.jpg.html)

 The bike was right across town.  I also drove 4 hours round trip to pick up a pair of 550 engines. One is an F model and is locked up and missing a few pieces, the other is a K model and complete, free and with good compression.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/00A0A_gcHSiwfQ7Fd_1200x900_zps7hxyrpns.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/00A0A_gcHSiwfQ7Fd_1200x900_zps7hxyrpns.jpg.html)

 I almost backed out on the bike after seeing it. The ONLY reason I went through with it is that a title is available (we're both still working with the DMV since it's lost somewhere in his parts hoard) and I have TONS of 500/550 stuff, including another good 500 engine/carbs, a tank, seat, side covers, exhaust, etc., etc., etc.
 It wouldn't be worth saving if I didn't already have most of the parts.
 Total for all of this: about $300.
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Feb 05, 2017, 09:46:28
Over the last month or so I've hosed off the carcass....

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/IMG_20161004_095248898_zpscsrazgka.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/IMG_20161004_095248898_zpscsrazgka.jpg.html)

 ...and pulled the engine and stripped the frame. I wire wheeled the rough spots and sprayed it with rust converter, just to stop the creep of decay!

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/16508378_10208638058734991_4752357336389005469_n_zpshh9e3tbo.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/16508378_10208638058734991_4752357336389005469_n_zpshh9e3tbo.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Feb 05, 2017, 09:46:57
 I have a set of Lester mags I'll be using.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/16473745_10208638058694990_2472563584428959506_n_zpsaa42fh3e.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/16473745_10208638058694990_2472563584428959506_n_zpsaa42fh3e.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Feb 05, 2017, 09:50:50
 Picked up a complete Yamaha R6 front end for a great price.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/s-l1600_zps9szptcuj.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/s-l1600_zps9szptcuj.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/s-l1600%201_zpsyzlksnpj.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/s-l1600%201_zpsyzlksnpj.jpg.html)

 And have started on the conversion (thanks to the help of a friend that works at a race shop and has excellent machining skills!)

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/R6Lester_zpstuy5kld0.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/R6Lester_zpstuy5kld0.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Feb 05, 2017, 09:56:13
 Did some porting and polishing. I'll be going with 1.00mm over intake valves and new exhaust valves. I clearanced the head for a CB650 cam. The plan is to take .020" off the head and use a .040" MLS head gasket. That will tighten up the deck height and, hopefully, improve the quench. I'm still considering getting an .010 base gasket to get it down a little closer to optimal, but just not sure if it's worth chasing that last little bit.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/intake%20port1_zpscpkgqnh2.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/intake%20port1_zpscpkgqnh2.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/intake%20port_zpsvcbkyaum.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/intake%20port_zpsvcbkyaum.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Feb 05, 2017, 09:57:59
The seat on the bike looked to be in great shape. But when I started cleaning it up and using vinyl/leather conditioner on it, the cover cracked.
 So I picked up an NOS seat. Sweet.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/seat2_zpsarjfrhub.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/seat2_zpsarjfrhub.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/seat_zpsr7kxesjg.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/seat_zpsr7kxesjg.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Feb 05, 2017, 10:01:08
 I tore down the top end of one of the spare 550 motors. Had a little vapor blasting done yesterday.

 Before:

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/16507916_10208634179438011_3966946750400122483_n_zpsklpb29mi.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/16507916_10208634179438011_3966946750400122483_n_zpsklpb29mi.jpg.html)

 After:

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/16426052_10208634179918023_3529966764431778644_n_zpsvkyyq27l.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/16426052_10208634179918023_3529966764431778644_n_zpsvkyyq27l.jpg.html)

 The pistons came out nice, too.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/16386934_10208634179318008_2346652907225456268_n_zpszw3w1wl7.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/16386934_10208634179318008_2346652907225456268_n_zpszw3w1wl7.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/16508803_10208634178077977_3563844035912312564_n_zpsiyu9tdo2.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/16508803_10208634178077977_3563844035912312564_n_zpsiyu9tdo2.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Feb 05, 2017, 10:09:16
And I guess I can let the cat out of the bag now...
 The part I'm most excited about are these hand made pipes. I LOVE the look of the curved RC style Honda race pipes. The Benelli racers also used them (also called Passollini replica pipes).
 I found a guy in Spain that makes these. Curved mufflers, removable curved baffles. The following pics are my actual pipes, under construction. They're done now and here, sitting in the spare bedroom just waiting!

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/thumbnail_CB500%20FOUR-3_zpsdryy9xty.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/thumbnail_CB500%20FOUR-3_zpsdryy9xty.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/thumbnail_CB500%20FOUR-1_zpscqc9rarf.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/thumbnail_CB500%20FOUR-1_zpscqc9rarf.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/thumbnail_CB500%20FOUR-2_zpsexxoge7t.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/thumbnail_CB500%20FOUR-2_zpsexxoge7t.jpg.html)

  This will give you an idea of what they'll look like on the bike.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/C-9-1024x768_zpselxp1j1b.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/C-9-1024x768_zpselxp1j1b.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/CORSA-9-optima_zpsyeurg7ng.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/CORSA-9-optima_zpsyeurg7ng.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: Green199 on Feb 05, 2017, 10:28:08
Damn those pipes look sexy.

Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: trek97 on Feb 05, 2017, 11:05:23
I dont know nothing bout port and polish.  But the whole thing is looking great!  8)
Keep it up and I agree the pipes are very cool.
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: WhyNot on Feb 05, 2017, 11:23:45
Would love to have a set of those pipes.................looking good man.
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: iatethepeach on Feb 05, 2017, 11:54:29
Those pipes rule.
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Feb 05, 2017, 12:05:54
 Other plans:

 * 400F bars and 400F foot pegs.
 * I have a brand new wiring harness and controls.
 * Stock style, but smaller, signals and tail light (I have something in the works)
 * I plan on degreeing in the cam as well.
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Feb 12, 2017, 16:08:47
 Picked up a set of genuine 400F bars at Barber. Installed new RH and LH controls, throttle cable and my favorite Pro-Grips.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/400F%20bars_zpslzxy1g5m.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/400F%20bars_zpslzxy1g5m.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/400F%20bars1_zpshyxqxf1y.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/400F%20bars1_zpshyxqxf1y.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: john83 on Feb 13, 2017, 21:13:26
Looking pretty sweet!
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: irk miller on Feb 14, 2017, 07:47:39
Loving it.  Must. follow. along.
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: JustinLonghorn on Feb 14, 2017, 07:53:57
I'm in.
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Feb 18, 2017, 20:48:23
 The rest of the wheel/axle spacers were machined up.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/received_10155140525409274_zps6os5pc2f.jpeg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/received_10155140525409274_zps6os5pc2f.jpeg.html)

 The top triple has been modified and the key switch hole machined off. Custom dust cover machined for top race.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/received_10155140525789274_zps82r2bw6v.jpeg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/received_10155140525789274_zps82r2bw6v.jpeg.html)

  Top bridge drilled for bar risers (CB350 twin) and gauge mount attached.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/received_10155140525714274_zpsxsfbuuv5.jpeg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/received_10155140525714274_zpsxsfbuuv5.jpeg.html)

 I hope to get it back this week. If I do, I can start on freshening up the forks and making stuff pretty.
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: fuego on Feb 18, 2017, 21:18:05
Love the CB400f bars!! Really cool bike by the way.


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Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Feb 20, 2017, 07:39:17
Started working on some 400F pegs while I'm waiting to get back all the stuff I dropped off last week. Still need to modify the heim joint on the shifter and modify the brake lever.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/16806724_10208758240899470_4885636895435726178_n_zps7dksogix.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/16806724_10208758240899470_4885636895435726178_n_zps7dksogix.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/16832391_10208758240819468_9196220049888372192_n_zps17tee03q.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/16832391_10208758240819468_9196220049888372192_n_zps17tee03q.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Feb 22, 2017, 19:57:20
Got the frame home yesterday. Wedged in the fender I hope to use, just to see if it would work. Looks like it'll be easy to make it fit.
 The bars clear the fork adjusters easily (those are not the bars I'll be using, though).

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/16938920_10208773612083740_1874598683376360283_n_zpsg63k4olk.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/16938920_10208773612083740_1874598683376360283_n_zpsg63k4olk.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Feb 22, 2017, 20:00:09
 Spent some time doing disassembly and working on the non-glorious stuff, like cleaning up random bits and pieces and hardware. Plenty of time with degreaser, Simple Green, EvapoRust, wire brushes, etc. Most people will never see this stuff again once the bike is put back together, but I'll know that every single bit has been touched, cleaned, polished or replaced.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/16864054_10208777115651327_2750085937404591279_n_zpsukspqp7n.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/16864054_10208777115651327_2750085937404591279_n_zpsukspqp7n.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Feb 22, 2017, 20:03:14
I modified the brake pivot to work with the 400F brake lever. This gives you the proper ratio with the shorter foot pedal.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/16831086_10208777115491323_7056580748690542207_n_zpsrf3hkkoj.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/16831086_10208777115491323_7056580748690542207_n_zpsrf3hkkoj.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Feb 22, 2017, 20:04:40
Got the head all cleaned up and installed the new valves. Decked .020 and 1.00mm over intakes, new exhaust valves.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/16730092_10208777116331344_36733179924357667_n_zpsnhyjnzxn.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/16730092_10208777116331344_36733179924357667_n_zpsnhyjnzxn.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/16832320_10208777115611326_3174701642748339889_n_zpstwuxwkpf.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/16832320_10208777115611326_3174701642748339889_n_zpstwuxwkpf.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Feb 22, 2017, 20:06:18
Stripped the frame to get it ready for powder coating. Dropped off the swing arm to have the inner sleeve and shock mounts pressed out. New bushings will go in after powder coating.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/16807642_10208777115811331_8571529472958801215_n_zpsyvlqclcv.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/16807642_10208777115811331_8571529472958801215_n_zpsyvlqclcv.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Feb 22, 2017, 20:08:34
 And here's a picture of the front Lester with FZR600 rotors and the spacers to make it all fit the R6 forks. Just because I think it's bad ass!  :)

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/16864857_10208777116211341_4690549877231085102_n_zpstthpcmio.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/16864857_10208777116211341_4690549877231085102_n_zpstthpcmio.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Feb 23, 2017, 11:52:57
Cleaned a few more batches of hardware. Also cleaned up the Lesters. I've painted/polished them before, and I had my Henry Abe's powder coated, but I decided to do more of a "sympathetic restoration" on these. I didn't want them too shiny...and I didn't want to deal with all the taping up for paint. They're in pretty good shape, with the rear being the worst. It has/had one spot of flaking paint and a few little spots of surface corrosion (no pits, just discoloration).
 I cleaned them with car wash soap, followed by a few passes with Purple Power and varying grades of SkotchBrite and fine steel wool. I'll go over the lips again with some 0000 steel wool and aluminum polish. The plan is to get a sheen to them like they would have had right out of the box.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/lesters%20clean_zps5h7ofmr9.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/lesters%20clean_zps5h7ofmr9.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Mar 04, 2017, 10:30:27
 More "invisible" work while I wait for parts to get back.

 We replaced the shift shaft seal (say that 3X, fast). Also honed the cylinders...

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/honed_zpsjhdgqf4y.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/honed_zpsjhdgqf4y.jpg.html)

 ...and modified a cam cover so that I'll be able to degree in the cam.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/degree%20cover_zps41szkfqr.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/degree%20cover_zps41szkfqr.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Mar 04, 2017, 10:35:04
 And one thing that's often overlooked is servicing the starter. In the past, I've experienced sluggish starter operation, and cleaning the starter really makes a big difference.
 Here's the "before" from this bike:

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/starter_zpsrfwvhlap.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/starter_zpsrfwvhlap.jpg.html)

 I neglected to get an "after", but here's some pics from a different build.

 Before (nowhere near as bad as the current build):

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/CB500/Before.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/CB500/Before.jpg.html)

 After:

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/CB500/after.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/CB500/after.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Mar 05, 2017, 17:26:40
 Got the 400F shifter heim joints modified and installed dust boots on the set I'm going to use.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/400F%20boots_zpsfd8aqako.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/400F%20boots_zpsfd8aqako.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Mar 05, 2017, 17:30:40
 Picked up the pipes from getting them ceramic coated. "Glacier Black" on the outside and a gold/green-ish coating on the inside that's a heat dispersant.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/coated1_zpsad2ukray.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/coated1_zpsad2ukray.jpg.html)

 I also got a closer look at the pipes. They are really well made and each muffler, pipe and baffle is individually numbered.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/coated2_zps1veplban.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/coated2_zps1veplban.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/coated4_zpsmjcli77l.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/coated4_zpsmjcli77l.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/coated3_zpsnly0tz6d.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/coated3_zpsnly0tz6d.jpg.html)

 Here's a look at the packing on the curved baffles.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/coatedbafles_zps7uj75mcs.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/coatedbafles_zps7uj75mcs.jpg.html)

 And my guy did the hardware and hangers, too.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/coatedhardware_zpstrdtfd9b.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/coatedhardware_zpstrdtfd9b.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Mar 05, 2017, 17:33:47
The pistons were vapor blasted, then coated with "Piston Coat" on the tops and "Micro Slick" on the skirts. Heat reflective and thin film lubricant, respectively.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/piston_zpsadyboyao.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/piston_zpsadyboyao.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/piston2_zps7pxz4bpk.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/piston2_zps7pxz4bpk.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/piston3_zpsh5hmdcdw.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/piston3_zpsh5hmdcdw.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: The Limey on Mar 08, 2017, 03:59:37
Sexy. My Y fronts also became coated with something looking at that  :-*
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Mar 11, 2017, 20:37:35
 I said I wasn't gonna do this, but I couldn't stand it. Everything else is getting powdercoated, painted, polished, chromed or detailed. The front was actually OK, but the rear was a little faded and chipped. They looked good from five feet away, but not so much up close.
 The lips got a hand polish to a shiny satin sheen, the body got a satin black paint job.
 Oh....and I also sanded down the fork lowers and painted them silver, followed with clear coat. They also got rebuilt with new seals, oil and a full service.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/taped_zpsyse12lib.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/taped_zpsyse12lib.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Mar 11, 2017, 22:24:49
 Mo' better.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/painted_zpsf30v3ea4.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/painted_zpsf30v3ea4.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Mar 13, 2017, 17:31:56
 Got the top end mostly done today. Now I can move on to timing the cam, as well as a few other odds and ends, like flipping the engine over to pull the sump, clean and inspect and replace the gasket. I can also start installing the new clutch discs, side covers, etc.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/17264347_10208923129021570_8178977443918868552_n_zpstzppudvf.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/17264347_10208923129021570_8178977443918868552_n_zpstzppudvf.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/17203195_10208923129461581_4899624377485641266_n_zpsq9o25xty.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/17203195_10208923129461581_4899624377485641266_n_zpsq9o25xty.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/17309093_10208923129381579_1763623526642388173_n_zpsdldoqepo.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/17309093_10208923129381579_1763623526642388173_n_zpsdldoqepo.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: tattoo on Mar 13, 2017, 20:17:13
nice!!!

attention to details so far is inspiring.

subscribed

Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: irk miller on Mar 13, 2017, 20:31:17
You plan on doing the spin-on oil filter conversion, scott?  I love the kit Randakk puts out for them. 
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Mar 13, 2017, 20:46:14
 I hadn't, but I might have to look into it now. I have a Nighthawk oil cooler that may go on it at a later date.
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: irk miller on Mar 13, 2017, 21:15:14
He also sells a version with the oil cooler option.
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: yorkie350 on Mar 14, 2017, 09:26:13
Great build mate eye for detail shows its worth  8) your exhausts are the dogs bollocks would love a set for my RC181 rep :P ime hooked in to the finish bud keep up the fantastic build quality and updates .
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Mar 22, 2017, 08:13:02
 Got the frame and other bits back from powder coating. I dropped off the swing arm to have new bushings pressed in.
 I also had the Avon's mounted on the Lester's. I need to finish up degreeing in the cam so I can get the engine in the frame.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/coated%20frame_zpskixajmcy.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/coated%20frame_zpskixajmcy.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/swing%20arm_zpstqqlgftr.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/swing%20arm_zpstqqlgftr.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Mar 22, 2017, 20:32:57
 I got the backing plate all cleaned up, painted and new EBC shoes installed. And new Avon's mounted and balanced on the Lester's.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/EBC%20shoes_zpshmcnmqbj.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/EBC%20shoes_zpshmcnmqbj.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/backing%20plate_zpsslhg8myz.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/backing%20plate_zpsslhg8myz.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Apr 13, 2017, 08:27:54
 Finally finished a seemingly never ending stretch of overtime and had a blitz day in the garage. Dad and I degree'd in the cam and got the top end assembled a couple of weeks ago. Adjusted the valves and a few other odds and ends.
 Tried the "frame over engine" method this time and that was SUPER easy. In no time at all I had a roller!

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/17523443_10209153013728544_8390000361310390008_n_zpsgdekwklx.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/17523443_10209153013728544_8390000361310390008_n_zpsgdekwklx.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/17903541_10209153013968550_6074136467328072179_n_zpsnvz2cj7c.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/17903541_10209153013968550_6074136467328072179_n_zpsnvz2cj7c.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/17884240_10209160143146775_6308875279564868252_n_zpsggdizdpn.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/17884240_10209160143146775_6308875279564868252_n_zpsggdizdpn.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/17904190_10209153021688743_7121735632903462886_n_zpsnl8cbaty.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/17904190_10209153021688743_7121735632903462886_n_zpsnl8cbaty.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/17757419_10209153015408586_8879082635681209227_n_zpshnbflk4b.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/17757419_10209153015408586_8879082635681209227_n_zpshnbflk4b.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Apr 13, 2017, 08:33:42
 I picked up a REALLY clean set of carbs at Barber last year. I started going through them yesterday. I pulled a couple of emulsion tubes just to check them, and generally just giving everything a good squirt of carb cleaner. I'm going to try to finish that up today and get the carbs and air box mounted.
 But I also need to cut grass. And work on the Interceptor project. And get a hair cut.
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: Kunphushun on Apr 13, 2017, 14:25:19
What a transformation!!!
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Apr 13, 2017, 22:05:00
 Got the carbs cleaned, bench synced, new breather hoses, overflow hoses and fuel lines. Installed the air box with new rubbers and got the battery box in. Oh, and I added oil to the crank case.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/carbs%20in_zpshwordghy.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/carbs%20in_zpshwordghy.jpg.html)

 

Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Apr 13, 2017, 22:06:52
 I just love this view with the 400F bars. And the Ikon shocks look great, too!

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/carbs%20in1_zpsbgjlamoj.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/carbs%20in1_zpsbgjlamoj.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/carbs%20in2_zpsx4kzrzzj.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/carbs%20in2_zpsx4kzrzzj.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Apr 14, 2017, 19:51:54
 Man, how cool is that?! The Goldwing brake splitter matches up PERFECTLY to the pre-drilled holes on the R6 lower triple!
 I found out that the R6 used a 14mm master cylinder, so I ordered one of the Honda style masters from 4into1.com (also 14mm) and picked up this splitter. Now I'll have no wires on the bars, a stock looking master, and the factory brake light wiring will plug right in! I talked to Shaun at Slingshot the other day and have a set of braided hoses on the way. I should have working front brakes soon!

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/splitter_zpswcsc4kgr.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/splitter_zpswcsc4kgr.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/splitter1_zpsjtkd6sap.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/splitter1_zpsjtkd6sap.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Apr 18, 2017, 19:58:17
 Got a lot more "invisible" work done. Got the new wiring harness laid, electrical panel cleaned up and installed, battery box, tool tray (and cleaned the tools and super cool fuse holder).
 Got the chain on and adjusted.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/electronics%20tray_zpsf5jlbugx.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/electronics%20tray_zpsf5jlbugx.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Apr 18, 2017, 20:01:18
 Also started on installation of the 400F pegs. No matter what you've heard, these are NOT "bolt on". I previously flipped the heim joint to make it a straighter shot. You also have to elongate the hole on the back of the foot peg to fit the matching peg on the frame. Oddly enough, the RH side slips right on (after removing that odd bracket).

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/400F%20shifter_zps6rayokdl.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/400F%20shifter_zps6rayokdl.jpg.html)

 I prepped the 400F brake pedal to be heated and bent tomorrow. I'll also have a tab welded on for the rear brake switch spring.
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Apr 18, 2017, 20:05:13
While I was wrapping that up, the UPS man showed up with my Speedhut gauge. I have to say, Rachel and the crew at Speedhut were a pleasure to deal with. I picked my font, background, bezel, etc., and I had them raise the red line to 12K RPM.
 They also sealed the gauge with silicone since it is going on a motorcycle and shortened the GPS cable (for the speedometer). But, coolest of all is the HRC logo I had them add!

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/speedhut_zpsrr7q0iai.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/speedhut_zpsrr7q0iai.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/speedhut%20mounted_zpsz3kmllsh.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/speedhut%20mounted_zpsz3kmllsh.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/speedhut%20backbone_zpsgjyol6tt.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/speedhut%20backbone_zpsgjyol6tt.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Apr 19, 2017, 14:29:42
 Worked on fitting the front fender today. I picked up a "Harley" or universal fender from eBay because I wanted one with no holes for cable guides, etc.' I wanted chrome. And I wanted a somewhat stock look.
 I started by taping some fuel line to the tire as a clearance guide.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/fender%20fit_zpsabzendyu.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/fender%20fit_zpsabzendyu.jpg.html)

 I had to drill a new hole at the rear and notch the front. I also had to compress the "ears". But, we got it on. I could drive myself insane trying to get it absolutely centered, but it's close enough.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/fender%20fit1_zpsombunzay.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/fender%20fit1_zpsombunzay.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/fender%20fit2_zpsn7evflup.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/fender%20fit2_zpsn7evflup.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Apr 19, 2017, 14:31:10
That's the good news. The bad news is that while fitting the fender I noticed that the front tire is on backwards. GRRRR!!!
 I tried just flipping the wheel around, but the spacers are side specific to center the calipers over the rotors. Guess I'll drop off the tire this afternoon to be swapped around.
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: surffly on Apr 19, 2017, 16:43:26
Neat build.

Looking forward to hearing about how the forks handle.
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Apr 19, 2017, 19:56:50
Got a package from 4into1.com AND from Slingshot today and kept plugging away at more of the little things. Or, as Fezzler is fond of saying, "eating the elephant".
 Got the new bulb in the headlight ring, started assembling the brake hoses, and made a center stand stop. The chrome bracket was from my parts pile, probably a leftover exhaust hanger of some sort. The bumper is a Honda part. Drilled out the hole a little bigger and pressed it in and gave the hanger a bend.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/center%20stand%20stop1_zpspwt01mxh.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/center%20stand%20stop1_zpspwt01mxh.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/center%20stand%20stop_zpsxa5w05l9.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/center%20stand%20stop_zpsxa5w05l9.jpg.html)

 And now the center stand doesn't hit the chain or brake stay anymore!

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/center%20stand%20stop2_zpsjwhcajlh.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/center%20stand%20stop2_zpsjwhcajlh.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Apr 20, 2017, 11:52:38
 Slingshot lines installed and routed to the Goldwing splitter.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/brake%20linessplitter_zpssskbji2k.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/brake%20linessplitter_zpssskbji2k.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/brake%20linessplitter1_zpsvvrowmxi.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/brake%20linessplitter1_zpsvvrowmxi.jpg.html)

 Reproduction master cylinder installed. I started the bleeding process, but I'll have to come back to that when I have some help in the garage.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/brake%20master_zpsoxe59goz.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/brake%20master_zpsoxe59goz.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: spotty on Apr 21, 2017, 00:27:49
try the force the fluid up from the bottom method, use a piece of clear hose and as large a syringe as you can get hold of, works a treat and little if any bleeding needed afterwards. simple one person operation
I used it to get the 6 piston 'busa calipers sorted on the Vmax after much farting round trying to bleed them the normal way and I had it all done in about half an hour
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Apr 27, 2017, 12:06:15
 Took a couple of 400F brake pedals....

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/400F%20brake%20before_zpskgk6dtxf.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/400F%20brake%20before_zpskgk6dtxf.jpg.html)

 Heated and bent them and welded on a tab for the brake switch spring...

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/400F%20brake%20heated_zpsadchuk6q.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/400F%20brake%20heated_zpsadchuk6q.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/400F%20brake%20tab_zpsyutcaabi.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/400F%20brake%20tab_zpsyutcaabi.jpg.html)

 ...had one powder coated "chrome" for my project...

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/400F%20brake%20powder_zpshitoopay.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/400F%20brake%20powder_zpshitoopay.jpg.html)

 ...and got it on the bike today. Yes, I know the lock nut needs to be underneath. And I'll fold down the spring once everything is adjusted.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/400F%20brake%20installed_zpshnmbghp2.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/400F%20brake%20installed_zpshnmbghp2.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/400F%20brake%20installed1_zps4ltikvdo.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/400F%20brake%20installed1_zps4ltikvdo.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Apr 28, 2017, 17:16:56
 Got the Pamco wired up today, and I adjusted the clutch. Gratuitous progress pics.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/progress1_zps1sbkvrjv.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/progress1_zps1sbkvrjv.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/progress2_zpsofxrqn2r.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/progress2_zpsofxrqn2r.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Apr 29, 2017, 19:23:37
 Took a couple of hours, but they're on! It really wasn't that bad. I snapped one little 10mm bolt that holds the two mufflers together. It must have been soft or something, because I wasn't even really torquing down on it.
 Anyway, they're on! I still need to clean off a little exhaust paste and finger prints. I have to make a new center stand stop, as the one on the bike isn't quite long enough. And for whatever reason, my kick stand wants to foul the #1 pipe. I think I'll pick up another one and heat and bend it ever so slightly to clear. It won't take much.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/pipes%20on_zpsjiucobmc.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/pipes%20on_zpsjiucobmc.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/pipes%20on1_zpsdv07q2qc.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/pipes%20on1_zpsdv07q2qc.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/pipes%20on2_zpslrusw2ci.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/pipes%20on2_zpslrusw2ci.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/pipes%20on4_zps9golw9af.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/pipes%20on4_zps9golw9af.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/pipes%20on3_zpsr7zge1k3.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/pipes%20on3_zpsr7zge1k3.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: Brodie on Apr 29, 2017, 22:38:33
Rad
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: CrabsAndCylinders on Apr 30, 2017, 03:30:34
Those pipes are fantastic to be more accurate, they the tits!
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: Melburn.CB500/4 on Apr 30, 2017, 09:02:04
Yep they look unbelievably good!

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Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Apr 30, 2017, 18:04:41
 Got the Speedhut gauge wired up today. I have a couple of old, sacrificial harnesses and I used the connectors to make it plug-and-play. I did this on the Pamco and the idiot lights as well. Everything on this bike is soldered and shrink wrapped...not crimp on connectors anywhere on the bike...and I'd say that more than 90% of them are the correct color wires and all of them are genuine Honda bullets or female connectors.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/speedhut%20wires_zps7zrxlbzj.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/speedhut%20wires_zps7zrxlbzj.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/speedhut%20in_zps76g3sszm.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/speedhut%20in_zps76g3sszm.jpg.html)

 The Speedhut has built in turn and high beam indicators. I really wanted an oil and neutral light, too. Picked up some mini LED lights and mounted them here. I played around with making a bracket to mount them on the top triple or next to the Speedhut gauge, but nothing looked clean. This is all stealthy and right in my line of sight when sitting on the bike.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/idiot%20lights_zpshu0fjglg.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/idiot%20lights_zpshu0fjglg.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/idiot%20lights1_zpsvfaiovkp.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/idiot%20lights1_zpsvfaiovkp.jpg.html)

 I'll probably move the whole headlight assembly up a few mm's, once the seat and tank are on. Just waiting to get everything lined up before tightening it down.
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: 540Nova on Apr 30, 2017, 18:18:39
Looks good.


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Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Apr 30, 2017, 19:22:47
 And you may notice that I have no rear fender/grab bar/tail light.
 I found two chrome shops within 50 miles of me and just picked one. After a few weeks, I called to find out what's up. Turns out the one I chose is a Mom and Pop operation and "Pop" had a heart attack and had a pace maker installed. When he was finally well enough to get back in the shop, the chemicals in the tanks had gone bad. They're replaced the chemicals but are still having problems with flaking. My grab bar and tail light are done. The fender is in a batch with a bunch of other stuff that they can't seem to get right. Just my luck.

 At this point, I'm ready to install a battery and I THINK I'm ready to fire it up. Maybe sometime in the next few days.
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on May 01, 2017, 23:17:06
 Heard from the painter today. The tank is done and side covers should be done in the morning. The tank started out as a nice original paint tank with zero rust inside and no dents or dings. Another find at the Spring meet at Barber last year.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/tankbefore1_zpspaf4ze0w.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/tankbefore1_zpspaf4ze0w.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/tankbefore_zpsskmg9uhd.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/tankbefore_zpsskmg9uhd.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/tankbefore2_zpsyi8azeeu.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/tankbefore2_zpsyi8azeeu.jpg.html)

 And here's a teaser pic from my paint guy. I usually install the cap, badges, etc., but this time I asked the painter to do it. Replaced the gas cap with a nicer one; new rubber seal and hinge pins.Badges are new. I have a new genuine Honda petcock for it. The stripes are painted on, not decals.
 I have the original tank trim but it seems to have a gold tint to it and just doesn't look right with the silver paint. Maybe I'll find something to replace it, maybe I'll just leave it off.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/tank%20paint1_zpsinrfcoyd.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/tank%20paint1_zpsinrfcoyd.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/tank%20paint_zpsouqruajp.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/tank%20paint_zpsouqruajp.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on May 02, 2017, 19:09:28
 Picked up the bodywork today.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/paint%20set1_zps2f2ll1mq.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/paint%20set1_zps2f2ll1mq.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/paint%20tank1_zpsctqt2cph.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/paint%20tank1_zpsctqt2cph.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/paint%20tank_zpsvw8lreio.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/paint%20tank_zpsvw8lreio.jpg.html)

 The tank badges are new. The gas cap was replaced with a nicer one and a new seal and pins installed. The side cover badges are super nice originals that were removed from broken original side covers years and years ago.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/paint%20side%20cover_zpsidxitbij.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/paint%20side%20cover_zpsidxitbij.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/paint%20badge_zpselsfzxeh.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/paint%20badge_zpselsfzxeh.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: BigNickel on May 03, 2017, 08:46:18
Looking great!
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on May 03, 2017, 18:01:47
 Well, I heard the pipes today! Hooked up an IV and fired her up. There's a little more valve noise than I'd like (sort of to be expected after a full top end rebuild). I adjusted the valves, but I'll go back through them again. The carbs were pissing fuel out the overflows. Again, I gave them a quick clean and once over. They were really nice carbs to begin with and I was hoping I could get by but, alas.... I'll pull them and have my carb guy do his thing. I was able to set the timing. I need to play with the Speedhut tach and get it the correct signal and pulse.
 The idle seemed high, but wanted to die if I cut back on it too much. I mostly just held it as it was and even a little higher to help seat the rings. No smoke, no big oil leaks that I can see, no exhaust leaks that I can tell.
 As a "proof of concept" start, I'd say it went OK.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oe1E6yFMGuo

Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: Supergyro on May 04, 2017, 12:55:57
That tank and those sidecovers look FANTASTIC! Kudos to your painter, and kudos to you on an excellent build so far.
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on May 06, 2017, 13:27:56
 The carbs for this project, I picked up at Barber last year. They were super clean, had some chrome bowls and tops, and supposedly were on a bike not too long ago.
 I took a quick look inside, sprayed a little carb cleaner through them, and slapped them on. That was a mistake on my part. Fuel pissing out the overflows like crazy. I've been through CB550 carbs plenty of times, but I have a carb guy within walking distance of my house. Yanked them off yesterday and dropped them off. Sure enough, the one area I didn't get into was the issue. I didn't pull the floats and fuel valves. The O-rings were crumbling.
 Rick has a method of polishing and seating the needles and he installed new O-rings on the fuel valves, main jets and drain screws for me. He also cleaned them up a bit better. Ought to be good to go this time.
 Hope to get them back on in a day or two and fire it up again and make attempt #2 and tuning it. I also re-adjusted the valves yesterday.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/carbs%20rick4_zpsinbibhck.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/carbs%20rick4_zpsinbibhck.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/carbs%20rick1_zpsrfsjqnua.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/carbs%20rick1_zpsrfsjqnua.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/carbs%20rick3_zpsnmhztow6.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/carbs%20rick3_zpsnmhztow6.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/carbs%20rick2_zps0lpgpq9f.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/carbs%20rick2_zps0lpgpq9f.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/carbs%20rick_zpsy8qqekji.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/carbs%20rick_zpsy8qqekji.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on May 06, 2017, 13:29:55
Just got through vacuum syncing them. Can't go for a real test ride until the tank is on, and I think I could use a larger pilot jet, as I ended up at ~3/4 turn out and stock is 1.5.
 I think I can tune it this way, but if I ever have to go back in them, I'll go up on the pilot. I can't remember if there's a 38 or 40 in there right now.
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on May 09, 2017, 12:13:02
Rear fender, grab bar and tail light are FINALLY on their way here from the chrome shop. I plan on finishing up the wiring now. I'm still trying to figure out why I have a lag in the tach on the Speedhut gauge.
 I think I'll go ahead and install bodywork and seat and maybe ride it a little bit. I have access to a dyno shop in Concord. I think I'll ride or haul it up there and actually have the carbs tuned and jetted properly, depending on what I find once it moves under it's own power (other than up and down the driveway with the fuel in the bowls).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lh5e0SMin20
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: canyoncarver on May 09, 2017, 13:03:43
Man that's pretty.
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on May 10, 2017, 12:47:23
 FINALLY got my stuff back from the chrome shop.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/chrome_zpsfbeshepq.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/chrome_zpsfbeshepq.jpg.html)

 I had a CL350 tail light bracket chromed. It looks like the original, but smaller.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/tail%20lights1_zpscim0gci6.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/tail%20lights1_zpscim0gci6.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/tail%20ligts_zpscpaahbzx.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/tail%20ligts_zpscpaahbzx.jpg.html)

 Got everything on the bike. I'll probably go ahead and install the seat now. I'll position the GPS antenna to be as discreet as possible back there. I could probably go ahead and install the tank and side covers, but I'd really like to figure out what's up with the tach first. I'll leave that stuff off for easy access to all the wiring.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/chrome%20on4_zps5h90g4dn.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/chrome%20on4_zps5h90g4dn.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/chrome%20on_zpsjaq1ogdq.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/chrome%20on_zpsjaq1ogdq.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/chrome%20on1_zpsj1x8rj66.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/chrome%20on1_zpsj1x8rj66.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/chrome%20on2_zpseod6ykdq.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/chrome%20on2_zpseod6ykdq.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/chrome%20on5_zps7s3onyhv.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/chrome%20on5_zps7s3onyhv.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: JustinLonghorn on May 10, 2017, 12:48:58
Purrdy.
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on May 10, 2017, 18:04:35
 Installed the NOS seat today. The ONLY thing that's stopping me from installing the bodywork is waiting for a noise filter for the Speedhut tach to get here. I don't want to take the tank on and off to access the wiring anymore than I have to.

 The seat and pan are beautiful. Even the logo.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/seat%20new_zpsnqepxwit.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/seat%20new_zpsnqepxwit.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/seat%20logo_zpsjomqro8i.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/seat%20logo_zpsjomqro8i.jpg.html)

 This bike had the complete factory tool kit in the original bag, that nifty fuse holder (that originally had 3 fuses, but I broke one taking it out. I have some spares in the tool kit), and even the original owners manual.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/tool%20kit_zps4uxgv87d.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/tool%20kit_zps4uxgv87d.jpg.html)
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(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/owners%20manual_zpsic5hgcaj.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/owners%20manual_zpsic5hgcaj.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on May 11, 2017, 14:33:43
 Picked up an NOS kickstand (because I had cut off the ball on the old one and I ended up needing it) and had it tapped for a set screw.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/kickstand_zpsvafbbk5h.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/kickstand_zpsvafbbk5h.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/kickstand1_zpsk6upzmgr.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/kickstand1_zpsk6upzmgr.jpg.html)

 This allows me to lift the stand without it hitting the pipe. This pic makes the gap look bigger than it really is. I might be able to go in another thread or two and tuck it up a little closer if needed.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/kickstand2_zpsoaz7gap8.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/kickstand2_zpsoaz7gap8.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on May 17, 2017, 19:57:40
 Waiting on mirrors, and there's minor tweaking to do, including possibly dyno tuning, but this one's basically DONE!

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/done_zpso98n9v55.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/done_zpso98n9v55.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/done1_zpsz83qdrti.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/done1_zpsz83qdrti.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/done2_zpszq14jymq.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/done2_zpszq14jymq.jpg.html)
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(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/done5_zpsrrco7gav.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/done5_zpsrrco7gav.jpg.html)
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Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on May 17, 2017, 19:59:05
 Before:

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/IMG_20160927_095616652_TOP_zpsqlvc0mno.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/IMG_20160927_095616652_TOP_zpsqlvc0mno.jpg.html)

 After:

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/done2_zpszq14jymq.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/done2_zpszq14jymq.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on May 17, 2017, 21:43:42
 Here's a vid. You may notice I was having trouble shifting into 3rd gear. I'm having an issue with the 400F shifter. I can't seem to adjust the "slop" or free play out of the linkage. It's moving WAY too much before moving the shift shaft.
 I'm not sure what's going on, as this is the 3rd bike I've used them on. I referred to my old pics and such but can't seem to figure it out. The good news is that I have all the stock parts and, when I slapped on a stock peg and shifter, everything works just fine. I might just clean up/detail/paint/polish the stock stuff and use it for now. I'm anxious to get it out of the neighborhood and get some shakedown miles on it!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPmFqV65lk4
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on May 17, 2017, 22:06:01
 And a few more with better light. No washed out emblems on the tank.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/done11_zpshdus81ld.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/done11_zpshdus81ld.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/done10_zpsozxcaups.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/done10_zpsozxcaups.jpg.html)
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Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: Green199 on May 19, 2017, 07:36:28
Very, very nice work man. Looks better than new.
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: CrabsAndCylinders on May 19, 2017, 18:08:25
Looks great, man I love those pipes!
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: Melburn.CB500/4 on May 20, 2017, 19:23:42
Great job that bike looks bewdiful!

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Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on May 20, 2017, 20:40:04
Because of work, getting sick, etc., I've managed to put a grand total of about 13 miles on this bike since finishing it.  :-\

 Initial impressions:

- The R6 front end, iKon shocks and Avon tires give an AMAZING ride and really good handling.
- The jetting is really close, but I think I can get it better. I'm trying to schedule some dyno tuning.
- The reproduction style 14mm master cylinder has a somewhat soft feel at the lever, but the brakes are really, really good. I'm talking two-finger good. EBC pads up front, EBC shoes out back. Drilling that hole on the brake arm for better leverage is noticeable, too. Very good brakes all around.
- The pipes aren't as loud as I expected, especially after hearing Flatlander's review. Nice growl, rips alittle at higher RPM.
- It's comfy. The NOS seat and 400F bars give me a nice riding position. Especially with the nice suspension. In the past, when I've seen pics of me on a 500/550, I've always thought "Gee, that bike doesn't feel as small as it looks in that pic". The Honda middleweights really "fit", to me.
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: Pan1cReaper on May 21, 2017, 13:03:26
I cant get over the stock tail lights but thats just me. The bike looks great. The forks blend right in with the oem+ look. The pipes are awesome and I want one of those gauges.
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on May 21, 2017, 16:03:01
 The tail light isn't stock.... exactly.....

 It's a CL350 tail light that I had chromed. Same style as stock, but much smaller. It's all about being subtle. ;)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on May 26, 2017, 16:57:21
 Out and about. Getting closer and closer on the carb tuning. First tank got me 40 MPG, which isn't bad considering all the fiddling I've been doing with the carbs. Picked up a new timing light and double checked the timing. It's dead on at full advance on both coils. Got the mixture screws back out to closer to where they should be. Running pretty good, too!

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/6-26-17_zps7tmsad7c.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/6-26-17_zps7tmsad7c.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/6-26-17-1_zpsktujftga.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/6-26-17-1_zpsktujftga.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/6-26-17-2_zps6fxeel66.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/6-26-17-2_zps6fxeel66.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: CrabsAndCylinders on May 27, 2017, 21:51:58
Sure looks nice, this bike!
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Jun 03, 2017, 18:07:49
Rode it up to Cyclemania - Charlotte today. Took the back way in and put another 100 miles on her. Ran great. It has a really nice mid-range and pulls well at 4K and above. I took it to 7k for a couple of quick bursts on the way home. I still have just under 300 miles on it so I'm gradually increasing the revs.
 I haven't looked at the plugs yet, but it seems to run well. I got about 37 MPG on the last fill up, which isn't too bad. Could maybe be a little better. Haven't looked at plugs again. Gonna let her cool down first.
 Speaking of cooling down, as soon as I hopped off and removed my helmet and gloves, I hit it with the IR temp gun. I'm getting about 235 on the cylinders, 260 on the head and the exhausts were 385-400 right at the exhaust port and the bend. I've found that bend is always the hottest part on any bike. Just a few inches down the headers and the temps drop to 350-365. I don't think that's bad, seeing as I just rode it an hour home and it's not exactly cool out today.

 Parked next to this nice CB750. Is that any of you guys?

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/cyclemania_zpshw61uzp3.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/cyclemania_zpshw61uzp3.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Jun 24, 2017, 11:44:51
Swapped out the aftermarket mirrors for genuine Honda. MUCH better as far as vibration, and the actually sit lower and slightly wider, which really cleans up the lines too, IMO.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/OEM%20mirrors_zpsou2pr5xh.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/OEM%20mirrors_zpsou2pr5xh.jpg.html)

 Also added a little HRC "bling".

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/bling_zpsqysz2ast.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/bling_zpsqysz2ast.jpg.html)

 Just love the way it turned out, if I do say so myself.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/June24_zpsq6arrfoz.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/June24_zpsq6arrfoz.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Jun 25, 2017, 20:05:08
 This bike is up for Bike of the Month over at SOHC4.net. I'm up against some TOUGH competition, and it's always hard for a 500/550 to beat a 750. If any of you are also member there, I sure would appreciate your vote!
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Sep 04, 2017, 19:20:31
 Out putzing around on the bike today and was struck by inspiration for a photo op. Some of you will get the inside joke here.....

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/21369355_10210340265249090_4485712793520152984_n_zps7pusuekq.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/21369355_10210340265249090_4485712793520152984_n_zps7pusuekq.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/21369233_10210340267929157_7393635413225976765_n_zpsyjobqfzq.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/21369233_10210340267929157_7393635413225976765_n_zpsyjobqfzq.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/21371225_10210340270569223_2449476126478178828_n_zpsxvrgyhkn.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/21371225_10210340270569223_2449476126478178828_n_zpsxvrgyhkn.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/21231917_10210340272169263_9028649563672172275_n_zps9lr6fhnv.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/21231917_10210340272169263_9028649563672172275_n_zps9lr6fhnv.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/21272282_10210340266609124_7305953377441505646_n_zpsetkqic5k.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/21272282_10210340266609124_7305953377441505646_n_zpsetkqic5k.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: scott s on Sep 04, 2017, 19:25:19
Bike is running good. Still trying to rack up the miles so I can get it on the dyno. I don't expect it to make huge numbers; this will mostly be for tuning purposes.
 It doesn't pull quite as hard up top as I feel it should. But it runs clean, plugs look good and it runs CRAZY cool. Don't know if it's the tune, the vapor blasted head and cylinders, the coatings or what.
 The pipes are also loud. Maybe it just sounds like it's revving really hard. I just know that once it gets to around 7K it seems to slow down in revs. Maybe a faulty tach reading...I dunno. It'll get to 80 or 90 pretty easy, though!

The only thing I've really done to other than ride it is add some genuine Honda mirrors and a little HRC bling to the brake reservoir.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/OEM%20mirrors_zpsou2pr5xh.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/OEM%20mirrors_zpsou2pr5xh.jpg.html)
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z189/uberkafer/Glutton/bling_zpsqysz2ast.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/uberkafer/media/Glutton/bling_zpsqysz2ast.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: canyoncarver on Sep 05, 2017, 11:48:49
It really is a sweet bike.
Title: Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
Post by: 1fasgsxr on Sep 05, 2017, 13:07:22
Such a good looking machine !!