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Blood Sweat Tears and Grease => Projects => Cafe Racers => Topic started by: JSJamboree on Jul 24, 2009, 18:43:44

Title: Project: Snoopy (74 CB550)
Post by: JSJamboree on Jul 24, 2009, 18:43:44
This is my first bike build, but ive been rebuilding 80s VWs for awhile now.  I got burnt out working on my lastest VW project (an 82 Rabbit pickup turbo diesel) and got a bike which I have always wanted.  Got a steal on 2 74 CB550s ($400) that have been sitting in a garage for 15 years.

 I wanted someone affordable as its my first bike, and something that I obviously could customize.  Ive been working on it about the last 3 weeks, so I'll catch anyone up who's curious.

Here when I first got them home.
(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_mQswK829Vx0/Si0ed4w1zDI/AAAAAAAAAok/4MURHL29Jag/s512/photo%286%29.jpg)

(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_mQswK829Vx0/Si0eaadECPI/AAAAAAAAAoU/eZd0mlIdRNk/s512/photo%282%29.jpg)

Wanted to go for the Cafe look without spending to much money, so I took a body hammer and smashed in some knee indents, smoothed everything out with bondo.  Ground out the badge brackets and leaded in the dents left behind.
(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_mQswK829Vx0/Sj7Jk1QXFxI/AAAAAAAAAqA/gE9m53BeCj8/s512/photo%20%2828%29.jpg)

(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_mQswK829Vx0/Sj7JlOO2ohI/AAAAAAAAAqM/66BDD5mbQYg/s512/photo%20%2831%29.jpg)

Then Bobbed the font fender
(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_mQswK829Vx0/Sj7JlH6Ee_I/AAAAAAAAAqE/rYofiKGH9BA/s512/photo%20%2829%29.jpg)

Put some Clubman bars on the bike and ran the wiring thought the bars (this took an ENTIRE DAY)
(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_mQswK829Vx0/SkV3S8iLFUI/AAAAAAAAAwQ/y8o2iZd1Fv4/s512/photo%20%2840%29.jpg)

PAINT TIME!  Decided to paint it Candy White to match the the VW that im currently working on.  I think im going to build a bike bracket in the back of it so I can haul it around.  Would look cool with them both matching at shows.
(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_mQswK829Vx0/SkV3H33MjHI/AAAAAAAAAv8/EJ0tuKAfQSM/s512/photo%20%2835%29.jpg)

(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_mQswK829Vx0/SkV3SgSEGaI/AAAAAAAAAxE/ki_cXXmgKVE/s512/photo%20%2838%29.jpg)

(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_mQswK829Vx0/SkV3S4E1xPI/AAAAAAAAAwM/WktGhUdsWT4/s512/photo%20%2839%29.jpg)

(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_mQswK829Vx0/SkV3Hy_w48I/AAAAAAAAAwA/Z9pIsDfuJo8/s400/photo%20%2836%29.jpg)

Touched it up with a black stripe and painted the knee indents
(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_mQswK829Vx0/Skk0yrLRsgI/AAAAAAAAAx0/lElsP1CmuEI/s512/photo.jpg)

(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_mQswK829Vx0/Skk0yttqb1I/AAAAAAAAAx8/BWLa1uMF7YU/s512/photo%283%29.jpg)

Put everything together!
(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_mQswK829Vx0/SmRqI4paqRI/AAAAAAAAA6k/QBEPHLNLhrA/s512/photo%282%29.jpg)

Decided it needed some pinstripes along both sides of the main stripe, and outlined the side covers.
(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_mQswK829Vx0/SmcXXbNtqkI/AAAAAAAAA7c/6KOcELiwBTY/s512/photo.jpg)

Ive got a Honda Decal that a friend designed for me that is currently being printed.  It'll be black and put on the tank.  I think once thats on there it really all be pulled together.
Title: Re: Easy Bake Bike (74 550)
Post by: chris73cb175 on Jul 24, 2009, 18:51:55
i have to go do some traveling. everyone is coming up on bigger bikes for the price of one down here in la it sucks haha people try to rip you off out here damn them
the build looks good can't wait to see what they will look like
Title: Re: Easy Bake Bike (74 550)
Post by: JSJamboree on Jul 28, 2009, 16:53:20
Does anyone have any good ideas for a tail light?  Im going to bob the rear fender, and leave the stock seat.  I was looking for something that either A would stay on top but be much smaller, or one that would fit under the lip of the rear fender.
Title: Re: Easy Bake Bike (74 550)
Post by: JSJamboree on Mar 26, 2010, 10:50:26
Did a little more work to the bike.  Decided to start working on the seat some.

Its a stock seat frame with a cut tank.

(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_mQswK829Vx0/S6y5loani4I/AAAAAAAABOg/RuP_lY-SKpI/Seat.PNG)

(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_mQswK829Vx0/S6y5lzJ2JrI/AAAAAAAABOk/whplJdf2lwk/Tank.PNG)

I used a wood back and used SubFloor Adhesive to glue it in.  Its not in the pics, but I filled all of the open space with expanding foam so it wouldn't hold water.

(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_mQswK829Vx0/S6y1BHwjIEI/AAAAAAAABOM/ctVa7L0NQeA/s640/photo%282%29.jpg)

(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_mQswK829Vx0/S6y1BMsc2rI/AAAAAAAABOQ/ntgio_dwdjQ/s512/photo%283%29.jpg)

I still need to get it upholstered but, I attached it to the bike to make sure everything still lined up correctly. (sorry for dark cell pics here), gives you a good Idea about how it wraps around rear fender.  I think it came out really well.

(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_mQswK829Vx0/S6y1BInPmJI/AAAAAAAABOU/Pd4_spw3UW4/s640/photo%284%29.jpg)

(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_mQswK829Vx0/S6y1BanXu3I/AAAAAAAABOY/dr0xUTipf5E/s640/photo%285%29.jpg)
Title: Re: Easy Bake Bike (74 550)
Post by: VonYinzer on Mar 26, 2010, 11:02:44
looks nice man. you work fast! does the bike run though?
Title: Re: Easy Bake Bike (74 550)
Post by: JSJamboree on Mar 26, 2010, 15:08:16
looks nice man. you work fast! does the bike run though?

Other than the bad battery it runs like a champ.  I rebuild the carbs and cleaned the points with new plugs, didn't really post much up about all of the mechanical work that was done on it.
Title: Re: Easy Bake Bike (74 550)
Post by: djelliott on Mar 26, 2010, 15:25:11
Nice work. I dig those 550's.
Title: Re: Easy Bake Bike (74 550)
Post by: VonYinzer on Mar 26, 2010, 16:18:19
cool man. looks great.
Title: Re: Easy Bake Bike (74 550)
Post by: BigBSBusa on Mar 26, 2010, 18:23:29
GOod job.
Title: Re: Easy Bake Bike (74 550)
Post by: Rocan on Mar 26, 2010, 22:22:07
looks great! very well done without extensive work!
Title: Re: Easy Bake Bike (74 550)
Post by: JSJamboree on Apr 02, 2010, 10:56:20
Thanks for the kind words.

I got it back from the upholster yesterday and am happy with how it turned out.  I want to do some more minor work like drilling the rotors and getting some new headlight brackets but for the most part its done now.  Time to just enjoy it!

(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_mQswK829Vx0/S7X0IhvI8HI/AAAAAAAABPE/qcU1_3DGW38/s640/photo%286%29.jpg)

(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_mQswK829Vx0/S7X0Iyv2H4I/AAAAAAAABPI/EPOPs2HuyVo/s640/photo%287%29.jpg)
Title: Re: Easy Bake Bike (74 550)
Post by: djelliott on Apr 02, 2010, 10:57:36
WOW! That's sharp.
Title: Re: Easy Bake Bike (74 550)
Post by: JSJamboree on Oct 25, 2010, 11:20:12
Been awhile since Ive made any changes to the bike as there always seems to be a short in the wiring to chance down somewhere.  However, I picked up a set of gauges a few months ago and finally got them on the bike.  Ive also picked up a set of rearsets, i'll get around to making brackets for them hopefully this winter.

(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_mQswK829Vx0/TMWRGB3AC_I/AAAAAAAABT8/y7vTlBthkug/s640/NewGuage1.jpg)

(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_mQswK829Vx0/TMWRGYibkMI/AAAAAAAABUA/o1Z2BxQSmck/s640/NewGuage2.jpg)
Title: Re: Easy Bake Bike (74 550)
Post by: mothgils on Oct 26, 2010, 09:52:12
Love the new gauges dude!  I think I am going to pick up a set this winter.  They definitely clean up the front end.
Title: Re: Easy Bake Bike (74 550)
Post by: sasquach on Oct 26, 2010, 19:06:40
Thats a good looking bike . Nice job
Title: Re: Easy Bake Bike (74 550)
Post by: bbillington on Oct 27, 2010, 08:10:39
Very sharp build. Recognized you from the Vortex. I've sold off all my dubs.

Post some more pics when you get a chance.

Title: Re: Easy Bake Bike (74 550)
Post by: pawn on Oct 27, 2010, 10:11:46
vortex! I hope this site doesn't go the way of that one...too many girlie men worried about their tight jeans and stretched tires.

Sick looking 550 man!
Title: Re: Easy Bake Bike (74 550)
Post by: bbillington on Oct 27, 2010, 15:37:19
vortex! I hope this site doesn't go the way of that one...too many girlie men worried about their tight jeans and stretched tires.

Sick looking 550 man!

I got banned from there about 10 years ago... clearly it went downhill once I was gone.
Title: Re: Easy Bake Bike (74 550)
Post by: IndieSol on Oct 27, 2010, 18:47:13
Nice work, man.  Love the results.
Title: Re: Easy Bake Bike (74 550)
Post by: JSJamboree on Nov 18, 2010, 13:11:17
Very sharp build. Recognized you from the Vortex. I've sold off all my dubs.

Post some more pics when you get a chance.



I haven't been on there much since they re-did the site.  Im still working on my 81 caddy, but its alot more expensive to work on than bikes so its progress is alot slower.
Title: Re: Easy Bake Bike (74 550)
Post by: verboten1 on Nov 18, 2010, 14:24:13
nice! wish I had my 550 that far along...


seems liek so many VW guys on here,

I havent really been on vortex in a long time, because i started my own club about 10 years ago in MI
Title: Re: Easy Bake Bike (74 550)
Post by: JSJamboree on Apr 19, 2011, 12:37:23
Got some spring cleaning done on it, and alot of new maintenance.

I replaced the brake pads, changed the chain, changed the front sprocket seal, tack cable seal, and most importantly changed the 20 year old tires/tubes.  Bigger tires made a HUGE difference in the ride and the look.

Before

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_mQswK829Vx0/SreboUNEBgI/AAAAAAAAA-4/SojqWmnyioY/s640/photo.jpg)

After (obviously there have been some other changes, but the tires are MUCH better)

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_mQswK829Vx0/Ta2r5j7oEXI/AAAAAAAABjc/llngTCMUaJw/s640/WP_000018.jpg)

A few issues ive ran into is that I thought oil was leaking from the front sproket seal, but after changing it I realized that the oil is actually come from around the shift lever.  Has anyone changed that?  Does it require taking the motor apart?  It is also REALLY hard to start, but once it warms up it runs like a champ.  Choke works correctly, hoping this is just old gas, but it was treated properly over the winter so im not to confident.
Title: Re: Project: Snoopy (74 CB550)
Post by: JSJamboree on Aug 26, 2011, 23:46:58
Trying to get everything ready for barber (and MotoGP here in Indy), got a little more work done on snoopy.  I picked up the rearset brackets from Willy D and got them all hooked up.  Bought a couple of parts from Fast From the Past, and then taps my own linkage.  The goal was to keep the rear pegs with enough room to my wife could still like on the 2 up seat.  They worked like a charm.  I still have to hook up the rear brake light switch and get a spring attached somehow to the rear break, but its rideable for the weekend.


Next on the list is removing my clubmans and going with clipons.. After feeling Mothgils clubmans I have found that the design of mine is 43523x more uncomfortable that his.. time to upgrade.  For clipons I think im going to go with Roc City's for their adjustability.  Need to have those all fashoned up with some upgraded brakes by Barber!



(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-fQl4JapVnNs/TlhEwTWO_HI/AAAAAAAAB6I/x3-FoBwxZdw/s800/WP_000396.jpg)


(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-soXW2SE_E14/TlhE3htKG3I/AAAAAAAAB6U/4HNKB5HxdgY/s800/WP_000393.jpg)


(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-MdEhFzOsBdo/TlhEy3QCu7I/AAAAAAAAB6M/yNH2Ntbvd0M/s800/WP_000395.jpg)


(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-06S6qdTTGnY/TlhE1PgBsOI/AAAAAAAAB6Q/E2En8HOP3VI/s800/WP_000394.jpg)
Title: Re: Project: Snoopy (74 CB550)
Post by: willy D on Sep 12, 2011, 11:00:44
Looks Great!
Title: Re: Project: Snoopy (74 CB550)
Post by: JSJamboree on Oct 11, 2011, 21:26:54
Changed out the decal on the side of the tank to be more true Honda.  It was pretty drastic so I was unsure at the beginning, but its starting to grow more on me as time goes.


(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-NjKxijaUyz4/ToynxMm_s7I/AAAAAAAAB8U/zldHmNFiPMM/w398-h299-k/WP_000439.jpg)
Title: Re: Project: Snoopy (74 CB550)
Post by: JSJamboree on Oct 11, 2011, 21:28:50
Something I found out recently about my front brake caliber is that the bleeder takes a 6mm bolt.  I ordered a set of speed bleeders from DCC and it was a 7mm.. After calling around everyone told me that there really isn't any company that made a front with a 6mm.. I took a look and it wasn't filled or anything so im not sure how this came to be.. Ordered a 6mm bleeder anyways so I can stop using a bolt..