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Title: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: bmfenn on Feb 10, 2016, 11:43:41
Hello, been lurking for a few months, and figured it might be about time to start a thread on my project.

It's a 1970 CL350, with some family history. My grandfather owned a marina, and took it in on a trade back in 1971. It supposedly only had about 1000 miles at that point. My parents, had been dating a few months, and my Grandfather let my father, who was a motorcycle cop at the time, ride it for a summer.  After the summer of 1971, the gas was drained, and it sat in my grandparents basement/garage. My grandparents forbid anyone from taking it.

I remember wanting the bike since I was a little kid. It was in absolute mint condition, and only has 2k miles on the odometer. But, in 2012, Hurricane Sandy hit the Jersey Shore, and flooded the marina. After the water receded, on of the mechanics hosed it off, put fresh oil and gas in it, and it supposedly  started right up when they jumped it. He rode it up the street and back, and then parked it.

Due to the saltwater exposure, the Lowe part of the frames has started to rust, but hasn't appeared to spread past the surface. The chrome has significant putting, but the paint is in excellent shape still.  My father gave me the title this past Christmas.

My plan is to strip it down, repaint the frame, and get it running right after sitting for 34 years. I plan to keep the original orange paint, and fix any small rust spots in it, then have it clearcoated.

Sadly I only took one picture of it before starting to strip it down.
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Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: Tune-A-Fishİ on Feb 10, 2016, 11:59:37
You seem a little short for it, but that is a hellofa nice bike and will be a great ride once done.

I will suggest one tip only right now. Buy and replace the cam chain tensioner and rollers.

The original materials are of poor quality and will disintegrate

(http://dicky-pickles.org/d/sites/default/files/images/cb350-cam-chain-tensioner-and-roller-wear.preview.jpg)

High quality can cost, but you can find them on eBay for better prices.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Honda-CB250-CB350-CL350-SL350-CB750-Cam-Chain-Tensioner-Roller-Wheel-Set-/231576401099?hash=item35eb0774cb:g:GKIAAOSwstxVZygr&vxp=mtr

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Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: bmfenn on Feb 10, 2016, 12:59:21
Thanks. Right now I'm slowly working towards getting it running before I start anything major. The gas tank had rust on the inside, so I tried a bunch of stuff I read on the internet.  After draining the 2012 era gas from it, I flushed it with detergent and oxyclean to get out any leftover old gas and varnish.  I put a couple dozen 1/4" bolts in it and shook it up to get any loose rust out. Then I tried the battery charger electrolysis method, and got some more out. After that, I filled the tank with vinegar, and let it soak for a few days.  It's pretty darn clean inside now, and didn't cause any damage to the paint.

It took me awhile to get the oil drain plug out, to which the process included  impact guns, a mapp torch, and a 4ft Jack handle on a 2 ft breaker bar before it loosened up.  Drained out some chocolate milk looking oil.

Here's how its currently sitting: (http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160210/dab0f97e60427803c2df63f5605999ce.jpg)

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Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: bmfenn on Feb 10, 2016, 13:04:04
I cleaned out the oil filter, filled the case with kerosene to flush out any old oil and crap, and its been sitting for 2 days. I also pulled the spark plugs, and squirted a mix of kerosene and ATF in there. I plan on draining and refilling with rotella tonight. Next is new fuel lines, new plugs, a new battery, and then to see if I can get it to start. Then once I can make sure it will actually run, I will start tearing it down to fix the rust and corrosion.

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Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: Tune-A-Fishİ on Feb 10, 2016, 13:30:24
Keep up the good work, it sat for all those years, no need in a rush job now.
Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: yorkie350 on Feb 10, 2016, 16:57:24
Welcome in mate great start for a project and the motor done no work at all, hopefully not gonna have too many internal issues mostly cosmetic and any upgrades you fancy look forward to your progress mate  ;)
Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: Kyler on Feb 19, 2016, 11:45:22
I have a '71 basket case that is waiting to be turned into a AHRMA Novice Production racer.  I'll watch this thread with great interest.
Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: bmfenn on Feb 22, 2016, 12:19:57
Well, she runs! New  1/4" tygon fuel lines with filters, new plugs, and a new battery, and she started up and idled on the 3 tap of the starter button

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Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: bmfenn on Feb 22, 2016, 12:22:21
Now I have the decision of whether I should completely strip it down to the frame, or just clean it up, replace the cables and brakes and whatever else should be replaced and ready it for this season and strip it down next fall and winter

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Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: Tune-A-Fishİ on Feb 22, 2016, 12:22:28
Sweet!
Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: bmfenn on Feb 22, 2016, 12:24:47
Please ignore the messy garage

https://vimeo.com/156282787 (https://vimeo.com/156282787)



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Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: Habanero52 on Feb 22, 2016, 12:36:40
Cool!!!!!
Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: JustinLonghorn on Feb 22, 2016, 12:56:45
Right on.
Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: bmfenn on Feb 23, 2016, 17:35:59
Well, overnight some gas leaked out of the bowl overflow tube, and some puddle in the carb throat in the left carb. I also neglected to turn off the petcock, but that's done now. My assumption is the float is either stuck or has a pinhole. Next plan is to take off both the carbs and stick them in the ultrasonic cleaner at work to clean them up a bit.

Also, what are everyone's thoughts on the uni filter kit that retains the stock side covers? There's some rust on the inside of my filter boxes, and the uni seems like a  reasonable alternative to NOS paper filters. I've read people go both ways as to needed to rejet afterwards. I'm planning on keeping the original exhaust, and hadn't planned on pod filters, but there doesn't seem to be a clear consensus.

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Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: davedogg on Feb 23, 2016, 22:37:42
Check this out.
Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: bmfenn on Feb 24, 2016, 14:37:58
Fantastic. I've read of people replacing the stock filter paper with new paper or foam, without any details how they did it. That article explains it nicely

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Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: clem on Feb 26, 2016, 10:39:06
Are you planning on taking the engine apart? Just curious since you said that the oil was milk chocolate, that's usually a since of water in the oil. I've been through a couple of engines like that and they all had rust on the gears and other parts after sitting for awhile. The parts that sat in the milky oil weren't rusted, only where they were above the oil level.
You can hit the chrome with wet aluminum foil too to get rid of the rust. That method works really well.
Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: bmfenn on Feb 26, 2016, 17:30:53
I hadn't planned on taking the engine apart at this point. After I drained the old oil, I filled the engine with kerosene up to the oil fill hole, about a gallon, to hopefully help with any corrosion. I let it soak for a week, then drained and left the drain open overnight, refilled with rotella, let that sit a few days, and then drained and refilled with rotella again.  I looked inside the cylinders and where I could see in the crankcase with a borescope, and didn't see any rust. Fingers crossed

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Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: bmfenn on Mar 09, 2016, 09:23:34
With the warm weather, I took the bike for a quick ride around the neighborhood yesterday. She ran beautifully.  This afternoon I'm going to go down the street to the seeks serve carwash and blast some grime off. Pics to come.

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Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: bmfenn on Mar 17, 2016, 09:13:40
Time to start chasing electrical gremlins.... The headlight works, but that's about it. When I turn on the right turn signal, the front right and rear left light up, but don't blink. If I turn the key to parking lights, the tail light lights up, but only if I pull the front brake lever. I know the rear brake switch is no good, and ordered a replacement.  Going to put in a new flasher also, and if that doesn't get me going, it looks like I'll be getting intimate with my multimeter

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Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: Tune-A-Fishİ on Mar 17, 2016, 09:16:34
Time to start chasing electrical gremlins.... The headlight works, but that's about it. When I turn on the right turn signal, the front right and rear left light up, but don't blink. If I turn the key to parking lights, the tail light lights up, but only if I pull the front brake lever. I know the rear brake switch is no good, and ordered a replacement.  Going to put in a new flasher also, and if that doesn't get me going, it looks like I'll be getting intimate with my multimeter

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Turn signals doing crazy shit always points to ground issues
Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: bmfenn on Mar 23, 2016, 16:12:06
Got my brake lights working. Rear brake switch was seized, and a loose bulb socket.  Now that I know it's not the wiring, it will be replaced with an LED unit anyhow.

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Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: bmfenn on Mar 23, 2016, 16:18:44
Turn signals still not functioning. Got a new electronic flasher from spark moto. When I pulled the old one, I noticed that it was had a huge amount of corrosion, as did the wiring disconnects. I need to go get some disconnects. As I also found out, but should have realized, standard bullet connectors available locally don't exactly work with the bullet connectors on the bike. Ordered new disconnects, and have to buy a crimper to go with them. This one looks like it should suffice

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B007YXBUO6/ref=aw_wl_ov_dp_1_1?colid=2K54BR7PM75HB&coliid=I2WZA6LO6UPL0G

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Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: bmfenn on Mar 23, 2016, 16:22:42
Also, just to eliminate any ground issues, is it safe to tap off the green ground wires under the seat, and hook directly to the battery with a ring terminal? I remember having to add additional engine and frame grounds to a Toyota FJ40 I used to have because of ground issues

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Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: bmfenn on Apr 03, 2016, 23:27:07
Slow going, but I got the turn signals and brake lights all working correctly. Sadly, I cracked the top of the headlight bucket when I pulled the headlight. Going to try and salvage it with some epoxy, before I give up and replace it. Pulled the carbs and had them ultrasonically cleaned, ordered a pair of k&l rebuild kits, and some new cables. Sent my stuff to DMV for my plates almost 3 weeks ago.

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Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: alzcbz on Apr 17, 2016, 07:51:29
Personally, I wouldn't use the aftermarket carb kits. Many have experience with incorrect jet sizes and the needles are not the same as stock.
Clean the OEM parts thoroughly and only replace what is needed with Honda parts.
Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: bmfenn on Apr 24, 2016, 18:08:00
I already bought the kits, but I got keyster kits, not K&L. I'll use my old jets and needles, and use the gaskets and anything else that needs replacing from the kit. Haven't gotten around to putting the carbs back together yet.

I pulled the headlight shell, and epoxied the broken piece back in. The wiring gave me a huge headache, especially until I realized that the extra brown wire was supposed to be left unplugged. While I had it off, I gave the headlight bucket and side covers a good scrub in the sink

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160424/4b7db9e466135ec7ff925522a2bfee1f.jpg)

I also picked up replacement LED bulbs for my rear turn signals, and for the universal replacement front turn signals I bought. Awhile back I joined amzreviewtrader, which is a website where you can get stuff at discount in exchange for providing detailed reviews on Amazon.

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160424/3cd0a1f4c106db1b498ed86473e5d3df.jpg)
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160424/0a192e1074201d9a68a1bc17fcad71cf.jpg)

My rear fender is all buggered up along the bottom edge, and my original brake light is shot.  I picked up a new brake light, and am going to chop the fender just above the lower holes. I taped it off to mark and cut, just haven't finished actually cut it yet.  I used the original upper holes to mount the new brake light. And I finally got my plate in the mail, only took NJ MVC a month

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Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: advCo on Apr 26, 2016, 13:36:26
The side covers look to be in pretty good shape! Are you going to leave the original paint or re-paint to match?

If you're still having issues with carbs leaking fuel, check that the gaskets aren't interfering with the floats movement. Also you may want to check for pinholes or cracks in the drain tubes. I've had both problems resulting in fuel all over the floor of the garage.
Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: bmfenn on Apr 26, 2016, 13:48:25
Plan is to leave paint original. I'm actually debating on spraying them with clear when I eventually stip the while bike down, just to protect them as is. If I didnt want to keep the original paint, there's no way I wouldve gone through the hassle of repairing the headlight bucket, I wouldv'e just likely replaced with an H4 bucket, but i'm still digging the orange.

Here's a picture of my headlight epoxy job. I used marine epoxy at first, before I realized it was white, and took forever to set. After that dried, I added some more. clear epoxy to reinforce the bucket further. After it all dried for a few days, I took a dremel, and carved out the slot for the headlight ring.

(http://i1091.photobucket.com/albums/i390/bmfenn/20160421_204728_zpsyhyn9y3l.jpg) (http://s1091.photobucket.com/user/bmfenn/media/20160421_204728_zpsyhyn9y3l.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: advCo on Apr 26, 2016, 13:56:25
Epoxy is a beautiful thing. My 360 is about 75% epoxy
Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: bmfenn on Apr 26, 2016, 14:11:38
Epoxy is a beautiful thing. My 360 is about 75% epoxy
It absolutely is. I have a lawn spreader, which got the leftover  epoxy from the headlight bucket. I swear there's more epoxy than original plastic in that old Scott's spreader.

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Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: bmfenn on May 21, 2016, 10:26:17
Finally got the carbs back together last night. Been super busy with stuff around the house. Hopefully I can get this back running before I get sidetracked on other projects.
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Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: advCo on May 21, 2016, 12:30:45
Carbs look great. How'd ya clean em?
Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: bmfenn on May 21, 2016, 13:07:09
A co-worker of mine was a mechanic at a Yamaha dealer in a former life, and still does small engine repair on the side. After hurricane Sandy, he had so much work rebuilding lawnmowers, snowblowers, jetski's, etc that he invested in a good ultrasonic cleaner just to save time cleaning parts.
Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: advCo on May 21, 2016, 14:32:02
A-ha! Nice. I have made makeshift ultrasonic cleaners (with a handheld sander) before. They always work pretty well but there's no replacement for the real deal!
Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: bmfenn on Jun 03, 2016, 11:13:14
No pictures of them finished, but I cleaned the rust off the air boxes,  primed and spraypainted them flat black.  (http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160603/f1ab5ae510fa35ac08c3fa6951acd302.jpg)

Installed new throttle cable, and put the carbs back on, hooked everything up, just to realize the battery had gone dead. Battery is on the charger now.
Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: bmfenn on Aug 17, 2016, 16:10:08
After rebuilding the carbs and replacing the paper in the filters with uni foam, I haven't been able to get it to run right. It would idle, but it would die with any throttle. Tore down the carbs again last night to realize that I didn't replace the rubber plugs under the idle jet. And of course I have no idea what happened to them. Look like I'll be ordering a set. 

Back on the table(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160817/66d79ce9624c8c412db2d89e90b1193f.jpg)

Foam air filters:
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Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: 3DogNate on Aug 22, 2016, 16:34:04
Boo.. I have little delays like that. Keep at it.
Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: bmfenn on Aug 29, 2016, 16:38:38
While waiting for the passage plugs to arrive, I adjusted the valves, set the timing chain tension, and set the ignition timing. Rubber plugs came in, put the carbs back together, and last night she started up and ran great! Took for a quick ride around the neighborhood.
Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: bmfenn on Aug 29, 2016, 16:40:43
Brought her out of the garage and gave her a quick bath. (http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160829/7d469d8840fa7e458d53cd76cf806021.jpg)(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160829/53ea1a77d73f22cda77fa76736685dff.jpg)
Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: yorkie350 on Aug 29, 2016, 16:45:30
Wow a quick wash behind the ear's and she's a different bike looks great, bet it was a buzz taking her round the block knowing she's a solid runner cos of the work you done keep going mate
Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: bmfenn on Aug 29, 2016, 17:13:47
She looks good from afar, but she's still far from good.
Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: 3DogNate on Aug 29, 2016, 17:42:51
She looks good from afar, but she's still far from good.

ooh.. we've all hooked up with that once or more.
Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: bikeboy on Aug 30, 2016, 06:24:20
Nice work. You'd have to be happy with that ;-)
Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: bmfenn on Sep 01, 2016, 00:09:58
Took the bike for a ride down the coast to Seaside for cheese steaks with my brother in law, who rode his Harley. Rode about 25 miles. Drove beautifully. My brother in law was amazed that it not only had a kick starter, but that it started on the first kick. I swear it was luck, because that's the only time it has ever started on the first kick. Only had one hiccup, I must've forgotten to tighten down the bolts holding on my licence plate, because when I got home, it wasn't there anymore.
Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: JustinLonghorn on Sep 01, 2016, 08:37:48
Only had one hiccup, I must've forgotten to tighten down the bolts holding on my licence plate, because when I got home, it wasn't there anymore.


Ha! I've been there before.
Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: bmfenn on Sep 01, 2016, 12:44:13
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160901/c6dd8572dcad893a4b534865620cdb0b.jpg)

Recovered !!!!!
Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: NobleHops on Sep 06, 2016, 10:34:46
Nice project man, and great job reusing original parts and coming up with practical solutions. Enjoy it!
Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: bmfenn on Sep 06, 2016, 15:58:40
Took it to work today. Now that it's running well, I'll ride it until the weather turns cold. Once winter arrives I'm going to strip it down to take care of the rust on the frame.  (http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160906/43289c8418032c2b2806412a26e3564e.jpg)
Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: bmfenn on Sep 23, 2016, 15:51:27
Took off the chain, and cleaned and lubed using an old school method.  Soaked in "Ed's Red" solvent overnight, and then soaked in a heated mix of grease and 90wt. Hung to dry, and wiped of the excess. Chain looks brand new now.  Going to ride the "distinguished gentleman's" this weekend in Asbury Park
Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: bmfenn on Sep 25, 2016, 22:19:00
Not a good day. Went to the Asbury Park distinguished gentleman's ride. Put the bike in the bed of my pickup, and parked at a commuter lot a few miles from the start. When rolling the bike down the ramp, the front wheel slipped, and it tipped. Cought it and tried to at least give it the gentlest landing I could. Landed on the clutch handle and left peg.
Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: bmfenn on Sep 25, 2016, 22:26:47
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160926/49a71fcc5297c1b5502fd9d541165bf4.jpg)

The left side controls snapped, and the handlebar bent down a little bit. After loading it back up and heading home, I was able to fix the handlebars.

Only the bottom of the left control is damaged. The aluminum/pot metal bent and snapped just inward from the clutch handle ears.

So I guess I'll be hunting for some replacement parts. Until then, I cleaned up the bottom of the control, bent it back to the correct position, and slapped on some JB weld on the outside. Tomorrow I'll do the same with the inside.  It will just be a temporary fix until I can get a replacement.

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160926/1aacee3b4496a4ccf6f92acec02bb11f.jpg)
Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: medicalmechanica on Sep 25, 2016, 22:38:59
Man I've been lurking on this build for a while and that's a huge bummer! I'm always terrified that this is going to happen to me and I have a 175 that I could probably lift by myself. Good luck finding parts, and I'm glad the damage isn't too bad!
Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: Rider52 on Sep 26, 2016, 00:28:40
I've probably got that part. You can have it, if I can find it!
Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: NobleHops on Sep 26, 2016, 01:03:41
Been there, done that. Sorry for you man, but also glad the damage is relatively light.
Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: Rider52 on Sep 26, 2016, 14:20:20
Part found, PM sent.
Regards,
John
Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: bmfenn on Sep 28, 2016, 12:28:52
Part found, PM sent.
Regards,
John

Super appreciated. I was supposed to have my road test this morning for my MC license. I've just been getting new permits every spring, and extending through the summer, but figured it was time to actually get my license. I had cleaned, roughed up, and used JB Weld outside and inside the piece, but it still broke in the driveway as I was about to leave. At least it didn't break as I was 15 miles away from home with no ride. Test rescheduled for another 2 weeks.
Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: bmfenn on Jan 26, 2017, 16:48:52
Been awhile without an update. Now that the holidays are over, it went back up on the table yesterday.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170126/418b7e6f7b4212c9caf7fc0dc531b038.jpg)

Started stripping it down.  Once it's down to the frame,  I'll blast and paint the frame. The fenders and hoops will likely get powder coated. I purchased an 18" front hoop off of a CB, since there are more tire options, and new spokes were easier to find.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170126/1db86ba33a3449f8f28c85a66c06c5cc.jpg)

Stay tuned.....

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Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: bmfenn on Feb 06, 2017, 10:31:40
Still in the process of stripping it down, working on it when I get some free time here and there.
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Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: bmfenn on Jul 13, 2017, 12:14:03
Been a long time since an update, but the bike is currently in pieces. All the rusty bits are getting cleaned, blasted and repainted in drips and drabs

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Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: bmfenn on Feb 28, 2018, 12:08:02
Been a super long time, but free time is something I haven't had much of. Frame is stripped. I could hear liquid inside the bottom frame tubes, so after hanging it upside down for a few weeks, I wound up drilling some 1/16 holes in the bottom tubes and some black mucky hurricane Sandy water drained out. After getting out as much as possible between gravity and a blowgun, I taped up as many holes as possible, and filled the inside of the frame with evapo rust, because any residual shouldn't harm the metal.  Any rust on the outside that the wire wheel couldn't get to has been getting hit with naval jelly.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180228/af5e968597133a6965145ca58bbff76f.jpg)

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Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: WhyNot on Feb 28, 2018, 12:52:45
Neat little build, finally read thru the whole thread.

I like these little twin 350.

I'm currently working on one...................SL350, gonna chop the frame for a hard tail and see where it goes from there.

Know about time off or lack of, 12 hours M thru F and 10 on Sat, 8 on Sunday, been that way since Christmas.

Finally did get this past Sunday off, and got a picture of what I'm working on.
Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: bmfenn on Jul 27, 2018, 22:48:36
Been slowly stripping priming and painting parts. Most recently I finally painted the frame. After wire Wheeling, sand blasting, etc again, I first went with a coat of rust reformer, followed by primer and then VHT chassis and roll bar epoxy paint in satin black.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180728/b3e3ae0c3da0847a369375083e2ac1b7.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180728/84d4cad42181d557b85dd96979ca89ab.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180728/92882fbfd090d5276fa2b3316ccd7ad4.jpg)

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Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: bmfenn on Jul 27, 2018, 22:51:13
 pics of stripping and repainting the swingarm, again using VHT roll bar and chassis paint(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180728/77ebb179d3ec3567e2dbcb9176f26ba2.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180728/70e43efe5c5caf6553b5cdcc0aa838b9.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180728/692e72c41546ae82c45d812a669bb4ee.jpg)

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Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: goldy on Jul 29, 2018, 07:42:25
Keep it up! It's pleasantly refreshing to see someone restoring one of these rather than hacking it up. :)
Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: bmfenn on Jul 29, 2018, 08:59:57
Keep it up! It's pleasantly refreshing to see someone restoring one of these rather than hacking it up. :)
Thanks! It's not going to be a true resto, just because some parts are beyond restoration. But trying to keep it close and keep any mods functional and in the spirit of the original design.

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Title: Re: 1970 CL350 resto
Post by: WhyNot on Jul 30, 2018, 07:46:44
Yeah, I've changed my mind of making a hard tail out of the SL frame.

I'm going to just try to get it as close as possible, with minimal mods, but keep it functionally safe to ride.

So keep up the build as I follow along.