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Author Topic: 1974 XL350 - Bob & Chop build - NEW NAME... PROJECT COPPER TOP!  (Read 10266 times)

Offline SloKrt

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Picked up another project this weekend!  Still going steady on my XS650 build but the wife wanted a bobber...   So for $300 I picked up this complete running XL350 since it is real light and she should be able to handle it easy enough.  And as a bonus it came with a roller that I'll use for parts (what I can, lol) and mock up.  The roller might turn into another project later. 

This will be a winter project.  Still kicking around ideas on what she wants and what im willing to let her get away with since ill end upnridingnit morenthan she will but leaning towards a pin up theme.  Hey, what ever it takes to get another horse in the stable right?

« Last Edit: Oct 10, 2012, 23:01:49 by SloKrt »
My Cafe Build -soon to be a bober Build.......: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=37570.0

The copper top build:  http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=40229.0

Offline SloKrt

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Re: 1974 XL350 - Bob & Chop build
« Reply #1 on: Aug 17, 2012, 00:31:00 »
No real work yet, but a lot of Planning.  I have decided that im going to hard tail it.  My neighbor came over the other night to help drink beer, stare at the roller, and brainstorm design details. 

I'm going to have to figure out some kind of frame jig and go from there.

Has anyone ever built a frame jig?  Any guidance is appreciated.  In the meantime ill see what I can find on the web. 
« Last Edit: Sep 04, 2012, 17:39:01 by SloKrt »
My Cafe Build -soon to be a bober Build.......: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=37570.0

The copper top build:  http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=40229.0

Offline whitefox

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Re: 1974 XL350 - Bob & Chop build
« Reply #2 on: Aug 19, 2012, 09:01:50 »
My tail section also hit the tire under weight. I extended my shocks to give it more clearance and tightened up the springs. So far so good, but I need to buy real shocks that are longer.

Offline SloKrt

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Re: 1974 XL350 - Bob & Chop build
« Reply #3 on: Aug 26, 2012, 16:25:36 »
NEED HELP!!!!!!

Well, ive been trying to get this thing to start and run somewhat consistantly.  It will start and run, but not every time.  I checked the coil, ignition, changed the plug, and all work ed well.  Started looking at the fuel system... put fresh gas in it and the carb is getting fuel.  I need some help though.  it will run if you keep the fuel off, then turn it on before starting the bike, give it a couple quick turns of the throttle and it fires right up.  But if i leave the fuel on for any more than a few seconds, it seems to flud out and wont start.  I also discovered that if i keep the fuel on, it will flood out and die but if i play with the fuel on/off while it is running, i can keep it running. 
Also... Unless im a complete retard... I can't see where this carb has a choke.... the bike originally had one though so I dont think its original equipment. 

I know very little about Carbs and tuning them so this is and will be a learning experience.  To me it seems like the needle is sticking in the carb and fuel is filling the bowl then flooding out.  Does this sound Correct? 

Also, from all information i have found it doesnt look like i have the original carb on the bike, especially since it requires a radiator hose and a hole cut in the side cover to work for the intake. 

Can anyone IDENTIFY this carb???
« Last Edit: Aug 26, 2012, 16:29:50 by SloKrt »
My Cafe Build -soon to be a bober Build.......: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=37570.0

The copper top build:  http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=40229.0

Offline Maritime

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Re: 1974 XL350 - Bob & Chop build
« Reply #4 on: Aug 27, 2012, 09:24:03 »
Looks like a GL1000/GL1100 carb?  Stuck float will cause your symptoms. Doesn't shut off the float needle and fuel just keeps coming.  Check out Bikebandit Fiche for the GL 75-79 or 81-85 and you might find that is your carb.  Can't hurt to pull it off, remove the flaot bowl and see if anything is bent or crooked etc. and stopping the float from moving.
The GL Rebirth: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=68337.0
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Offline SloKrt

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Re: 1974 XL350 - Bob & Chop build
« Reply #5 on: Aug 28, 2012, 21:13:33 »
It does look very much like a gl1000 carb.  I'm going to have to take some better pictures and look for I'd marks of any kind.  I'll take the it apart and clean it butt I figure I might as well get a rebuild kit (if I can I'd this carb and get the right one) or just find the right one for the bike.  That might be the best route to take... Found one on eBay for $50 that I'm watching, I don't want to drive the price up on my self.... Maybe I can pick it up cheap.
My Cafe Build -soon to be a bober Build.......: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=37570.0

The copper top build:  http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=40229.0

Offline SloKrt

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Re: 1974 XL350 - Bob & Chop build
« Reply #6 on: Aug 30, 2012, 16:33:20 »
Starting to make some progress.  I can get the bike to start on the first or second kick. I even rode it around the neighborhood a little.   I still will pull the carb apart clean it because of the flooding issue.   At least I know it runs decent and I can start doing some real work. 

I built a table to work on my bikes last weekend.   I got tired of bending over all the time on my little stool.....lol so now I'm in the process of ree organizing the garage to give me space to work and be able to find tools when needed. 

And finally! Since this is going to be a design build, I may change things as I go.  I'll let the bike direct me.  None the less parts are starting to be purchased to be ready for when I need them.  The trip to the mc salvage yard... Actually an old guy with about 100 or so bikes on his ackerage,lol.... Resulted in $50 spent, a cool front fender, a possible rear fender, and a coil for my neighbors Honda cx650.  Yesterday I found a tank on eBay for $35 shipped that i think I'll Use for this bike.  The size seems to be what I'm looking for, and the price was right. ;D. I also ordered front and rear shinko 705's today, those will be here mid week next week.  I'll post pics soon, cant get them from my camera to the iPad right now....
My Cafe Build -soon to be a bober Build.......: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=37570.0

The copper top build:  http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=40229.0

Offline SloKrt

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Re: 1974 XL350 - Bob & Chop build
« Reply #7 on: Sep 04, 2012, 16:16:40 »
Small update.  I havent made much progress, still gathering parts and materials.  since im waiting on parts, I have spent my time getting the shop ready for all the work I have planned this winter.   The shop re-organization is complete... now time to start actualy doing some work. 


I have a few parts on the way... but wont start coming in till tomorrow, and im going out of town for work tomorrow.  Hopefully there are a few godies waiting for me when i get home. 

I piacked up a bandsaw on CL for $20 so i can make nice cutswhen fabbing stuff.  also picked up this Bell R-T helmet.


anyway, thats it for now. 
My Cafe Build -soon to be a bober Build.......: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=37570.0

The copper top build:  http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=40229.0

Offline andycafe

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Re: 1974 XL350 - Bob & Chop build
« Reply #8 on: Sep 05, 2012, 07:27:35 »
Nice mate, i'm really looking forward to seeing this build come to life  :)

Offline SloKrt

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Re: 1974 XL350 - Bob & Chop build
« Reply #9 on: Sep 05, 2012, 09:01:58 »
Thank you sir! 

The wife just got me a drill press for our anniversary.... What a woman!  So gabbing will be a little smoother than in the past.   Hopefully my parts accumulate while I'm gone and I can begin doing some real work!  This will definitely be a fun build. 

My Cafe Build -soon to be a bober Build.......: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=37570.0

The copper top build:  http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=40229.0