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Author Topic: 1970's CB550 custom - Lazarus  (Read 4641 times)

Offline dwysywd

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1970's CB550 custom - Lazarus
« Reply #70 on: Mar 27, 2019, 09:13:51 »
I got over 200,000 out of my Dodge before I sold it. The issue with the transmissions is the design. The basic design has not changed since Dodge had push button shifting. As such, the transmission does not circulate fluid when in Park. If you are inclined to set with the motor running in Park while shooting the breeze with your buddy it's not a good idea. I got this information directly from a Dodge engineer when I asked him about the overwhelming recurrence of transmission failures for these vehicles. Replacing the shift solenoid and pressure transducer is a good idea. I replaced mine twice in 200,000 miles, the first time at around 100,000 when the truck would violently down shift when you took your foot off the gas. The second time was a "just in case" when I got close to 200,000 miles. There are a couple of other sensors that link the transmission, rear end and computer that may give you fits in the future. If so, go to just about any Dodge forum and you'll get the information you need. That is a good looking truck and I tell everyone that my Dodge was the best riding/driving truck I've ever owned.
Thanks for the feedback. Yeah I heard that if I swap out the valve body it fixes the cooling issue. So Iím looking into that too. Not sure thatís something I can do!


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Offline crazypj

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Re: 1970's CB550 custom - Lazarus
« Reply #71 on: Mar 29, 2019, 19:46:18 »
Swapping solenoid operated valve block isn't too muchof a chore, just make sure to get the cable connectors back on the correct plugs. It costs around $120.00 for a dealer to do the plug swap  :'(
'you can take my word for it or argue until you find out I'm right'
Best thing I ever overheard
"yep, PJ's my boss, he taught me everything I know, just didn't teach me everything he knows"
Brian Morgan, 1982

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Offline dwysywd

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Re: 1970's CB550 custom - Lazarus
« Reply #72 on: Mar 30, 2019, 01:24:25 »
Swapping solenoid operated valve block isn't too muchof a chore, just make sure to get the cable connectors back on the correct plugs. It costs around $120.00 for a dealer to do the plug swap  :'(
So this comes with a factory plug grafted onto it.


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Offline dwysywd

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Re: 1970's CB550 custom - Lazarus
« Reply #73 on: Mar 31, 2019, 12:35:32 »
So I got the fuel rail swapped out on my truck. And now no more fuel leak!


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Offline dwysywd

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1970's CB550 custom - Lazarus
« Reply #74 on: Apr 10, 2019, 07:48:29 »
Got a few more parts in this week. But been busy putting cabinets up in my garage. I have 3 more to put up. 6 in total. They take about 15 min to assemble. This had to be done so I can park the Megacab in the garage. Everyone has been a critic saying, ďwhy do you need to park in the garage so bad?Ē LoL. Seriously? Because I can! I made the garage just big enough to be able to park this truck in it or Ford Superduty 8í crew cab. So now that I have a MC that will be my DD, I want to park in the garage. Tonight is designated day to finish hanging the remaining 3 cabinets on the wifeís side where she parks. My goal is to clean up the messy look a little bit by putting anything in the garage away, in a cabinet.







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Offline dwysywd

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Re: 1970's CB550 custom - Lazarus
« Reply #75 on: Apr 26, 2019, 01:04:49 »
Almost done with the garage retro-fit of cabinets. And almost completed my truck repairs if all goes well Iím back on working on the bike next week.



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Offline dwysywd

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« Reply #76 on: May 06, 2019, 13:22:16 »
Well, I got the garage finished and now my "new to me" 2006 Dodge Ram Megacab took another turn for the worse. Its like it has a mind of its own and just when I want to start back on my projects, this truck creeps back in with issues! LOL.

This time the starter bolts backed themselves out. If that wasn't bad enough, it flexed when I tried to start it and broke off one of the mounting tab ears and then cracked the transmission adapter housing!
The ear can be repaired so I have to take the brand new starter off to have the mounting ear welded back on. My buddy offered to fix. And then drive the truck to his house and put the damn thing on a hoist for him to fix the adapter plate mounting hole that was cracked. What a PITA!!!

So, it looks like it might be a few weeks before the truck is back on the road. I figured I would use the time to clean the barn up. I have tools and projects everywhere!
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Offline dwysywd

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1970's CB550 custom - Lazarus
« Reply #77 on: Jul 02, 2019, 01:09:52 »
So, couple of updates. Sold both the distractions. I was sad to see the super duty go, had that truck for 4 years and nursed it back from the brink of death. Then I bought that Megacab. Damn that was a big distraction! Anyhow 3 months in the wind. Both gone. Sold the Megacab too!

So with this truck adventure behind me, missed my July 5th deadline (even though I got a few days). It wonít be done by the 5th. I am not sure if I want to drive all the way to Mid-OH for the vintage bike show at this point.

To get back on schedule, the bike needs a lot of work. I think if I can put in some hours here and there I can get it done maybe for an end of the summer ride.

And to complicate matters, Buddy of mine just moved back to MI and heís been staying with me... hard to get anything done when heís around, more distractions . Itís like anything people have different interests. So Iím trying to help him find his own place. That should help.

Ok so hopefully this is a start of my fist progress report on the bike since end of March-ish.

Report: bike is a mess. Clean up the mess. Start putting things back together. I have all the essential parts. Only fab left is the rear fender.

I will get there.......slowly!





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Offline dwysywd

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1970's CB550 custom - Lazarus
« Reply #78 on: Jul 23, 2019, 23:44:59 »
Update: seems the only time I get to update anything is when Iím not home. So anyhow, purchased a pneumatic motorcycle table. Going to get rid of the pallet rack I have it on now. My dad just finished his cement. So the pallet rack is a donor to his barn and I get some much needed floor space back. I loved it. It was CAF, but alas you have only so much SGFT and the pallet rack was too big.



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