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Author Topic: 72 Honda CB450 "lucky 13"  (Read 112888 times)

Offline p71sohc

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72 Honda CB450 "lucky 13"
« on: May 03, 2010, 17:26:24 »
Hi, I just introduced myself in the member intro section so I guess it's time to start a build thread. I paid $400. for it last summer with 1,500 miles on the odometer as it was in a non running condition. I figured I would clean up a few things and add some paint, rebuild the engine, make a nice running bike. WELL, sometimes things can get a little out of hand (as you will see) when I build things and end up wanting to replace every little part because I'm nuts. My mission is to build something clean that I can take for short rides to work or to car / bike shows. I am probably going to have lots of questions for you experienced guys and I'm always open to opinions so don't hold back. As for lucky 13, that's just my lucky number so I want to display it on the tank somehow. I did a drawing in paint to show what the paint scheme will be. I did another drawing on paper showing my tank design.

Joe.

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Offline p71sohc

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Re: 72 Honda CB450 "lucky 13"
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2010, 17:35:27 »


tank design. I am going to use a Volvo paint color which is called flint gray metallic code #462
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Offline valvesprung

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Re: 72 Honda CB450 "lucky 13"
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2010, 17:46:56 »
Flint Grey from the S40/V50s is a hot color, nice choice  ;)
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Offline p71sohc

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Re: 72 Honda CB450 "lucky 13"
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2010, 17:53:26 »
Thanks, The rims, tank and air filter covers are gray and the rest will be Nissan black
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Offline p71sohc

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Re: 72 Honda CB450 "lucky 13"
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2010, 18:01:02 »
taking the engine out.....and dismantling everything else. My brother Tim and my friend Tony are helping me build this thing so I owe them my life when all is done. (Tim takes the photos)







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Online VonYinzer

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Re: 72 Honda CB450 "lucky 13"
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2010, 18:13:30 »
Nice start man. I love the 450! Keep it up! And $400 is a steal for that bike!
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Offline p71sohc

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Re: 72 Honda CB450 "lucky 13"
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2010, 18:15:20 »
This is what an engine that sits for 25 or so years looks like.







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Offline p71sohc

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Re: 72 Honda CB450 "lucky 13"
« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2010, 18:25:37 »
a little blurry, after the machine shop cleaned it up. Also picked up some .25 NOS pistons for the rebuild





head needs a visit to the machine shop also....got NOS intake and exhaust valves also.

after the head was cleaned.....














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Offline p71sohc

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Re: 72 Honda CB450 "lucky 13"
« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2010, 21:47:19 »
some more dis-assembly









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Offline teddpage

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Re: 72 Honda CB450 "lucky 13"
« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2010, 21:51:51 »
Wow your making awesome progress!  Nice looking bike to start with!  Seems to be quite a few CB450 builds goin on around here!  Cant wait to see it completed...keep up the good work.
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Offline p71sohc

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Re: 72 Honda CB450 "lucky 13"
« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2010, 22:08:06 »








took apart the carbs, cleaned and rebuilt...... Make sure you dont have a hole in your glove working with the industrial strength cleaner like I did...... yikes my finger tips where almost burned off  :'(







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Offline p71sohc

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Re: 72 Honda CB450 "lucky 13"
« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2010, 22:20:15 »
this winter sucked but I figured if we got some work done like stripping the paint the sooner I would be out there riding this thing. My brother Tim stripped all the paint off the frame in 30 degree weather with just a wire wheel. Little brothers are great for all sorts of stuff.....as long as you feed them Taco bell for lunch everyday  ;). We also got that nasty clear coat off all the aluminum stuff. I am sure it was clear at one point in it's life but yellow parts weren't cutting it.



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Offline p71sohc

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Re: 72 Honda CB450 "lucky 13"
« Reply #12 on: May 04, 2010, 18:29:18 »
need some spacers made from the machine shop. Did a drawing that they ended up not needing  :P



first they made these to try for fitment


Mock up to determine what length was needed for the spacer


Got some nice L.E.D. turn signal / running lights that slip over the spacer and fork. These are made for a Harley so they are 39MM and my fork is 35MM. That's were the spacer comes into play.




ready for paint now


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Offline p71sohc

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Re: 72 Honda CB450 "lucky 13"
« Reply #13 on: May 04, 2010, 18:38:45 »
I rebuilt and painted the carbs and then decided that maybe the gray would look weird with the Volvo color that I was using for the rest of the build.




sooooo gold it is. Also picked up some cheap air filters for now. May go to K&N later.... have to see how these work first.


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Offline p71sohc

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Re: 72 Honda CB450 "lucky 13"
« Reply #14 on: May 04, 2010, 18:49:41 »
Cant rebuild the engine without some new gaskets


before and after (Harley Davidson texture black)












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