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Author Topic: '74 CB360 project  (Read 374 times)

Offline chicagobob

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'74 CB360 project
« on: Jun 23, 2019, 10:39:48 »
Found this dusty and rusty CB360 with only 1,500 miles on it. It had ape hanger bars, extended forks and open pipes.  However, it had good compression and little deep rust, so off I went.

Tore it down to rebuild as a cafe racer.  The idea was to get it as light as possible - ditch all unnecessary parts, including the starter and related drivetrain and wiring.

I rebuilt the carbs, forks and brakes, de-tabbed and repainted the frame, set the timing chain tension and valve clearance, and switched to an electronic ignition.  I also replaced the rims with aluminum black-anodized ones, installed new tires, clip-ons and rearsets, and trimmed the wiring way down.

Here's it is at the time of purchase, but with normal forks installed.


A few days later:


Lotta weight came off:


Hubs ready to go:


Engine ready to go back in:



A friend and I started reassembly a few weeks ago:



Here it is after a day's work.  I had to use longer shocks to give more tire clearance:



After a test ride.  Pulls strongly and the MAC exhaust sounds great.



Seat is custom-made by a local upholsterer in return for reviving his Virago 250.  I'll probably keep the stock tank paint in spite of some rust spots.

Offline yozzer74

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Re: '74 CB360 project
« Reply #1 on: Jun 23, 2019, 13:14:42 »
Wow that was a quick build thread.looks well

Offline crazypj

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Re: '74 CB360 project
« Reply #2 on: Jun 23, 2019, 16:01:43 »
Needs fork brace, re-fit original one after drilling out rivets
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Offline sandmanred

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Re: '74 CB360 project
« Reply #3 on: Jun 23, 2019, 19:06:29 »
Nice job! I like the seat, it has a nice shape.

Offline JustinLonghorn

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Re: '74 CB360 project
« Reply #4 on: Jun 24, 2019, 13:39:23 »
Nice and clean. +1 on fitting the original fork brace.
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Offline Sonreir

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Re: '74 CB360 project
« Reply #5 on: Jun 24, 2019, 13:50:08 »
Nice!
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