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Author Topic: CB450 Café Racer Build. IT'S A ROLLER  (Read 54913 times)

Offline jrknecht

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CB450 Café Racer Build. IT'S A ROLLER
« on: Feb 01, 2011, 18:45:38 »
Okay all so this is the start :P , haha. I have picked up two CB450s a '72 and a '73. The 72 has a title but is in really poor shape and the 73 has a freshly rebuilt engine but it caught fire on start-up (dont ask me how :o ) and so all the plastics got burned including the wiring harness. The engine though is in great shape. This is My first build so I am looking for all the help and support I can get.








stripped down the frame,



Then had it sand blasted, looks really good ;D



Yesterday I worked on the carbs, cleaning them
BEFORE





AFTER




Still need some polishing ;)  but getting there.
Here is a mock-up of the bike I am looking to build.
« Last Edit: Jul 14, 2011, 17:58:12 by jrknecht »

Offline Sonreir

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Re: CB450 Café Racer Build. FIRST TIME BUILDER
« Reply #1 on: Feb 01, 2011, 18:52:46 »
Good progress so far.  How much are you planning on buying and how much are you planning to fabricate for yourself?  The tank, for instance?
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1977 Honda CJ360 - Café SOS - Stage One™, Café SOS - Stage Two™
1976 Puch Maxi - APuchalypse Now
Suzi T500 Cobra Resto

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Offline jrknecht

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Re: CB450 Café Racer Build. FIRST TIME BUILDER
« Reply #2 on: Feb 01, 2011, 19:01:40 »
Good progress so far.  How much are you planning on buying and how much are you planning to fabricate for yourself?  The tank, for instance?


since this is my first build I am going to try to do as much of the fab work as I can but it will most likely just be alot of the small things, like mounts and housings. I am learning to weld now though.

Offline IndieSol

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Re: CB450 Café Racer Build. FIRST TIME BUILDER
« Reply #3 on: Feb 01, 2011, 19:23:56 »
Welcome to the site from another first timer.  I like your mockup.  Looking forward to more pictures. 

I used to work for a Knecht's Auto Parts when I was in high school.  I hadn't seen that name before or since. 
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Offline jrknecht

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Re: CB450 Café Racer Build. FIRST TIME BUILDER
« Reply #4 on: Feb 01, 2011, 19:30:46 »
I used to work for a Knecht's Auto Parts when I was in high school.  I hadn't seen that name before or since.


Nice, unfortunately no affiliation, I will get more photos as soon as I can.

Offline Ludacity

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Re: CB450 Café Racer Build. FIRST TIME BUILDER
« Reply #5 on: Feb 01, 2011, 21:20:33 »
Nice to see another CB450 build. What did you use to clean those carbs?
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Offline jrknecht

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Re: CB450 Café Racer Build. FIRST TIME BUILDER
« Reply #6 on: Feb 01, 2011, 21:47:33 »
Nice to see another CB450 build. What did you use to clean those carbs?

Thanks. I used a solvent called "Oops" and polished them with a rotary tool. Still need to polish them a bit more though.

Offline jrknecht

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Re: CB450 Café Racer Build. FIRST TIME BUILDER
« Reply #7 on: Feb 02, 2011, 13:08:34 »
So last night I finished up the carbs, they look good. I polished everything I could on them to a nice glossy finish. What do ya think? A lot of work for a little shine hehe :P .

Offline Sonreir

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Re: CB450 Café Racer Build. FIRST TIME BUILDER
« Reply #8 on: Feb 02, 2011, 14:02:59 »
Tell me about it.  The first (and probably last) piece I polished on my build was the alternator cover.  It took about 4 hours (by hand) before I was done.
Sparck Moto - http://www.sparckmoto.com

Audaces fortuna iuvat.

1977 Honda CJ360 - Café SOS - Stage One™, Café SOS - Stage Two™
1976 Puch Maxi - APuchalypse Now
Suzi T500 Cobra Resto

Custom Gauge Graphics
Custom Wiring Harnesses

DTT Red, White, and/or Black 360 Club - Better than those Blue guys

Offline kookie31

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Re: CB450 Café Racer Build. FIRST TIME BUILDER
« Reply #9 on: Feb 02, 2011, 14:16:38 »
Welcome to the site. Great work so far!
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=21453.0
1983 Yamaha Seca 750 "Project Cheap Racer"