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Author Topic: 1970 CL350 Project  (Read 14609 times)

Offline jeffreyhardy

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1970 CL350 Project
« on: Mar 07, 2011, 16:42:31 »
I picked this gentlemen up for 250 bucks with a couple buckets of parts. Let's see what we can do. My first bike, and it will be a sick cafe.

« Last Edit: Mar 19, 2011, 00:46:29 by jeffreyhardy »

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Re: 1970 CL350 Project
« Reply #1 on: Mar 07, 2011, 16:46:36 »
First things first I stripped the bike down to bare bones. HERE WE GO!!!


« Last Edit: Mar 19, 2011, 00:48:00 by jeffreyhardy »

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Re: 1970 CL350 Project
« Reply #2 on: Mar 07, 2011, 17:03:03 »
so I have run into my first problem. I cannot get the fork ears off of the forks. Even with a rubber mallet they will not budge. Anyone done this before?





« Last Edit: Mar 19, 2011, 00:49:22 by jeffreyhardy »

Offline sinjinle

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Re: 1970 CL350 Project
« Reply #3 on: Mar 07, 2011, 17:06:27 »
I have a 71 CL350, look just like that. I havent touch it yet, thought. too many other project. Try WD40?

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Re: 1970 CL350 Project
« Reply #4 on: Mar 07, 2011, 18:21:32 »
If I can get the ears off, is there an easy way to get off the fork spring gaitors or boots? Do you have to cut them off or just twist for days?

Offline VonYinzer

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Re: 1970 CL350 Project
« Reply #5 on: Mar 07, 2011, 19:21:08 »
They went on, so theyll come off. ;)
For the ears, make sure that they arent "locked" into the chrome trim at the top of the gaiters. Do they move sided to side, or are the frozen in place?
For the gaiters, mild heat is your friend. Hit them with a hairdryer to soften them a bit, and GENTLY pry them off of the fork lowers. The should slide up and off the springs after that. A little WD40 is a big help as well.
There are some products that will help to bring the resiliency back to the rubber as well. Linseed oil is one.
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Offline WNTITAL

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Re: 1970 CL350 Project
« Reply #6 on: Mar 07, 2011, 19:22:10 »
I have the same model. You must pull the tubes out from the bottom. Once you loosen the triple trees pull down on the tubes. the ears are slide onto the tubes when they were installed. So if you want to get them off, pull down on the tubes. Also, be prepared for alot of rust.

Offline jeffreyhardy

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Re: 1970 CL350 Project
« Reply #7 on: Mar 10, 2011, 19:08:47 »
Okay you guys thanks for the advice to get the forks off. I now would like to know your opinion of whether or not I need new fork tubes? These pictures are after about an hour of brake cleaner and sand paper/steel wool scrubbing to get the rust off. As you can see even the progress I made there is still pitting from rust.




« Last Edit: Mar 19, 2011, 00:50:55 by jeffreyhardy »

Offline Sonreir

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Re: 1970 CL350 Project
« Reply #8 on: Mar 10, 2011, 19:36:10 »
I really love the 350.  I need to get one.  I'll be keeping an eye on this thread for sure.

As for the forks, they don't look beyond salvaging, I think the problems you have are mostly aesthetic.  Anyone else?
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Offline WNTITAL

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Re: 1970 CL350 Project
« Reply #9 on: Mar 10, 2011, 20:08:47 »
Just remember they are made of metal. You can sand them down with 100 grit and work your way up to 1000 and so on. Then just polish them out. Mine our the same way. I plan on polishing them out.

One last thing you may try to get the down further is dipping the ends in CLR. That will help take down the rest of the rust.