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Author Topic: CB350 Steampunk Frankenstein Cafe thing called Isabel  (Read 147519 times)

Offline Noddy78

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So I've been running a Project Log over at Hondatwins.net, thought I'd stick up the journey and where I've got to so far here in case people might be interested! So, without further ado... Isabel (who isn't actually finished yet):

I bought this little CB250/350G Frankenstein bike (250 frame, 350 engine) a few months ago as a project bike to tear down and rebuild to learn about bike mechanics and customisation. It looks like this (yes, some philistine painted it Cadbury's Purple and put girls pushbike handlebars on it):



But, when I'm done.. it'll look like this! (well, hopefully):



« Last Edit: May 22, 2015, 02:50:06 by Noddy78 »
CB350 Steampunk(ish) Frankenstein Cafe Thing called Isabel:
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=33668.0

CB750 Steampunk(ish) Thing called Douglas:
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=59611.0

Offline Noddy78

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Re: CB350 Steampunk Frankenstein Cafe thing called Isabel
« Reply #1 on: Feb 05, 2012, 18:09:35 »
Fist step was doing the gauges before I headed off for Europe for a few months, as a bit of tester fro style and finish. They ended up looking like this (yes the numerals are wrong, I've since fixed them):



Then needed to tidy up the engine:





And in the meantime started sourcing parts (found this little beauty on eBay for the headlight):



Then I buggered off to Europe for 3 months and it sat in my tiny workshop collecting 'character'... ;)
« Last Edit: May 22, 2015, 02:55:26 by Noddy78 »
CB350 Steampunk(ish) Frankenstein Cafe Thing called Isabel:
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=33668.0

CB750 Steampunk(ish) Thing called Douglas:
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=59611.0

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Re: CB350 Steampunk Frankenstein Cafe thing called Isabel
« Reply #2 on: Feb 05, 2012, 18:11:41 »
steampunk
"Love is the feelin you get when you like something as much as your motorcycle."

"That's got CV's? Take a #2 phillips screwdriver, heat the tip with a torch until cherry red and plunge it into your eye. It will hurt less. Really."- Kopcicle

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Re: CB350 Steampunk Frankenstein Cafe thing called Isabel
« Reply #3 on: Feb 05, 2012, 18:12:22 »
Welcome, and keep the updates coming!
"Quality . . . you know what it is, yet you don't know what it is. But that's self-contradictory. But some things are better than others, that is, they have more quality. But when you try to say what the quality is, apart from the things that have it, it all goes poof! There's nothing to talk about. But if you can't say what Quality is, how do you know what it is, or how do you know that it even exists? If no one knows what it is, then for all practical purposes it doesn't exist at all. But for all practical purposes it really does exist."

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Re: CB350 Steampunk Frankenstein Cafe thing called Isabel
« Reply #4 on: Feb 05, 2012, 18:16:15 »
On my return I got completely stuck into it... ripped out the guts of the carbide lamp and replaced it with the stock headlight internals. Sent the frame off to get copper-plated and a few other bits to get brass-plated (had to send them interstate as no one does it here, and only one guy does it in Melbourne.. brass-plating not really called for much these days apparently). I got a CL350 front drum hub and matching rims and spokes, tapered steering bearings, new wheel bearings, handlebars, bronze swing arm bushings, and other stuff I'm sure but I can't think of right now. I stripped the tank and fenders and buffed them back to a roughly weathered metal look and clear coated them. Pre-rusted and clear-coated a few accent pieces, and made a new tank emblem.







« Last Edit: May 23, 2015, 22:04:38 by Noddy78 »
CB350 Steampunk(ish) Frankenstein Cafe Thing called Isabel:
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=33668.0

CB750 Steampunk(ish) Thing called Douglas:
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=59611.0

Offline Noddy78

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Re: CB350 Steampunk Frankenstein Cafe thing called Isabel
« Reply #5 on: Feb 05, 2012, 18:23:05 »
Got an early Christmas present from Santa Copper-plater... it STILL makes me laugh every time I look at it.



But it was all a bit too brand-spanking-new and shiny, so I decided to do a bit of weathering... amazing what just a bit of vinegar will do!



But that might be a little over the top... The plan was to polish bits of it back before I put it all back together so it gets some nice patina in all the cracks and crevices, then leave it uncoated so it weathers more over time. Maybe the occasional polish on bits I can get to once it's back together just to give it that 'aged but polished occasionally' look. I'm using the headlight housing a bit of a guide, given it's about 90 years old I'm trying to make the rest of the bike match it.



Ah, that's better. Hard to get the effect across with photos, but it's now got that old, weathered copper vibe I was going for. Not too shiny, not too grungy. Weathered up the gauges too while I was at it:



And it all started to look a bit like this:

« Last Edit: May 22, 2015, 03:12:30 by Noddy78 »
CB350 Steampunk(ish) Frankenstein Cafe Thing called Isabel:
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=33668.0

CB750 Steampunk(ish) Thing called Douglas:
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=59611.0

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Re: CB350 Steampunk Frankenstein Cafe thing called Isabel
« Reply #6 on: Feb 05, 2012, 18:27:26 »
Then I thought, you know what this needs? Futuristic lights!



« Last Edit: May 23, 2015, 22:01:15 by Noddy78 »
CB350 Steampunk(ish) Frankenstein Cafe Thing called Isabel:
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=33668.0

CB750 Steampunk(ish) Thing called Douglas:
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=59611.0

Offline Noddy78

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Re: CB350 Steampunk Frankenstein Cafe thing called Isabel
« Reply #7 on: Feb 05, 2012, 18:31:09 »
Got excited with cool little accent pieces, and respoked and trued the wheels (my first attempt... using 2 jack stands and a paint brush... apparently I got them spot-on according to the guys who put my tyres on). Also made some small saddlebags out of an old leather satchel to cover the spaces where the original air box covers would have gone.







« Last Edit: May 23, 2015, 22:04:11 by Noddy78 »
CB350 Steampunk(ish) Frankenstein Cafe Thing called Isabel:
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=33668.0

CB750 Steampunk(ish) Thing called Douglas:
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=59611.0

Offline Noddy78

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Re: CB350 Steampunk Frankenstein Cafe thing called Isabel
« Reply #8 on: Feb 05, 2012, 18:33:27 »
Which then brings us to where I'm currently at:







« Last Edit: May 23, 2015, 22:07:52 by Noddy78 »
CB350 Steampunk(ish) Frankenstein Cafe Thing called Isabel:
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=33668.0

CB750 Steampunk(ish) Thing called Douglas:
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=59611.0

Offline jasonkz440rider

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Re: CB350 Steampunk Frankenstein Cafe thing called Isabel
« Reply #9 on: Feb 05, 2012, 19:08:34 »
Wow very cool. I love the steam punk look.