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Author Topic: 1976 CB550F "Barn Find"  (Read 21225 times)

Offline MotorbikeBruno

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Re: 1976 CB550F "Barn Find"
« Reply #50 on: May 09, 2016, 12:00:31 »
Well, feel free to bug us if you need any extra help/thoughts on things.  She'll be one hell of a looker soon :)  At least your engine is together  :-\ :'(

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Re: 1976 CB550F "Barn Find"
« Reply #51 on: May 09, 2016, 12:42:15 »
As soon as my wiring harness is done, I'm sure I'll be bothering you all again! Here's a question though. Should I be entertaining a Dyna s? Will it make things easier or harder when I first try to start my bike? Overall in this stage is it worth it? My goal right now is to get her running.

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Re: 1976 CB550F "Barn Find"
« Reply #52 on: May 09, 2016, 13:20:17 »
I've really enjoyed the coils I bought from Dyna, I swear the bike starts more easily on my 71' CB500, but it could be placebo and I just have her dialed in properly.  As for the Dyna S, many have bad things to say about it, and then point people to the Pamco ignitions.  http://4into1.com/pamco-electronic-ignition-honda-cb500-cb550-cb750/

I for one, Love my electronic ignition on some of my other bikes, so I do believe it's a good call.  With that said, points aren't too bad once you know how to adjust them properly.  Usually You can get them close with a small 12V light setup, enough get the bike fired up and then get a timing light on it afterwards to verify you did it right.  When you do it with the light, make sure you rotate the engine a few times to check that you have it opening right at the "F" mark (NOT THE T!!!!) for the 1:4 and 2:3 sides of the plate.  And before you do any of that, make sure your advancer unit is working!!

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Re: 1976 CB550F "Barn Find"
« Reply #53 on: May 10, 2016, 10:30:09 »
Started laying out the wire for the harness. Trying to plan where to put what is hard! But this is a labor of love, slow and steady wins the race.


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Re: 1976 CB550F "Barn Find"
« Reply #54 on: May 10, 2016, 11:41:04 »
Hell yeah, gotta start somewhere right!? 

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Re: 1976 CB550F "Barn Find"
« Reply #55 on: May 10, 2016, 11:47:39 »
Exactly! Just laying it all down right now, then piece by piece I'll see how it fits on the bike.

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Re: 1976 CB550F "Barn Find"
« Reply #56 on: May 10, 2016, 20:58:53 »
Good progress today. Got most of the starting system laid out.


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Re: 1976 CB550F "Barn Find"
« Reply #57 on: May 11, 2016, 00:19:02 »
Looks promising. I was too cheap to buy all the colored wires :( so I just used black with different colored vinyl wrapped around the ends. That looks much nicer.

Just pulled about 150' of 16 or 18 gauge wire with diff color jackets out of the trailer frame I got, should be enough for my next build :D

What you using for connectors?
"He broke the mirrors off his Cadillac, 'cause he doesn't like it looking like he looks back."

74 CB360 - Luna - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=63294.0 - Sold
82 GS550L - Tracker-ish - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=67229.0 - Sold
74 XL350 - The Turd - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70252.0 - Sold
Suzuki FA50 "No-Ped" - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=71189.0
73 Suzuki RV125 -http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=73875.0
'97 BMW F650st - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=75732.0

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Re: 1976 CB550F "Barn Find"
« Reply #58 on: May 11, 2016, 09:25:23 »
Jeez man! Shop around! I got my wire kit from BCP Garage for $30! Worth it. But I'm sure I would have faired better with sonreirs harness...

As far as connectors go, I'm probably going to buy from cycle terminal or vintage connections. Waiting on that next paycheck to come in.

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Re: 1976 CB550F "Barn Find"
« Reply #59 on: May 11, 2016, 12:07:53 »
Jeez man! Shop around! I got my wire kit from BCP Garage for $30! Worth it. But I'm sure I would have faired better with sonreirs harness...

As far as connectors go, I'm probably going to buy from cycle terminal or vintage connections. Waiting on that next paycheck to come in.

Truth.  Sonreir makes some slick harnesses. I think I'll be too lazy to build my next one and get one of his next time as well :)