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Author Topic: Yes, another CB360 Project - BRGT  (Read 84217 times)

Offline Wangofree

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Yes, another CB360 Project - BRGT
« on: Nov 11, 2012, 23:42:29 »
Yep, another CB360 sucker, er, project.  I've made my introduction on the new member page, but thought I was far along enough to start my project thread, so, here goes. . .

Here's my inspiration for this build - British Racing Green with Tan interior (seat).  I've always been partial to the Jaguar's and MG's that have that color combination.



Overall I'm thinking of a gloss black frame, bright non painted motor, polished engine case, BRG color for the tank and fenders, and a light tan seat, not as orange as the one pictured, but close.

Well, here's what $400 gets you. . .



Tank has one small dent, engine was seized, no throttle, sitting for 20 years in a guys shed, and one supportive wife.

After tearing her down, this was the reason for the seized motor:



2 days of penetrating oil, a torch and a rubber mallet the piston was free.  Gave me the first look at the valves:



Man, it just got better and better.  But, it's amazing how much "good" metal resides under rust.  After a trip through the wire wheel, things cleaned up nice.  I was also fortunate to have access to a big sonic cleaner.



Like sonicare on your teeth, this sonic cleaner really helped clean things up quickly.  It didn't do all the work, but got a lot of the gum and varnish off the inside of the cases.

One thing I'm not looking forward to is the wiring.  I won't have a starter motor, and I've ordered a plug from CrazyPJ.  I've also sent the carbs to him for a tuneup.  What a mess. . .



Although this photo doesn't show it, the frame is now completely stripped of paint and detabbed.



I've started stripping the tank.  This stuff is wicked nasty, especially if you get some on your skin!



I starting cleaning up the cylinder walls, but discovered that the piston that was rusted to it has created a large gouge.  I could have it bored out, but then I'd have to get larger pistons and rings.  I already ordered a new set of 67mm rings, so I decided to order a new set of jugs off eBay that are standard size, but in better shape.  I'll save these if I decide to bore them out in the future.



While waiting on the new jugs, carbs from PJ, and odds and ends I've been practising my polishing technique.  Here's what I've got so far, shiny bits. . .





That's it for now until I start to reassemble the motor.   But, before I do I need to seal everything with Shark Hide.

Mike
"I got a fever, and the only prescription is, more cafe racer parts"!

Ongoing CB360 build
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=43522.0

Suzuki GS550
https://www.thegsresources.com/_forum/showthread.php?253794-Bringing-a-78-GS-550-back-to-life

Offline sphynx88

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Re: Yes, another CB360 Project - BRGT
« Reply #1 on: Nov 12, 2012, 00:29:47 »
I WANTED TO DO THE SAME COLOR SCHEME!

I chickened out but I am looking forward to seeing where this is going.

Offline Wangofree

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Re: Yes, another CB360 Project - BRGT
« Reply #2 on: Nov 12, 2012, 07:06:17 »
Yeah sphynx I hope it turns out what I have in mind.  Here's an ugly photoshop of what I'm toying with.  The colors are not right, but you get the idea.


"I got a fever, and the only prescription is, more cafe racer parts"!

Ongoing CB360 build
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=43522.0

Suzuki GS550
https://www.thegsresources.com/_forum/showthread.php?253794-Bringing-a-78-GS-550-back-to-life

Offline vtwin650

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Re: Yes, another CB360 Project - BRGT
« Reply #3 on: Nov 12, 2012, 11:49:43 »
Nice Polishing work and overall Project!   

If you want a stock throttle tube (with vintage grip)
I have several, you just pay shipping :)


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Re: Yes, another CB360 Project - BRGT
« Reply #4 on: Nov 12, 2012, 12:07:33 »
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Offline Wangofree

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Re: Yes, another CB360 Project - BRGT
« Reply #5 on: Nov 12, 2012, 13:55:37 »
Nice Polishing work and overall Project!   

If you want a stock throttle tube (with vintage grip)
I have several, you just pay shipping :)

Thanks vtwin on the polishing.  Have to thank all the good folks who've written guides - Polishing 101 - on this forum.  The parts definitely look better in photo than real life.  But, I don't mind a little "patina".  Not trying to make them look brand new, just clean and bright.

I am definitely interested in a stock throttle tube.  PM and I'll Paypal shipping.
Thanks.
Mike
"I got a fever, and the only prescription is, more cafe racer parts"!

Ongoing CB360 build
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=43522.0

Suzuki GS550
https://www.thegsresources.com/_forum/showthread.php?253794-Bringing-a-78-GS-550-back-to-life

sovern

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Re: Yes, another CB360 Project - BRGT
« Reply #6 on: Nov 12, 2012, 14:29:32 »
wow those valves are still usable after cleaning? I'm curious to know what they look like now after you cleaned them - pictures? Love the color scheme idea. Tan leather makes for really nice seats. You could probably get the exact hex-code of the racing team (and tweak it by 1 digit for legal reasons) which might be nice. Just a thought. Nice job on the polishing.

Offline Wangofree

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Re: Yes, another CB360 Project - BRGT
« Reply #7 on: Nov 12, 2012, 20:14:22 »
wow those valves are still usable after cleaning? I'm curious to know what they look like now after you cleaned them - pictures?





They aren't in too bad a shape.  I need to see if they pass the acetone test and decide what to do if they leak.
Thanks for the suggestion on the color Matt.

Mike
"I got a fever, and the only prescription is, more cafe racer parts"!

Ongoing CB360 build
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=43522.0

Suzuki GS550
https://www.thegsresources.com/_forum/showthread.php?253794-Bringing-a-78-GS-550-back-to-life

Offline Wangofree

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Re: Yes, another CB360 Project - BRGT
« Reply #8 on: Nov 12, 2012, 20:18:46 »
The frame and tank are stripped.  I think it's always tempting to just cover it with clear and call it good, but that might be for a future project.



Man, my garage is a MESS!  I need to get things organized before I move on to putting the motor back together.

Mike
"I got a fever, and the only prescription is, more cafe racer parts"!

Ongoing CB360 build
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=43522.0

Suzuki GS550
https://www.thegsresources.com/_forum/showthread.php?253794-Bringing-a-78-GS-550-back-to-life

sovern

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Re: Yes, another CB360 Project - BRGT
« Reply #9 on: Nov 12, 2012, 20:46:45 »
metal finish is so nice - I'm tempted to go buy a spare tank that doesn't have bondo and strip/clearcoat it.