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Author Topic: Cb400n hardtail build from the uk.  (Read 9686 times)

Offline Tune-A-Fishİ

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Re: Cb400n hardtail build from the uk.
« Reply #10 on: Apr 11, 2016, 21:57:34 »
Sweet little DeadTail mang.

The one thing that always stands out about the little twinstar motor is those fins... I wonder if you were to leave the forward to aft fins and smooth off the side fins, kinda give it a shovel look on the side?

I dig it.
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Offline Maritime

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Re: Cb400n hardtail build from the uk.
« Reply #11 on: Apr 12, 2016, 10:22:06 »
Still interest and to add to what Tune said, you can hit the fins with a belt sander to give them a nice flat surface then you can mask them with tape and a razor blade and paint the fins, pull the tape and polish the edges for a really nice black and polish look.

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Offline Gissmo50

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Re: Cb400n hardtail build from the uk.
« Reply #12 on: Apr 12, 2016, 16:26:13 »
Cheers guys at the moment im on a tight deadline to make the brighton burn up run in september so the main focus is to get everything done to make it a rider and then finish off any left over aesthetic jobs, my plan was to black out the engine and polish the fins to start with but im using a different tank thats got a lovely patina and thats taking me towards bare metal and maybe some black once ive got the rest sorted i can always drop the motor and paint it if i think it will fit in with the rest of the bike.
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Offline Gissmo50

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Re: Cb400n hardtail build from the uk.
« Reply #13 on: Apr 26, 2016, 16:39:43 »
small update from some work we managed to get done. we had planned to try and get everything done in a day, a bit ambitious maybe but we felt good about what needed doing, Finish off the frame welding/tidying, make weld mounts and new petrol tap bungs into the tank and make some gusset plates to hide the large gaps front and back along the backbone, modify the rib in the rear fender to allow the brake light to sit in it and weld some small plates underneath to allow cables to run without fear of being ripped out by the rear tire, fabricate and fit the forward controls using my prototypes as a template/ guide. we had an early start on it and got the frame knocked out in afew hours but the tank had i bent over a barrel and spanked its an old BSA Bantam tank and thin in places so the welding had to be done very slowly and built up. but we finished the day with the frame done and the front mounts and petrol tap bungs in place and the rear mounts made and just needing welding.







i managed to find a while back some 60s john tickle headlight ears in 33mm and they look much better than the universal onse that didnt fit at all also a lucas haedlight shell at an auto jumble which suits the bike much better.



all in all it was a good day and i have another book in the workshop on the 15th may and we arnt leaving untill the other jobs are done and the build phase is finished.

Thanks Kyran
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Offline Gissmo50

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Re: Cb400n hardtail build from the uk.
« Reply #14 on: Aug 28, 2016, 17:14:32 »
this is how she sits on her on two wheels after all the welding was finished bar the foot controls









she is now back in my garage waiting to be finished off befor powder and paint

Kyran

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Re: Cb400n hardtail build from the uk.
« Reply #15 on: Aug 29, 2016, 19:26:28 »
Now that is cool. Didn't know that an N could look so much better.

Did you use a frame jig when you welded the hardtail on?
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Offline Gissmo50

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Re: Cb400n hardtail build from the uk.
« Reply #16 on: Aug 29, 2016, 20:04:35 »
The frame wasn't done by me i sent it off to a guy in Scotland called Jim Strang of chopperzuk who has dont and does many of this type of frame he designed and did the frame job on his jig. reinforced the original parts and game it a 3 inch stretch and a 2 inch drop on the rear axle. thanks for the compliments on her its been a 5 year build so far.
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Offline Gissmo50

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Re: Cb400n hardtail build from the uk.
« Reply #17 on: Oct 05, 2016, 15:46:20 »
Not a lot to report back on got her back together at home and fitted a new chain and solid mounted the exhausts to the frame and head. and took some better photos on my dslr, have a new headlight glass and some bolts for chain adjusting now and the correct petrol cap for the tank after buying 2 in the wrong size.




 
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Offline Gissmo50

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Re: Cb400n hardtail build from the uk.
« Reply #18 on: Feb 18, 2019, 05:03:38 »
Not been Around for a while but been slowly getting through this build life moving and jobs all keep getting in the way of pushing for the finish but her is how my little cb400n sits at the moment

https://ibb.co/1GHsyYT
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Cheers Kyran
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Offline pidjones

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Re: Cb400n hardtail build from the uk.
« Reply #19 on: Feb 18, 2019, 07:33:07 »
Coming together nicely. Life happens and gets in the way of motorcycles sometimes. This build illustrates that you don't have to replace Comstars with spokes to look right.
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