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Author Topic: Montreal Manchild with an '81 Honda CB750K  (Read 58794 times)

Offline The Jimbonaut

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Re: Montreal Manchild with an '81 Honda CB750K
« Reply #900 on: Jun 25, 2018, 20:01:52 »

The amount of jealousy i feel right now
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I know mate, Im a lucky guy. Carb cleaner in open cuts and a pile of parts to polish - if I wasnt me Id wish I was


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Re: Montreal Manchild with an '81 Honda CB750K
« Reply #901 on: Jun 25, 2018, 20:02:26 »
Meanwhile, somewhere outside Frelighsburg, QC...




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Re: Montreal Manchild with an '81 Honda CB750K
« Reply #902 on: Jun 25, 2018, 20:31:55 »
Awesome pic Jim! Which one did you choose?
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Re: Montreal Manchild with an '81 Honda CB750K
« Reply #903 on: Jun 25, 2018, 20:41:48 »
Man I wish I could've take all four.  Sat there for about half an hour and saw one car, beautiful spot, not quite the middle of nowhere but not far off. 

I took the road straight ahead mate =)
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Re: Montreal Manchild with an '81 Honda CB750K
« Reply #904 on: Jul 09, 2018, 13:10:07 »
Early days but it looks like a win for SharkHide.  Finished up the polishing last week and gave all the covers a couple of coats of the stuff, looks great.  No problem with the application, just have to make sure all polish is removed with lacquer thinner first.  Not the best pics, I'll get some more in better light -




- absolutely night and day to what they looked like before.  I also replaced the clutch cable with a brand new Motion Pro cable, and spent a few hours messing about with the adjusters and cable routing - it's much softer now which is bloody marvellous.  The old cable was routed in such a way that it was definitely binding - pulling the lever was pretty hard going in traffic after a while.

Now that Rhonda's got snazzy looking engine covers, the tank is crying out for an overhaul.  I used a gloss clear coat on my KLR tank which looks great, and I've also figured out a few tricks for preventing rust from forming.  So looks like the tank is next on the list - rather than satin clear I'll go gloss 2K.

Took her out over the weekend - I swear the drum brake on the CB works better than the disk on the KLR.  Speaking of which, took the KLR out for a ride up north, but didn't factor the wind into the equation.  Got on the highway and man it was blowing a gale, had to bank the bike into the gusts and then felt like the whole thing was being lifted off the asphalt.  Truth be told the experience was a little alarming, quite frightening, frankly fucking terrifying and I couldn't get home soon enough.  Really high centre of gravity on this bike, with a bit of wind I'm essentially a human sail on wheels.

 
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Re: Montreal Manchild with an '81 Honda CB750K
« Reply #905 on: Jul 09, 2018, 13:17:07 »
Looking Good Jim!
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Re: Montreal Manchild with an '81 Honda CB750K
« Reply #906 on: Jul 09, 2018, 14:21:57 »
Ya, looks nice.

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Re: Montreal Manchild with an '81 Honda CB750K
« Reply #907 on: Jul 09, 2018, 14:31:21 »
Thanks fellas, thing is now that the covers are looking good it makes the rest of the engine look a little, er, tired.  It's painted a flat silver (which I think is factory) but it's peeled and chipped all over the place.  I'd like to touch up those little spots ideally with a heat-resistant touch up pen or brush - does such a thing exist?  Or would good old fashioned VHT flat silver from Canadian Tire do the trick?

I used VHT aerosol paint for the recessed Honda emblems and Made In Japan writing on the covers - I sprayed some into the can's cap and used a brush to paint it on.  Think the same approach would work for the engine too?
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Re: Montreal Manchild with an '81 Honda CB750K
« Reply #908 on: Jul 13, 2018, 09:21:32 »
I used VHT aerosol paint for the recessed Honda emblems and Made In Japan writing on the covers - I sprayed some into the can's cap and used a brush to paint it on.  Think the same approach would work for the engine too?

Yep I've done this quite a few times. Works pretty well just sand down the hard edges of any chips.
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Re: Montreal Manchild with an '81 Honda CB750K
« Reply #909 on: Sep 17, 2018, 10:19:44 »
Took a fair bit of mental wrangling to get to this point but getting ready to sell the bike now.  I've had a absolute whale of a time working on and riding this bike but the time has come.  Before I do however I wanted to strip the tank down and re-clear it for a couple of reasons.  This is the first -



These strange hairs of rust that have appeared under the clear.  The above is perhaps not the best example as this particular spot happened at a chip in the clear.  There are however multiple other "hairs" that have appeared at places where the clear isn't damaged at all.  I'm of the thinking that the rust has not been caused by moisture getting through the clear, but moisture trapped in the steel leeching out over time underneath it to make these weird rust trails.  On the KLR tank I heated the hell out of the thing before clearing it in an attempt to drive out as much of this moisture as possible, and it's holding up a lot better - there's no rust whatsoever after 6 months or so.  So that's the new plan with Rhonda.

First step - using the other CB as a workhorse - strip the old clear.  If there's one thing that really grinds my gears it's buying something that has one job to do - which it fails at.  Like rolling papers that don't stick, or ballpoint pens that don't write.  This paint stripper, however, was not one of those things -



- it worked with aplomb.  Once the clear was off I then sanded back the entire tank, this time with a coarser grade paper (180) to give the tank a more brushed look -



- and then hit the thing with some 2K clear -



The other reason for stripping the tank was to clear it with gloss.  The first time I did it I used satin, which looked good but kinda flattened the brushed effect.  The KLR got the gloss treatment and really popped so I used it again.  Happy.




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