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Author Topic: Cb750 cafe build  (Read 3124 times)

Offline nateb

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Cb750 cafe build
« Reply #10 on: Feb 06, 2018, 18:05:23 »
The last couple days I had a chance to get my frame painted and a bit of polishing knocked out. I told my painter friend that did the tanks and sidecovers on my last two bikes about wanting to do this one myself. He said sand the frame where I cut stuff off and where there were surface rust blisters with 180 sand paper until it was all feathered out. Then spray it with Jasco paint prep... Some kinda voodoo acid that etches the metal and kills all remaining rust areas. Let it sit over night then rub it down after itís dry with a red scruffy pad. Then I wiped it all down with lacquer thinner. Then he said go get this van sickle gloss enamel tractor paint. He said if I do the prep just like he said and I used this paint I would be golden. So thatís what I did. He said that would take a couple days to harden up so I put it aside to dry and had some time to get some polishing done! I kinda have a polishing fetish. I really dig watching that metal come to life. So this is where Iím at on this project waiting for spokes, hub and stem conversion to show up. Iím starting to feel it note: that valve cover was another one that I had from the original purchase...I got a whole 750 engine in a couple of boxes in the deal too.


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« Last Edit: Feb 07, 2018, 00:11:58 by nateb »

Offline nateb

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Cb750 cafe build
« Reply #11 on: Feb 06, 2018, 18:22:35 »
I love the look of a polished valve cover and stacks...so those stay. But regarding the rest of the motor, should I repaint it silver, or paint it black with some silver edged fins and polished cases? Or just paint the head black? The header is getting wrapped with the light colored wrap. Should I leave it crusty? Itís not really dirty, remember it only had 10k miles on it. So any ideas on motor looks are welcomed-also Iíve been kicking around the idea of painting the fork black. Is it too much gold? The tank has the gold stripe and I think Iíll run a gold chain to tie it all together. But donít know what to do on the motor yet.


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« Last Edit: Feb 06, 2018, 18:34:06 by nateb »

Offline canyoncarver

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Re: Cb750 cafe build
« Reply #12 on: Feb 06, 2018, 18:53:04 »
Looks like fun.  That little orange 550 is a sweetie too.
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Offline nateb

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Cb750 cafe build
« Reply #13 on: Feb 06, 2018, 20:08:22 »
Thank you!- it really is a dime piece. It found me one night. I have search terms saved in my phone and I received a notification from CL. That was at 10:30 one night, well it was very hard to not call the dude before 7:00 am the next morning. Well I got the bike as a promise that is was for my girlfriend. I went to work like a madman on that and the restoration/modification virus that we catch started to really get going good. Lol. My girl thinks Iím crazy because I am really into Hondas now-but she got a damn sweet bike! Here are some before pics on that one. Also it is technically still a one owner because I havenít transferred the title yet. I will put it in both of our names but it came with original paperwork including the sales invoice. And the pink slip is really Pink! He paid $1695 for that bike new and sold it to me 42 years later almost to the day for $1000 no questioned asked! We are going to license that with the original plate. I was able to remove all the year tabs down to the very first one. It has 14992 miles on it. John, the original owner, wanted a blue one but they were sold out. So he bought the orange bike and had it painted blue a week later! Iíve been offered what I think is serious coin for this bike but sheís not for sale. It will stay here because itís mamas. https://www.facebook.com/groups/40322702454/permalink/10155003761887455/


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Offline slikwilli420

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Re: Cb750 cafe build
« Reply #14 on: Feb 07, 2018, 23:21:32 »
It's all about spoke angles. If the cognito hub is similar to the stock rear it might work fine. I missed the different hub up front. Will look cool if it works.

Offline nateb

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Re: Cb750 cafe build
« Reply #15 on: Feb 08, 2018, 18:38:39 »
Motogadget basic and m button showed up today- should make wiring a breeze


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Offline nateb

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« Reply #16 on: Feb 08, 2018, 20:05:11 »
It's all about spoke angles. If the cognito hub is similar to the stock rear it might work fine. I missed the different hub up front. Will look cool if it works.
I hope it will work, if not Iíll have to get a different wheel and spokes. But those guys at Buchanan seem to know their stuff. They ask everything. They ask you what wheels youíre using where, and what hub you are using on what wheels. They knew about having to drill that wheel on the front to use their bigger spokes. They pretty much got me schooled up. He said the best part about the wheels I chose is that there is no offset. (?) I think than meant he didnít have to do any magic bending with the spokes to get my wheels centered? That was by accident, I just wanted to get ahold of cheap aluminum 17Ē wheels. And even better if it was a Honda part originally! But I definitely got the impression from those guys by the time we were done that if that wheel woundnt work he wouldíve said something.


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Offline nateb

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Re: Cb750 cafe build
« Reply #17 on: Feb 09, 2018, 14:47:10 »
The spokes showed up, just waiting on the front hub from Cognito to see if this is going to work. I guess I shall drill out the nipple holes while I wait....


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« Reply #18 on: Feb 09, 2018, 16:02:13 »
The spokes showed up, just waiting on the front hub from Cognito to see if this is going to work. I guess I shall drill out the nipple holes while I wait....


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It took me longer to put a battery in the calipers and find the right drill bit than it did to hog the holes out. That took 5 min. Cmon hub.



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« Last Edit: Feb 09, 2018, 16:04:14 by nateb »

Offline nateb

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Re: Cb750 cafe build
« Reply #19 on: Feb 14, 2018, 21:55:47 »
The Cognito stem conversion came in with the All Balls bearings and races. Joe is my welder friend that welds gas tanks that leak for me. Well he is also very into vintage bikes. He races vintage trials on his fleet of Pentons. So he is definitely super cool in my book! Joe helped me with the pressing of the races and bearings.


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