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Author Topic: 1979 CB750L. My first cafe/brat project. Denver Area  (Read 5734 times)

Offline V10Pilot

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Re: 1979 CB750L. My first cafe/brat project. Denver Area
« Reply #10 on: Jun 28, 2018, 13:26:57 »
OEM for head and base, aftermarket for all the rest is usually fine.  That's the rule on liquid cooled anyway like my GL1000. I paid the price for Honda Head gaskets and bought a full gasket kit to get all the o-rings and valve cover gaskets and seals needed.
Thanks for the input.


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Re: 1979 CB750L. My first cafe/brat project. Denver Area
« Reply #11 on: Jul 06, 2018, 18:40:36 »
Each minute of free time leads a little deeper.


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Re: 1979 CB750L. My first cafe/brat project. Denver Area
« Reply #12 on: Sep 02, 2018, 14:31:15 »
Engine cleaned, soft parts replaced, tolerances checked, primed and painted. About to make the case whole again. Iím tired of seeing factory silver or black motors so I went with Cast Iron paint. I think I looks pretty damn nice.


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Re: 1979 CB750L. My first cafe/brat project. Denver Area
« Reply #13 on: Sep 03, 2018, 09:24:37 »
Careful with the valve lapping. At least on the GL1000, the valves have Stellite faces that are very thin. If there is pitting, best to replace (for the GL1000, they were just $10-15 each). Seats could be ground and lapped (with old valves) however. I love going to other colors on the cases if not a resto. I did POR15 MG Maroon on mine.
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Re: 1979 CB750L. My first cafe/brat project. Denver Area
« Reply #14 on: Sep 05, 2018, 10:14:52 »
Careful with the valve lapping. At least on the GL1000, the valves have Stellite faces that are very thin. If there is pitting, best to replace (for the GL1000, they were just $10-15 each). Seats could be ground and lapped (with old valves) however. I love going to other colors on the cases if not a resto. I did POR15 MG Maroon on mine.
That motor looks great. More than a 10 min polish job too Iím gonna say! Thanks for the advice on the Stellite. Iím going to have to find out whether or not my valves have the coating.


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1979 Honda CB750L
2001 Kawasaki ZR-7S

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Re: 1979 CB750L. My first cafe/brat project. Denver Area
« Reply #15 on: Nov 28, 2018, 11:51:34 »
About to go back in the frame now.


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Re: 1979 CB750L. My first cafe/brat project. Denver Area
« Reply #16 on: Nov 28, 2018, 13:05:45 »
make sure that you have locktited and torqued the hell out of those prone to work loose and make the motor sound like a rod is knocking

starter clutch bolts
1978 CX650 Super Deluxe
1979 XS1100 Special
1974 xl350
1983 cx650 Custom
1973 cb750
1980 cb750
1981 cb650
1982 cb900 c
1974 kawasaki 350 bighorn
1983 GL1100 aspy full dress
1983 GL1100 Nekid
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Re: 1979 CB750L. My first cafe/brat project. Denver Area
« Reply #17 on: Nov 28, 2018, 16:11:45 »
make sure that you have locktited and torqued the hell out of those prone to work loose and make the motor sound like a rod is knocking

starter clutch bolts
I plan on it. I still need to rebuild the starter clutch. It made a horrible sound when I would engage the starter but sounded fine after it was running.


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Re: 1979 CB750L. My first cafe/brat project. Denver Area
« Reply #18 on: Nov 28, 2018, 22:29:46 »
make sure you put in oem honda starter clutch springs

use the real deal i have tried some aftermarket and ebay kits and they fail early
1978 CX650 Super Deluxe
1979 XS1100 Special
1974 xl350
1983 cx650 Custom
1973 cb750
1980 cb750
1981 cb650
1982 cb900 c
1974 kawasaki 350 bighorn
1983 GL1100 aspy full dress
1983 GL1100 Nekid
and a bunch of others

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Re: 1979 CB750L. My first cafe/brat project. Denver Area
« Reply #19 on: Nov 29, 2018, 17:53:33 »
Hello from Longmont! Motor is looking good!