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  1. Sderbyshire

    CB550 Project Scruffy Racer

    i wasnt happy with the interior/exterior paint on the gauges, there were some spots of white dust floating about, so am repainting
  2. Sderbyshire

    DO THE TON BIKE OF THE MONTH - JANUARY 2021 VOTING IS OPEN!

    Tough choice for me this month as i love the 750 dohc and the 550 Hondas the Bonkers idea of putting a KTM motor in a 550 gets my vote!
  3. Sderbyshire

    CB550 Project Scruffy Racer

    Small scale progress today. reinstalled alternator, points, clutch cover, chain decided to tale apart the speedo and tacho for new faces, all went well and they look good i think Tomorrow i’ll fit the needles, am going plain white, rebuild and reinstall. then i’ll twiddle my thumbs...
  4. Sderbyshire

    1999 Honda Sevenfifty bratstyle cafe racer.

    Me too, cant stand builds without fenders or any sort of fork bracing!
  5. Sderbyshire

    CB550 Project Scruffy Racer

    Excellent idea! not knowing this i used a three foot breaker bar and a loop of strong but thin rope to lever the spring back on! I’m really pleased with progress today, pistons in and ready for head install pistons went into the bores ok, although the lack of much of an entry chamfer ( due to...
  6. Sderbyshire

    CB550 Project Scruffy Racer

    Started reassembly this morning, going well! first i reinstalled the centrestand, that spring is a ba$tard to tension ! refitting the cases was really easy, i just used half an eva foam tile to protect the frame and lifted it in, installed the rear lower bolt then the upper fronts, cut the tile...
  7. Sderbyshire

    CB550 Project Scruffy Racer

    Finished painting today and baked the engine parts in the oven. Apart from the steel liners coming loose in the Aluminium barrels in the oven...... all went well! realised i needed to put the centrestand back on before the engine goes in, to make the frame stand straight and stable, so painted...
  8. Sderbyshire

    CB550 Project Scruffy Racer

    Dreary day here so set up paint booth in the garage with heating and dehumidfer going... please with the results ! i plan to cure the paint on the small parts in the oven, any suggestions for the crankcases? steve
  9. Sderbyshire

    CB550 Project Scruffy Racer

    Barrels are back from the engineer, bored and honed nicely! i’ve cleaned and degreased the head and barrels ready for paint too used a wire wheel, lots of dremel brushes and then brake cleaner for the prep, then masked mating surfaces with scotch tape. planning to paint over the weekend
  10. Sderbyshire

    1982 CB750F brought back from the death

    Ive seen those wago connectors used in boats a lot, seem to be reliable.
  11. Sderbyshire

    DO THE TON BIKE OF THE MONTH - JANUARY 2021 VOTING IS OPEN!

    Great nomination of Jimbo’s 750, was an inspiration for me in my friends bike and James is ever helpful too.
  12. Sderbyshire

    CB550 Project Scruffy Racer

    Yes it’s 99% prep and 10% painting :cool:
  13. Sderbyshire

    CB550 Project Scruffy Racer

    Maybe silver for everything except the head and barrels black for the head and barrels with polished fins ..... hmmm
  14. Sderbyshire

    CB550 Project Scruffy Racer

    Jimbo, that does look great. i’ve pretty much decided to go silver / aluminium for the paint and stainless bolts. i’ts a scheme that worked well on my first ever honda build, a cb400f about a decade ago! i might add some black details this time.....
  15. Sderbyshire

    CB550 Project Scruffy Racer

    So for polished fins, do i paint the whole thing black then sand/polsh the ends of the fins?
  16. Sderbyshire

    1982 CB750F brought back from the death

    On the 750F I just rebuilt i had some issues with the multipin connectors being corroded, particularly the red one to the cdi units which made it run on 2 cyls for a while! they’re neater than the mass of bullet connectors on the ‘70s bikes but getting old now
  17. Sderbyshire

    CB550 Project Scruffy Racer

    I do like the idea of black with polished fins....... but the fins are rough in places so not sure thatbwould work. leaning towards silver with maybe polished cases, but who kmows!
  18. Sderbyshire

    CB550 Project Scruffy Racer

    Thats not helping !
  19. Sderbyshire

    CB550 Project Scruffy Racer

    Lockdown here in the UK look set for a while, so i’ve decided to remove Scruffy’s engine for a repaint. today i stripped off the rest of the covers, which i think i’ll polish, starter etc and will remove the engine and bolt it into my engine stand over the weekend. For the repaint i was...
  20. Sderbyshire

    Restoration project - CB400F 1975.

    Great work, looking fantastic!
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