1975 Honda CB360T

DBerkshire

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Hi, all! Well, after a year of things being out-of-stock/hard to find, and lack of time due to COVID, things are starting to smooth out for me (knock on wood). I made the decision during this last year that I'll either be keeping the rims that I currently have or going for an inexpensive - but known to work - option via 4into1. I need to re-inspect the front rim and determine if it is safe for use. The rims on the first bike I purchased were cracked and rotted. I'd feel slightly guilty getting new front/rear rims, knowing that the second bike I purchased came with a very nice freshly painted rear rim, but I don't want to be riding with mismatching - or dangerous - rims. Will update if new rims are in order or if I just need to get the other rim painted. I initially wanted blue rims to match the tank, but I'll settle for black if it gets me closer to being able to get the bike further assembled and (long shot), rideable before this season is over. I'm okay if I miss another season, and knowing that I've gone a bit over budget, as I'm having a fun time learning about the build process from start to finish!

Last week I purchased the Dyna Coils I have been eyeballing on Charlie's Place, and they arrived pretty quick...not that I need them immediately. Part of the reason I went with Charlie's, instead of another website I found them on, was because Charlie's included nice machined brackets that I wouldn't have to source or worry about fabricating. Some things just aren't worth the hassle or extra money just to be able to do it myself, since I still don't have tons of tools still. Awhile back I joined a group on Facebook for the CB360's and a user there posted an exhaust he fabricated himself and so I put myself on a waiting list for the parts and they arrived a few months ago. The kit is for an XS650 but fits the CB360, including the flanges if you invert them. The below images are of the kit itself and an example of his exhaust. I plan to go with roughly the same shape but I am considering doing a shorter length with an angle cut on the end as seen in the second photo. I know in general these bikes like a longer exhaust...any reasons anyone would 10/10 not recommend (Keep in mind I'll have the Mikuni 28's installed). Also have to decide on a rear sets I suppose beforehand, or there may be clearance issues.

Stoked to be almost back in the garage, and look forward to posting more again as I have the time and parts!

https://www.charlies-place.com/product-category/coils/
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https://www.lowbrowcustoms.com/prod...ust-kit-for-your-chopper-bobber-or-cafe-build
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As always, happy building! Thanks for reading and any input you have given - or may still give - moving forward!

Dana
 

DBerkshire

Active Member
Looking for opinions...is it better to part out the bike that had damage, get the frame fixed and sell the disassembled, or put it all back together - get it running - and sell it? Regardless of the choices, I’ll not recoup what was invested in the original bike before disassembly, but I’d like to make back even 1/5 of the cost for morale, haha. As a reminder so no one has to back-track through the thread, I purchased a '75 CB360 and - upon getting it down to the frame - found a sizeable hole on the bottom of the frame where the engine mounts. I've since purchased a second bike - which is also disassembled - and have almost all the parts to make two bikes, although the damaged bike would be mostly old/original parts that show their age.
 

DBerkshire

Active Member
Thanks for the input! I suspected that may be the case. I've got the damaged CB360 frame, a tank that the previous owner removed the bung hole on so that he could move where the gas cap would be, and some odds and ends. I'll probably make a separate post for "for sale" items in the next few weeks. Just looking to get rid of the things I know I no longer need/won't be using.
 

DBerkshire

Active Member
Okay, all. I put a small amount of the parts I have from both bikes together - along with the frame - and it’s all for sale. If anyone needs some parts, few free to reach out! I’m open to offers on whatever you may want, and I’ll try and use the least expensive shipping available. Pick-up is also an option if you are in the MN area.

For sale are the following:
1. 1975 CB360T frame which I have a bill of sale for. The bottom of the frame does have a hole, which can be seen in some images I posted previously.

2. Two original rims. A bit chewed on the edges when the previous owner tried to remove the tire themselves

3. One new tire with rear rim and hub

4. One powder coated rim. Tire and hub not included

5. Two rear fenders
6. Two sets of carbs - both rebuilt and cleaned by previous owners - actual condition unknown
7. Two headlights - one with a bucket and one without
9. One set of original air filters
10. Two sets of original blinkers
11. One original frame/seat hoop
12. One set of shocks - one side had a broken bolt in it
13. Two sets of exhausts - both crusty
14. One tank - previous owner removed bing hole to move to another spot and didn’t finish
15. Side covers, two orange and one red
16. Two original rear break lights
17. Two battery boxes
18. One swing arm - could be purchased with frame or separate

If you want up-close pictures of anything, let me know and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Thanks!
Dana
 

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DBerkshire

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Hi guys!
I’ve got a question I can’t seem to find the answer on. For the speedometer gear box, I disassembled it to get all the gritty grease out, and that all went well. However, I noticed that on the gearbox from the ‘75 bike, there’s a spring of sorts in there, and the gearbox from the ‘74 does not have the spring. I guess I have two questions. I’ve attached photos for reference.

1. is there supposed to be a spring?
2. where would one buy said spring if they wanted a replacement?

Thanks!
Dana
 

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Streetfighterkz

Been Around the Block
I noticed that on the gearbox from the ‘74 bike, there’s a spring of sorts in there, and the gearbox from the ‘75 does not have the spring. I guess I have two questions. I’ve attached photos for reference.

1. is there supposed to be a spring?
2. where would one buy said spring if they wanted a replacement?

Thanks!
Dana

That spring is part of the seal. It’s on the backside of the seal’s inner lip. You need a new seal.

Later, Doug
 

DBerkshire

Active Member
That spring is part of the seal. It’s on the backside of the seal’s inner lip. You need a new seal.

Later, Doug
Doug,

You’re magical, thank you! A much closer inspection of the seal on the part I cleaned revealed a hidden spring under its lip. Glad to know I’m not missing a piece! That spring is probably why the speedo/tach did not work on donor bike 1. It’s wound up in the cylindrical gear (don’t know the name, sorry). I tried looking at parts manuals, the shop manual, etc. and couldn’t find the blasted part disassembled!

Thanks again!
Dana
 

DBerkshire

Active Member
Not much to report. Just cleaning bits and pieces here and there and slowly trying to get my sh*t together and make a fresh game plan. Before/Afters really are so satisfying, so I’m going to post them for my own enjoyment, and maybe someone else’s. Thanks again to Doug for confirming about the spring on my speedometer gear!
 

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DBerkshire

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Hi all,

The second bike I purchased had parts that were polished by the previous owner so I decided to give sanding and such a try but - even after reading and watching multiple tutorials - I still have scratches in my parts. I’m guessing it may be because I don’t have rouge for after sanding and before polishing step. No one stocks it nearby oddly enough. I’ve asked four stores. Honestly, I’m not sold on having polished pieces. They require continual attention from my understanding. Also, the previous owner clear coated the polished parts and they’re already flaking even though they haven’t been “used.” ‍♀️

I’m thinking of having the engine vapor honed or honed and then painting it black. Means further down time on the build, but I want this bike to be as close to my vision and tastes as possible. I don’t plan on selling it, I’m having a good time, and I’m learning. Can’t complain too much even if it does hurt my pocketbook a bit.

Because I’m torn on what to do for the casings on the engine, I’ve just been cleaning parts and further researching a few things (building my exhaust, what to do about fuses, connecting the rear sets to activate the brake, installing my Mikuni’s, etc.). Honestly, the before/after on some things is quite satisfying. It’s messy as heck, I may possibly be allergic to some of the stuff I’ve been using because I keep having reactions, and it leaves my hands tingling and back sore for awhile...but I’m honestly not complaining. Which is funny, because I hate cleaning, and I’m not always the cleanest or most organized in my day-to-day life. But, as with a lot of people I know who hyper focus on interests, that’s not unusual.

10/10 recommend a hand dremel with some brass and sand/grit attachments. Just make sure to wear clothes to throw away because the brass embeds itself in your clothing. You can barely see the slivers but you sure as heck feel them once they’re in your skin. Not the safest if you have small children or, as I do, pets.

So that’s about all for now. My build thus far is probably one of the least exciting posts here, but - as I’ve said - I’m having a blast and I like that I can document and share it a bit. Hope everyone else currently in builds are having as much fun as I am!

Dana
 

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Sonreir

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Yeah.... polished is nice, but I don't put too much efforts into it. If it looks good from 10 feet away, that's about my speed for polished aluminum. I build bikes to ride, not to show.
 

JadusMotorcycleParts

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Yeah.... polished is nice, but I don't put too much efforts into it. If it looks good from 10 feet away, that's about my speed for polished aluminum. I build bikes to ride, not to show.
Amen!

Nice work on the cleaning though and I agree, the parts look well good enough :)
 

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