'75 CB500T - "Sancha"

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OK...it's far enough along now that I'm feeling more confident of seeing it through to the end. I wanted to make sure it didn't devolve into boxes of parts on Craigslist before launching a new build thread.

So here's the "before"...a '75 CB500T that I bought off a Maine state trooper. It was a barn find for him...only 2400 original miles. All I had to do to get it running was replace a float and needle seat. Though my intention from the get go was to do a cafe/brat, I briefly had second thoughts because it was in such good original condition. But there's a reason the CB500T was only produced for 2 years...it's kind of a pig...and I quickly came to my senses.
 

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Meanwhile, I'm skimming the grocery money and obsessively buying the parts needed to flesh out my vision...Mikunis, bars and grips, bullet lights, fiberglass fender, lithium ion battery, electronic ignition, etc., etc.
 

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Got one of the brat-style seat pans from Dime City and took it to a tuck n roll guy in New Hampshire along with a few yards of faux leather I picked up from a furniture manufacture. He turned it into a nice narrow bench seat that should look good with the refinished stock tank.
 

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Robbie saw that the weld of the rear fender to the hoop sucked, so he redid it before painting (welding from the bottom instead of the top)
 

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Got headers off CB450 and mated them with some straights...new shocks, chain, mini gauges go on to flat M-bar with billet stand-offs...carbs bolted on
 

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Im starting my first project, which is a 76 CB500T too. Yours looks like you have a bit more..resource.. than I do, but certainly motivating! Still on the "get her to run" phase.. Keep posting, looks awesome so far!
 

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Finally wrapped it up...in time for some Indian Summer riding. My deepest thanks goes out to Adam Aufiero, Phoenix Cycles in Framingham MA for contributing the skills I lacked to help bring my vision to reality.
 

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