CB550 Bobber-Junkyard Dog

wozza

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CCRider said:
I'm kinda diggin' the headlight hanging out way in front.
Me to...... but it needs to be BIGGER ;) then it will look like a train is coming down the road :)
 

john83

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I really want to test ride the damn thing a little so the light may get mounted that way for now.


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john83

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I think I found a better tank


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john83

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As much as I like the smoothed look of the frame I think some of that’s gonna have to get sanded off so I can find a good spot to put tank mounts.


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wozza

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john83 said:
As much as I like the smoothed look of the frame I think some of that’s gonna have to get sanded off so I can find a good spot to put tank mounts.


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Be a shame.... could you do something like the coil mounts on the down tubes?
stance looks good but if mine Id lift the rear of the tank a tad...but thats me and everyone around here says I have bad taste :D
 

john83

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I had a feeling it would work out. Glad the reality lived up to my mental image.


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john83

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Been putting in a little work. Mounted the new tank. The stock mounts on the new tank were too long so I cut them and drilled a 1/4 hole in each one. I drilled a hole through the frame, ran a tube through it. A piece of 1/4-28 threaded rod then slides through the tank mount and the frame. An acorn nut on either side keeps it secure. I cut down the rear mount tab on the tank and drilled a hole that fits over what was the forward seat mount stud. I’ll have to drill another hole and relocate the seat hinge just a little aft.

I cut down my headlight ears. They aren’t perfect but they’ll work for now. I stuck the gauge on the tree opposite of the choke cable. I don’t really like it being off center, there was just a convenient mount hole for the moment.

I still need a front brake hose and then I think I can give it a test ride. It’s 10 days until the Meltdown in Hendersonville. Between now and then I need to finish up odds and ends, strip it, clean it and throw some paint on it. Sprint to the finish!


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john83

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Burned some midnight oil last night. Took her apart to paint. It’s just gonna be a quickie paint job for now because I want to ride. Found a blue with a little metal flake in it for the tank, the frame will be black. It’s always a wrestling match getting the engine out of the frame on my own but I got that out. Smoothed our the bondo on the frame. Tomorrow I prep that for paint.


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john83

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Maritime said:
Nice. Duplicolor? I used the metal flake on my GL. It really pops once you clear it.
It is duplicolor. I had to go look at the can. I didn’t pay attention to brand when I bought it. I just saw a color I liked with metal flake in it.


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john83

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Got the engine back in the frame last night. That always seems to take a lot more wrestling than I’m prepared for. Sprayed a some clear on the tank and fender. I’m actually pretty happy with how they came out.

I painted the fork legs last night and left them to dry. This evening I should be able to put it all back together. Fingers crossed.


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