"Dago" Resurrecting a 350F gently

redwillissuperman

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Re: "Dago Roller" Resurrecting a 350F gently

ronnie said:
If you just put it together and its leaking. You might have to retorque the head bolts. Everything is going to settle in a "stretch" (in a sense) so it will loosen up slightly. Give it another torque down per manual order and specs and hope it seats better.
Might be too late, but you should have sprayed the head gasket on each side with a copper assembly spray. its awesome.
 

ronnie

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Re: "Dago Roller" Resurrecting a 350F gently

Copper coat for the win! Haha, yea that stuff is the tits..

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ronnie

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Re: "Dago Roller" Resurrecting a 350F gently

So I have been moving along nicely, finally split the case and broke everything down. The bearings don't look very worn for 17k miles on them(what the ebay listing said when I bought the motor). But since I have everything torn down, I'm going to go ahead and buy new bearings and for sure get new seals for everything. I'm still not quite sure what the colors mean on the David Silver Spares site mean for crank bearings. I know they are for different sizes but the ones on my bike are labeled STD so what color does that correspond with is yet to be seen. I'll do some snooping tonight.

Until I get those parts, I was contemplating giving the conn. rods and crank counter weights a sanding to smooth them out and remove casting marks. Is this a good idea or should I move to something else and not waste time on something frivolous?

Well here are some progress pictures...









A bee was hanging out in the crank.. wonder how that little guy got in there...


 

ronnie

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Re: "Dago Roller" Resurrecting a 350F gently

Also, when looking on the DSSpares website, I selected the parts listings for the "CB400F0 SUPER SPORT 1975 USA".. They had other listings for other years and other countries. I have a 75 engine so I'm guessing I'm on the right track for the correct parts.
 

ronnie

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Well main and conn rod bearings are ordered. Now while I'm waiting I'm working on the frame, swing arm, and seat.
I got the swing arm off no problem but now I'm having issue getting the bushings out of the swing arm. I bought brass ones to replace the steel ones. I tried heat and knocking them out with a pin and hammer but no go.

Trying the hydraulic press next. Hopefully I don't fold the swing arm haha...... Sigh.

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ronnie

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Got it! Nothing a sawzall can't fix.. Cut some notches in the bushings and peeled them out with a punch. Like a charm.

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ronnie

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Just ordered my front end.. Thought it was a pretty good deal. We shall see.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/OEM-Suzuki-GSX600-Katana-Fork-Assembly-1994-GSX-600-/330362440300?pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&hash=item4ceb22ca6c&vxp=mtr
 

ronnie

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Re: "Dago Roller" Resurrecting a 350F gently

Grabbed my tank fuel cap from my dad's marina boat yard. It came off a Isaac boat sitting on the highway haha! I already have the idea of mounting in my head but as of right meow I'm going to finish up the engine and frameworks.

Check it!

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ronnie

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Re: "Dago Roller" Resurrecting a 350F gently

Well I got all my bearings in last week and seals too. So tonight I decided I would have a go a putting the engine back together. Well All the bearings went in without a hitch. then I was about to put the cases together, had the sealer on it and everything. and as I was putting the cam tensioner on I had to move the tension adjuster and the top piece came off the rod part so now I have to order a new one of those. I hate life sometimes...

Well I doubt it will come in before I leave next mon night. So its on hold for another 7 weeks. great.
 

ronnie

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Re: "Dago Roller" An Engine Adventure. Hopefully with a good ending..?

2 weeks left and I'm home free to work on my engine finally. I left her open and exposed. It's sitting there on the table, cases apart, gasket seal over one side, everything that needs it has production lube on it and when I go to put the tensioner on it, the rubber/metal part pops off the top of the tensioner rod. Luckily I got probably the last one in the USA on file from Honda, all the way in Ohio. I had to leave for work and it of course came in when I didn't have time to fool with it so I covered it all up with an old bed sheet. I really want to get the engine together this time off. I have oil seals to replace the old ones but a lot of time has gone by and I don't remember where everything was. Sucks. I hope I don't forget something. And to be honest the manual isn't the most helpful at times.

Thought I would update this since it's been a while. I'll attach least post some pictures of work and what I have been up to out on the sea.

One of the many sunsets I see
A dead seagull I posed with haha
Chicken cacciatore I cooked for the crew
And our Christmas tree

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ronnie

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Another sunrise
Another yet..
My PPE gear after helping tie the boat up in the rain.
And teaching a new rookie mate how to spray letters on. Those runs are from his initial try haha!

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Big R

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Re: "Dago Roller" Resurrecting a 350F gently

Those sunrise / sunset pics are amazing man.
 

PeteyWash

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Re: "Dago Roller" Resurrecting a 350F gently

I had a 73 cb350f... loved that bike. It has more power to it than most give it credit. it's just all top end
 

ronnie

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Re: "Dago Roller" Resurrecting a 350F gently

Oh yea.. It's a bit slow to get to about 5k but after that it screams and opens up! It's like a different bike once younstay in the high rpms. Needless to say I'm excited to see how this 466 turns when it's done.

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ronnie

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Re: "Dago Roller" Resurrecting a 350F gently

Quick update before the holidays begin. Since I have been on the boat these past 6 weeks, I have aquired many parts for the bike that are waiting to be unboxed and sorted. First I decided to hold off on the fiberglass tank and went and bought DeanJ's Benelli Mojave 360 tank he was selling. I have wanted one of those since I first saw it a couple years ago. Its new in box, never tasted fuel. So that was clutch! Plus I couldn't have built the fiberglass tank for what I paid for it. Second, I bought some Threebond from Sonreir so hopefully I can get the engine back together in the two weeks I have home. I ordered some new EBC clutch springs and clutch plates from DCC along with some valve stem seals.

Then today with the help of Kiley, I found a XS650 19" front wheel to fit in my Katana forks. So that was nice finding that. Plus it is an aluminum rim so that is a double plus! The only thing left for the front end is to rebuild the Katana forks with new seals, bushings, Race Tech springs and emulators, dust covers, etc. Plus two rotors and some calipers to fit and then I'll head to a friends shop and get a axle made, new bearings to fit as well. After that the front end is complete.

I'm ready to get this all together! But mostly I need that engine put together without parts missing...I'm worried about putting it together and I forget something or it doesn't work right. That would be awful. To leave on a good note, I hope everyone has a awesome Christmas! I'll post pictures of everything when I get home and get a chance!
 

yorkie350

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Re: "Dago Roller" Resurrecting a 350F gently

Cool thread mate great pics ive stripped a cb350f '72 putting it together as a caferacer polished n painted engine parts n rebuilt put back in frame, it aint running right yet hope i didnt rush it wouldnt want to pull it back out so you do right taking ya time, double check each stage it will save time money n tears later .Great feeling getting to open those boxes of goodies its like christmas every other week haha.Now ime so close to finishing i can see the point of TAKING YOUR TIME easier said than done i know but at least ya get a natural break with your job by the sound of it for you it would work to make notes on a wall board or notepad n take lots of before n after pictures not just for build thread for forum but to help your own sanity when ya have to leave it sat for weeks on end i did for the wiring and what bolt went where hope it all goes well mate have a great xmas will watch for ya progress
 

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ronnie

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Re: "Dago Roller" Resurrecting a 350F gently

Thanks man.. Yea I am trying to stay organized and I learn something new in regards to labeling and organizing as I'm going along. I rebuilt a Ford engine before and have helped rebuild diesel engines on boats.

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ronnie

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Re: "Dago Roller" Resurrecting a 350F gently

So my new goodies were here now that I'm off work! Pretty awesome.

The new cam chain tension rod, Mojave tank, clutch springs and plates, and a tube of threebond. Now just need to get my engine together and I can't start other things.

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