FRANKENHONDA II the 1982 DOHC CB 750F2 Build


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+ 1 on Ram, I don't have one yet but ride with folks who do and they are excellent keeping phones in place and safe but still readable


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well I went for my first proper ride, was worried that it wouldn’t start again after I parked but she fired up first time.

Then as I was traveling home through slow traffic it stalled and would not start, I had gassed on then jumped on the breaks, then conked out.

I was on the inside lane of a 4 lane bridge, luckily I was on the down hill side so I rolled across 4 lanes and exited on the slip and rolled it up on to the foot path.

I tried starting it in second while rolling down hill nothing.

Then after 15-20 starts then rides home no drama
I notice one of the rubber seals on the cam cover bolts has pulled right through not sure if that has something to do with it, hopefully it’s still on the end of the bolt and not on the cams.

The head gasket and tacho seals are still leaking, I’m thinking I’m going to need to bite the bullet and take the engine out and do it all over again and get it right. Boooo better to suffer the pain now and have a motor that will last another 20 years.

Also I can’t tell if it’s normal or not but it feels like it bounces or something in the front end it’s really hard to explain, I might take the R1 out for comparison to see if it’s just new fork or what.

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so some more 1%ers today, from the last time I was riding I realised I had configured my indicators incorrectly I had one on each side, which made right hand signalling difficult when using the throttle, so I moved it back to the left handle bar controls. So the bottom button is left and top is now right.

I noticed the #3 spark plug lead had a cut in it so I changed that out.
I’m not sure how much that would effect performance but I know it’s not meant to be that way.

While I was at it I removed the cam cover and cleaned it and the cam cover seal. All the little rubber seals around the cam cover bolts are shot and it’s Leaking around the cam cover and tacho seal again :/

I’ll wait until tomorrow and fix Rex a call to see if he can get me a new copper head gasket or maybe how much he will charge to put one in, and also why the bike would have just cut out the other day. I was driving through slow traffic, gave it a blip on the throttle, hard on the brakes then it stalled and wouldn’t start for 15-20 minutes, then started and ran no issues.

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Well today was the day, OMM came over and we pulled the motor out View attachment 220887View attachment 220888

I taped up the frame and put some rags in place after I had removed the carbs, and disconnected all the wiring, starter motor and chain sprocket ready for OMM to arrive.

Once he came over we made short work of removing the motor, unfortunately it because of how much practice we have had. View attachment 220889

We put the motor into the stand that I had cobbled together from the first time the motor was out or was it the second, or third, fourth, fifth ? I lose count now.

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Anyway with the motor out we got the cylinder head off without too much trouble, to my surprise the gasket looked like it was in really good condition, we then removed the gasket which came off without too much trouble.

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I inspected the top of the cylinders on the side where the leak was, and other than finding all the Honda bond I had put there in an attempt to fix it there was nothing I could see that would have made it leak, even the underside of the gasket was in good nick.

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Next I cleaned the surface with grease remover and cleaned them up before sliding the head back on.

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You can see where we made a dummy cam to hold the shims in place, I think I would have had a break down if I had to do that all over again.

I torqued the head bolts down in sequence first to half torque then 30ft lbs one over but Rex said that’s ok, the proof will be in the pudding

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Reconnected the oil delivery line and got the last two crankcase bolts in that are on top of the oil filter


I still have these two bolts left from my kit and I can’t for the life of me work out where they go. Maybe Jimbo can help me out here ??


Next we turned the motor to TDC 1.4 and lined the cams up, first attempt both were out by one tooth but we got it spot on.

We were in the home straight we put all the cam journals on and were just torquing them down I started to torque up the first bolt, and it spun, and spun, and spun no fu€king way

Yep it’s halicoil time... unfortunately it was too late in the day to go get one so that’s where today’s instalment ends.

Tomorrow I’ll get a halicoil kit x 3 just encase and I’ll get this all buttoned up and maybe even get it back in and for a leak free ride, fingers crossed

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When the head was off, did you check that the hollow dowel pins were not too long, and did you check with bearing blue to see that both surfaces touch all the way across?

The Jimbonaut

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^^ that's a good suggestion. It might also be worth checking (although now I guess you've already re-assembled the engine) that there was no crap in the dowel pin locator hole which could cause the dowel pin to not seat entirely? Just a suggestion.

Not 100% sure about those two long bolts you've got left over. All the bolts should have been bagged separately for each individual location (clutch cover, oil pan etc). Could they be for the starter motor cover?

Bummer on the cam holder bolt - I had to helicoil a couple of threads in the cam holders themselves, where the valve cover bolts thread into. Helicoils man...lifesavers.
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Well I halicoiled one hole successfully, but I’ve identified another 3 that I need to fix. I’ve had to call stumps because I’m of yours work in Tassy for a week so I’ll luck up where I left next Saturday, if all goes well (famous last words) may even get a leak free test ride in

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