Restoration project - CB400F 1975.

kiki.o

New Member
Hi all,

As I can see, photobucket images are not visible any more... Hope I'll be able to recreate them in the future. In the meanwhile, I'll host pictures from Google Photos, so please let me know if there will be any problems with the display of the photos. TIA.

I have been working on my bike lately... Mostly, I've prepared and painted the tank and side covers. Marks were painted instead of the decals...

Here are few pictures of the process.

Preparation : putty and filler after several layers with sanding in between.

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Painted red.

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Added masks and painted the side marks on the covers.

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This is what it looks now vs how it looked like before.... :)

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Added gold for Honda outline.

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Masked and painted inner section with blue.

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Result:

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I have masked inner section now and sand it gently with 4000.

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Masks off...

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Final result:

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That's about it, now onto final gloss coat, with sanding and polishing over the painted marks to even the finish.

Stay tuned,

Kristijan
 

SONICJK

Reminds me of...me No, I'm sure of it. I hate him
Awesome!
Nice to see someone go to the full effort instead of throwing on some vinyl and calling it a day
 

kiki.o

New Member
Thank you all on kind words. 8)

Next onto clear cote and polishing, so I can call it a day and proceed to front forks and instruments rebuild.

Regards,

Kristijan
 

tattoo

Been Around the Block
Haven't read this one for a while....but also notice that it's gone quiet a little. PLEASE----keep us posted on this one!!! I'm blown away by the amount of effort put into the tank and covers' painting!!! Humbled.

Looks AMAZING!
 

3DogNate

"You Meet the Nicest People on a Honda"
SONIC. said:
Awesome!
Nice to see someone go to the full effort instead of throwing on some vinyl and calling it a day

Agreed... well done.. but don't forget full effort would have just been a sticker on top of everything.. Honda wasn't doing anything under clear coat back then. This would be above and beyond that.

And that's some tedious masking.... I hate doing shit like that.
 

goldy

Coast to Coast
DTT BOTM WINNER
Pay attention boys and girls...THIS is how you do it!!! Bravo Zulu kiki.o! Any progress lately?
 

kiki.o

New Member
Thank you all for your kind words. 8)

Unfortunately, just when i have put the gloss coat on the covers and the tank, i have crashed during one of my trackdays. As a result - broken collar bone, surgeries and therapies in the last year. As if it wasn't enough, had to fix my main bike due to crash.
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Honda on the other hand, is where I left it a year ago. With the addition of the gloss coat. Now it needs polishing and second layer of clear gloss.
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I hope this project will pick up from now on, but I cannot make any promises ;D

Stay tuned,
Kristijan
 

goldy

Coast to Coast
DTT BOTM WINNER
Wow, sorry aboiut the accident and all the recuperation time. I hope you make a full recovery. Yes, the paintwork is looking very good indeed!
 

kiki.o

New Member
Yeah, I think that work on the 400 will be excellent therapy. ;D

Paintwork looks good, but it's still not finished and the shine is not on the level I want.

Wet sanding, and additional layers of clear should resolve that issue. And in the end, final polishing.

We'll see. :eek:

Regards,
Kristijan
 

kiki.o

New Member
Hi to all,

This never ending project is making a little big step forward. Finally.

I have made an order of few parts from USA, but due to COVID and all the problems with it, it took almost 2 months to receive the parts for the front forks.

For the rear shocks i have chosen to upgrade(if it can be called that way) on Hagon shocks. Stock shocks were rather soft, so I hope this will sort out that problem.

I have finished the suspension, and I hope to have rolling chassis soon.

Here are few pics:

I have cleaned and powder coated the lower forks, RAL 9006, looks nice but I am not so sure about the color... Cleaned the threads,and prepared for assembly.
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Cleaned few old parts:
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Rest of parts were replaced with new:

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On this picture, all parts on the left are re-used and all on the right were new ones:

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Both forks assembled:

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And put on the triple trees:

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Rear bushing placement cleaned:

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And rear shocks mounted:

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This is where she is now:

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Tank has recieved few details also:

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I have ordered new tires, and I hope to have it rolling soon:

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That's all for today. Hope you like it.

I hope this rebuild will speed up, but ordering parts from all parts of the world can be very time and money consuming. :)

I had second thougths now and then but all your builds on this forum just confirms that it's all worth while.

Thanks,
Kristijan
 

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