It’s getting close….CL360

Ok gang, it’s been awhile since I have done an update on the CL360., and I gotta say, I’m getting excited. It’s looking fucking awesome. Well anyway, I think it looks awesome.

So i have totally rebuilt it , with exception to the gearbox. It’s working well so I didn’t see the need to get that deep into the motor. I also need to replace the cam. The bearing is shot. Well pretty bad anyway. I’m gonna run it that way for a couple of months or until the motor quits. Then I’m gonna bore it out to a 450cc, from 356cc. I’ll put a bigger lobed cam in at that time. Here’s a photo of the cam now.

CL360 Cam Bearing

It's looks pretty bad, but it still feels pretty smooth. Am I lying to you or myself?

So besides the cam, that I think can wait until I free up some money, I need to replace the rings. I need to do that right away. They are so bad that they’re getting blow-by. So bad in fact that it’s fouling the plugs. It wont stay running. I’m gonna get the rings .5 over. That way if they don’t fit properly I can file them down a bit.

I did a test paint job because I wasn’t sure about the the paint scheme. I knew I wanted to do something race style, but to my knowledge Honda didn’t have race bikes in the mid seventies. Mike says it’s because Honda pulled out of racing to focus on the Civic. I can neither confirm nor deny this, but it sounded reasonable enough to me. So anyway I wanted to do something red white and blue. I think that paint scheme looks rad, but I wanted to get the colors right. Here’s the first run.

CL360 test paint

CL360 Profile

CL360 test paint 1

CL360 Front Angle

CL360 test paint 2

CL360 Rear

CL360 test paint 4

CL360 Rear Angle

The last one is my favorite picture so far. So I got the paint mocked up, and I’m happy with the red, but Sander suggested I go a  bit darker on the blue. I agree, so I reshoot with a darker blue. I couldn’t be happier with the suggestion. I slapped on the wings, and cleared it up. It looks good from far but…..

Oh, before I show you those,  I made a # plate mount for it as well. I confirmed what I already knew about welding… I suck at it.

CL360 Number Plate Mount

It not the best but here it is.

Ok, here’s the finished paint. I have to french in a head light and make a tach mount, but other than that I couldn’t be happier.

CL360 Race Paint Scheme, Racer

That's nice

CL360 Race Paint Scheme, Racer 1

That blue is so much better

So I got a little tipsy the other night, and Mike talked me into doing an artsy night photo shoot. I am no Ansel Adams, but here they are. A couple of them turned out pretty cool.

CL360 Drixton Racer Style

Oooohh!

CL360 Drixton Racer Style 1

I can't wait to ride the wheels off this little fucker

CL360 Drixton Racer Style 2

CL360 Drixton Racer Style 3

43 I'm hoping that will be my AHRMA #

Well that’s it for tonight gang. My back is starting to smart from bending over this fucking computer. I hope you like it.  McCarron out!

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Thruxton @ a Track School

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Drixton Tank and Seat

The new Seat and tank look bitchen. Thank you Airtech. You guys kick more ass than a donkey farm.

I had to cut out the rear fender mount, to make everything fit properly, but Dutch said he would help me build a new rear hoop for it. Dutch is the man!  He’s my go to guy when I get stuck. A really patient dude, that has helped me debug my carbs, eletrical and now the rear hoop. But really I’m just trying to make my bike as cool as his.

I had to cut this brace/inner fender mount to make the seat sit on the frame rails. Because of the tank the seat sits further back.

All cut out, and can work on the rear hoop.

Here are pictures of the seat and tank inplace, but no mount points. I still have to weld those in.

I'm excited about the paint. I think gold black and red.

I'm a big fan of the seat shape.

Profile of the tank.

From a higher vantage point.

Rebuilding the Scrambler (again)

So I got a new Fender, tank and seat, from the guys at Airtech, for the scrambler. It’s the Drixton style. I’m really excited about it. We all know what that means…..rebuild. I was always unhappy with the build as it was. The bike itself is a blast to ride, but visually I was not entirely pleased.

I have to cut some tuff off of the frame I missed the first time. I’ll post all of that as I do it. I also have to weld a rear hoop, so I can mount the seat and the battery under the seat. Plus it will make the back end of the frame more rigid.

The first thing on my plate is venting the rear brake. I like the way it looks plus it will help keep it cool.

Here are the pictures…..

Here is the brake plate before I got a hold of it.

And the backside, with the shoes removed.

 

No plasma cutter, so I have to drill it out.

And the backside.

I'm telling you, my Dremel is my best friend.

I think it turned out pretty good.

 

And a close up. I got all the materials at Marshalls. The Screen and the aluminum plate. I just have to fix it to the brake plate. I think some allen screws will look nice.

Intro

Hey Gang, my name is Ted, and I decided to start a blog about building a 1978 Honda CB175 I picked up on Craigslist for $200. Its pretty rough, but it was cheap and the guy said the motor turns over. This is the original photo from the Craigslist ad.

Craigslist posting

Craigslist posting

I have only built one bike before this one, but it turned out pretty bitchen. It was a 1974 Honda CL360 Scrambler. I wouldn’t say it’s completely finished, but it is more than rideable, and I think it looks good.

2 Weeks ago on Highway 94. Mike's Bonnie, Dutch's Z1 and my scrambler.

2 Weeks ago on Highway 94. Mike's Bonnie, Dutch's Z1 and my scrambler.

I will post updates on the Scambler as well, as I accomplish them.

Well, I have been giving alot of thought about what I think the finished product should look like. I won’t be building it back to stock. I think I’m going to build another racer. I’m not a huge fan of the term “cafe racer”. As it seems to me, people slap some clubmans on their bike and it’s a cafe racer. For this racer, I’m thinking similar to the scrambler, but I want to put some color in this one. Right now I’m really stuck on gold, or green. I guess I’ll decide that when it comes time to paint (I’m also new to painting. The fender on the scrambler was the first thing I’ve ever painted with a sprayer). The real goal on this bike is to do as much of the work myself.

fender1fender

I hope you enjoy the build and feel free to drop your 2 cents about how you would do it, have done it, or even if you just think it sucks.