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I've been slowly working on this bike as I get the skrill and Christmas was damn good to me so I've got lots of stuff on the way......clip-ons, new headlight brackets, Black 4-into-1 exhaust with chrome muffler, Tarozzi rearsets, and some other small things I needed to get her going......I'm stoked!

I just recently tore the wheels down and had the chrome plating stripped off the rims. The pitting was so bad from the rust I couldn't hide it with plain powdercoat so I went with a hammertone gloss black. They look tough. I was originally going to put new stainless spokes and polish the hubs and what not, but I decided that was too much work and money and I ain't buildin' a trailer queen...I took some steel wool to the spokes, put some new bearings in the hubs and laced 'em back up....whudaya think?






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I also found some small rust holes in the bottom edge of the tank and decided to go ahead and modify the tank and get rid of the rust.....here are some pics of the work I've done so far.....





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the pieces of sheet metal I used for the indents are actually the bottom of an old cash register....

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thats very very cool. nice work.

cant wait to see it done.

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...so fuckin cool. excellent work! cheers!

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MAN! Nice work!
I recently picked up 3 CB550s and have a lot of work to do.
How 'bout some updated pics.
Jim

My dog is concerned about the economy. ALPO is up to 99-cents a can. That's almost $7 in dog money.
 

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Well.....the reason I haven't posted any more progress pics is because this tank has become sort of a sore subject for me. I've always been the type of person to do things myself, even if I couldn't. I usually end up screwing things up the first time, but I figure it out eventually. So this time, I decided I would pay a qualified welder, who is very well known for his motorcycle building ability (wouldn't surprise me if some of you know his name). Turns out, the guy couldn't get past his ego and actually care about the finished project, he just slapped the thing together, took my money and went on his way. I was pretty pissed about the quality and lost a bit of sleep over it. The worst part is I know I could have done way better myself. I probably could have fixed it with some lead or something, or maybe by cutting off his shitty work and starting over, but I ended up losing my temper at like 1:30 in the morning and took the claw end of a hammer to it.....I guess I need to work on that.









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windupdevil, sometimes you just gotta take matters in your own hands, even if it includes a hammer!<img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>
In my younger days I'd been known to get p/o'd and do the same thing. Just keep your head up. You obviously have the talent and desire to get what you want. You just need a bit of practice.
Btw, I have a spare 550 tank you can have for the shipping charges if you want one to practice on.
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So, now that the original tank is trash, I've purchased a replacement for it. The new tank came off of a CB500T. The tank came with two small dents in the front of it (like quarter size), but other than that it's flawless.....looks like the thing has never had gas in it. pristine inside. The paint is awesome too....too bad its got those damn dents.... Apparently the shop I got it from took it off of a customers bike in like '76 because the bike fell over and the bars dented the front of the tank...they kept it on a shelf for 30 years and then decided to sell it. Here are some pics of it on the bike










I'm currently installing my rearsets...I know, I need to take the original pegs off...God I still have a long way to go......




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That twin tank fits the lines of your K quite well.
Who would have thunk?
Keep up the good work man.<img src=icon_smile_approve.gif border=0 align=middle>

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where did you get those rearset from? what make are they?

'72 cb750
'75 cb750
'76cb750
'82 cx500 (but mine is cool, i swear. Why don't you believe me?)
 

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yeah, that tank is beautiful, and perfect for that bike! see, sometimes you have to listen to your inner soul, and destroy shit.(said in a butthead voice)

"Never mind the track. The track is for punks. We are Road People. We are Cafe Racers." -Hunter S. Thompson
 
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