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Since I was 15 I have always had a fascination with vintage bikes. I have always had a nagging thought in the back of my mind that I wanted to restore an old ride. I am not very mechanically inclined and definitely would be considered a noob on. I came across a 1975 Honda cb360 and I decided to take a leap of faith for $700. The bike is actually in really good shape with 15000 miles and good chrome. The PO parked it fifteen years ago and drained the carbs and tank. The first thing is to tear it down and throw all the good shit out, I already bought a harbor freight grinder and cutting wheels

I have a design drawn out in my head. I have already chopped down the rear end of the frame as well as the rear seat brace,shock mounts and cut all the tabs off. A friend of mine is welding in a new seat hoop and stability bracket (I am not welding inclined). While waiting for the frame I decided to tear into the carbs. They are actually fairly clean. The diaphragms are both intact and their is only a slight hint of any gummage. I do have one question....I have removed the jets and the idle needle and spring, however I am unable to get the Main snozzle out. There is no place to screw the snozzle from? Is it press fit into the carb or does it need to be tapped out? Any advice would be great. As for cleaning the carbs, I intend on doing the lemon juice with a hint of garlic boil. 6 to 1 ratio with water seems to be the most common way of doing it. I have read that the best way is to immediately put it into a hot water bath followed by a spray down of WD-40 and drink the juice. Once again, please correct me if I am wrong.

This will be a major undertaking for me. I am really new to most wrenching and small engines. I ask that you bear with me and give me all of your patience. One thing at a time, slow and steady. I am going to enjoy this project and learn everything I can along the way. I like to look at in a way of my growth as a man. I know that may sound cheesy, but I feel that this is a coming of age tale for myself. I want to test myself. To start something and see it all the way through to the end. IMG_2343.jpg IMG_2342.jpg
 

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Someone has way to much time on their hands.
Try a teaspoon of Madras curry powder with the lemon juice...Works a treat.
Btw think the bikes a CL.
 

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Someone has way to much time on their hands.
Try a teaspoon of Madras curry powder with the lemon juice...Works a treat.
Btw think the bikes a CL.
Wish I had time. It's a CL in the title, borrowed most of the text from some hipster. I thought it was fitting, I was second caller on the bike the old man said there was a fellow already coming for the bike in the morning he wanted the bike for the Hand Built bike show. Well after a little talking and an extra 100 bucks he kicked the hipster to the curb and I picked the bike up that night. Thought I do a post on getting the old girl up and going, so newbies can see how easy it is
 

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you blew it you should have gortten it running and completely road worth and ;put some miles on it
learn yourself to tune it
and determine the condition of the engine and electrics ,get to know the machine
in detail
right now what you have marriedyourself to is a 60 year old coke whore,still in full gank for the booger sugar,and unpredictable as a drunk squaw
 

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you blew it you should have gortten it running and completely road worth and ;put some miles on it
learn yourself to tune it
and determine the condition of the engine and electrics ,get to know the machine
in detail
right now what you have marriedyourself to is a 60 year old coke whore,still in full gank for the booger sugar,and unpredictable as a drunk squaw
Ken I think you missed something
 

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Well, brought the bike home a week ago, the first thing put in a battery out of another bike the lights came on and everything else but it won't turn over, the solenoid Is clicking so first thing off the bat we need a starter solenoid. Next check spark, with a screwdriver in the spark plug cap, nothing, check power at the coil it's good to go. Pull the points cover we have power, spin the motor one set of points are frozen shut one set has some corrosion, hit them with a points file set the gap, put some grease on the pad hit it with some starter fluid bang she fires right up, keep shooting gas in the carbs no smoke sounds good. I find two cracks in the rear hoop where it bolts to the frame with a shit repair on both sides and some rust holes on the ends of the mufflers IMG_3454.JPG IMG_2343.jpg so I make a list. Tubes, tires, chain what the hell two new sprockets, seat latch, right side cover, fork seals, dust covers and since there's a dent in the tank and I need another side cover let's get some candy orange paint.
 

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Wish I had time. It's a CL in the title, borrowed most of the text from some hipster. I thought it was fitting, I was second caller on the bike the old man said there was a fellow already coming for the bike in the morning he wanted the bike for the Hand Built bike show. Well after a little talking and an extra 100 bucks he kicked the hipster to the curb and I picked the bike up that night. Thought I do a post on getting the old girl up and going, so newbies can see how easy it is
My bad, but in fairness it does say CB in the text.
 

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Started from rear to front, pulled all electrical connections and cleaned them IMG_3456.JPG pulled the front and rear rim cleaned them up removed the wheel bearing covers,removed the grease with a heat gun, repacked them, cleaned and inspected the brakes and hubs. Installed new rim strips, tubes and tires. IMG_3447.JPG IMG_3450.JPG IMG_3451.JPG polished the sliders, motor and chrome. IMG_3448.JPG IMG_3452.JPG IMG_3453.JPG IMG_3455.JPG touched up the frame, painted the center stand, kick stand and cut the rusted ends off the mufflers. Pulled the carbs to soak over night IMG_3454.JPG
 

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You'll need to find storage in the back of the shop to hide it when your done. It will have to be hidden until this vintage mutilation fad passes or some moron will want to buy it and do the "chopped down the rear end of the frame as well as the rear seat brace,shock mounts and cut all the tabs off".
 

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Got the carbs cleaned up. If you never cleaned carbs get a set of wire drills and a pin vise and some torch cleaning tips , all the carb cleaner and air in the world will not get some of the smallest jets cleaned out, I don't care how long you soak them. Pay attention to detail, nothing worse the having to pull the carbs again because you did not get everything clean. Note your turns to close on the air/ fuel mixture screws so they are close when you put them back together and don't forget to set the god damn float height.
 

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How is the parts availability for the Honda 360's?

A friend of mine wants to get one for a long term project with his 15yo son and asked my thoughts.

I had none to give...
 

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i was kinda trying to play along j0hn
got any plans for the seven spoker ?
is it pronounced like the great hooved ,beast of the plains?
yup that's how
I have a shit load of vintage parts I've been hoarding for something special, so I have almost everything I need to complete the bike, even a set of seven spoke magnesium wheels. I'm looking for a set of really nice period rear adjustable shocks, the front rim is 18" so 13" long shock will be good. Keep your eyes out BTW they are eye to eye not eye to clevis
 

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a pair of bitchen shocks i restored a cuple years ago and resold were white power,piggyback twin clickers
they had taken the shock used on ktm 65cc mx and used a pair resprung and revalved
they were on a xr1200 the spec racer i think
 

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Well I finally got around to striping the tank but I just did not like Honda's ulgy black stripes do I did them more like a CB with silver flake and shot the Moto Guzzi because the paint was stained I still need to clear coat the CL Tank
 

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