Cafe Racer Forum banner

1 - 20 of 24 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
237 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
I finally got the engine out today, I had everything else off, just no off time from work till today. I'm just waiting for my new head to come in. Heres some pictures:






Now since I have the bike apart I was thinking of painting it. I was planning on paint the engine black in F-style and repaint the frame while I'm at it. I was thinking semigloss the frame and engine and either leaving the rest of the bike flat black or painting in gloss black. Heres a picture of my bike all together to give you a idea what it looks like.



I would really like some input on this. Also how to I clean up the cases, I don't want them shiny but just new looking to go with the black engine

22/m
1980 Honda CB750
1972 Oldsmobile 442
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,112 Posts
Much of the tarnish on the top of your lower case is actually the factory clear coat. The good news is you can use paint stripper to get it off, then buff or rub the cases clean. If you need to use a wire brush, use a brass one. Steel brushes will scratch the hell out of your cases.

Think about getting the frame sandblasted. Its worth it.

I use high heat engine paint on my frames. Very durable paint.

Rustoleum is poop.



Honda go sideways!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,187 Posts
clean strip and paint is all you can do .I think you should look for a bigger funkier tank just for a custom look.But thats just my opinion .Im a fan of bread loaf look or toaster look.tear drops are for choppa's and yes I said choppa's.also flat looks more interesting with gloss black accent so the flat or semi flat looks like a color choice.The frame is ready for cleaning and at leasts gloss black it with rattle cans (cleaning is key).

Also breaking up the silver by using machine gold color or think about wrinkle finish paint for some engine accents its available in different colors and adds some eye pop if you stick with just flat black.Or paint the frame silver or another color to make the flat black look technical again just my input.

pictures are good inspiration ace cafe london has a great collection and cafe racer web sights like this onehttp://www.southernclassiccustoms.com/photo.htm

Im so far behind ,that I think Im in first.

Edited by - LILBull on May 07 2007 5:13:04 PM

Edited by - LILBull on May 07 2007 6:23:47 PM
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
10,737 Posts
PJ1 makes a good paint, gloss, semi, and flat. also hitemp too!

texy
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
23,303 Posts
if you are going to do the engine black, make sure you don't paint the case screws. In fact I think it gives it a badass machine kinda look to have shiney silver (polished) screws on a black set of engine cases. I agree with tex PJ1 makes an awsome engine paint.

rustoleum makes a really nice black rattle can with metalflake in it. great for accents.

Personally I have never been one of those "all black bike" kinda guys. I think if you really want it to look funky, rustoleum makes a paint called smoke gray, which is about the same shade as grey primer but it is gloss and a topcoat. I think the bike would have a serious "I was built out of a junkyard" look with the frame painted this color. Plus it will hide the junk that invaribly gets into any spray can job.

I know lots of guys are fond of stripping the frame down to bare metal, but if you are just going to do a spray bomb, scuff the existing paint (to give good adhesion and make get rid of any loose flakes), address any rust spots, wipe the whole thing down with mineral spirits, and then use a "rust paint" like rustoleum "stops rust".



by the way, I am working on a new way to mount a tailiht to those F tail fins. I use a zx10 light and some lexan, should be a smooth look.

Edited by - Geeto67 on May 08 2007 08:29:46 AM
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
237 Posts
Discussion Starter #6
yea spray bomb and wet sanding is the name of the game on this one, cause of one major reason, I'm spending all my damn money just to get it running and I have to be cheap on the paint. I don't want to be all black, I was considering doing white scallops on the tank or something.

22/m
1980 Honda CB750
1972 Oldsmobile 442
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
23,303 Posts
I'll come lay some lines on it if you want (old school style pinstriping). Jersey is not that far.

I've seen a few bare bones rat choppers lately with white frames and gray frames, a very utilitarian look. Makes the motor and the bodywork stand out.

Edited by - Geeto67 on May 08 2007 12:18:46 PM
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,187 Posts
like maybe this style

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Hond...tegoryZ35597QQihZ006QQitemZ160114075737QQrdZ1

and if money is an issue (ha like who it isnt an issue with) keep the tank just paint it so it looks boxer or longer then it is to the eye.you must have a graphic artist friend ....

and LiLBulls fav tank of all for cb's

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1978...019QQitemZ290113613076QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWDVW

big boxey and a look of its own.




Im so far behind ,that I think Im in first.

Edited by - LILBull on May 08 2007 4:15:15 PM
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
237 Posts
Discussion Starter #9
quote:
I'll come lay some lines on it if you want (old school style pinstriping). Jersey is not that far.
Well when I head up to NJ next I'm getting my friend to pin stripe it and do my new tattoo. What part of NJ are you from, I was live in south nj my whole life till last year when I moved down here to NC

22/m
1980 Honda CB750
1972 Oldsmobile 442
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
23,303 Posts
quote:
quote:
I'll come lay some lines on it if you want (old school style pinstriping). Jersey is not that far.
Well when I head up to NJ next I'm getting my friend to pin stripe it and do my new tattoo. What part of NJ are you from, I was live in south nj my whole life till last year when I moved down here to NC

22/m
1980 Honda CB750
1972 Oldsmobile 442
Not from Joisey...from the other side of the river but I get there often enough (jersey has the closest operating racetrack).
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
237 Posts
Discussion Starter #14
Well hit the frame with simple green and its amazing how rusty the frame is. Lots of specks of surface rust, no big patches, just alot of spots and scratchs of rust. Its amazing how dirty the frame was, I love simple green, it is the best cleaner ever. I'll wire brush the frame tomorrow and paint the frame. BTW this is the first time I've washed my bike in the 2 years I've owned it lol

22/m
1980 Honda CB750
1972 Oldsmobile 442
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
23,303 Posts
FR- Etown is now the closest Dragstrip to where I live. Stilla 45 minute drive and the tech ruels even for a test and tune night are so restrictive that I don't drag race anymore. Westhampton used to let me ride in an armored jacked, jeans, and boots where as E-town wants a full fire retardant one piece racing suit. I runn a 500cc two stroke that mostly runs 11s, which is slower than most of the street ridden sport bikes that come in, but because mine was a dedicated drag rig I had to have it. E-town is just not bike friendly.

Psyco Diver 69 - becareful with simple green on aluminum. It can errode it if you leave it on to long. It is not really recommended for alloy parts, most degreasers tend to corrode aluminum, although I think they were coming out with an aluminum safe version.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,187 Posts
simple green isnt simple to get off parts and it does continue to eat.409 0r fantastic is cheaper, works quick and clean I use fantastic on everything for initial cleaning and I have tried plenty of products to get the same results everything from high end cleaners to low end stuff. Fantastic for me is just that .

I would suggest a wire wheel the heavey duty type that throws the wire into your clothes like a mad acupucturist.they are cup shaped not the whimpy drill ones, these you screw onto your small hand grinder. use gloves and face protection and go at the frame you can do a whole bike frame with one wheel of the high quality type and it takes two of the cheaper harbor frieght ones.But its strips it fast and shiney ready for primer and paint from rattle can to urethane.

trick with using these wheels are .You need to let the wheel do its work on the ends of the wire.Amatuers always plow into their work with the wheel stressing the grinder and the wheel into more work.Keep checking yourself that your not pushing the grinder or wheel into your work and let the edge do its job.also dont spend alot of time letting the wheel free wheel its not so good for the grinder.hey grinders are cheap but you end up using them alot .
I put cut off wheels on mine ,wire wheels and grinding wheels so I use a grinder alot in fabrication.
I take the guard off which is very dangerous in a lot of ways .I do use welding gloves and full face sheild and keep it far away from the family jewels in case of failure.put much caustion is advised when removing the grinders guard.Hell its why its called a guard.

beginners reading this take note eyes and hands are The MOST IMPORTANT TOOLS IN LIFE ,PROTECT AT ALL COSTS damaged eyes and hands make it alot harder to get dates!


Im so far behind ,that I think Im in first.

Edited by - LiLBull on May 10 2007 08:13:48 AM
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
237 Posts
Discussion Starter #17
Heres some more progress. The frame is painted. The head is suppose to be in tomorrow, I'm just waiting for my gasket kit to come in. Hopefully I have can have the engine together and painted by next weekend and MAYBE even back into the bike. After that I need new tires and paint the tank, cowl, and side panels




22/m
1980 Honda CB750
1972 Oldsmobile 442
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
237 Posts
Discussion Starter #19
Don't have the money for clip ons yet and these clubmans are doing a pretty good job for now

22/m
1980 Honda CB750
1972 Oldsmobile 442
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,187 Posts
looks good even with clubmans .Clip ons here is a running battle but what do you want from a race site clip ons will always rule the roost.Clubmans are street sensible in a lot of cases.Champ sells good quality clip ons look here under members products forum.

Im so far behind ,that I think Im in first.
 
1 - 20 of 24 Posts
Top