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jkv357 05-23-2017 12:43 PM

1970 Honda CL450 Scrambler
 
Just starting on the next project - a 1970 CL450 Scrambler. Another bike I've owned for about 25 years that has been sitting in a garage here and there.

Before any clean-up -

http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q...psubgp2ukz.jpg

http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q...psu63zeuai.jpg

Looks like the chrome will polish-up pretty well -

http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q...psw8q2d2su.jpg

Gonna need tires and a few additional parts. The tank is varnished inside, but not rusted. Compression is good. 16,000 mi, After a good bath the carbs will need to come off and be ultrasonic cleaned and rebuilt. New seat cover, paint, and decals among other things.

shisoshin 05-23-2017 07:05 PM

memories of my blue cb450 [with dunstall megaphones].. with torsion bar valve control [needs good oil supply].. beautiful engine casting imo, with quality chrome responding well to goddards glo and that touch of fanaticism [which you have already achieved].. torsion bar torque after almost 50yrs could be a factor, ie, if you intend to ride this one...

jkv357 05-24-2017 09:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by shisoshin (Post 659650)
memories of my blue cb450 [with dunstall megaphones].. with torsion bar valve control [needs good oil supply].. beautiful engine casting imo, with quality chrome responding well to goddards glo and that touch of fanaticism [which you have already achieved].. torsion bar torque after almost 50yrs could be a factor, ie, if you intend to ride this one...

Because these tires are shot and will be replaced, this one will be ridden when completed.

jkv357 06-15-2017 09:30 PM

The CL got its first bath in about 25 or 30 years -

http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q...psuhmrho3h.jpg


http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q...ps3vnybnif.jpg

Carb and petcock kits are here, so the carbs will come off and get cleaned and rebuilt. Last time it ran (20+ years ago), it was running on only one 1 cylinder. Hopefully a carb cleaning and new plugs will solve that. Probably check the points too.

Mufasa 06-16-2017 03:54 AM

Please take as many photos and show your progress. Love these bike restorations.
Good luck with the rebuild.

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artstenn 06-19-2017 08:16 PM

OMG!! I bought one just like this one in the 80's, for about 600 bucks. It was a 1970 model but stamped manufactured in '69. In about the same condition too. I rebuilt the carbs, replaced other small parts like the rectifier and exhaust gaskets, new tires, battery and it ran like new! I ended up trading it for a new '91 Honda 750 Nighhawk lol. Thanks for the memories!

jkv357 07-21-2017 09:21 AM

Here are some of the photos that were lost to the Photofuckit debacle -

Before anything -

http://i.imgur.com/RADJRKK.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/oGxiXTc.jpg

After a good wash -

http://i.imgur.com/BLnvYuk.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/z0rKxVn.jpg


Update 7/21/17 -

Cleaned and rebuilt the carbs, new plugs, set the points - and it fired right up!

Last time it ran was probably 20 years ago.

Electric starer was spinning, but not engaging so I kicked it over. Took about 4 or 5 kicks to fire up. Ran really well - idled smoothly and no smoke at all.

My 17 year old son was helping me. Last time it ran he wasn't even a twinkle...

RevIt 07-23-2017 02:30 AM

Beautiful scrambler! She cleaned up real nice! Glad to hear it started up and idled smoothly.

jkv357 07-23-2017 11:23 AM

Thanks. Still have a long way to go to get it where I want it (VG, but not quite EX cond).

I wanted to confirm that the engine didn't have any major issues before spending any amount of time and money on it.

Looks like I'm good to go.

TrueFaith 07-23-2017 04:07 PM

Beautiful. Boy, does seeing that take me back. Honda Scramblers were the first bikes I really lusted after on the cusp of getting my license.


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