Saturday, October 18, 2014

Stay Put

Another one checked off the list. I've been running a temporary brake stay on the CB750 since I put the drum on. Max graced me with a good nap yesterday and I got the new stay made. I'm debating if I want to shave the fork legs or not, but I'm also still debating if I want to run some sort of fender. After I put some miles on it I'll make that decision. I do have to admit the front 4.5X19 tire makes the front end feel a bit heavy, something to get used to for some style points. The tread pattern is a little square, as well.

Slop that shit on, let the grinder smooth it out.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Bringing home 2 more strays

I've been helping Ted's widow sell his collection of bikes, the money going to his son. I made her a deal, and brought home 2 of his XS650s, a 1971 XS1B and his 1972 XS2. Also an additional drum front end and a bunch of parts to hopefully finish each bike. I actually sold him the 1972 a few years ago. He put some time into the XS2 and got it running and some nice new parts. My plan is to completely restore the XS2, as it is all there, but I think I will put the drum front end on, and paint it the Candy Gold color of the 1971, as I really like that color. The '71 I will probably make a nice custom tracker or scrambler. I've got enough projects to last a lifetime at this point. Just getting them on the road again excites me. I think Ted would be happy.

1972 XS2

The drum front end

Some dude rocking a gold XS1B in 1975

1971 XS1B, nice black pucks on the drum, nobody repops them.

Old Bates headlight, guess I'll keep it!

and the motor (and a bunch of other parts)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Torch it smooth

I had heard about using Meguiars Ultimate Black on a faded air box like on the CB750. I used it and it helped, but I had a lot of fading showing still. Plus after sanding 320-600 grit, it left a faded area. I decided to try to use a cigarette lighter to see if I could help refinish it. It worked but was slow. I then got more brazen and used a torch and it worked fantastic. You have to work fast but you can watch the surface change as it creates a slightly molten top layer. After it cools, use Meguiars again and it almost looks new. Depending on how crazy you are you can sand out all the scratches and then give it a like-new finish.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


A little Halloween Arts & Crafts time. Gettin' spooky up in h'year!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Sunday, October 5, 2014

For The State

How did a simple license plate mount take 6 hours? I hacked the aftermarket Lucas Tail light by fitting the mount between the main housing and the lense housing. Using the graceful fabrication skills of a blind person I slapped this together.

Getting there

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Nuno's '73 T140

I've been helping Nuno get his T140 going. It wasn't idling. Fixed a stripped spark plug hole, and new plugs, torqued the head, valve adjustment, and free'd the clutch. He was smart and got new Amal Premieres as well. Today was the day she started right up!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Got the side cover painted up on the CB750, and added a 750 badge. Also a nice piece of jewelry under the headlight. Put the XS seat back on to get an idea of how it will look. I want to splurge and get a leather covered stock seat pan, something to mimic an old BSA hump seat.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Screening Meemies

I lost one of my screened velocity stacks on a ride. I wanted a set of shorter screened ones but didn't have $50, so I made my own out of the open short stacks that came with my new carbs. Easy peezy.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Hee Haul

I can't afford a 1960 GMC Short bed, but I was able to swing a nice 1990 made in Alabama heavy duty trailer at last. Dump runs, lumber runs, and motorcycle hauling is now possible again. And in a few more years taking our dirt bikes to ride with Max!