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    Restoring my Grandfather's motorcycle 1980 CB650C

    Well, I've started something I've looked forward to for a long time. I inherited this bike from my Grandfather in the 90s. I rode it for years. Here's what it looked like when it was my only bike.



    It spent 2005-2019 in Arizona. My uncle wanted to ride it, but never really did. Said he had trouble getting it running. So it sat in the Arizona sun for years. Here's how it looked when I got it back.



    Somehow my uncle ended up with a spare tank and spare seat. That's good. It's been back with me for about a year, and I recently took a deep breath and dove in. I started with the carbs. Yep, it's ugly in them thar gas mixers.



    But I'm halfway through the carbs now. The rebuild kits are on their way, so I'm not putting them back together permanently, just enough to keep from losing parts. Here's the bowl shown above after cleaning.



    Here's how everything else looks.



    On the to-do list:

    Strip it to the frame, clean and paint frame.

    Rebuild brakes

    Clean wheels, replace tires.

    Clean engine, polish the side cases (if it's a case that unbolts from the main cases, it gets polished)

    Clean and paint the tank(s)

    Refresh the electrical system

    So who's up for a ride in 2 or 3 weeks? Honestly, if I fire it up this year I'll be pleasantly surprised. But this bike will live again!
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    Ah, those Honda CB models! Worthy descendants of the venerable Cubs and Trail 90s of yore. I rode a CB750 Four for years. Prior to that, in the 70s, I took my wife-to-be on several dates on a CB550 Four. Now you have me wishing that my knees would let me ride again.
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    www.4into1.com is a good online parts house. I've used them for stuff on my 1972 Honda Motosport 250 XL.
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    Now there is a project worth doing right. Good luck bringing it back to its original look. FYI I can't see some of the pics.
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    I forgot to mention that. The only picture I can see is the first one you posted (I think). The rest aren't there.
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    How old are ya again? 1980 was your grandfather's? My grandfathers' bikes would be of 1950s vintage.
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    I'm not going back to original. It was brown and different shade of brown originally. Not doing that. Different paint, for the tank and the frame. Sorry about the picture error. I posted, saw that darned double picture thing, and tried to fix it. Here are the rest of the pictures:

    15 years of baking:
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    Carburotters:
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    Tidy bowl:
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    How it looks right now:
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    And since I've got room for one more in the 5 pic limit, here's a closer look at the engine. Makes you wonder how many years in the desert it would take for the engine to just disappear. Frosty!
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    A friend suggested soda blasting to clean the engine, especially down in the fins. That got me looking, and being a shooter, I'm thinking walnut media rather than soda. And if were set up for blasting, I could use that system and something more abrasive to clean the paint off of the tank and frame, too.

    Let me make one thing perfectly clear; I am open to suggestions! Advice welcome. Should I just leave the ancient oil in the cases for now? Should I use the better looking tank, which was on it when my grandfather had it but has a puttied-over dent, or should I clean up the other one and use that? I was thinking pod filters, but the more I read the more I think the factory system is superior in every way except ease of installation.

    This is gonna be fun. Thanks for the link, nevadabob!
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    Nice bike congrats.



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