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Old 02-08-2006, 11:59 AM   #1
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Old 02-08-2006, 12:01 PM   #2
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Yea though the bike sucketh my cash,my headeth,I will not bash...book of morons/fu2
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Old 02-08-2006, 12:17 PM   #3
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luckily my experience with vintage honda case screws went well, with only some coaxing from an impact driver, although they were quite striped when I got my hands on it, I had to use a drift to mash the metal back into the screw head. I personaly recomend replacement of the little bastards with a quality cap screw, if you can stomach the historic inacuracy
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Old 02-08-2006, 12:30 PM   #4
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Now this is my kind of article!!



But, I must say that a 'restoration', as it were, of a Jap bike is little more than lubing cables, changing oil and polishing the headlamp. Not like the old days where you had to install and ream every bearing, reline bores, reweld cylinder heads fabricate parts and hope to God there was still a gudeon pin available in an old shop in Devonshire.



Still, I look forward to part 2.
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Old 02-08-2006, 12:53 PM   #5
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"And he looked upon the Honda and it was good."



"And all the leaky head gaskets and phillips head screws in heaven rejoiced and cried out."



"Then Satan pranged the cam chain tensoner and sent the crankshaft straight to hell via it's own tunnel."



"And thunderous clammor was heard in the land of the salvage yard."



"Who speaketh yee of the fabled press fit crankshaft that is neither fish no foul, and made of unobtainium!?



Fie! Pox!



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Old 02-08-2006, 01:16 PM   #6
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Old 02-08-2006, 02:39 PM   #7
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Oh man. I went through exactly this same project several years ago on exactly (almost) the same bike, mine being a 1974 version. This series is bound to bring back some fantastic, and not so fantastic memories.
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Old 02-08-2006, 04:24 PM   #8
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Good luck....seems I tried the same thing with a 350 Four about ten years ago.



The cam chain was sawing the engine in half so I let it go.



Do the rear shocks have little blue arrowhead "Showa" stickers on 'em?



That's when you've hit bottom btw. Looking for stickers. For shocks.
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Old 02-08-2006, 04:39 PM   #9
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Testify my Brotha!!"And though he went to Hoses and asked"Cans,t thou go to MT FUJI and ask for the ten manuals to fixest this mount?"And Hoses spoke and said"Yea I will go and speak to COG ,and thou will will wait till I come back"But while Hoses was gone ,the chapped wearing ones grew restless,and built THE GOLDEN H.O.G and named it H-D and danced around it consuming all types of beer and mercurial potions.Thus we will wait for part two when HOSES comes down from the mountain..AMEN...
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Old 02-08-2006, 04:56 PM   #10
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Default Nice writing Gabe

Easily your best here at MO so far. Can't wait for the other installments.



What scares me, is that these restoration stories seem to strike a chord with me. (See this months Cycle World: Triumph of the Spirit). I really, really hope I don't find myself going down that path some day. I think the cafe styled bikes of the past and present are easily the most beautiful machines to ever roll upon two wheels.
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