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1974 Honda CB360

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The Wiring

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With switchgear changed and lights changed, and a lot of time in between, the wiring had to be traced and reconnected. Today was a good day to start.  Working my way forward from the rear is slow progress, and the bullet connectors are often difficult, but we are getting there...

What Price A Tail Light?

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If you ever watch those rebuild/restoration shows on TV and watch the auction shows as well, you can be mystified by the astronomical prices for the machines. I often find myself saying things like "But it is still a Honda CB750" or "How can they sell it for that much and still claim to have made nothing?". Well, there are moments in my own humble garage working on my own stuff with no commercial ambitions, that I understand why. Case in point, the tail light that is now on the CB360. 

I did not want to stick with the horrendous appendage that is the factory tail light. that much was clear. I looked around on the web, and there were plenty of affordable aftermarket solutions including nice small LED options. Although effortless, none of them seemed quite right to me. I had used a trailer light on my former R75 Cafe Racer, and somehow that worked. but not here. I looked at a light that I brought back from Beaulieu, but that was not quite right either. Finally, at a local swap meet, I found it. $5 and I have no idea what the original application was, but this was it. 

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I took it apart and found tarnished contacts and crumbling wiring. Out came the soldering iron and with some heat shrink tubing the electrical part was serviceable again. The trim was aluminum, but the shell needed painting, so I spent a while sanding that down, hammering out a small dent, and then painting it. I scuffed the trim so that it is truly brushed aluminum, and dry fit everything. There was a gap between the lens/trim and the shell, so I used some clear tubing which fit the job perfectly. Then there was the bracket. I found a license plate bracket from another bike, and bent it to get the right angle. Then I drilled out the mounting holes as they were too narrow for the light.  then I measured and drilled holes to mount it to the fender. With all of that complete, I now have a tail light. I did not do any lathe or CNC work or welding, but I still have hours of time in a simple tail light. At local shop rates for labor, I would have to charge $405 for this...

Tanking

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So I finally made the decision to go with a cafe style treatment for this bike. It was tempting to go with a stock treatment, but the plastics and some other areas would have taken time and money to get up to quality standards. The other point that made the decision easy, was that you can easily turn a café bike back into a stock machine by touching just a few areas. Those areas are the handlebars, the tank, and the seat. I decided to go to work on the tank first, as it was faded in any case. I stripped the time of paint and then use the scuffing pad to address remaining and hard-to-reach areas. Once down to mental, I sprayed it with a rattle can just prevent any oxidation. Surprisingly, it looks good just in its current state, and I am now undecided on both the color and the paint process. 

Gold paint in the process of departing the tank... 

Gold paint in the process of departing the tank... 

reluctantly, I had to paint this despite really liking the look of the bare metal...

reluctantly, I had to paint this despite really liking the look of the bare metal...

Getting Juice

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One of the many issues with the bike was the battery. It was not holding a charge, and even after a distilled water top-off, it was not up to the task. A new lead acid battery to the rescue. Since the 360T needs battery help as well, a lighter shorai may be in the future for a swap around..

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Nothing but Sludge

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Well one of the reasons that the bike will not start is the sludge that is in the float bowl, in the filters, and oozing out of the petcock. I pulled the tank and rinsed it with fresh gas, I blew out the petcock with the air compressor and did the same for the jets. I could get lucky here and find out that was all that was needed to make it run. I checked the spark, and it looked good. I pulled off the air cleaners, and then tried everything again. The starter was dead, but second kick and the thing fired. Very rough, but it ran....

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