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Offline Chromeo

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Aussie Cali 350F
« on: July 25, 2012, 04:32:05 am »
Hi all, well I picked up my first road bike last week.  I imported it from California into its new home in Australia.

I bought it sight unseen with only some photos and a brief description to go on.  Guess what?  the bike I picked up is pretty much what I expected.  It's a single owner (with papers) original bike.  It's had a tank and side cover paint freshen but everything else seems legit.  It was last registered about 10 years ago so there are of course so it needs some minor loving.

Job one was fitting a inline fuel filter, flushing tank and carby bowls and dusting off airbox.  Then I just had to go for a quick spin up and down the street.  The clutch was seized so I roll started the engine and blipped the throttle with the clutch lever pulled in.  That was enough to un-seize the plates - all good.  Bike ran ok, I kept the revs low just incase.  After that was out of my system it was time to inspect further.

Removing the petcock revealed some serious gunk build-up - the reserve being fully blocked. 
Found some light surface rust inside the tank. 
Front brakes lightly seized (a tap with a mallet fixes temporarily).
Oil pressure light not working.
Starter button intermittent.
Tires need replacing.
Signs of oil leaking from LH engine cover (starter area).
Oil sitting on cooling fin, seems to be coming from head gasket.

So right now the plan is to address the tank and fuel system, starting with;

cleaning and removing rust from tank (POR15 or MetalRescue)
cleaning and rebuilding petcock assembly (carby clean and loctite?? to re-seal the brass fitting back into the petcock housing)
removing carby bowls to inspect and clean inside of carbs (carby cleaner)

I am also going to do plugs, oil and oil filter.

I have downloaded the workshop manuals and made a list of the part numbers I need, or may need (after I finish through inspection).

Part name   Part number
Oil filter kit   NA
Carby bowl/body seal   16010-333-004 (gasket kit)
Carby bowl drain o-ring 16010-333-004 (gasket kit)   
Front left indicator cover   33450-292-670
Air filter   17210-333-610
Air filter retainer clip   17216-333-010
Head light surround   61301-333-0038
Fuel tank to petcock o-ring   16997-273-006
Petcock bowl o-ring   16938-268-010
Petcock strainer   16957-268-010
Petcock main seal   16955-268-020
Front brake pads set   45106-323-006
Rear brake pads set   43120-286-000
LHS crankcase cover screws   93500-06035
Dash bulb   34902-259-000
Tank main seal   17534-323-300
Pillion footpeg rubber   50714-333-000
Rider footpeg rubber   50661-333-000

Question; can anyone recommend a good supplier of this stuff, I want to get a quote for each p/n before I purchase anything.  I am open to buying overseas of course.  The idea is to spend as little as possible so I'd prefer single parts ilo kits (for parts like the o-rings).

Also, some comments on tank rust removers and product to use to seal the petcock brass pipe back to the body?


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Re: Aussie Cali 350F
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2012, 12:14:01 pm »
I used muratic acid on my tank, after some laquer thinner to remove the fuel gunk.  I followed with soda water to kill the acid and water flush then alcohol to remove the water. I then sloshed some two stroke gas around inside just to protect the metal.

  I'm not so familiar with your model but welcome aboard.
 It sounds like you are proceeding in an orderly and intelligent fashion, some of your countrymen will surely post soon.
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Re: Aussie Cali 350F
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2012, 03:01:34 pm »
Welcome!  Nice looking CB350F.
Now  1972 CB350FX (experimental v2.0)
        1981 CB650c Custom with '79 engine (wifes)
        1981 CB650 engine
        2004 HD XL883C Custom
        1977 Yamaha XS750D (in progress)
Then 1972 CL175
        1964 Yamaha YGS-1T
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Re: Aussie Cali 350F
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2012, 12:03:16 am »
gday chromeo,where for art though in victoria?im on the gold coast ex victorian,david silvers is about the best place for aussies to get honda stuff with good shipping cost.
you might hear from "terry in australia"and a few others as per riding partners?

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Re: Aussie Cali 350F
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2012, 12:56:07 am »
G'Day Mate, as predicted by Dave, here I am. Here's a pic of a 350F that I restored back in 1996, it was a great little bike, but after I got dragged off at the lights by a Mitsubishi Magna I had to move it on. It did do 100 MPH on the Eastern Freeway one winter morning though, it just took a little while to get there.

David Silver Spares in Britain, CMSNL in Holland and Service Honda in the US are all good for parts. I'd throw away your petcock though, that brass spiggot shouldn't come out, and (from memory) a CB750 one should fit. I've used POR15 several times and only had one failure, but that could have been bad fuel. See you on the road! Cheers, Terry. ;D

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