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Offline antiprius99

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Living the 70s Japanese Dream
« on: December 16, 2018, 07:14:01 pm »
Might be a bit of rant but:

After college I wanted a project vehicle, so I pulled a 1973 CB500 out of a field. The bike had not been on the road for around 20 years at that point. I got it running, but realized that it would be a very expensive project in many ways.

I took a break to build a 1977 Datsun 280z because I thought that would be a quicker project. (it still took a year and a half)

While working on the Datsun, I found a 1976 CB550, which I snatched up in the middle of the car build. Now that my Datsun is mostly "done" I am getting to work on the 550.  The first thing to do was remove all the ugly off the bike. Now I am working on getting the engine running and having the bike ready for the road before I do any really drastic changes.

Since the 550 was such a better starting place, the 500 is used for parts of needed and is awaiting the day that it will be sold off.

The few interactions I've had with the forum have been great so far. I look forward to becoming more involved with this community, as well as owning two of the biggest Japanese icons from the 70s.

Thanks for reading  :D

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Re: Living the 70s Japanese Dream
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2018, 07:20:43 pm »
Welcome from NE MN,

Good choice in getting it running first.  Personally I would say do what mods you want but don't cut the frame.  That way it can be converted back to stock in the future.

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Re: Living the 70s Japanese Dream
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2018, 05:29:34 am »
Welcome from Georgia.

Good start.
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Re: Living the 70s Japanese Dream
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2018, 07:23:04 am »
Welcome from Texas.   I also have a 500, 550 and a Z car, but my car is much newer than yours. 
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Re: Living the 70s Japanese Dream
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2018, 01:08:49 pm »
I don't plan on doing anything too crazy. Mainly just smaller turn signals and making it more stream lined.

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Re: Living the 70s Japanese Dream
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2018, 03:01:34 am »
Welcome from Tennessee.
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Re: Living the 70s Japanese Dream
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2019, 04:17:10 am »
Awesome! Cant wait to see your 550 in the project thread.
Maybe a few shots of that Datsun as well!
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Poor boy chop 73 CB500 chop

 

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