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Offline afkrejci90

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'78 CB750K cafe project build
« on: April 14, 2012, 05:48:00 pm »
Picked this up off of craigslist for cheap, ran good but started to develop some leaks so it became time for a rebuild with some upgrades.
« Last Edit: July 08, 2012, 10:03:03 pm by afkrejci90 »
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Re: New '78 CB750K project build
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2012, 07:19:18 pm »
Here are some pics, more to come.


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Re: New '78 CB750K project build
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2012, 08:48:44 am »
looks like you got some work to do good luck
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Re: New '78 CB750K project build
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2012, 09:28:01 am »
Good luck man!  I got some spare parts for a 78 around if you need anything!
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Re: New '78 CB750K project build
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2012, 10:14:20 am »
Thanks!  Everything is there on the bike but I may need some new parts the more I dig into this.
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Re: New '78 CB750K project build
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2012, 08:22:12 pm »


Split
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Re: New '78 CB750K project build
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2012, 07:29:52 am »
Case is cleaned up and ready to be bored.
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Re: New '78 CB750K project build
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2012, 08:59:40 am »
You gonna throw some HD studs in there?
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Re: New '78 CB750K project build
« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2012, 02:37:52 pm »
Eventually, those are just in there if the machine shop needs to set the cylinders in there, if not they can take em out.
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Re: New '78 CB750K project build
« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2012, 07:56:04 am »
Still waiting for the machine shop to stop slacking off and finish the engine already.  But in the mean time I'm working on the frame and body components.
I want to add another disc brake to the front, what do I need to do beside bolting on a caliper and disc?  Are there any modifications I have to make first?
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Re: New '78 CB750K project build
« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2012, 08:25:35 am »
You're going to need to shim the caliper carrier arm (I actually took some material off the fork on the lower bolt as well) and modify your speedo drive plate.  I think I had to make slots in my rotor as well.... It's not too hard.   You'll also need a larger master cylinder and brake lines.  I got a used CBR MC for like 50 bucks on ebay and it works great and looks good.  Got the braided lines from Slingshot cycles in the For Sale section and I'm very happy with them (wouldnt mind a couple extra inches though  ;)) See this link for more info but doesnt really go into detail on the mods. Definitely worth the time/effort IMO.

http://www.sohc4.net/index.php/dualdiskconversion-cb750/

If you look closely at this pic you can see where I cut the speedo drive down but left tangs on either side of it and notched the rotor to accept them.
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Re: New '78 CB750K project build
« Reply #11 on: June 18, 2012, 03:07:50 pm »
Got my Gordon frame kit installed and just needs to be welded in.

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Re: New '78 CB750K project build
« Reply #12 on: July 08, 2012, 09:09:55 pm »
Started working on a custom cafe seat and tail since there are not too many options for the K8.  I wanted to keep the hinges so I could switch back to the stock seat if I ever wanted to.  Made a custom pan out of diamond plate and started to build up the tail section and shape it out.




Its going to need a little more work , its only about half way done.  I want it to compliment the lines of the tank so it looks like it flows from the tank.
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Re: '78 CB750K cafe project build
« Reply #13 on: July 10, 2012, 06:43:47 pm »
Worked on it a little more tonight and I'm pleased with the results.

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Re: '78 CB750K cafe project build
« Reply #14 on: July 10, 2012, 08:26:16 pm »
looking sweet man
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Re: '78 CB750K cafe project build
« Reply #15 on: July 12, 2012, 04:45:58 pm »
Here is some of the parts thats going into this, along with a DP327 cam.
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Re: '78 CB750K cafe project build
« Reply #16 on: July 12, 2012, 04:48:09 pm »
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Re: '78 CB750K cafe project build
« Reply #17 on: August 13, 2012, 02:25:30 pm »
So I got my engine back today.  After about three months of its possession by this fly by night machine shop, it comes back to me without any work done.  I called the guy many times throughout the summer to check on the progress.  He led me to believe he was working on this slowly and until recently only had to bore the sleeves and it would be finished.  Wow was I wrong, he never touched it the whole time he had it.  What make it worse, a piece of metal on the points cover was cracked during the separation of the cases.  It wasn't in danger of falling off, just had a stress crack in it.  When I gave it to him it was still there.  Now its gone.  Hopefully this can be easily repaired by a skilled welder.  It irritates me most that he wasted my time and never worked on it and breaks a piece off of it.  Although its good he didn't work on it now after hearing about his work from other shops.  He was only going to bore the cylinders based off the measurement of one piston.  Definitely going to send any machine work to APE or Cycle X from now on.
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Re: '78 CB750K cafe project build
« Reply #18 on: August 28, 2012, 11:58:26 am »
So I got my crank back from APE today and this thing looks great.  Still a long way from getting it assembled.  Just started work again so now I'll be able to get back to working on this at a steady pace.
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Re: '78 CB750K cafe project build
« Reply #19 on: August 30, 2012, 12:49:29 pm »
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Re: '78 CB750K cafe project build
« Reply #20 on: October 19, 2012, 07:12:50 pm »
Took advantage of the rainy day to get the head cleaned and ready for a 5mm valve train conversion and MRieck's port job. 

Also got the crank back from APE
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Re: '78 CB750K cafe project build
« Reply #21 on: October 25, 2012, 10:40:25 am »
Here's some pics of the teardown process that I forgot to upload.


















Before I heard about the bike on the side method.  This didn't work.  Ended up jacking it up from underneath and maneuvering it out.












Cleaned up


Base for the custom seat
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Re: '78 CB750K cafe project build
« Reply #22 on: October 25, 2012, 10:49:55 am »
More progress on the seat mold.  Going to redo it in floral foam since this stuff is a pain to shape or sand.






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Re: '78 CB750K cafe project build
« Reply #23 on: October 25, 2012, 01:30:33 pm »
That diamond-plate seat base might be overkill and overweight.  It should definitely do the job, but you might want to switch to something lighter, assuming it is steel.
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Re: '78 CB750K cafe project build
« Reply #24 on: October 25, 2012, 02:16:17 pm »
Its aluminum diamond plate, a regualr flat sheet would have been to flimsy and I don't have a welder to fabricate a frame for one.
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