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RE: Look what I got for $100 today
« on: April 15, 2013, 09:04:10 PM »
Look what I got for $100 bucks today, a 1973 CB500 with a clean title!  And even though it looks as though it was attacked by a flock of birds after taco bell it is pine sap all over.  I rode out with my friend today who I am trying to fix this bike up for got out there and the rear tire was locked up so hard it would not move.

Get her home and the chain was rusted as tight as a drum and the brake on the rear wheel was locked up.  Just about everything except the front tire was stuck or frozen.  So I am pretty excited right now.  Wish I hadn't cut the rear chain now I can't find neutral to see if the engine is stuck.

Ok yeah it has not been run since 1991!  I am hoping to get the rest of mice and junk out over the next few days and see what I got.  One a few wires got chewed so far.



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Re: RE: Look what I got for $100 today
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2013, 09:07:57 PM »
Ooh, tree sap is nasty stuff.  We get it from pines here.  You don't leave anything you care about underneath 'em ;D  Not a bad buy for a bill.



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Re: RE: Look what I got for $100 today
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2013, 09:16:43 PM »
Ooh, tree sap is nasty stuff.  We get it from pines here.  You don't leave anything you care about underneath 'em ;D  Not a bad buy for a bill.

It looks like it spent the past 20 years under a pine tree!  The tank has some good size pin holes, but Red Kote may work.  Not sure.



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Re: RE: Look what I got for $100 today
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2013, 09:17:43 PM »
Deal of the week
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Re: RE: Look what I got for $100 today
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2013, 09:28:49 PM »
Deal of the week

It could be.  The PO put $200 on the ad since he did not want people talking him down.  I did not get to meet him, but his son told me there a shop going out of business and this guy who is also named Steve is scooping everything up.  Bet he has a treasure chest of stuff.  I told his son to call me with honda 4 stuff.  We'll see.



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Re: RE: Look what I got for $100 today
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2013, 09:38:13 PM »
Ya gotta watch those Steves, they like to scoop!
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Re: RE: Look what I got for $100 today
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2013, 09:41:07 PM »
Ya gotta watch those Steves, they like to scoop!

You could at least the decency to let the rest of us know when you are going on vacation so we can get some parts too.



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Re: RE: Look what I got for $100 today
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2013, 09:44:39 PM »
Something tells me it should be parted out and the frame should be sold to me!



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Re: RE: Look what I got for $100 today
« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2013, 09:48:22 PM »
Something tells me it should be parted out and the frame should be sold to me!

That may be in this bikes future, but I got to at least give it a try for my friend.




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Re: RE: Look what I got for $100 today
« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2013, 10:22:07 PM »
Nice find! A true basket case. ;) Are we going to get to see a build thread too?
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Re: RE: Look what I got for $100 today
« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2013, 10:53:14 PM »
Nowhere close to the definition of a "basket case". It was almost as good a deal as mine and in better shape it looks like:


But everyday I understand more and more the meaning of "There is nothing more expensive than a free motorcycle" ;D



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Re: RE: Look what I got for $100 today
« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2013, 11:07:00 PM »
Ah I looked it up. Your right. :) Guess basket case is used to mean a few things around here..
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Re: RE: Look what I got for $100 today
« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2013, 11:18:29 PM »
Nice find!!!
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Re: RE: Look what I got for $100 today
« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2013, 11:20:58 PM »
I've bought bikes that were literally a bunch of parts in boxes (baskets) that someone had disassembled and then gave up. It's a biatch some times trying to put a puzzle together that you didn't take apart. At least this bike is fully assembled and you know everything is there.



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Re: RE: Look what I got for $100 today
« Reply #14 on: April 15, 2013, 11:21:56 PM »
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Re: RE: Look what I got for $100 today
« Reply #15 on: April 16, 2013, 12:27:48 AM »
Look what I got for $100 bucks today, a 1973 CB500 with a clean title!  And even though it looks as though it was attacked by a flock of birds after taco bell it is pine sap all over.  I rode out with my friend today who I am trying to fix this bike up for got out there and the rear tire was locked up so hard it would not move.

Get her home and the chain was rusted as tight as a drum and the brake on the rear wheel was locked up.  Just about everything except the front tire was stuck or frozen.  So I am pretty excited right now.  Wish I hadn't cut the rear chain now I can't find neutral to see if the engine is stuck.

Ok yeah it has not been run since 1991!  I am hoping to get the rest of mice and junk out over the next few days and see what I got.  One a few wires got chewed so far.

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Re: RE: Look what I got for $100 today
« Reply #16 on: April 16, 2013, 06:34:20 AM »
Nice find! A true basket case. ;) Are we going to get to see a build thread too?

There might be a mini build thread.  The whole goal here is to get her running safe and running for my friend.  It should be very interesting.



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Re: RE: Look what I got for $100 today
« Reply #17 on: April 16, 2013, 06:36:42 AM »
Nowhere close to the definition of a "basket case". It was almost as good a deal as mine and in better shape it looks like:


But everyday I understand more and more the meaning of "There is nothing more expensive than a free motorcycle" ;D


Not sure it is in better shape.  Has some nice chrome pieces.  Controls are good.  Carbs look clean from the outside.  A whole family of mice made a home in the seat, airbox, and probably the exhaust.  Did yours turn over?  I am still not sure if this is stuck or not.  The adventure begins.



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Re: RE: Look what I got for $100 today
« Reply #18 on: April 16, 2013, 06:38:53 AM »
I've bought bikes that were literally a bunch of parts in boxes (baskets) that someone had disassembled and then gave up. It's a biatch some times trying to put a puzzle together that you didn't take apart. At least this bike is fully assembled and you know everything is there.

Yeah that is why I got.  It is not missing any parts and the huge amount of amber that is encasing some of them may have extended their life.



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Re: RE: Look what I got for $100 today
« Reply #19 on: April 16, 2013, 06:41:55 AM »
Look what I got for $100 bucks today, a 1973 CB500 with a clean title!  And even though it looks as though it was attacked by a flock of birds after taco bell it is pine sap all over.  I rode out with my friend today who I am trying to fix this bike up for got out there and the rear tire was locked up so hard it would not move.

Get her home and the chain was rusted as tight as a drum and the brake on the rear wheel was locked up.  Just about everything except the front tire was stuck or frozen.  So I am pretty excited right now.  Wish I hadn't cut the rear chain now I can't find neutral to see if the engine is stuck.

Ok yeah it has not been run since 1991!  I am hoping to get the rest of mice and junk out over the next few days and see what I got.  One a few wires got chewed so far.

I wish you could see how SPRING GREEN with envy I am at this moment!

Yeah was thrilled when I loaded her up on the trailer.  My friend did not understand why I was so happy.  Told him that this happens only once every couple years.  I know, I know you west coast guys are hating me right now.  O well. ;D



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Re: RE: Look what I got for $100 today
« Reply #20 on: April 16, 2013, 09:21:20 AM »
Hell, a bare frame with a title is worth more than $100, nice pickup.

Once the chain is off it doesn't matter if it's in gear, you can use the kick starter anyway to see if the engine is free.
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Re: RE: Look what I got for $100 today
« Reply #21 on: April 16, 2013, 10:07:28 AM »
Hell, a bare frame with a title is worth more than $100, nice pickup.

Once the chain is off it doesn't matter if it's in gear, you can use the kick starter anyway to see if the engine is free.

We'll in that case I guess it is stuck.  Kick won't turn it over.



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Re: RE: Look what I got for $100 today
« Reply #22 on: April 16, 2013, 10:10:32 AM »
I think I have to disagree with this. When I got my bike, I too thought it was "stuck". Took the chain off, and tried to kick it over with no luck. It wasn't until I got it into neutral by hand at the front driven sprocket was I able to kick it over.

Just for kicks and giggles, before you do try to free it up, put some ATF/Acetone or PB Blaster in each of the cylinders. A bike that been sitting for long will most likely have some moisture or be very dry so the oil will be good to prevent any damage (even if not stuck).



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Re: RE: Look what I got for $100 today
« Reply #23 on: April 16, 2013, 10:14:54 AM »
The trans won't stop you from being able to kick it over though it will add more drag .... unless the trans is stuck. ha

Just grab the sprocket with your hand and find neutral that way.

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Re: RE: Look what I got for $100 today
« Reply #24 on: April 16, 2013, 05:15:28 PM »
The trans won't stop you from being able to kick it over though it will add more drag .... unless the trans is stuck. ha

Just grab the sprocket with your hand and find neutral that way.

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IW I think you an MO are on the right track.  Right now I am wiped so my only project will be de sapping and taking needles out the spark plug holes tonight and getting some spray down there.  I know about all the receipes ATF/ Acetone, PB blaster / Seafoam.  I will try an get some stuff in there and let it soak before forcing anything.