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Project Motorcharge 550
« on: April 27, 2013, 05:41:01 PM »
Hasn't run since 1983. Motor has good compression according to the previous owner, but I haven't checked the motor out yet. I tried to put a little gas in it to see if it would start today before I pulled the carb out to clean/rebuild it. Looked inside first with a Snap On snake camera but I missed a pinhole on the bottom of the tank so that idea didn't pan out. I'm gonna pull it off and weld up the hole on Monday before I reseal the inside of the tank.

Been building up Jeeps since I was a kid but I've wanted a cheap project bike for the last couple years. Couldn't pass up $100 lol. Lost on what year this thing is. Don't have the VIN off the frame offhand, but here's the VIN off the motor. cb550e1100838





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Project Motörcharge 550 | 1976 CB550F

Project Motörcharge | 1992 Jeep Cherokee
4.0 i6 2" lift 33x12.5 Wrangler MT/Rs Self built winch and recovery bumpers

Daily Driver |2003 Dodge Ram 1500
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Re: New CB550
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2013, 05:54:25 PM »
Didn't feel like messing with the carb today so I pulled some of the rear to start prepping for paint/painting. Probably won't go back on for a while. I think I'm gonna get the carb rebuilt to get this thing started before tearing it down to start replacing stuff that's too rusted and paint the rest. Most the stuff I pulled up has been sanded down and I'm priming everything right now. Picked up some flat black enamel to roll on tomorrow.

I figure at a minimum I need to replace the tires/wheels, shocks, and drive chain for now. Almost everything seems to be surface rust at most. Nothing so far has been seized, broken off, ect.









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Project Motörcharge 550 | 1976 CB550F

Project Motörcharge | 1992 Jeep Cherokee
4.0 i6 2" lift 33x12.5 Wrangler MT/Rs Self built winch and recovery bumpers

Daily Driver |2003 Dodge Ram 1500
4.7 V8 Quad Cab



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Re: New CB550
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2013, 06:10:44 PM »
For $100 that bike does not look too bad. It's probably a 1975 or 1976 model. Does it have a title?
As far as I can see, the only things missing are the side covers and the muffler. The Motad's a decent replacement (stainless steel headers!). And surely a lot of rusted parts need to be replaced / painted. Could be a $1000 job to get a decent runner.
I really love the 550s, so I would rather spent $3000 to restore it to it's full original beauty :)

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Re: New CB550
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2013, 06:18:48 PM »
Nah, not at all. The more I look at stuff the more it seems the the finish has just come off of everything that's been exposed to the elements. The stuff I've pulled off sanded back down to clean metal in no time and took to the primer real well.

I'm not in a rush to ride it so if it takes a year before I get it road ready it's no big deal to me. I can do 90% of the work on it myself. I work at a car dealership and a friend of mine there was a Honda motorcycle tech before he came here so anything I can't handle I can get done for free as far as labor goes.

And yeah, the side covers weren't there, but I'm in school for fabrication and have been working on welding certifications for the last two years so fabbing a couple shouldn't be much hassle. Convenient too because I'm not big on the whole cafe racer thing. Plus I'm a big guy (6'3" ~300 lbs) so I'm going for more of a bobber type deal. May chop/stretch the rear on it as well.

There was no title, but it's not hard in my state to either get one or get a salvage/rebuild title for it.
Project Motörcharge 550 | 1976 CB550F

Project Motörcharge | 1992 Jeep Cherokee
4.0 i6 2" lift 33x12.5 Wrangler MT/Rs Self built winch and recovery bumpers

Daily Driver |2003 Dodge Ram 1500
4.7 V8 Quad Cab



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Re: New CB550
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2013, 09:23:20 PM »
Primer and first coat of paint. Krylon rust converter primer, Rustoleum oil based enamel - flat black rolled with a high density foam roller. Hoping the black actually flattens out quite a bit.



Project Motörcharge 550 | 1976 CB550F

Project Motörcharge | 1992 Jeep Cherokee
4.0 i6 2" lift 33x12.5 Wrangler MT/Rs Self built winch and recovery bumpers

Daily Driver |2003 Dodge Ram 1500
4.7 V8 Quad Cab



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Re: New CB550
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2013, 10:53:45 AM »
Pulled the gas tank this morning but it started raining so I didn't mess with the carb. Tanks got a small pinhole on the bottom I need to weld up tomorrow. Once that's finished I'm going to clean/reseal the inside and prep it for paint so I can send it to a local painter friend of mine for some art on it along with the rear fender before I clear coat it.

Wet sanded and put another layer of paint on the rear fender this morning. It didn't flatten out as much as I'd hoped and it's more of a matte black. I'm ok with it though, after I left the store I kinda wished I'd gone with more of a matte black anyway. I'll do at least one more coat on it this afternoon.



Project Motörcharge 550 | 1976 CB550F

Project Motörcharge | 1992 Jeep Cherokee
4.0 i6 2" lift 33x12.5 Wrangler MT/Rs Self built winch and recovery bumpers

Daily Driver |2003 Dodge Ram 1500
4.7 V8 Quad Cab



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Re: Project Motorcharge 550
« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2013, 05:23:20 PM »
Worked on the tank some after work before the shop closed. Got most the paint off, I'll hit it with a little aircraft stripper on the bottom for the paint there. Pulled the petcock off along with the filter and everything and blew as much crap out the top of the tank as I could and blew a few more pin holes out in the process. It got most the gas vapor out the tank but I'm gonna leave it over night and weld the holes up after work tomorrow.





Here's how the rest of the bikes sitting now. I want to tear it down to the frame so I can have a friend of mine powder coat it, but I don't really have anywhere to keep the motor/trans right now unless my boss will let me leave it at work.

Project Motörcharge 550 | 1976 CB550F

Project Motörcharge | 1992 Jeep Cherokee
4.0 i6 2" lift 33x12.5 Wrangler MT/Rs Self built winch and recovery bumpers

Daily Driver |2003 Dodge Ram 1500
4.7 V8 Quad Cab



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Re: Project Motorcharge 550
« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2013, 04:45:11 PM »
Rained most the week so I've haven't done much. Pulled some more stuff in the rear for now, got a little more painting done. Broke the motor loose without much effort last night so I know it's at least not seized now.

Picked up a new tank and seat from a friend today. Tank fits almost perfect, though I will have to drill a hole for the rear through the frame and make some small brackets for the front to attach.

Project Motörcharge 550 | 1976 CB550F

Project Motörcharge | 1992 Jeep Cherokee
4.0 i6 2" lift 33x12.5 Wrangler MT/Rs Self built winch and recovery bumpers

Daily Driver |2003 Dodge Ram 1500
4.7 V8 Quad Cab



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Re: Project Motorcharge 550
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2013, 03:36:25 PM »
I was too lazy/hungover yesterday to really do anything.  ;D

Got all the electrical removed/labeled up to the forks. Pulled the rest of the airboxcarbs, exhaust and all the lines off the motor. Motors/trans are ready to come out now, but I'm going to wait til tomorrow to do that so I have a hand picking it up and don't have it sitting in the back of my truck when it rains tomorrow.

Didn't have my phone outside so I didn't bother taking any pics. Sorry lol
Project Motörcharge 550 | 1976 CB550F

Project Motörcharge | 1992 Jeep Cherokee
4.0 i6 2" lift 33x12.5 Wrangler MT/Rs Self built winch and recovery bumpers

Daily Driver |2003 Dodge Ram 1500
4.7 V8 Quad Cab



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Re: Project Motorcharge 550
« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2013, 04:07:08 PM »
Nice looking project!  What is on the outside for the cylinders.  Some kind of aftermarket protection?  The thing I am asking about is.... whats on the fins?
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Re: Project Motorcharge 550
« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2013, 04:44:49 PM »
I assumed they were some kind of OEM heatshields for your legs. I don't really know though, but I do know they're not going back on.
Project Motörcharge 550 | 1976 CB550F

Project Motörcharge | 1992 Jeep Cherokee
4.0 i6 2" lift 33x12.5 Wrangler MT/Rs Self built winch and recovery bumpers

Daily Driver |2003 Dodge Ram 1500
4.7 V8 Quad Cab



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Re: Project Motorcharge 550
« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2013, 05:02:03 PM »
Those fin guards are awesome!
I kinda want a set up for my 550 chop.

if you say to someone "penny for your thoughts" and then they give you there 2 cents......whats with the other penny?
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Re: Project Motorcharge 550
« Reply #12 on: May 11, 2013, 04:50:10 PM »
Pulled the motor this afternoon. Took a very casual hour and a half or so. Definitely glad I read about laying it over and picking the bike up off it. Nothing was seized and nothing took any real effort to get loose. Inside of the motors clean as a whistle. It was full of oil, but the PO either had been changing it or some damn good oil held up great for the last 30 years. It was black, but it wasn't contaminated with anything and there was very, very little sludge built up on the inside of the bottom of the oil pan. Threw it in the parts wash for 10 minutes and it looked brand new inside.







Project Motörcharge 550 | 1976 CB550F

Project Motörcharge | 1992 Jeep Cherokee
4.0 i6 2" lift 33x12.5 Wrangler MT/Rs Self built winch and recovery bumpers

Daily Driver |2003 Dodge Ram 1500
4.7 V8 Quad Cab



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Re: Project Motorcharge 550
« Reply #13 on: May 11, 2013, 04:59:28 PM »
Looks like we did the same thing today. Did you lift the motor out of the frame or lift the rest of the bike off? Mine was down to the bare frame and I lifted the frame off while it was on the right side. Got me a bit worried about putting it in after the new frame is painted.



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Re: Project Motorcharge 550
« Reply #14 on: May 11, 2013, 05:09:54 PM »
Lifted the frame and left the motor on the ground, right side as well to not have to remove or work around the rear brake pedal. Took a little wiggling, but it wasn't too bad. There's no real sharp edges on the motor so I figured I'd just throw some shrink wrap around the frame when I put it back in and pull it all out before I get it bolted back up. I think it sits snug enough in there to pick the bike back up with the motor in place but not bolted. I'm going to have mine powdercoated anyway so it should hold up a bit better to getting scratched.
Project Motörcharge 550 | 1976 CB550F

Project Motörcharge | 1992 Jeep Cherokee
4.0 i6 2" lift 33x12.5 Wrangler MT/Rs Self built winch and recovery bumpers

Daily Driver |2003 Dodge Ram 1500
4.7 V8 Quad Cab



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Re: Project Motorcharge 550
« Reply #15 on: May 11, 2013, 05:26:44 PM »
Whats that powder coat gonna run you. I have been thinking about it but have no idea what it runs and haven't asked.



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Re: Project Motorcharge 550
« Reply #16 on: May 11, 2013, 05:56:09 PM »
$150-250 depending on how much prep needs to be done. Bringing them just a frame that doesn't need a lot of prep goes a long way for bringing the price down.
Project Motörcharge 550 | 1976 CB550F

Project Motörcharge | 1992 Jeep Cherokee
4.0 i6 2" lift 33x12.5 Wrangler MT/Rs Self built winch and recovery bumpers

Daily Driver |2003 Dodge Ram 1500
4.7 V8 Quad Cab



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Re: Project Motorcharge 550
« Reply #17 on: May 11, 2013, 07:05:19 PM »
I wish I had a bigger oven I would just buy everything and do it myself.

Hey what did you do with the original tank?



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Re: Project Motorcharge 550
« Reply #18 on: May 11, 2013, 07:19:44 PM »
It's sitting in the back of my Jeep atm.  The steel is too thin to weld where the pinholes are now without burning through or creating more pinholes from the heat. I thought about laying some brass on it, but haven't really had the time or felt like doing it.
Project Motörcharge 550 | 1976 CB550F

Project Motörcharge | 1992 Jeep Cherokee
4.0 i6 2" lift 33x12.5 Wrangler MT/Rs Self built winch and recovery bumpers

Daily Driver |2003 Dodge Ram 1500
4.7 V8 Quad Cab



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Re: Project Motorcharge 550
« Reply #19 on: May 11, 2013, 07:22:26 PM »
That's too bad I'm looking for one. What are your plans for the motor? Man mine sure is ugly now that its sitting by itself.



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Re: Project Motorcharge 550
« Reply #20 on: May 11, 2013, 08:16:41 PM »
Clean it up and paint it with grill paint. Whole bikes going matte and flat black so it works out nice. I was going to get it powder coated, but even the cheap places were going to be over $1000 to do it. I'm not spending that kind of money when I can have it look the same for $20.
Project Motörcharge 550 | 1976 CB550F

Project Motörcharge | 1992 Jeep Cherokee
4.0 i6 2" lift 33x12.5 Wrangler MT/Rs Self built winch and recovery bumpers

Daily Driver |2003 Dodge Ram 1500
4.7 V8 Quad Cab



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Re: Project Motorcharge 550
« Reply #21 on: May 11, 2013, 09:00:30 PM »
Are you taking the whole engine apart? I want to but that is intimidating. I know I need to pull the head to fix a gasket leak. Have you seen anyone paint it while its together?



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Re: Project Motorcharge 550
« Reply #22 on: May 12, 2013, 10:52:54 AM »
I thought about it, but at this point I have no reason to. I'll just tape off anything I don't want paint on or in and spray it.
Project Motörcharge 550 | 1976 CB550F

Project Motörcharge | 1992 Jeep Cherokee
4.0 i6 2" lift 33x12.5 Wrangler MT/Rs Self built winch and recovery bumpers

Daily Driver |2003 Dodge Ram 1500
4.7 V8 Quad Cab



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Re: Project Motorcharge 550
« Reply #23 on: May 12, 2013, 06:48:08 PM »
OK so now I feel better because I was thinking of doing that. Keep up the momentum.



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Re: Project Motorcharge 550
« Reply #24 on: May 14, 2013, 01:31:58 AM »
You can an fix a pinhole with jb weld. The tank you have looks decent. If you decide not to use csn you send me a few pics. I may be interested
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