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Freezingprocess' 76 CB550k Cafe build - SOLD...
« on: July 29, 2008, 12:28:17 AM »
Hi everyone- The idea of posting a build thread didn't occur to me until mid-way through my build, unfortunately, so I'm going to do a retro-documentation of my project here now, and I'll be adding to it as I have time.

This forum has inspired, encouraged, and taught me everything all along the way, and my build wouldn't have been possible without all the great people here. I'm happy to be a part of it, and hopefully this thread will inspire some others......

Thanks for looking!... :)
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Re: 76 CB550k Cafe build
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2008, 12:58:00 AM »
cool.....now we want pictures...... :D



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Re: 76 CB550k Cafe build
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2008, 01:25:23 AM »
In September of '07, after scouring craigslist for a week or two, I found a 1976 CB550k in Staten Island, about 70 miles away from my house in NJ. -Rented a barely-running beater of a U-haul, and went to scoop it up. The day after I got it home, it was in pieces; and I thought to myself (as everyone else who takes one of these apart for the first time probably does): Wow, that was easy- Motorcycles are so simple! I'll be done with this thing in two months tops! (I swore there were only a few worms down at the bottom of that can!) :-\

So this is what my $600 bought me that day:


After most of the disassembly:


A crusty engine for your viewing pleasure:


And the frame before I ground off all unnecessary tabs and things:


Seeing the original bike again makes me want another one to restore and keep stock. That'll be my next project down the road...

So I'll post the before and after pics, then all posts after this will be how I got there. Here they are:

Start (9/24/07):



Finish (7/08):






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Re: 76 CB550k Cafe build
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2008, 01:28:54 AM »
wow,nice transformation..!!!!
love the tank,where did you get that??



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Re: 76 CB550k Cafe build
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2008, 01:37:06 AM »
wow,nice transformation..!!!!
love the tank,where did you get that??

Thanks martino- The tank was from Benjie at benjiescaferacer.com, which brings me to my next post: Inspirado.

Here are some of the bikes that I looked at for ideas. I knew that I wanted a more modern style cafe, and Benjie's stuff has (IMO) a perfect blend of classic and contemporary that I really love, so I looked to his Pinas bike a lot.
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Re: 76 CB550k Cafe build
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2008, 07:58:59 AM »
Very cool, I'm diggin the tank and seat.



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Re: 76 CB550k Cafe build
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2008, 09:37:08 AM »
Simply awesome, I also want to get a tank seat combo from BCR for my 360. Where did you find that front fender and exhaust? Looks real tough!
More Pics!!!



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Re: 76 CB550k Cafe build
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2008, 10:50:07 AM »
Nice.  I am in the process of making a very similar bike.

I am very curious where you found your rearsets and the rear shocks.
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Re: 76 CB550k Cafe build
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2008, 11:01:24 PM »
Simply awesome, I also want to get a tank seat combo from BCR for my 360. Where did you find that front fender and exhaust? Looks real tough!
More Pics!!!

It's the stock fender- I just cut it down and painted it. Tank is BCR, and I actually made the seat section myself.

Nice.  I am in the process of making a very similar bike.

I am very curious where you found your rearsets and the rear shocks.

The rearsets were fabricated by a friend of mine here in NJ. I have close up pics of them that I'll post, and the rear shocks are Progressive from Z1.
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Re: 76 CB550k Cafe build
« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2008, 09:32:23 AM »
love it!  Looks amazing..

How comfortable is that seat??

How do you have it mounted? Velcro?
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Re: 76 CB550k Cafe build
« Reply #10 on: July 30, 2008, 12:10:36 PM »
That is the best looking bike I have seen in ages, love the proportions - proper mean.

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Re: 76 CB550k Cafe build
« Reply #11 on: July 30, 2008, 09:05:28 PM »
One of the first things I did was try to clean everything. Initially, every part I pulled off the bike seemed like it was covered in dirt, grease, oil, dust, you name it. I ended up washing the engine three times before I thought it was sparkly enough, then I had to wait through the long north-eastern winter for it to get warm enough to paint it.













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« Reply #12 on: July 30, 2008, 09:39:55 PM »
Polishing...

My plan was to polish all of the aluminum on the bike, until the day I started. The first few sessions were brutally slow-going, because I wasn't prepping the piece right. After I developed my own little method, it actually went very quickly. Here's what I ended up doing:

1. Clean the entire piece thoroughly with concentrated Simple Green, until no more dirt will come off of it.

2. Wet sand starting with 600 grit, (make sure to get all the factory clear coat off in this step), then go to 800 or 1000, then 1500. I stopped at 1000 grit- half out of hastened laziness, half because I didn't necessarily want a super-chromed mirror finish, just nice and buffed.

3. Polish on a spiral sewn wheel using white rouge compound. This is where you see the prep work really pay off. Once you have wet-sanded (which really doesn't take that long), it just takes some firm pressure against the wheel, and it polishes almost instantly.

My old camera was giving me problems during much of my build, and I wish I had more pictures. Here are a few....

Before:


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Re: 76 CB550k Cafe build
« Reply #13 on: August 17, 2008, 10:28:29 PM »
Freezingprocess, what kind of tires are you running? I like the looks anyway... they look like proper sport bike tires that actually grip.

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Re: 76 CB550k Cafe build
« Reply #15 on: August 18, 2008, 08:25:11 AM »
Sweet. Thanks man. Oh, and if I haven't said it before, your bike is #$%*in.

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Re: 76 CB550k Cafe build
« Reply #16 on: August 18, 2008, 08:07:41 PM »
Any issues with pump gas on the fiberglass BCR tank?



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Re: 76 CB550k Cafe build
« Reply #17 on: August 19, 2008, 09:33:08 AM »
Any issues with pump gas on the fiberglass BCR tank?

Not so far- Did what Benjie recommended and coated with Por-15.
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Re: 76 CB550k Cafe build
« Reply #18 on: August 19, 2008, 12:59:19 PM »
Super clean ride.  Sleek, shiny and bad-ass!

How much weight did you shave from the original?
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« Reply #19 on: August 20, 2008, 11:45:16 PM »
Super clean ride.  Sleek, shiny and bad-ass!

How much weight did you shave from the original?

Thanks man... Not really sure about the weight. If anyone has a good idea about where I can go to weigh it, I'll take it and let you know. :)
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Re: 76 CB550k Cafe build - New paint!!!
« Reply #20 on: June 22, 2009, 07:51:23 AM »
Just got the body work back the other day.....I'm sooooo stoked on it.




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Re: 76 CB550k Cafe build - New paint!
« Reply #21 on: June 22, 2009, 08:33:52 AM »
Love the paint, it's awesome.

Why does that rear sprocket look so small compared to mine.

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Re: 76 CB550k Cafe build - New paint!
« Reply #22 on: June 22, 2009, 08:36:13 AM »
Very very nice!  Love it.   That sprocket does look tiny....
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Re: 76 CB550k Cafe build - New paint!
« Reply #23 on: June 22, 2009, 11:41:44 AM »
Wow!! didn't see that paint work coming.  In a world where more and more cafes are turning up, that paint REALLY sets it off and makes it unique.
Well done !
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Re: 76 CB550k Cafe build - New paint!
« Reply #24 on: June 22, 2009, 12:17:02 PM »
The bike looks great.  The paint job is original and classy.  I hope my project turns out as well.

 

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