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    Hello everyone, Id like to introduce myself to the board. My names Noah and I live in Santa Cruz Ca. While Im new to CX's ive been tinkering and rebuilding CB's for a few years now.



    Some of you may have seen the "Ridiculous CX500 on craigslist" thread, you know, the poor 80 CX with 4 foot bars and extended seat and controls. Well That was a buddy of mine that built it for a ghetto bike show in SF. It sat in his yard for about 5 months collecting rust and spider webs, until I felt sorry for the poor thing and offered him 400 dollars for it.



    I've got the title and current registration, the bike and boxes of parts he pulled off before molesting the poor thing. The bike is in good mechanical condition and ran great yesterday when I picked it up.



    So, with a bonus day off from work (today the 2nd) I started tearing into it and removing all the crap that was welded to the frame.















    Poor, poor bike:











    Getting a good, 2hr scrub down:











    I'll have to attempt some "in frame" touch up of the motor, also going to clean up the frame in spots and re spray where its needed:







    Scrap metal:



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    MORE:



    Started cleaning up a few pieces stripped the lever of paint and cleaned up:











    And gave the carbs a little love, cleaned and verified everything is good to go, checked the jets and such. Before cleaning:











    Thats all for today, I'll come back and post pics when I get more done. Thanks for looking!
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    Glad you rescued that poor thing!
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    Well, welcome to the forum. Thank you for saving that bike. Looked too nice to have all the 'growths' on it.
    Been riding again for past five years. Every excuse to get out on the wind is a valid one.


    Present Bikes

    1983 Honda GoldWing Aspencade (100,000+ miles)
    1984 Honda GoldWing Interstate (70,000 miles)
    1999 Kawasaki Concours (82,000 miles)
    1981 Honda CX500 Custom (17,980 miles)
    1981 Honda CX500 Custom (basket case)
    1982 Honda GL500 Silverwing


    Past Bikes
    1979 Honda CX500C (17,000 miles)
    2003 Honda Shadow Sabre VT1100 (6,900 miles)
    1981 Honda GL500 Silverwing
    1982 Honda CX500 Custom
    1978 Honda CX500 Deluxe
    1983 Honda Magna V45
    1980 Honda CX500D
    1981 Kawasaki KZ550 LTD
    1982 Kawasaki KZ440 LTD
    1994 Honda Magna 750C ( My son's new bike. )
    1997 Honda Shadow VT600D

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    Be free little CX500!

    It looks much happier with the barnacles removed.

    That was a pretty funny project.

    Next time he should use a mini bike, that would really look silly.

    Rusty



    ps I kinda think the "Kaw" tank and minimalist look should prevail.
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    1980 Honda Express NC50 no-ped

    1988 Yamaha Riva 125

    1970? Sears Free Spirit (Tanaka Bikebug) Bicycle engine

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    Thank god someone cut that off.
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    I decided that I would pull the motor to respray it. I just couldnt live with myself for cutting those corners, haha. So, now the the motor can get the attention it deserves and (once I finish cutting grinding and welding) The frame will be powder coated. I scored a nice Deluxe tank from a member on here, so I will need to make sure I dont need to modify anything on the frame up front to make it work (there might be some clearance issues with the forks im going to use, maybe set the tank back an inch?). Also, I found a good use for the Custom tank that came with the bike! Going to build a tail section out of it. i might graft it onto the stock seat pan I just ordered, or make a new pan. I wont really know until it shows up in the mail. On to pics!



























    A pretty bad pic, but its kind of a rough idea of the tail proportions and such.







    Ordering some polishing compounds and wheels tonight! Going to give it a go on all the aluminum on the motor. Will keep you posted Thanks for looking, Noah
    1980 CX500 Custom

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    What have you sprayed the engine with about four or five pics up from the bottom? Paint? or is that some kind of cleaner/stripper?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenW View Post
    What have you sprayed the engine with about four or five pics up from the bottom? Paint? or is that some kind of cleaner/stripper?


    Haha that was "Foamy engine brite". I was just trying to remove any last bit of grease by giving it a scrub down before sanding the engine down and spraying a coat of primer.
    1980 CX500 Custom

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    Depending on how much help you have you might want to put the bike back together a bit differently. Once and the easiest way I have put a bike together was placing the engine on a floor jack. I would probably use a cinder block instead but with the engine on a platform I was able to lift the frame up onto the engine and easily bolt it in place.



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