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    Quote Originally Posted by fillmarr View Post
    They want $500 firm on it. The frame at the back looks like it has some surface rust, but I'd be willing to tackle that cosmetically with some auto body sanding/painting.

    Thoughts?

    Does the engine turn over freely when kicked? If not I would not offer much more than a couple hundred bucks.
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    I'm not sure what your expectations are for this bike but just so you know... it's going to need a major restoration.
    assuming the engine can be resurrected without an overhaul (and that's a big if)

    youll still need:
    tires tubes & rim strips $200
    headlight taillight rear turn signals $100+
    battery spark plugs points condenser boots $120
    carb kits air filters oil $150
    brakes and control cables $150
    rear view mirrors chain $100

    those are parts prices if you do the work yourself.
    double the price if you have to pay for the work
    id also add $200 for stuff you don't know about

    plus what ever you want to do with the cosmetics.

    dont get me wrong it's a great project
    folks here on the forum do these all the time.
    just wanted to make sure you knew what was entailed

    if your still going for it we can help you through things

    good luck!
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    Looking at this 1972 Honda CB350 for first bike & project

    Quote Originally Posted by outobie View Post
    I'm not sure what your expectations are for this bike but just so you know... it's going to need a major restoration.
    assuming the engine can be resurrected without an overhaul (and that's a big if)

    youll still need:
    tires tubes & rim strips $200
    headlight taillight rear turn signals $100+
    battery spark plugs points condenser boots $120
    carb kits air filters oil $150
    brakes and control cables $150
    rear view mirrors chain $100

    those are parts prices if you do the work yourself.
    double the price if you have to pay for the work
    id also add $200 for stuff you don't know about

    plus what ever you want to do with the cosmetics.

    dont get me wrong it's a great project
    folks here on the forum do these all the time.
    just wanted to make sure you knew what was entailed

    if your still going for it we can help you through things

    good luck!
    Thanks! I'm told "a cheap bike is the most expensive bike", but that's why i'm getting into this in the first place. Doing everything myself, minus maaaybe some welding help. I just don't want to pay more than I should for something that is going to take a lot of work. If you guys think $500 is a fair starting point for an engine that turns, I'm going to do it.

    One thing you forgot to add...auto body paint...that **** is expensive!!!


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    "Pretty" is on you
    my list was just to make it operate properly and safely
    $500 for a mostly complete bike with a title is a fair price
    i always rebuild the engine regardless
    plan on $500 to $1200 to rebuild.

    to make it pretty id expect another $2k
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    I spent about $1000 in parts (I did all the work myself) on this one to get it from an abandoned motorcycle to a decent-looking rider, and the engine was not locked up and required no disassembly work. I touched up the frame paint, painted the side covers myself, and found a decent original-paint tank with emblems on eBay (along with many other parts like the rear fender and tail light), so I saved any painting costs. Yeah, it isn't a "correct" restoration or a show bike, but it's close enough for my purposes. The list posted by outobie is spot-on.





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    If you do decide to get it, get the bike to running condition first then worry about the looks.

    The cosmetics you can mostly do yourself. Dents can be repaired or filled in with bondo.
    The painting you can do yourself also. Hell I painted this myself with nothing more than spray cans and the tank originally came full of dents and scratches.




    How many miles on that bike? Does it shift easily?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 76TWIN View Post
    And you won't need brake piston since that is a drum brake on that bike
    You'll definitely need new drum brake pads though.
    I assumed there must be a piston in there like drums on a car, but I'm learning! Haha

    Seller says "I have no idea if the motor turns. I would guess since it's 45 years old it would need a valve or top end job. As for $500 that's what I paid for it."

    I'll likely give re-building the engine a shot if needed (unless that sounds stupid?). I got all summer to try, and I will ride my bicycle to work in the meantime...

    Got 5-7 years of adult-ed wrenching and auto body night classes under my belt, but never opened up a motor before.


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    Go for it
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    83XLX and 76TWIN your bikes look ****ing awesome. Outobie, thanks for the encouragement. The final questions I have is if the engine DOESN'T turn at all....does that officially mean it's junk? ...I can't think of any other way to tell besides opening it up. Also, when I see how many miles are on the gauge...at what point should I just walk away?

    Again, this will be my first engine rebuild if I have to go there. Which wouldn't be a bad thing.


    Edit: Just found this awesome website in case I take it home and it still wont crank: http://www.gasenginemagazine.com/gas...seized-engines
    Edit: BTW, this forums is ****ing awesome....thanks everyone for your input and welcoming
    Last edited by fillmarr; 04-20-2017 at 03:41 PM.
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    Thanks. A stuck motor isn't necessarily a reason to walk away, but it could be. If it's stuck, it's possible that the rings have just rusted to the bores, which is a fairly easy fix. It could also be that the engine has a bunch of water in it and every steel part in it is rusted - camshaft, rods, crankshaft, transmission gears, etc. That is not an easy fix, if it can even be repaired. Either way, a 350 in that outward condition with a stuck motor isn't worth $500. Maybe worth a couple hundred if you want to take a chance, but if it were me and the motor was locked up, I'd look for a better bike for a project.
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