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    Quote Originally Posted by fxray View Post
    Good luck with your new project. Are you permanently joining the ranks of us slacker retirees then?
    Ray
    Thank you Ray. I'd like to be able to join the ranks of the retired old motorcycle fanatics but I need an income as well as my wife's Council pension otherwise I don't have sufficient funds to do a proper job! Not without severely annoying the wife anyway by not leaving enough money for food!

    Tyres (Tires, sorry!) are £120 plus, fork stanchions need re-chroming (£200 plus), sprockets and chain £60 at least and that's just for starters! Overhaul kit for the brake master cylinder, two sets of front brake pads, who knows what condition the rear drum is in. You see my predicament? I need another job, pronto!

    Or rob a bank . . . . . . . ?
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    Frame is a bit rusty as well along with faded switchgear . . . .

    James Adams - My CB400N restoration-rusty-spine.jpg James Adams - My CB400N restoration-rusty-front-spine.jpg James Adams - My CB400N restoration-faded-switchgear.jpg

    More rust under the side-panels but PO removed the battery so no acid spillage . . . .

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    Gear linkage is seized up with rust but the rubber boots seem OK. Chainguard is plastic so no rust which I'm grateful for as I'm still fabricating a new one for my CD200

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    Seats a bit rusty . . .

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    Look what I found under it though, although the toolbox lid is missing . . . .

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    A complete, original toolkit!

    Master cylinder has seen better days. Switchgear is badly faded . . . .

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    Started to take the pannier brackets off but need to drill the head off this bolt on both sides as it's the only one of six that is welded in place with rust!

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    Rear light and tail mudguard removed

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    A few more views of the engine for reference later. . . . .

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    Once I've got the pannier brackets off out the way I can start to strip the rest of the bike. Hopefully I won't have to drill anymore bolts out. Hah!

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    Great find James!

    Bet the CD is feeling jealous though...


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    James, You've taken on quite the project, but your work with the CD200 proves your capability. I've seen tons of rusted parts, but I somehow don't remember ever seeing shift linkage where the chrome has failed enough to let the rust take over like this. Another first!
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    Rusty crusty old bikes, gotta love them. I think the original shift linkage on these was either painted or plated, not chrome, but then again I've never seen that in person. The tool box lid may not exist, the US CM/CB 400 didn't have one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fxray View Post
    I somehow don't remember ever seeing shift linkage where the chrome has failed enough to let the rust take over like this.
    Tell me about it! My first viewing was rather cramped and in semi-shadow in the garage I thought it was OK. Obviously I was wrong. Two of the rubber boots are split as well and the plating, chrome or otherwise, has been replaced by rust!

    Normally I would source a better item on ebay, there are a few about, and maybe I will have to buy the boots (there's a few new ones about of them too), but seeing as funds are rather limited (ie non-existent) I will have to strip back the rust and paint it black or silver. I've a lot of stainless nuts and bolts left over from the 200 so I should be able to find some that fit. (Anyone who followed my CD200 thread will know that won't happen!)

    Plan is to keep taking parts off, get it down to the frame then start removing rust and dodgy paint. I've learnt from experience not to paint below 20 degrees centigrade (CD200 thread again!) so that will happen when the sun comes out again!

    For now, it's removing, tagging, bagging and photographing. Unless the mrs. requires my presence elsewhere . . . . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by longdistancerider View Post
    Rusty crusty old bikes, gotta love them.
    I do! As long as the rust hasn't eaten through the metal and left a hole, because my welding skills are zero! The front mudguard (fender!) has bad rust and is thin in places. Can't afford £60 for a pattern part but I can afford to wire brush, grind, fill and paint it to make it look good until happier times. (More disposable income. MUCH more!) I'd have a garage sale but it's just junk. I'd be lucky to make 20 quid!

    Forks need re-chroming, they're badly pitted. Er, they may have to wait a while as well . . . . . . . .

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    Your shifter setup looks the same as my 1982 ft500 ascot. (less the rust)
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