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    James Adams - My CB400N restoration

    There's a new pony in the stable. Well, a carthorse, maybe. I went and looked on Ebay and found something I can play with so bidded on it and won!

    Here's a complete but well rusted, oxidized CB400N. Everything is there though . . . . . . .

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    Should keep me happy for a while. Lots of rusted bolts. The ironmongery towards the rear held two huge panniers which came with the bike, going to use them to store some of the bits I take off the bike. This time round I'm photographing everything and bagging and tagging. In my CD200 thread I just pulled everything off and chucked it in a bin and then spent three years working out what went where. I still have nuts, bolts and washers left over but I did replace quite a lot with stainless items.

    Sorry there isn't a whole bike picture shown I can't get the bike out into the open to photograph it because of the snow and because my CD200 is in the way on a jack which I can't get to!
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    An import, James? I see the clock is in mph
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    Quote Originally Posted by ancientdad View Post
    An import, James? I see the clock is in mph
    I live in England and the bike was originally made in Japan just before they started to make them in Brazil. I picked the bike up second-hand three days ago from Peterborough 100 miles to the east of where I live so I suppose it IS an import. To my garage anyway!

    Here's a link to my CD200 restoration thread:-

    http://www.hondatwins.net/forums/1-p...y-project.html
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    Made for the usa market? MPH is larger than kph. I have a 1982 cb450t same bike mostly I like It.
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    Quote Originally Posted by workdogz2 View Post
    Made for the usa market? MPH is larger than kph. I have a 1982 cb450t same bike mostly I like It.
    No, it's a superdream made for the European market. 75,000 of them were bought in England alone apparently. My mate bought the awful, thankfully short-lived CB250 Dream in 1977 that the superdream replaced around 1978/79. This bike is the 1980 CB400NA. Same as the CB400N but no kick-start. 43bhp so should be fun. When it's finished, that is . . . . . . .

    Those horrible gold-coloured comstar wheels are getting changed first I think. Strip back the paint, mask the edges and paint them satin black. The bike will be half done already!
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    Well done James on acquiring your next project. Was it in the condition you thought from the eBay photos? How did the conversation with your wife go when you told her?
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    England uses MPH, or they did 20 years ago when I was there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HondaCB200Lady View Post
    Well done James on acquiring your next project. Was it in the condition you thought from the eBay photos? How did the conversation with your wife go when you told her?
    Surprisingly she took it quite well. "If you think you're spending money on that then think again" Or something along those lines.

    It's exactly how I thought it would look after 14 years in a garage. A rusty frame, swing arm, lots of rusty bolts, oxidized alloy engine panels and fins, chipped paintwork that has rusted, broken ignition switch. Lots of metalwork to remove where the panniers were attached, except when that's gone there's nowhere to fit the indicators. It's pretty much how my CD200 looked before I started on it.

    Can't wait to pull it apart Irene, except I can't get at it to pull it off it's stand never mind anything else. Going to have to re-think the garage layout I think!

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    We have had to make our 15' x 12' chicken run in to a shed, the side panels were mesh so we have clad it and it looks like a log cabin now. It gives us more room in the garage to work on the bikes. I don't think the chickens were very happy but someone/thing had to make the sacrifice!
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    This is the bike as advertised on Ebay

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    Bar the panniers I couldn't resist it. 17,800 miles isn't too bad either . . . . .

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