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    CL77 has landed

    1967 CL77, Motor # CL77E 1037884-Frame #CL1037837. Low mileage, clean title, paper history showing I am the third owner as of today. Looks rough, pieces stuck back on from a previous dis-assembly by the seller. (I had to zip tie several parts on today on the ride home from Kentucky to Virginia.) Everything appears to be there and it is said to have last ran a couple of years ago. The exhaust is clean and the mufflers has no rust through. Of course the front fender has been cut, and the rear one has paint so it is probably a replacement. It had sat for a number of years after purchase by the original owner until being bought by the gentlemen I purchased it from. I am completely puzzled by the tail light, can anyone please advise if this is OEM, there are no extra fender holes, and the cut out in the tail light fits the grab bar perfectly and looks factory cut. Bike has great compression, just from kick over so far, haven't put a gauge on it. This one is staying with me, I have been looking for quite a while and this is the absolute last one being added to my collection. Some pictures attached and lift was thrown in for free, the seller is no longer doing bikes. (Makes his living building shoe box Chevy's.)
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    Congratulations. IMHO that bike is in exceptional condition. Enjoy.
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    That tail light should be oval-shaped with a frame-colored licence plate bracket. Looks like a late one, welded muffler with the long heat shield, rubber covered front foot pegs. The gas tank should have a seam in the center and no gas crossover hose. Nice find.
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    Britman,

    Looks to me like you found a great candidate for a restoration! Rough, yes, but it looks very complete, which is the key. CL77 parts are quite spendy.
    You're going to have fun with that build. Taillight appears to be off a later model.
    I lusted after the 305 Scrambler when I was 14 years young. Never got one, moved right into Triumph 650s when I was 16.

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    "moved right into Triumph 650s when I was 16"
    Saw this on a tee shirt once: "Triumph, turns a mere mortal man into a mechanic"
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike in idaho View Post
    "moved right into Triumph 650s when I was 16"
    Saw this on a tee shirt once: "Triumph, turns a mere mortal man into a mechanic"
    I just might have to have that made into a tee-shirt to wear when one of the Triumphs goes out. Just a little update, after a good cleaning I did find some aluminum under the grease. I did also find the PO had disconnected every wire connection on the machine, but he did label them with numbers. I am sure he had a schematic the numbers matched, but that did not come with the sale. Fortunately I kept all of my 305 manuals and literature from a couple of restorations from years back, and with an addition of a new key and switch I did manage to get fire to the coils and points. I have also lined the tank with Caswell, so I may install a couple of carb kits, some new plug wires and plugs, set the valves and timing, some new dino oil and filter clean, and give it a kick prior to putting everything apart to make it pretty. I have also scored some fairly rare parts to include, a skid plate and working OEM horn. Still no luck on a complete front fender or stock tail light, but the as we all know the fun is in the chase..........
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    CL77 has landed

    Congrats on the latest addition to your collection. If this will be the last one as you’ve said earlier, it definitely is a classy completion point. The mufflers lool great! Are you planning to keep the original colour or repaint it? IMO the CL77 in silver/red is one of the most beautiful bikes ever built.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FrisianWheel View Post
    Congrats on the latest addition to your collection. If this will be the last one as you’ve said earlier, it definitely is a classy completion point. The mufflers lool great! Are you planning to keep the original colour or repaint it? IMO the CL77 in silver/red is one of the most beautiful bikes ever built.

    The simple path would be silver and black, but I am really leaning to the red frame look. I agree it really sets a bike off and shows the lines and stance of the Scrambler. Attached is a photo of one I did a number of years back, can you say should have kept one.....
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    Yep, the red frame definitely sets it off - which is why I did mine that way, always loved the CL77 in red and silver, one of the most eye-catching Honda schemes ever IMHO
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    Good Day Today

    Spent a few hours on the wiring. Some things removed and replaced, lamp cord, wire nuts, wires going nowhere and others needed to go somewhere. I just bought some cheap bullet connectors and ran the wires long because I do have a new main harness to install after frame paint. The stator wires were in pretty bad shape, but I think they are salvageable. Best note of the day, ran a couple of new plug wires and laid the old plugs on the motor with a jump battery hooked up and kicked, wala, prettiest spark on both plugs you ever seen. One element of making the "Old Girl" run is present. I went through receipts today, on just the little bits and pieces I have bought the total amount was scary. I have the 72 CL350 pictured on Craigs and Cycle trader up for sale to add to the restoration fund. there are some weird folks out there looking at motorcycles. I think I am going with Nigerian Prince who has a third party check......
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