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I'm a typical +60 yr old fart (talk about stale and disgusting). I've been tinkering since I was a kid. Current projects include the rattle can refurbishment of am '82 GMC c30 dump truck,
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the building of a 40x60x16 She Shed for my wife,
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and the refurb of a '71 CL350. A college friend wanted to clean out his shed and gave me his CL. How could I turn down a free motorcycle?
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It had been put away properly about 10 years earlier. I don't know anything about these. Anyway, with your help I was able to take the seat off. I got a weak and erratic spark, so I put on new coils, and condensor.
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After that, I was able to get it to fire on ether. I can't get the side cover off, so I'm not replacing points, yet. And when I have a few minutes, I clean the chrome as best as I can, since this is just a refurb.
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That looks like a beautiful survivor of the bike and in very good condition.
If as you say it was PROPERLY Put Away then your really in luck.
Most are just parked and forgotten.

The carbs have a little varnish in them, but it hadn't harden fully and it wasn't much. I'm cleaning them with a spray can cleaner. Keeping my fingers crossed, but not holding my breath. Friend has an Ultra sonic cleaner I may have to use.

Do you have a copy of the FSM (Factory Service Manual)?
Without it you likely have very little success in getting this bike operational.
There are Links to download PDF versions on this site.

I have the Clymer's. I'll see how far that gets me.

It will need a FULLY charged Battery, these are Battery Excited Ignitions.
The Charging system does NOT put out anywhere near the required Voltage/Current required for Spark.
It doesn't even break even at an idle, actual charging doesn't start until approx 3K RPM.

For right now, I'm using a marine battery and a set of jumper cables

The Points are behind the Left Side OVAL Shaped Cover just above the Spark Plug.
I would take some 600 Wet/Dry paper to the contacts (both sides) then clean with spray contact cleaner or a Cloth wet with Acetone or Denature Alcohol.

Yeah, I've got that cover off, but I can't get the side cover off to check the crank position

One other thing - Get a Set of JIS Drivers (Japan Industrial Standard). - What "LOOKS" like Phillips are not and will often just strip out it you use a Phillips.
JIS Drivers have a very different angle to the Tips.

I didn't know that. I'm guessing that's why I can't get that cover off. Stripped one screw/bolt. Time to get a new tool. That piece of info is priceless. Thank you for that alone.
 

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When I pulled the carbs off, all the fuel lines snapped. Should I try to save them? I know, lame Dad joke. Anyway, here’s the inside of the first carb. The second carb was fairly clean. Threw a petcock, carb cleaner, and carb kits at them, and it fired right up. Ran it just long enough to make sure it wasn't a fluke, less than a minute. Time for a battery, an oil change, and more chrome cleaning.
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