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Hey guys here is the CB175 K7 project I'm calling "The Abarth 175" for the combination colors, sleek and small design. I owned a 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth black with red tand silver trim, dual exhaust, turbo 5 speed. I recently sold it. I miss it dearly.

I bought it about 8 months ago not running with no tank or seat (or title), no side covers or air boxes.

My mission initially was to make sure it ran. Reading my intro you'll read that I got it realllly fired up lol. This was 2 weeks ago. The next day I stripped it down to it's barebones. Wanting a hybrid cafe/tracker while giving it a bit of masculinity.

After stripping it down I made a couple cuts to the frame. 1.5" behind the shock post, took off the center stand and the supporting hardware. I found a 7AH AMG battery that is TINY so I was able to make my sub seat electrical box flush with the bottom of the rails. I've had the seat for this build for a while and all I had to do was cut out a chunk of the plastic where the battery would lay in the tray. I used fiber glass and Bondo to smooth the space between the sheet metal and rail. I also filled in the holes where the side covered would normally insert.

The following parts I've been picking up over the past few months.

-2nd set of carbs (off a 71 CL175) (for parts) and 2 rebuild kits
-Points, alternator, crank cover gaskets
-Crank engine cover
-New (used) wiring harness
-Modern Regulator rectifier (cutting out the yellow/white wires to the right switch and jointing the white to the yellow just after the coil plug in.
-Rear air shocks (13.5") 1 inch taller for riding position for rear sets
-Several different rearsets of used 2010+ aftermarket and various OEM. Some were bent, some just parts but I got an amazing deal on eBay for the box full.
-Led wiring harness (2 circuits) with switch and relay.
-Clip on handlebar brackets
-2 UNI Pods (red)
-Black and red aftermarket seat
-71 CL175 gastank (pretty beat up)
-new aftermarket petcock
-new fuel lines and clamps
-inline fuel filters (not sure if I'm going to use these yet.
-3 part gastank restoration kit
-header stud (had to pull one out that was broken off)
-new fork seals.
  • 2 3" LED headlights (will be mounted in a custom fabbed front plate fairing
  • used clutch cable
  • NOS front brake cable
  • New rear brake cable (more on that in a future post.)
-Rattle paint and 2 part matt clear already reduced
-Digital dash (pulled it off my cm/gs build as I'm getting a different one for that ride.
-stainless steel hex engine hardware

This post will include photos from the start to where I'm at today. I'll try to post daily as I should be done in a week or so depending on how much my ol lady lets me work 馃槀

What I started with..
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Break it down/paint..
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Assembly Begins..
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Shocks came in, put the wheels on and the seat to get a feel of the stance. seat and tank are just floating..
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I need to lower the rear shocks a bit. thats all I have left too is a bit ;/
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It arrived with no tank, seat or air boxes. Ya can't restore them all but you can get them back on the road.
I had thought long and hard about restoring it to the original look but with my 350G on deck to be granted "Original glory" I figured what the hell let me build it the way I want it..

As far as getting it back on the road..
No title, bill of sale from a guy who I know didn't have it titled in his name. He said it belonged to his neighbor but his neighbor lost the title. The tag says it was made in 04/1972. This does make it a 73 right? So it should have a title?
Do you guys recommend me trying to get a replacement title through my state of NY or go the Vermont route. I have yet to register a bike this way - hell I've never actually registered any bike but I need to. With our DMV shut down it's making things much more difficult.
 

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It's in reference to a not stock build. To me every bike will not be a candidate for restoration by every owner.
Sometimes you've just got to follow your gut and build the bike your experience and circumstances lead you to.

That's why I haven't completed the CB750K3 that I bought in 2000, I'm learning, building skills and collecting parts. It won't be a restoration, but it'll be stock in many ways...馃槈
 

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My comment was slightly tongue in cheek, just that the pool of these bikes is diminishing year by year. I realise that not everything is recoverable, but here's an extreme example. The Bodmin Broughs, a ( for once ) genuine barn find. Eight rusty bikes / piles of parts, fetched 750,000 UK pounds in a recent auction. Give our bikes another 50 years, who knows?

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My comment was slightly tongue in cheek, just that the pool of these bikes is diminishing year by year. I realise that not everything is recoverable, but here's an extreme example. The Bodmin Broughs, a ( for once ) genuine barn find. Eight rusty bikes / piles of parts, fetched 750,000 UK pounds in a recent auction. Give our bikes another 50 years, who knows?

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I COMPLETELY AGREE WITH YOU. Had I had any bit of the original paperwork, the original tank, the original engine (VINs). I would have kept it original in my restoration.

Your point was the exact ammo I used with my girlfriend who for sake of this conversation is my wife minus the ring when it came to spending $300 on my apathetic buddy's titled cb350g. Everything is original and the tank and side covers are immaculate. It's been partially disassembled and wiring harness hacked up and there's been a few aftermarket parts have been added on but I've got the basket of all the original replaced parts.
I know this bike will be worth big bucks come retirement age. Looking forward to showing you guys this thing once I start taking it down to clean it up!
 
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The tag says it was made in 04/1972. This does make it a 73 right? So it should have a title?
If you mean the frame tag on the neck, that refers to the actual manufacture date - but if it's that early in a given year, prior to September, then it's the same year as in 1972. Here's something to look at, and unless your frame number begins with CB175-800xxxx then you have a K6
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I had thought long and hard about restoring it to the original look but with my 350G on deck to be granted "Original glory" I figured what the hell let me build it the way I want it..

As far as getting it back on the road..
No title, bill of sale from a guy who I know didn't have it titled in his name. He said it belonged to his neighbor but his neighbor lost the title. The tag says it was made in 04/1972. This does make it a 73 right? So it should have a title?
Do you guys recommend me trying to get a replacement title through my state of NY or go the Vermont route. I have yet to register a bike this way - hell I've never actually registered any bike but I need to. With our DMV shut down it's making things much more difficult.
As far as NY is concerned the registration IS the title for any bike 1972 or older.

You only need bill of sale, and a few DMV docs to get it registered. Your bike is a 175 which also makes getting all the paperwork from Vermont real EASY.
 

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As far as NY is concerned the registration IS the title for any bike 1972 or older.

You only need bill of sale, and a few DMV docs to get it registered. Your bike is a 175 which also makes getting all the paperwork from Vermont real EASY.
Excellent! Thank you for that Allen!
I'll post in the threat how long the whole process takes. Filling out the paperwork right now.
 

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Haha yes Alan. Sorry it was really late.
 
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HondaPete. I see what I did.

Currently building custom exhaust. Rolling the headers toward the midline where they run right next to each other all the way back exiting bilaterally behind each rearset.

This cold weather of the northeast a real pain in the butt. Ive been waiting for a 65 degree day to lay down more matt clear.
 
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