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So other than basic top end gasket replacement and setting valves and points this is my first build
I brought the whole bike for $100 nz = $60 us. Last ridden and dropped on an ocean beach. Think salt, water, sand, then add 10+ years of sitting outside because it wouldn't go.......perfect place to start :) the frame ? Swing arm rusted thru. Carbs full of pink crystals??? Forks very pitted but still in my garage, alot just rust stuck to rust or so brittle that it broke when I looked at it. I'm starting with the engine
 

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Re: Cl175 dropped on a beach rebuild

Not quite like buying a spark plug and then building a motorcycle around it, but close! :shock:

We'll sure be watching.
 

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J-T said:
Not quite like buying a spark plug and then building a motorcycle around it, but close! :shock:

We'll sure be watching.
hahaha... so true. :lol:

Looking forward to the build!
 

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Re: Cl175 dropped on a beach rebuild

Wow! Hopefully the pistons loosen up and you're able to see how the crank is. I'll be following this. Let me know if you need help sourcing parts. Good luck.
 

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someone had you pay for this?!? I think they should have paid you for taking it! This will be interesting for sure.

,Tracy
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It will be interesting to see what's actually useable and brought back to life.
 

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Re: Cl175 dropped on a beach rebuild

I recently picked up a very rough CJ360T and felt like I had paid too much for, but you are making my latest bike purchase look like an absolute steel for three times the money!

Looking forward to seeing this one brought back to life.

Have you decided on direction beyond rehabilitation?
 

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Re: Cl175 dropped on a beach rebuild

So tore the engine down, top end ... cam, points, advancer all need replacing. Split the cases. 1 can crc strip it, 2 cans heavy duty degreaser, 4 cans of crc and a pile of synthetic 000 steel wool later.....oh and about two days of scrubbing. Doesn't look to bad if you like your aluminum to look camo. Gearbox is looking good NOW. Luckily the oil cooked like tar to most of the parts seemed to stop the rust from being too evil ( unlike the top end ) I looked on line lots of people have posted about mythical cb/cl 175's running 200 pistons but no one seems to have written anything other than why you can't ....wrist pin size etc . So here's my attempt......
 

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At what point do you think "Building a new bike from Ore might be a better idea." ?
There's probably enough to start caked on the pistons
 

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I keep looking at the Honda in the field on the homepage and wonder if that would have been a better option. Finished the head gasket and annealed it . it needs cleaning before use. I know sanding it will work harden it so I plan on soaking it in coke for a day to take off the scale unless someone has a better idea.
 

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You're head gasket looks great. If Coke doesn't work, maybe use Tarn-x. I've had good luck with it on brass & copper fittings.

 
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