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Old 11-22-2011, 05:26 PM
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My (very) Smallblock 350

As temperatures have been dropping here in upstate New York, motorcycle prices have inevitably followed. With my freshly-won motorcycling permit that I got while I was home for the summer, I felt like I should probably take advantage of this so as to not only have a runabout, but to also begin truly understanding how this whole "internal combustion" thing works.
Due to living in California and going to school in New York, I tend to stay here during all but the longest breaks, so I wanted something to occupy my time during them.
Having found that browsing Craigslist during class is far more productive than any of the drivel that our professors usually seem to spout, I've been observing pricing trends and figured now, right before Thanksgiving break, was my time to pounce. I'd seen a few things that minorly caught my fancy, but nothing special or cheap enough. Unfortunately I had to sacrifice the former for the latter, but the bike is just about the perfect engine size for me, it's nice and light, and it was quite cheap. A CB350 should also be easy to find parts for.

Unfortunately, all my friends have vacated for break, so I don't have access to any pictures other than the one below.

The bike is currently in pieces, because if I hadn't shown up when I did the owner was going to part it out. I haven't quite assessed all the work I need to do and catalogued all that I need to buy, but this should be fun!

EDIT: I have all the (unpictured) large pieces aside from the handlebars. The engine, lights etc... are in a number of bins.
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Old 11-22-2011, 08:25 PM
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Beauty! You don't have any experience wrenching right?

It should be pretty fun to figure out all that stuff.

I figure you want to have it running by spring?
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Old 11-22-2011, 08:51 PM
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Good luck mate, should be fun!
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Old 11-22-2011, 11:20 PM
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I demand that you document every part of this build!
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Old 11-23-2011, 12:06 AM
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Also SBC 350 swap...

You scared?
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Old 11-23-2011, 12:15 AM
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That is excellent.

And in the process you'll probably learn how everything works.

Genius.
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Old 11-23-2011, 12:29 AM
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CAFE!! i want one.
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Old 11-23-2011, 02:29 PM
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Inspection of the VIN and engine block reveal a displacement of 356cc; that in conjunction with the front disc brake means I actually bought a CB360.
I feel like this is the first of many surprises...

Am spending the rest of the day cataloging parts to hopefully catch any more surprises early.

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Beauty! You don't have any experience wrenching right?

It should be pretty fun to figure out all that stuff.

I figure you want to have it running by spring?
I joined our FSAE team this year, so that should prove a good resource, but aside from that and taking shop freshman year, I have no experience.

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That is excellent.

And in the process you'll probably learn how everything works.

Genius.
In theory...
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Old 11-24-2011, 06:21 PM
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You could have a pretty sweet cafe bike when this is done! Good luck, and keep us posted!
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Old 12-20-2011, 11:05 PM
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Sorry for the lack of updates, almost as soon as I'd bought the bike I was immediately swamped by final projects and exams, so nearing on nothing has been done to it.

Until mid-January the bike is 3,000 miles away so no progress will be made on that end, though I hope to accrue parts and information while in slightly more bike-friendly Southern California. Any ideas cool bikes you see floating around the web or things to watch out for would be much appreciated.

I will also try to get a digital camera of some sort so I can document this better.
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Old 12-21-2011, 05:19 AM
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I wish now you will start updating here,
I am waiting,
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