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Author Topic: Just picked up a CB450 (build thread-still nameless)  (Read 21623 times)

Offline teddpage

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Just picked up a CB450 (build thread-still nameless)
« on: Mar 02, 2010, 21:02:59 »
Hey all!  Im a long time lurker here and just got my first bike.  '71 CB450!  Its in nice shape, for a bike this old.  Small dent in the tank and it needs to be tuned up/have the carbs cleaned badly!

Cant wait to get started on her!  Plans include Clubmans from Carpy along with barend mirrors (already ordered), and a bumstop seat......for starters!  



« Last Edit: Apr 26, 2010, 20:26:45 by teddpage »
1971 Honda CB450 Build -->> http://dotheton.com/index.php?topic=13854.0

"its a motor dude degrease the fucker and crack on" - axeugene27

Offline noahdog

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Re: Just picked up a CB450
« Reply #1 on: Mar 02, 2010, 21:23:37 »
Looks like you got yourself a nice clean bike to work with there.  8)

Offline teddpage

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Re: Just picked up a CB450
« Reply #2 on: Mar 02, 2010, 21:35:48 »
THANX!!!  The pics actually do it justice.  Even tho it only has 3800 on the odo, the tank has a small dent and the paint is a little cracked and i think the front brake is hanging up a bit.  Gunna tear into the carbs this wkend and i think my dad has a set of points for it in the shop (he has a 69 CB450!). 
1971 Honda CB450 Build -->> http://dotheton.com/index.php?topic=13854.0

"its a motor dude degrease the fucker and crack on" - axeugene27

Offline teddpage

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Re: Just picked up a CB450
« Reply #3 on: Mar 05, 2010, 23:09:05 »
Ok.  Since it had dorky stock bars, i ordered a set of clubmans from carpy.  I was bored tonite, so i pulled the bars/controls and got the clubmans on. 

Tomorrow i pull it outside (weather permitting) and pull the tank.  I found that the right side carb wasnt doing its job.  Sprayed some carb cleaner in the bore and it seemed to pick that cylinder up.  Pulled the fuel lines off the carbs and on a whim, turned on the petcock.  NO GAS GOING TO THE RIGHT SIDE CARB!  So im gunna pull it and clean it (hopefully) and that should solve my running problem....for now at least!

A few pics for your viewing pleasure.  ENJOY!





1971 Honda CB450 Build -->> http://dotheton.com/index.php?topic=13854.0

"its a motor dude degrease the fucker and crack on" - axeugene27

Offline teddpage

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Re: Just picked up a CB450
« Reply #4 on: Apr 04, 2010, 21:43:00 »
Some more updates!  Finally got some time to mess around with my seat and figured i could make the stock seat brackets to work!  So i broke out the welder and 3" cutoff wheel and had some fun!  Here's some pix of how it all turned out!!!





Quick mounted the seat and found out i needed to add some little tabs to the back to make it all work.










Outcome was nice!!!  (at least i think so...) I can now flip my seat up just like the stock seat!!!!!  Enjoy!!  Next up is fender trimming and getting the taillight and smaller turn signals mounted and working!!!

« Last Edit: Apr 04, 2010, 21:50:30 by teddpage »
1971 Honda CB450 Build -->> http://dotheton.com/index.php?topic=13854.0

"its a motor dude degrease the fucker and crack on" - axeugene27

Offline rjz5400

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Re: Just picked up a CB450
« Reply #5 on: Apr 04, 2010, 22:53:02 »
Smoove!!!  ;D
while you are fabbing up seat parts you might want to fill that wedding tackle sized gap between the tank and seat bottom, unless you are using a pretty thick seat cushion that hole could get dangerous ( i just assume you are a male)  for safety.

and i love the father son team up shot at the end, maybe you guys should keep the same color scheme going, that would be pretty cool.
keep it up.!!!

Offline teddpage

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Re: Just picked up a CB450
« Reply #6 on: Apr 04, 2010, 22:58:09 »
Thanks!!  Yea its pretty funny how i ended up with the same bike as my dads!  His is a 69 and mines a 71.  Quite a few differences btwn the 2!  I am going to fill in that gap, i just dont know with what yet...i might make up a seat cushion that fills in the gap or make a metal or glass patch that fits snug to the tank.
1971 Honda CB450 Build -->> http://dotheton.com/index.php?topic=13854.0

"its a motor dude degrease the fucker and crack on" - axeugene27

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Re: Just picked up a CB450
« Reply #7 on: Apr 24, 2010, 16:54:08 »
Havent posted any progress pix in a while.  I finally have the battery relocated to under the seat and cleaned out the middle section of the frame, installed new turn signals and mounted up my Ford Model A taillight.  Picked it up from speedway motors for 40 bux...and its LED!!!  Shortened and lengthened the necessary wires and tada!!!!!  Its finally starting to look like a real bike (minus the paint, crappy tires, etc. etc.!!!).  Waiting on my Uni Filters.  I ordered a set from Dennis Kirk and i got the wrong size.  Just waiting on my new ones to arrive.  Its a long arduous process but i cant wait to get it registered and take her on her maiden voyage!







Thanks for looking!!!
1971 Honda CB450 Build -->> http://dotheton.com/index.php?topic=13854.0

"its a motor dude degrease the fucker and crack on" - axeugene27

Re: Just picked up a CB450
« Reply #8 on: Apr 24, 2010, 17:48:28 »
Nice looking project, I'm going along those same lines with my '73 CB450. I love the idea of a fiberglass bumpstop seat using the factory hinges and hardware. if you sold that as a kit, I'd buy it! How are you running thye handlebar electricals? Through the bars? I'm gonna use a set of ebay special "superbike" bars on mine, but I'd like to keep the wiring hidden. Great project, I'll be following since it's so close to what I want to do with mine.
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Re: Just picked up a CB450
« Reply #9 on: Apr 24, 2010, 17:51:40 »
Thanks!  The seat i got from Roccitycafe.com  You should check his site he's got a few nice seats!  Right now the wiring is just run along the handlebar.  I might down the road run it inside, but it seems like too much of a hassle with the clubmans.  Thanks again for the comments! 
1971 Honda CB450 Build -->> http://dotheton.com/index.php?topic=13854.0

"its a motor dude degrease the fucker and crack on" - axeugene27