Archive for 1975 Honda CL 360

MP Proj. 001 Honda CL 360 Part 14: Carbs Dipped

Before the soda blasting....

I had previously dipped the Honda CL 360 carbs in the Berryman dip, but these Keihins were in extremely rough shape.  Time for some more drastic measures.  They were already taken apart, so I placed the main pieces (no jets) inside the blast cabinet, and went at them with some soda blasting.  This cabinet is rocking my world, and making quick work of cleaning almost anything I throw at (in) it.  A few minutes later I could tell they were already looking better, so I pulled them out, blew them off with the air compressor, and placed them back in the dip.  This way, all the soda would be dissolved, and not clog up the jet orifices. » Read more..

MP Proj. 001 Honda CL 360 Part 13: More Cleaning…

Finally got some work done today on the project Honda CL 360.  Down to MotoPreserve I went, with big plans to make giant leaps forward with the build, only to be stalled with more cleaning.  I had the place to myself today, so I figured I would take the opportunity to fire up the soda blast cabinet, compressor, and make some noise.  » Read more..

MP Proj. 001 Honda CL 360 Part 12: Is this what we’re breathing???

Valves Before & After

After hours of scrubbing, scraping and willing the carbon off the valves of this Honda CL 360, I finally got them where I think they are about as clean as I can get them.  The Lead build-up was a bitch, but finally came off with some help from a brass wire brush attached to the drill.  The before and after shots make it pretty obvious what 35 years of combustion will do to metal.  The scary part…is this a condensed version of what we are breathing everyday?  This carbon was caked on, and the more I scrubbed the more I kept thinking “I need to quit smoking!”

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MP Proj. 001 Honda CL 360 Part 11: Valve Cleaning

Exhaust-Side Valve on the Honda CL 360

Exhaust-Side Valve on the Honda CL 360

Finally got around to cleaning the valves on the Honda CL 360.  While I hoped it would go just like the piston heads, the carbon build-up on these valves was thick, and the valves themselves are awkward to clean.  I soaked them in Mineral Spirits, hoping to loosen the carbon, but that didn’t seem to do much.  So I went at them with a brass wire brush, and some Simple Green.  That helped a bit, but it took a lot more elbow grease than cleaning product, to finally get the build-up off the damn things. » Read more..

MP Proj. 001 Honda CL 360 Part 10: Valve Removal

Oh joy, to have the right tool for the job.  Can’t say enough about that.  I’m going to need them for this Honda CL 360» Read more..