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 …

The Tarantulas: Builders from the great Northwest…

Since starting this project with the Honda CL360, I have scoured the internet for inspiration and ideas, hoping to find the concepts that will come together to solidify this build.  One of the newer sites I found was The Tarantulas, a  blog by a group of friends, builders and bike enthusiasts, who know how to get a vintage bike looking sweet as well as take a damn fine photograph.  Located in Portland these folks have taken some trips that have produced great pics, that make you want to head out on the open road in search of adventure…

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 360Read More …