COMMENTS: This classic Honda arrived in complete condition but needing a thorough restoration to bring it back to its former glory. The bike was owned by dad and then his son, our customer, who enjoyed it while stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas during the 80s. After being stored for many years, it was brought to us in need of the usual "stored" bike mechanical work; rebuild the carburetors, engine rebuild with new piston rings, gaskets & seals, valve adjustment, flush & bleed brake system & repair calipers, replace steering head bearings, replace the cracked inner rear fender, new oil hoses & fuel line, new tires, new AGM sealed battery, new drive chain, and upgrade from points to a Dyna S electronic ignition, upgrade to Halogen headlight bulb & fuse box conversion, plus all new fluids. Striping the bike to the frame allowed us to find & repair cracks in the frame. Once the mechanical work was complete, the cosmetic work began; paint the frame & body parts to the original "Brier Brown Metallic", all new decals, polish engine covers, fork leg lowers & wheels rims, paint the engine, have certain parts re-chromed or replaced, such as the headlight ears, repair a dent in the gasoline tank, repair a crack in the side cover, replace the gauge faces with new decals, replace the seat cover, new engine bolts, and the most beautiful addition - a new, complete 4 into 4 Honda exhaust system imported from the UK. This restoration required over 7 months and almost 80 hours of labor.
The bike was brought to us by the owner from Texas, but was shipped back via HaulBikes.com.
The return to Texas took a little over 4 weeks.
Click HERE for two 1 to 2-minute videos of this bike + a 3-minute movie scene that used a similar bike.
Email rec'd from Scott F. on Sept 6, 2011: Ursulina and Randy, I haven’t corresponded with you for a long time and hope that you are all well (after earthquakes, hurricanes, tropical storms, etc.). The restoration updates are really cool and very informative. My bike is running extremely well and I can’t tell you how pleased I am with the work you did. I get compliments every time I take it out and have been invited to bring it to several events around here. One is a group of guys who meet every Friday at a burger joint near here and they all have restored older cars, everything from 54 vettes to hot rods, classic European sports cars, restored 50s sedans – Caddies, Studebakers, you name it, etc.
3.3 minute video clip from the Charles Bronson movie "The Stone Killer." The bike in the chase scene is a 1971 Honda CB750, brown.
2.5 minute video of this Honda started & running on camera. Created December 4, 2009
1-minute video of this Honda completely assembled & running. Created December 9, 2009
Here you can see the formerly unseen rust damage to the headlight ears/headlight holders.
Note the crack on the side cover. The repair shown below.
Parts that returned from
the chrome shop.
Why we always strip old paint down the bare metal - Here's what you can find. Repairing the dent.