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CWN
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Re: Restoration started

Post by CWN » Sun Sep 01, 2019 1:40 am



You have Calafia bags and trunk on your 78 and if you are going to use them, best to rig some lid retainer straps so you don't lose a lid with the latch system being rather flimsy. Check all your wires in the battery compartment for corrosion per the 1980 tech tip I've included. My buddy and I both owed grandeur blue 78 models back in the day :<)

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-Calafia-V ... 3324660300

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vtg-Calafia-Wh ... SwsV1dABSr
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Re: Restoration started

Post by Old Fogey » Sun Sep 01, 2019 3:35 am

The problem with the wheels is that they are not clear coated, they are anodised. That is a chemical process that actually converts the top layer of the alloy into a hard protective coating, clear in this case but can be done many different colours (gold on the CX500 Turbo for instance). That is why they take so much effort to make good.
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Re: Restoration started

Post by Wirelic » Sun Sep 01, 2019 8:52 am

CWN,

Thanks for identifying my bags and the tech tip. Unfortunately, the tip is all a blur. Is there any way to can send it so tha it’s not blurry?
I appreciate the pic of your 78, that a great shot! Thank you.

To Old Fogey,

Yes, it takes a lot of work to get the wheels to shine, but they sine now like new chrome polished mirrors. Thanks for your info.

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Re: Restoration started

Post by CWN » Sun Sep 01, 2019 9:29 am

Click on it to enlarge.

I test rode a Cavalcade back in 86 prior to purchasing my 85 LTD and enjoyed the ride very much.
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Re: Restoration started

Post by Wirelic » Sun Sep 01, 2019 6:17 pm

CWN,

Again, thanks for your great photos! I really enjoy seeing the old bike gatherings.
Yes, the Cavalcade is a very comfortable ride. A few years ago I was on the road 9 days on a trip from Green Bay, WI.,to Maine. I got home on Saturday night about midnight. The next Tuesday (3 days forward) I left for Sturgis. I think I put on about 8000 miles between those 2 trips. All very comfortable riding.
Coming home from Maine, I was riding with my brother who has a 1986 Wing. We left Rutland, Vermont about 8am and we didn’t stop until reaching almost to Toledo, OH. Pulled into a motel at 1:00 am after covering around 720 miles. And for no reason, he was just in a hurry to get home!

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Re: Restoration started

Post by Wirelic » Sun Sep 15, 2019 5:35 am

Hi Guys,

Well, wouldn’t you know it, just as I was getting a good start on rebuilding my Wing, a customer brings me a 1983 Honda CB1000 basket case that he wants rebuilt. He delivered a rolling chassis and 7 boxes and plastic totes of parts. And the engine block with most parts removed, although the cylinder head is on. The tranny is completely apart.

Here’s what he says happened: 2 years ago he thought he heard cam chain noise from a loose cam chain. He went to adjust the chain and found the adjuster nut on the can chain tensioner stripped, so wanted to helicoil it, but it is directly behind a frame member. The only way to do it was to remove the engine. So, he brought it to a mechanic. This guy pulled the engine and, for some reason that my customer wasn’t aware of, pulled the valve covers and was messing with the cams. At some point, the mechanic dropped something into the bowels of the engine. He dropped the lower part of the engine to retrieve what he dropped in and found a bunch of ball bearings rolling around in the bottom. Seems a bearing in the transmission had failed, not a loose cam chain. So he took apart the transmission. This is the 5 speed tranny with a high and low range giving it 10 speeds.
At that point, which was 2 years ago, the mechanic suffered a heart attack and had had additional serious health issues, so the bike has sat for these 2 years gathering dust and dirt. And, as I discovered yesterday, nothing, not a thing, is labeled, marked or bagged or boxed in such a way as to identify anything. And everything is covered with dirt, grit, cottonwood fluff and whatever else gets on open bike parts sitting for 2 years in the corner of a garage.

One good thing is my customer told me he’s in no rush, that it’s a good winter project for me. So, this has derailed my Wing project mostly for now, but I’m sure I’ll work some on that, squeezing it in just for a change. And I’m thankful for a good income producing project for now. I’ll post a few pics of how the bike came in yesterday and some as the project moves forward.
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Re: Restoration started

Post by DenverWinger » Sun Sep 15, 2019 7:03 am

That looks like an interesting "Jigsaw Puzzle" type project, Might start another thread for it under "Other Bikes", and keep this thread for the 'Wing. We will be interested in following progress on both.
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Re: Restoration started

Post by AZgl1800 » Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:08 pm

DenverWinger wrote:
Sun Sep 15, 2019 7:03 am
That looks like an interesting "Jigsaw Puzzle" type project, Might start another thread for it under "Other Bikes", and keep this thread for the 'Wing. We will be interested in following progress on both.
I think that would be neat to start a different thread and let us follow through with that bike.

that, to me, is way beyond what I would consider trying to fix.
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Re: Restoration started

Post by ScuubZ » Sun Sep 15, 2019 5:03 pm

DenverWinger wrote:
Sun Sep 15, 2019 7:03 am
That looks like an interesting "Jigsaw Puzzle" type project, Might start another thread for it under "Other Bikes", and keep this thread for the 'Wing. We will be interested in following progress on both.
That would be fun to keep up on, definitely start a thread on it IMO. I'd read the hell outta that!



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