Project 1970 Honda CB350 — Part III

The frame’s ready and the broken engine mount is fixed, but there’s still a lot to be done on our 1970 Honda CB350.

| January/February 2016

  • Our project Honda CB350's finished frame.
    Photo by Richard Backus
  • Welding magician Bruce Silkey fixes our Honda.
    Photo by Richard Backus
  • The cleaned break.
    Photo by Richard Backus
  • Starting the weld.
    Photo by Richard Backus
  • Filing to shape.
    Photo by Richard Backus
  • Nothing like a before (shown) and after photo to appreciate where you started.
    Photo by Richard Backus
  • Nothing like a before and after (shown) photo to appreciate where you started. The finished frame looks better than new.
    Photo by Richard Backus
  • Cutting spokes to separate the rear hub and rim.
    Photo by Richard Backus
  • The rims clean up nicely.
    Photo by Richard Backus

The is the third in a series on our 1970 Honda CB350 build project. Read Part I and Part II for earlier stages of the project, and Part IV, Part V, Part VI, Part VII and Part VIII for the later installments. You can also watch video of our Honda running for the first time.

We’ve been pretty satisfied with the rate of progress on our project 1970 Honda CB350. It hasn’t been too hard squeezing the tear-down work in between our “real” work, and things were going really well until — you knew this was coming — we got hit by the unexpected: And it wasn’t a problem with the bike.

The unexpected problem had nothing to do with our CB350, although, somewhat ironically, it did involve a Honda; just not this one. A few weeks after shipping the last issue, I was kickstarting my 1966 Honda CA95 when the kickstarter stopped, but my leg kept going. The resulting torn Achilles’ tendon, followed by surgery, took me out of commission for a few weeks. I’m starting to get back up to speed, but the injury had a big impact on our progress. Tech Q & A man Keith Fellenstein, editor Landon Hall and myself have been knocking this out in our free time: Knock any one of us out and things slow down.

But it’s not all bad news, because we have managed to take care of a few important bits, some of them even with yours truly on crutches.

What’s happened

The most visible progress is the frame, which we carted off to Stuart Armstrong at Custom Coatings & Metal for media blasting and powder coating. As we’ve come to expect from Stuart, the frame, swingarm and various other metal bits we gave him came back looking so good, it’s hard to believe they’re the same parts we dropped off.

1/21/2016 9:02:49 AM

Sorry to hear about your injury Richard. Hope you're healing up well and won't require only electric starts in the future. However, it's impossible not to think about what can happen each time we use one. In the mean time take it easy! PS - each time we hear about new dirt bikes with electric starters I laugh. Maybe it's not so funny, but not being able to kick start a MC would be like eating a hot dog without mustard.

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