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Hi fellers, thought it was about time I started a build thread here.



I've been converting an 81 standard [shadow here] to a US deluxe model. Why? Because we either didn't get the deluxe here or if we did they're very rare. My wife and I both like this model and this one is for my wife.



The red bike in this pic is what I started with.








The bike was stripped down and the frame and associated components stripped to bare metal, etch primed, red oxide primed and sprayed with epoxy enamel.



Here's the carnage shot.






Frame work.



Stripped.



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Etch primed.





Red oxide primed.






And painted.



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And this is what I have as of last weekend. The electrical plate has been rebuilt, though I haven't fitted the solenoid cover yet. The RR has been tested.

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It has been fitted with new tapered roller headset bearings. The forks have been rebuilt with new seals, wipers, caps and 'O' rings and fitted with 1/2 inch of preload spacers and 15W fork oil. They've also been polished. The handlebars are the correct type, supplied by VC3. Thankyou Victor.

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The airbox is the best one I had here and cleaned up quite nicely. The swingarm receivers have been reinstalled, the swingarm and rear shocks should go back on this weekend.










Triple, barclamp and fuse cover were polished.



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Am currently cleaning up 2 front wheels so I can select the best one for this bike.



More later.
 

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Impressing work there, Phreak,



I wish I had that kind of persistance and determination! I take small shortcuts too often which shows in the end result.



That´ll be a very nice bike, no doubt!



Are you going all the way? I´m thinking of paint and front wheel / brake? Single disc?



My previous Deluxe now has a very determined owner, who just recently fitted dual twin pot calipers (and rotors) and -81 fork legs.



Looks quite sexy:







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Hi Sture,

I like that deluxe, some nice mods on it and that's what I like about the cx/gl range in general, so many parts and styles can be interchanged so that you can make the bike to suit yourself. I've never been one to keep something totally original to the last nut and bolt, If it works for me that's all that matters.
 

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Hello CXPHREAK




Just two questions:

1. Which bike is hidden unter the tissue (RZ 962) in the background ?



2. Where did You buy this red color/laquer (in the allen screw) ?









Very nice bike !



Gruesse

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Thanks Sture, I'm giving this one my best, both in effort and the parts on hand. It will retain the twin disc front end that it started with. I like to be able to stop if I have to. I'm not going for dead nuts original, more a tidy, lightly owner modified bike. It will be twin disc, single pot caliper. I don't like the standard headlight nacelle and this seems a good way to lose it.



I would like to replicate the deluxe paintwork, but some compromise will be necessary as my wife will have input here. I will try to gently steer her in the right direction.




The deluxe in your pic is very nice.



Wolfgang, the bike you are referring to is a 72 CB450 K5. It's ratty but runs. It is still as I bought it a couple of years back. Aside from the CXs I have 3 of these. One near completed but sidelined when the CX bug bit and another I've had for 30 years and is now awaiting resto. He has less than 5000 miles on him.



Also, as you well know, that is rust in that handlebar bolt.
Some of the hardware is just keeping the spot while the stuff that will actually be used is prepared. I actually couldn't find my stash of handlebar bolts in the shed when I put the front end on. That's because they were inside here where I was cleaning them up.
The lower yoke bolts are temporary too. I can't afford bright zinc plate and the like so they're sprayed with bright zinc galv touch up, which is a fairly close match to original.
 

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Look!

that tarts even highlighted the figures on the switch in red!



that made me think about going out and cleaning mine, but luckily it

was a passing madness.

I cleaned it in errrrrr





ummmmmmmm





uhhhhhhh



lemme see now



uhhhhhh



just gimme a minute





ummmmmm..........
 

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My daily rider custom has a lot of polished alloy, but our climate is kinder to this sort of stuff than yours, even in winter. A half hour every couple of months keeps it shiny in fair weather. A bit more frequently in winter. It's on the road most days as it's my only transport.






And this is the near completed CB450 K5. The one awaiting resto is a K4.



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Ohhh

I see




You put on the tail of the one dog the polishing paste and make him jump around the bike.



Then You take the other dog to get a good finish polish.

The dogs are not losing many hairs ?



Elbow grease hahhahaha tail grease
 

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Hi fellers, since I mentioned this bike in another post last night I thought I'd update this thread to the point that I am currently at with this bikes thread on the Oz forum. I'll be updating both threads fairly soon as I've got a few more bits prepared ready to be fitted when I get the chance, namely instruments and a refurbished 16" comstar.

OK, you've seen this area before, but with a minor change of direction in deciding to run the headlight and horns through the relay here is a shot with the extra 30 amp feed and fuse added along with the loom.

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New headlight with ratsnest of wiring still to be sorted. Deluxe emblem support added with wiring correctly routed. Fuse wiring needed to be extended and this was done by joining two units to keep the number of splices down. These were staggered to avoid the big bulge. All soldered with two layers of heat shrink.


Fenderliner added. This is the best one I've got here. This bike is getting all the best bits. Also the coolant bottle.

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And the switchgear.

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More soonish. I'll also be starting a thread on my thingy :D fairly soon. ozd60.PNG
 

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Very nice craftsmanship....!

Where did you find such a nice front guard? It looks new....so does that overflow bottle. The switchgear looks great....nice effect.

Victor
 
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