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sanyarcosean
sanyarcosean Reader
3/18/20 12:25 p.m.

I watched an early 70's Amen Savior CB 750 rolling chassis on FB marketplace for about a month.  The price would go up, it would go down.. The ad would be there, then it would disappear...  then come back.  I made contact early on, bur never had the cash together to make the deal. Then one day I heard from the seller.  He had become tired of dealing with no shows and story tellers.  In short, he just wanted it gone and was going to scrap it If I didn't want it.  $60 later, I rolled this into my shop.

Along with a picture of it in a more complete state..

 

So the search started for a decent CB750 parts bike.  Until I found one, I focused on the frame.  Someone had hardtailed it in the past.  That wont do.  

 Now that's better...

 

I Also started collecting parts for the rear plunger suspension.  I would need Everything on the list except "B" and "K"

With a couple of lucky breaks, a few eBay auctions and some international goodwill I've got most everything collected.

Then I found that great deal on the parts bike. A 1978 CB750K that had sat for about 10 years.  Its in decent shape and supposedly ran in the past ( with electrical issues ) . A new battery and a couple squirts of brake cleaner down the carbs and it started 1st kick...

Time to clean up and paint the frame.  I picked Brushed Bronze Metallic for a color.

Trial fitting the new tank

And a little mock up to check clearance and the look..

That's all for now, hopefully this build will go pretty quickly.  I have a charity ride in June that I really want to take her to.

Shadeux
Shadeux GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
3/18/20 1:16 p.m.

Most excellent!

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
3/18/20 2:13 p.m.

I am not a motorcycle guy, but that is coooool.

Why change the tank? Rust or style?

914Driver
914Driver GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
3/18/20 2:20 p.m.

Nice find!  Are those frames set up specifically for Honda 750s?  All the images I can find only show the K.

sanyarcosean
sanyarcosean Reader
3/18/20 7:29 p.m.

In reply to Shadeux :

Thank you!

sanyarcosean
sanyarcosean Reader
3/18/20 7:31 p.m.

In reply to Keith Tanner :

I love the original tank, but it's very rusted inside.  I may try to clean it and use it on another bike at some point.  

sanyarcosean
sanyarcosean Reader
3/18/20 7:32 p.m.

In reply to 914Driver :

They made them for a bunch of different donors.  Mine was for a CB750.

sanyarcosean
sanyarcosean Reader
3/21/20 9:21 p.m.

Got the motor out of the parts bike today!  Now to clean it up a bit...

Getting closer by the day!

sanyarcosean
sanyarcosean Reader
3/22/20 3:35 p.m.

And....  The motor is in!

sanyarcosean
sanyarcosean Reader
3/28/20 3:44 p.m.

70's bike deserves 70's paint..  Lets try some lace work...

I suck at the waiting....  Hope to have the tank in its color coat tomorrow.

sanyarcosean
sanyarcosean Reader
3/30/20 8:00 a.m.

So here is a shot of the tank before I painted the color on it..  

I was super stoked!  But...  Sometimes things don't go as planned.  About a half hour after I did the color coat the paint lifted and bubbled.  So, back to square one.  Oh well, it's always easier the second time.

Pete Gossett
Pete Gossett GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
3/30/20 9:16 a.m.

In reply to sanyarcosean :

I saw a pair of Amen springer forks on Marketplace this weekend. I thought it was weird as I'd never heard of them before this thread. 

sanyarcosean
sanyarcosean Reader
3/30/20 9:22 a.m.
Pete Gossett said:

In reply to sanyarcosean :

I saw a pair of Amen springer forks on Marketplace this weekend. I thought it was weird as I'd never heard of them before this thread. 

But Facebook doesn't spy on us...  Lol

sanyarcosean
sanyarcosean Reader
4/6/20 12:41 p.m.

Paint round 2 happened over the weekend with much better results!  My inspiration for the design  was my  great grandmother Goldie.  I found some old doilies she had made and decided to use them as part of the lace job.  

Base coat re-applied and some graphics applied

Lets Spray some gold!

Lets take a look.  My great grandmother made the center of the cross..  Looking pretty good.

Test Shot with my $2.00 Walmart lace remnant.  Oil brushed Bronze sprayed over gold through the lace.  Then shot with gold glitter paint and clear.  Sparkly...

Lets see how it looks on the tank!

More clear and lets put it on the bike!

Also started mocking up the exhaust and an electrical box

This should sound pretty!

Please excuse the E36 M3ty welds,I have not stuck metal togeher in a long time and this stuff is thin.  Easy to form with no tools, but a bear to weld.

 

GhiaMonster
GhiaMonster Reader
4/6/20 12:44 p.m.

Man, that makes me want to paint some lace on something. What was the issue the first time with paint bubbling?

sanyarcosean
sanyarcosean Reader
4/6/20 1:24 p.m.
GhiaMonster said:

Man, that makes me want to paint some lace on something. What was the issue the first time with paint bubbling?

Pretty sure it was me...  I had never used the top coat i used on it and it reacted to my base coat.  i never did determine what "kind" of paint it was.  I was using Lil Daddy Roth spray for it.  Ill do it again, but on a test piece first.

sanyarcosean
sanyarcosean Reader
4/14/20 6:52 a.m.

Mounted some new tires, and started looking at the rear fender fit up.  Looks more and more like a bike every day!

wheelsmithy (Joe-with-an-L)
wheelsmithy (Joe-with-an-L) GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
4/14/20 7:04 a.m.

Very Cool!

 

sanyarcosean
sanyarcosean Reader
4/14/20 9:56 p.m.

More better picture...  :)

sanyarcosean
sanyarcosean Reader
4/18/20 6:17 p.m.

A little more progress today.  Mocked up the sissy bar, front fender and headlight.  Also added a gas cap and new handle bars.  Also tried on the tail light I bought.  I love it, but I think it's a bit too big. So back to the drawing board there   Looks more and more like a bike every day!

sanyarcosean
sanyarcosean Reader
4/19/20 10:02 p.m.

Huge Thank you to Andy Nelson for taking some time out to machine my upper spring seats to accommodate heavier springs.  With those parts in hand I was able to put the plunger rear suspension on the bike for the first time.  I also made a new tail light out of a '64 Grand Prix turn signal.  Rolled her out of the shop for the first time today as well.  It was a good day in the shop!

AngryCorvair
AngryCorvair GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/20/20 7:56 a.m.

love the taillight!

914Driver
914Driver GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/20/20 8:48 a.m.

Wow!    I did about five 180s following the tank paint!  Nice job. 

(can you tell I'm not a painter?)

sanyarcosean
sanyarcosean Reader
4/24/20 9:49 p.m.

Had a little bit of shop time today...  Got to put in the headlight, and cut the front fender.  I hope to have it painted this weekend.

sanyarcosean
sanyarcosean Reader
4/26/20 2:18 p.m.

Front fender is almost done..

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