74 CB750 Chopper Rebuild

levi.d
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May 8th, 2018, 7:48 pm #1

Bought and rebuilt an unfinished chopper project over the winter. 1974 CB750. There wasn't a whole lot of work I had to put into it and I'm brand new to building bikes but I rebuilt the top end, repainted the gas tank and rear fender, rebuilt the forks, mounted a rear wheel/fender, and few other minor things . Carbs were rebuilt by Mike Nixon. I'm waiting on a couple petcocks in the mail but I got her fired up last night, she hasn't hit the road yet. I did a lot of reading on these forums and I appreciate all the input and opinions, it helped out a lot.
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May 8th, 2018, 8:56 pm #2

Good work. Congrats!

I, also, just got a '74 cb750 to build. I'm looking forward to it.

Have you painted before, or was this the first time, too?
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May 8th, 2018, 9:16 pm #3

GKon wrote: Good work. Congrats!

I, also, just got a '74 cb750 to build. I'm looking forward to it.

Have you painted before, or was this the first time, too?
Thanks! I'm pretty excited about it.  

I'm looking forward to see the pictures.

Nope, first time painting as well.  Lots of youtube and trial and error. I think I painted and stripped the tank 3 times.
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May 8th, 2018, 9:45 pm #4

looks great from where im standing!
"Too bad all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving cabs and cutting hair."

--George Burns
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May 8th, 2018, 9:52 pm #5

levi.d wrote:
GKon wrote: Good work. Congrats!

I, also, just got a '74 cb750 to build. I'm looking forward to it.

Have you painted before, or was this the first time, too?
Thanks! I'm pretty excited about it.  

I'm looking forward to see the pictures.

Nope, first time painting as well.  Lots of youtube and trial and error. I think I painted and stripped the tank 3 times.
I'll definitely be posting progress pics. I did post a couple of what it looks like now, in the projects forum.

I asked about the painting because I'm thinking I'm going to try and paint mine myself, too. I've never done that before, so any tips would be appreciated.
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May 9th, 2018, 4:10 am #6

Looking good.....
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May 12th, 2018, 6:02 am #7

GKon wrote:
levi.d wrote:
GKon wrote: Good work. Congrats!

I, also, just got a '74 cb750 to build. I'm looking forward to it.

Have you painted before, or was this the first time, too?
Thanks! I'm pretty excited about it.  

I'm looking forward to see the pictures.

Nope, first time painting as well.  Lots of youtube and trial and error. I think I painted and stripped the tank 3 times.
I'll definitely be posting progress pics. I did post a couple of what it looks like now, in the projects forum.

I asked about the painting because I'm thinking I'm going to try and paint mine myself, too. I've never done that before, so any tips would be appreciated.
I'd love to offer advice but I'm not sure mine would be of much help. I'm not too excited about my paint job. It turned out okay but hasn't lasted long. I rattled canned it. I tried to follow extremely detailed steps I found on youtube to include everything but the proper equipment to apply the paint... My finish turned out alright but wear and tear is showing fast, I think it's because of a weak clear coat. I'll probably end up painting everything again soon. This is after the first coat of polishing compound. I have yet to apply any wax.
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May 12th, 2018, 5:37 pm #8

levi.d wrote:
GKon wrote:
levi.d wrote:

Thanks! I'm pretty excited about it.  

I'm looking forward to see the pictures.

Nope, first time painting as well.  Lots of youtube and trial and error. I think I painted and stripped the tank 3 times.
I'll definitely be posting progress pics. I did post a couple of what it looks like now, in the projects forum.

I asked about the painting because I'm thinking I'm going to try and paint mine myself, too. I've never done that before, so any tips would be appreciated.
I'd love to offer advice but I'm not sure mine would be of much help. I'm not too excited about my paint job. It turned out okay but hasn't lasted long. I rattled canned it. I tried to follow extremely detailed steps I found on youtube to include everything but the proper equipment to apply the paint... My finish turned out alright but wear and tear is showing fast, I think it's because of a weak clear coat. I'll probably end up painting everything again soon. This is after the first coat of polishing compound. I have yet to apply any wax.
I dig the fact that you rattle canned it!  I did that on my last one, except for the tank, which I had powder coated.  The frame, and fenders, I hit with self etching primer, and then with a bunch of flat black.  That would rub off in spots where my pant leg or boots would rub it.  The beauty of flat black, though, was that I'd just spray it again and, viola, it was fixed!

I currently plan on painting my new one a similar color blue it already is, but with heavy, metal flake, and then either some antique white accents with paint, or pinstriping.  Not sure which, yet.
For this one, I plan on hitting up Harbor Freight for an inexpensive paint gun, so I can try and do at least a decent job of it.  
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