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Project..."Antique"

I brought the Hondamatic back from the Farm at Thanksgiving.

Wlth birdman's labor...and M supplying the Coronas...we made a home for it in the garage...

So...Here it is...a 1978 CB 750A...
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Antique? It's only a year older than my Suzuki. It looks like it's in great shape. I can't believe it only came with a single disc up front. Are you going to put two up there? If not, you probably want a fork brace and braided steel hoses even if you go with duals. Does the transmission work? After you replace the fork seals, you may want to see if Progressive Suspension has new springs. I used Works Performance for my rear shocks and they are great, but expensive.
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Antique? It's only a year older than my Suzuki. It looks like it's in great shape. I can't believe it only came with a single disc up front. Are you going to put two up there? If not, you probably want a fork brace and braided steel hoses even if you go with duals. Does the transmission work? After you replace the fork seals, you may want to see if Progressive Suspension has new springs. I used Works Performance for my rear shocks and they are great, but expensive.
It has a fork brace...I removed the front fender, et al to see if the chrome would come back or need replating...I have another transmission so between the two, It will run...

It's the parking brake assembly that has been impossible to find
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I wish I had cash for something like that. I think it'd be a old Kawi triple.
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'78 is not an antique. Anything through the '50s is classic. A nineteen-teens Harley might be an antique tho.

If you go by the state laws here, my '94 truck is almost a classic...I don't think so!
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Bee has learned to travel back in time. When he left Fla, that Honda was a 2003

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Bee has learned to travel back in time. When he left Fla, that Honda was a 2003

And yellow...
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And some other things: Mine came with points and condensors. I switched to Dyna III electronic ignition and Dyna coils. If I had to do it again, I would get the Dyna S ignition which sits under the cover. Also a K&N filter, K&N superbike handlebar, Ferodo pads, and Russell brake lines. I use Metzeler Laser front and Metronic rear, both bias-ply and tube-type. It still runs great.
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And some other things: Mine came with points and condensors. I switched to Dyna III electronic ignition and Dyna coils. If I had to do it again, I would get the Dyna S ignition which sits under the cover. Also a K&N filter, K&N superbike handlebar, Ferodo pads, and Russell brake lines. I use Metzeler Laser front and Metronic rear, both bias-ply and tube-type. It still runs great.

I am definitely gonna do EI if I can...Don't want to be on the side of the road some night trying to gap points with a matchbook cover...
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Amazing transformation.



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How many gears in the tranny?




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I am definitely gonna do EI if I can...Don't want to be on the side of the road some night trying to gap points with a matchbook cover...
But the nice thing about points was that you COULD fix 'em when they went awry.....when an EI module goes bad; tough noogies, you walk.

I'm a bit of a backslider, I know, but I prefer those things I can fix myself to those that need a graduate degree in electrical engineering and a laptop just to troubleshoot, and if you don't have a new module, you can't fix it anyway.


......but then, I still have a set of Whitworth tools, JUST IN CASE!
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How many gears in the tranny?
2 speed with a low-stall torque converter.
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But the nice thing about points was that you COULD fix 'em when they went awry.....when an EI module goes bad; tough noogies, you walk.

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As much as I like Dyna products, several years ago, the module did go out leaving me with just two cylinders. Luckily, I wasn't far from home. But I've had the Dyna system on there for about 23 years, and I still prefer it over the stock points and condensor. As the points wore, the ignition timing would change. And they would wear quickly, but not evenly. So two cylinders would be off the correct timing by two degrees, and the other two may be off by six degrees.

Back then, a tune up included checking the gap on the points with a feeler gauge. But after a tank of gas, one side of the points would build up a little ridge of material from the arcing, which the condensor was supposed to prevent. I think it just slowed it down a bit. So you would have to re-gap the points which changed the timing. Then you had to drag out the timing light and retime both points.

And I carried extra points and condensors, and they weren't cheap. Plus, those Dyna coils are a zillion times better than the stock coils. I'm not sold on FI yet, but EI is a Godsend.
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sweet bike looks like a fun project.
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