How do I restore my CB 400 II?

by Agnaldo Silva
(Ouro Fino, Minas Gerais, Brazil)

Hi, my name is Agnaldo, I live in Brazil, more necessarily in the state of Minas Gerais. I have a 1982 Honda CB 400 II and I want to give a new life for that bike. I have a "love story" with my bike, that is my first bike. I really want to turn my CB in a custom chopper! Some days ago, a uncontrolled car (probably a drunk) beat in it. The bike was stopped, parked!!! If anyone can help me turn my CB and give a new life, I will be perpetual grateful! If this space don't be for this, sorry. Sorry too for my babel-english xD!!! Thanks a lot for all.

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Aug 10, 2008
It is not the end but the beginning
by: Anonymous

Agnaldo my Brother,
Get thee to ebay and search every day for a rigid frame (or a rigid frame kit if the front of your bikes stock frame is undamaged).

As long as the engine still runs, you need only to disassemble carefully, placing all bolts and pieces of each assembly into small plastic containers, boxes or coffee cans labelled carefully. If you have digital camera, take lots of pictures of how it looks before and during take apart.

Search for a good manual on-line or buy a good hardcopy manual. Buy an impact driver and a six pack of WD-40 (penetrating oil). These are your best allies for taking apart the old "Rice Burner" Cold cervesa also helps very much :)

It also helps to have a friend who can weld. As for painting, Dupli-Color aerosols are very good if you can get them down there in S.A.

Most of all, don't give up amigo!

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