Building some bunk beds

07.13.2009 | 10:10 am | 1981 CB650, Bathroom Renovation, General, Goldwing, Led Zeppelin, Project bike

Our two grandsons are coming to stay with us for a while, so we thought we should get some bunk beds for them. After shopping around, we decided it would be easier and cheaper to make some. We found some plans online at:

Bunkbeds Unlimited

This is a bunk bed with a pull out trundle bed underneath.  Bunk Beds Unlimited offered a hardware package for sale, and it was cheaper and more convenient to just buy the hardware pack, so we ordered it along with the plans. That done, it was off to Home Depot for the lumber.

We needed about a dozen 2×6’s, some 2×2’s, and a few 2×4’s, so we picked through the pile, trying to find the straightest ones that were in the best shape. We took them home and got to work cutting them to size.

Once we got the basic frame pieces cut, I fired up the router and used a 1/2 inch rounding bit to round off the edges. The end pieces and a couple of the rails are done and ready to be stained.




We need to make another Home Depot run to buy the stain so we can match it to the dresser in the kid’s bedroom.

More to follow…

Given up for adoption

08.26.2007 | 6:25 am | 1981 CB650, CB650 Custom, Project bike

The CB650 has been sold and has gone to its new owner. He is a guy that likes to work on old cars and bikes for a hobby. Maybe he will have more luck than I did. I am still curious what the problem was, so he promised me he would let me know if he got it running.

Now I have more room in the garage for the new Goldwing.

I Surrender!

08.15.2007 | 5:26 pm | 1981 CB650, CB650 Custom, Project bike

After much thought and consideration, I am going to throw in the towel, and sell off the parts on eBay. As much as I would like to have gotten this bike to run, I just can’t justify spending several hundred more dollars taking it to a mechanic. I have already invested more than I originally anticipated, and am losing money on it.  I have spent dozens of hours trying to get fuel to the engine, but still, all I have is a big door stop.

So, my next adventure will be taking it all apart, posting the parts on eBay and selling off whatever I can get money for. I will document the process and post pictures and descriptions as I go along.

It will be an experience trying to properly price all the parts. I will need to do some research before I post them for sale. 

I intend to watch for a good used Gold Wing, but I will NOT buy one that does not run. I learned my lesson on this one.

Still no fuel in the engine

08.4.2007 | 2:24 pm | 1981 CB650, CB650 Custom, Project bike

I have fiddled and researched, and I still can’t get it to start. Fuel makes it to the float bowls, but no further.  I thought maybe there was some kind of vacuum issue, or lack of it, but all the hoses appear to be connected and I don’t see any place where it could be leaking. There is a black cover that screws down on top of the brown fiber gasket. The needle for the main jet goes into the hole in the bottom of the carb, in the middle of the venturi.


This is the sleeve that slides down into the carb, the needle is attached to this.


The cover has a spring inside that pushes against the sleeve to keep it from bouncing around and letting too much gas into the engine.


I guess I will have to bundle the whole mess up and take it to the repair shop, because I don’t see anything wrong.

Nasty weather

08.2.2007 | 12:55 pm | 1981 CB650, CB650 Custom, Project bike

The weather has just been too wet and humid for me to want to work in the garage, so I have done nothing with the bike other than look at it wistfully on my way to work each morning.

I did find out that my local Honda dealer only works on bikes that are 10 years old or newer, so I can’t take it there to be fixed. I found a place 2 towns over that may be an option. I have to call them and see what they say. I am still not sure if I am going to put more money into it, or just part it out and move on to my next project. 

Carbs back on…but problems

07.21.2007 | 12:30 pm | 1981 CB650, CB650 Custom, General, Project bike

I reinstalled the 4 into 1 exhaust, after finding I was missing the sleeves for the OEM exhaust. I put the carbs back on, and tried to fire it up. Nothing. Not so much as an attempt to fire. The engine turns over just fine, but it still looks like there is no fuel reaching the cylinders. It will still fire if I spray starting fluid into the air intake, so I am  getting spark. I am baffled now. I feel like I was pretty careful about taking the carbs apart and cleaning them up. The gas makes it to the float bowls, but evidently, no farther.




Basically, I am at a crossroads where I have to decide how much more money I want to invest in the bike, if any. I am considering parting it out and selling the parts on eBay.

A little wire brush, a little ScotchBrite…

07.15.2007 | 12:21 pm | 1981 CB650, CB650 Custom, Project bike

The oil filter cover is done and I only have to clean up the front of the engine and I can put the filter assembly back on and fill up the crankcase with oil. Actually, cleaning up the front of the engine is going to be a bigger job than it seems. We shall see…


Back at it after vacation

07.14.2007 | 11:39 am | 1981 CB650, CB650 Custom, Project bike

I was gone for a week, then had a week back at home, so today I did some work work on the 650. I went to the auto parts store and found the canister style oil filter for under $7, and I bought a jug of Castrol GTX 10-40. I also went to Honda and ordered the squish gaskets for the exhaust pipes. Five dollars for a little copper ring, what a racket! While I was in a oil changing mood, I changed the oil and filter on the Shadow too.

I put a coat of paint stripper on the oil filter casing and found that underneath the black paint was a layer of silver paint.  It is cleaning up nicely. Once I get that part done, I will reinstall the oil filter and fill the crankcase with oil so I am ready to go once I get the rest of the parts put back on.



Cleanup in the hot garage

06.24.2007 | 1:58 pm | 1981 CB650, CB650 Custom, Project bike

Temperatures have been in the high 90’s, so it has been a tad bit warm for working on the bike, but I did do a bit more cleanup on it.

I finished cleaning and painting the aftermarket exhaust that was on the bike.


I also found a set of OEM pipes on eBay. They are a little rough, but they will clean up enough to be presentable.


The side cover I ordered arrived, but it was actually a right side cover with a label that said left side. I really only wanted it for the emblem anyway, so it was no big deal.


After a  lot of polishing, I got the left side chain cover cleaned up.


Slowly but surely, it is coming around. As soon as I get the rest of the cylinders cleaned up, I can put the carburetors back on, install the exhaust, and fire it up.

Got the right screws

06.12.2007 | 7:34 pm | 1981 CB650, CB650 Custom, Project bike

I stopped at my local Home Depot, went to the hardware section, pulled out the tray that contained the 5 x 16mm machine screws, grabbed 2 packages of screws and lock washers and was on my way in 10 minutes! $1.92.

I worked on some more cleanup. I have been wire brushing the pipes and it is slow going because I have to keep turning the whole bunch of them over to get at all the rusty spots. I also tried an experiment with some regular automotive rubbing compound and a buffing pad on the electric drill. It actually cleans up the aluminum quite nicely. I just need to figure out what I am going to clear coat it with.


It was hard to get a picture that really shows how much the covers shine now.


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