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05-07-2015, 9:21 PM
Well I pulled these two out of a field this past week. Got them both for $250, clean titles. 77 XS650 is mine going to be the first bike I hard tail the second is a 71 CB350 that a friend of mine will be building in my shop. I will try to update this is much as I can. The cb is missing the tanks and the carbs were off laying on it's side for years since the cows knocked it over. He is getting a full parts bike with no title to help him out. The xs has everything there but the motor is seized. I work the next 3 nights and it is supposed to rain on my days off. Going to go grab that parts bike and a cheap bike lift I found locally.
This will be a learning experience I can hardly weld and have never built a bike but I figured my automotive experience might help.
this is the bike I will be building.
This is the bike my buddy will be building.

Build plans are as follows
Hugh's PMA
TCbros hardtail
Hand made sissy
frisco tank
21" front wheel with disc brake
2 or 4 over forks
And whatever other shit I can think to do.

05-08-2015, 8:44 AM
I have a rare purple 1973 cb350 tank that is immaculate and a set of carbs jetted for velocity stacks and no baffles.
but would cost you more than the two bikes and lift did..

05-08-2015, 12:13 PM
Ah, man! Both are great platforms! You got em for a steal too!

05-08-2015, 6:37 PM
@loddytoddy what is the info on the tank I can spread the word.
@motoboy Yeah I can hardly believe the amount of shit out there for the xs and cb both!

05-10-2015, 1:14 AM
They don't look too bad for being pulled outta the field. You all must have better fields around there than we do here!

05-11-2015, 10:13 PM
That XS still has air in the tires! you seriously scored congrats

05-12-2015, 9:41 AM
What a nice score! Good luck to both of you on the builds.

05-15-2015, 12:15 AM
Well I have some updates. Have not really torn into the bikes yet. Ended up my shop that has my truck in it did not have room for the lift and bikes to be worked on. So we pulled all the bikes out of the garage, ended up getting a good price on a harbor freight lift so went that route. Don't have any real storage in the garage so we got a contractor friend of our to help us build some beefy shelves. they are not done yet but they are way better than the 2x4 plans I had. My buddy got his parts bike in everything is there little rough but for no title it's going to be a big help. Anyway onto the pictures

05-15-2015, 12:22 AM
Also I talked to a local bike builder that is going to hardtail my bike for me since I am lacking experience and I really don't want it to fall apart on me. Really pumped about that!

05-29-2015, 11:20 AM
Good luck, man! I'll be watching for updates.

05-29-2015, 12:19 PM
Good luck with the builds. You guys live near St.Louis? Saw the Cardinals hat. Where abouts? I'm up in North County STL.

05-30-2015, 5:33 PM
Good luck with the builds. You guys live near St.Louis? Saw the Cardinals hat. Where abouts? I'm up in North County STL.

I live in Springfield (well technically battlefield mo) was going to go to the broadway burn out but couldn't get off work for it. Nice to see there are some local people on here. If you ever get down this way we will have a cold beer or ten with your name on it!

05-30-2015, 5:40 PM
Alright another update. I am not going to bore you with pictures of every step during the tear down.
Got the xs torn down, this Friday I will be starting on the hard tail with a local bike builder and friend Josh. Hope to have it done by Saturday. Not going with the tc brothers kit since him building it will be cheaper.
here is the xs mid tear down and fully torn down.

Also captured my buddy working on his cb. It's nice to have someone else in the shop to help move shit and drink beers with.
His bike is completely disassembled and waiting to go to the powder coat place. I'll have to get some pics.
Also decided to get the slogan up on the wall.

05-30-2015, 5:53 PM

there's the only picture of the cb I have. Also they are OSHA approved goggles.

06-07-2015, 6:03 PM
More updates!
Got the bike over to my good buddy josh's shop Greaser Customs. We got it all cut apart but decided we will finish it next weekend since I did not bring the motor with me and we did not brace the frame. Going to get the motor in it and make sure it is still true and straight then get it finished.


This is how we left it.

this is the tubing we bent, we made them even lengths for the 2 up top and the 2 lowers but I did not get that picture.

josh at work

I think I got the pictures fixed.

He has some pretty cool stuff he builds and I am thankful that he was willing to help me with this whole process since I am a total novice at bike building.

06-15-2015, 11:24 PM
And the hardtail is finished up. Again HUGE thanks to Josh at Greaser Customs. Next will be getting my four over forks on and then get the motor torn apart.