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Friday, March 06, 2009


Just a couple more pix of the engine in situ with that gorgeous tank in place.


IanPike said...


The bike is looking great! Now I have found this blog I am going to keep an eye on it and probably keep firing questions at you. I have just start a 'restore/rebuild' on a 1982 250 myself. The wife says its my mid life crisis!!!!

What have you had done to the forks?

In one of your earlier entires you talk about sending items for re chroming, where did you have that done? as it looks like an excelent job has been done.

Keep the pictures coming its a great job.

All the best.


MadDogMcQ said...

Thanks for your kind comments Ian. I was going to polish the forks but changed my mind cos they never look good and would constantly need polishing. I decided instead to smooth them down with superfine Wet & Dry (applied wet) and then applied ETCH PRIMER before finally applying a few coats of silver paint.

It's not the best job in the world, but it looks a damn sight better than it would otherwise have looked.

As for the chroming, no matter where you live, there will be a chromer near you. Look in your local Yellow Pages under Metal Finishers or something like that. They're normally little "back street" places and they almost always do polishing too.

Send me some pix when you start work and feel free to ask any questions, anytime.


The Old Nail said...

Fantastic job on the engine Tom, looks like new. Do you at any point blast the crap off with a pressure washer before painting?

MadDogMcQ said...

Hi Pete,
No, I didn't pressure-wash it for fear of getting water where I didn't want it. I started by using a few thin-profile wire brushes that I found in Halfrauds to get most of the crap off, then I applied a few layers of a "Gunk" type liquid using stiff bristle brushes. I got the degreaser from a Motor Factor on Lever Street in Bolton (well worth visiting).

Then I blocked up all the holes as best I could and carefully hosed it all down to get rid of the degreaser fluid. NOTE: This degreaser causes latex gloves to disintegrate (or any other latex clothing you may be wearing) LOL.

When the engine was completely dry and free from grease and muck, I began the multi-layer application of the Sperex Engine Enamel. I suspect it's not going to be very resilient out on the road, but what is?

Anonymous said...

Bike looks really good just bought a 250 superdream to do myself it's my first one so this is really helpful can I ask where you get new nuts botls etc as not sure where to begin looking

MadDogMcQ said...

My God, I've just realised that I've not touched the bike since the beginning of March!!! Lazy me!

I can't figure out what's wrong with me. Normally, I go hell for leather with these projects until they're done, but I just can't seem to find the motivation these days - too many other things to do I guess! LOL

As far as the bolts go Anonymous(!) I simply take the old ones to a place here in Bolton called Brabbin & Rudd and they find me a match there and then (usually). If there's anything that's a bit oddball, I'd simply have it rechromed or zinced as appropriate.

Bike Details

Honda CB250N Superdream
Reg No : ORH746W (ORH 746 W)
Reg Date : 1980
Orig Colour : Blue
New Colour : Black
Current Owner : Tom McQuiggan
Current Location : Horwich, Bolton, UK.