1971 Honda SL70 K0 #8

VIN# SL70-1029956

Acapulco Blue

Scroll down and you're going to be able to follow along with the restoration of this bike.  I'm straying from the pen here just a bit as I'm going to build myself a 'rider' SL70 and paint it in the colors of my 1969 Mustang Convertible.  This turned out to be a really impressive little SL70 and I even added a few things to the engine to make it really scream.  It looks and sounds stock until you really rip into it and then you can tell it is a cut above most SL70's. 

If you are interested in this bike, but want it one of the stock SL70 colors, I can accommodate that.

08/01/2004 - Took the bike down to the frame and all its' pieces and parts.  Disassembled the forks, removed tires and cut the old spokes from the wheels and hubs.  The rims are in great shape and now there is probably at least a full day of polishing hubs, fork tubes, and all the bolts/nuts/washers.   

I'm going to try to take a lot of pictures of this one as it goes back together.  Remember that I am making this into a 'rider'.

Update:  August 27, 2004:  The bike is finished.  I took pictures all along the way.  If you look at the pictures that follow you will see the progression.  I know there are a lot of pictures, but maybe they will be helpful to some people.  The bike turned out really nice and I'm having trouble getting pictures that really show the quality of the paint job, but will keep trying as the lighting changes.  I added an aftermarket muffler to this bike and as well there are a few surprises inside the engine.

 

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Original owner with bike - Always had a beer!
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Down to the frame
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Engine before cleaning.  This was a good running, driving bike
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Engine before cleaning.  No rebuild necessary
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Engine before cleaning
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Engine after cleaning/painting - Sorry other pictures didn't turn out
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Frame after one coat of paint
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Engine goes in first.  Careful of the new paint!
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Next comes the swingarm and rear shocks
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Now the coil and carburetor assembly
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Steering head - Watch out, those bearings are slippery
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Best to put the handlebar stand on now as they are easier to tighten
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Wiring harness in place and strapped on
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Exhaust pipe sanded and ahot with high heat paint
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Front wheel after polishing the hub and new spokes, tube, rim strip and tire
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Rear wheel after polishing the hub and new spokes, tube, rim strip and tire
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The rest of the parts after polishing.  This represents about 8 hours of buffing
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New Shoes!   Did you know that the brake cam is indexed and only goes on one way?
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Rear wheel assembly with brake hub installed
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Rear wheel assembly with sprocket installed.  Bling, Bling with the chrome sprocket
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Forks installed with headlight ears ready - Still on the work bench
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Air  cleaner assembly installed with new filter and gaskets
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Note to self:  K1 fender brackets are different than K0!!!!!
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The first of the Acapulco Blue parts to be installed!
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Nice Color!
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Headlight bucket - Don't forget the plug for the "Useless Hole"
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These taillight wires have to go somewhere
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Yes, they do go through the metal fixture
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It's easier to put the headlight bucket on after the front fender
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Rear fender installed
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Handlebars installed with throttle assembly - Can you find the mistake?
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Rear wheel assembly bolted in, but not tightened
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Battery box installed.  It's easier to put the rectifier on the box first
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New chain shortened to fit and then the chain guard....untightened
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Left side engine cover is next, then you can tighten the chain guard
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Shift lever......
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Kick start lever.....
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Had to throw the side cover on to see how it looks
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Front wheel assembly
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Rear brake lever.......the spring can be a bit tricky
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Rear brake rod.  Put it through the arm first, then up into the brake lever
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Kick stand installed, and stopped for the evening
 
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Taillight lens cleaned and buttoned up
 
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Clutch cable installed at the pivot point
 
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Wiring, clutch and throttle cable routed through strap
 
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Front brake cable attached
 
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Front brake and clutch cables attached with new levers
 
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All the cables routed through the speedometer bracket, don't forget the sleeves!
 
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Speedometer set in place
 
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Pretty darn nice K1 speedometer
 
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Another view of the speedometer from the front
 
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Speedometer cable attached at front wheel
 
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Speedometer cable attached at speedometer
 
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Someone out there will appreciate this picture
 
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Grips installed
 
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Rear tank mount in place
 
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Front tank mounts in place with just a dab of silicone sealer
 
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Now the bike comes down off the stand
 
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Exhaust pipe goes on next.  Putting the rear bolt in finger tight first is easier
 
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NOS Exhaust guard.  One of many NOS parts on this bike
 
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Guard installed
 
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NOS Diffuser and bolt.  Had to pound this thing in to get the bolt to line up.
 
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Painter still has the tank and LH side cover.   More soon!
 
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Brought the bike back out and added 110cc of fork oil to each side.
 
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Exactly 23.68 oz of oil....  .7 Litre
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Ok, Ok.....24 ounces
 
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Taillight works!
 
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Both brake lights work!
 
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High and low beam.   This means the engine is running!
 
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I kept forgetting to put the little rubber piece on the shifter lever, so here it is!
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This is where the bike is until I get the gas tank and side cover from the painter
 
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Tank is back and it looks incredibly good.  Tape is holding badges on to dry.
 
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Peeling the tape away to find the original Honda badges
 
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Acapulco Blue!
 
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The left side cover goes on 
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Two NOS fuel line clamps.  These are tough to get on the hose!
 
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No self respecting photographer would put this picture up, but I like the reflection! 
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Now all I need is a seat.....wonder where I can find one? 
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There's probably one in the 'seat box'
 
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Finished product.......well, they are never finished
 
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Bad lighting on these following pictures, but I had to get some snaps.
 
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I have a '72 parts bike with horn and switch that I will clean up and add to this one
 
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....gotta love those badges! 
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...The way this one turned out makes me want to do more non-original colors!. 

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