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Tech Corner

  • The cutaways are finished and on display!

    So after weeks (months) of work the Honda 350 engine cutaways are finally on display in my office.  I kept a record of the time spent on the 2nd cutaway that shows both the intake and exhaust port.

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    Here's an overview of the project:

    Step 1: modify an automotive engine stand to accept a Honda CB350 engine.  If I had this to do over again I would have... Continue reading

  • One man's junk is usually another man's junk. Well, sometimes it probably should be...

    by Matt Thurman

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    If you follow the never ending swap meet that seems to fill these pages you'll know that somehow I ended up with a pile of junk that at one time somebody called a Honda CB350.  The bike had the target for some budding young rabbit hunter earning it the nickname "bullet hole bike", and then it had been left to rot in a backyard mud pit for about 20 years.  When we went to go look at the bike I couldn't see a usable part on it, but my friend Eric bought it because he thought it would make a funny story in the future.  The bullet hole bike ended up as the 10th gram on a scale to even out a trade (I'm still not sure if it should have tipped the scale up or down...) and there it sat in my garage looking like a million Zimbabwean dollars.

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  • Friends help friends weld Honda junk

    by Matt Thurman

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    My good friend Eric stopped by this weekend.  It's always good to have a fellow Honda nut stop by to visit, especially when he's delivering original parts for my engine cutaway project.  I have a well worn 3 foot by 8 foot wooden workbench on castor wheels in the machine shop side of my garage, and as I helped Eric unload the car onto the workbench I couldn't help but notice he had set a worn out Honda seat pan right in the middle of the bench.  The seat was a side hinged model which is the most common type, and it was really in rough shape.  I figured Eric was cleaning out his basement and bringing me the seat to store in the walk-up storage over my garage, if only that had been the case....

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