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I drove over 1500 miles this weekend to bring this Honda CL77 (305 Scrambler) home. A little over 4k on the clock and I am the third documented owner since being purchased new in Ashland Kentucky in 1967. Of course you can see a good number of those years the bike sat neglected but was always under cover. I have restored and sold a couple of these in the past, this one is a keeper. Parts are rare and damn expensive, so is it going to take awhile. This was the start of the Japanese revolution that helped knock British machines out of the marketplace, and was the bike to own when I graduated High School in 1967. The seller was getting completely out of the motorcycle game and threw in the motorcycle lift for free, so all in all a damn good weekend......
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That will be a fun and rewarding project and looks like it has good bones!
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#2 is the winner

Silver with red frame. I believe that shot is one of my old projects if I am not mistaken. I knew I should have kept one.....
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Don't lose that 2-into-1 Spark Arrester, even if you take it off. They're made of unobtainium!

Agreed, also try and find an un-molested front fender and brace. Parts for these bikes are really few and far between. Even vintage Triumph's have a much wider supply base. I did score a fairly rare skid plate off of Flea Bay yesterday and the search continues.

The one thing I have really appreciated is the bike lift the seller threw in for free. My old 70 year old back is so appreciative. No more laying on the cold arse garage floor to work under the bike......
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I'm surprised you've done so much wrenching without one!
I graduated in '67 too. A guy in the class ahead of me had one and I always wanted one. Definitely, a coveted "mid-sized" bike in the day. I see them at meets now and am always amazed at how bikes have grown over the years. (Of course, most of us have put on a few lbs. over the years, too...)

He painted his BRG and took the 2 into one off...
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My first motorcycle was a CL77 and it would up submerged up to the handlebars thanks to a drainage ditch cunningly hidden in the center of a giant puddle.

Getting that thing pulled out of the drink and onto dry ground was an ordeal!

That photo of the silver with the red frame was the exact same year and model as the one I tried to kill by drowning. I'm pretty sure I paid $300 for it back in 1976. Also bought a '67 289 Mustang for $400 shortly thereafter.
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Back from the dead

Lots of interesting discoveries on the CL77 so far, (ie) condenser wires ran to wrong side coils, simple wrong fix cross the plug wires. Some of the wiring involved lamp cord and wire nuts, when the shift rod splines became worn, easy fix, braze the shift pedal to the end of the rod. The previous owners apparently were not real big into preventive maintenance or apparently never possessed an owners manual. I will bet hard cash the oil slinger had not seen human touch since 1967. Honda contributed too, lets change from JIS thread pitch on main jets in the the middle of the three year run, best of luck on the correct carb rebuild kits. There are different seat attaching points, tail light brackets, and exhaust systems, all in the three year run this bike was produced.


All that being said, the damn thing went around the block today, and it runs good even with eyeball synced carbs and no air filters. After a complete rewire, setting the points, valve lash, and timing, installing rebuilt carbs with right jets finally, it fired on the fourth kick. No blue oil smoke and it will start every time with one or two kicks. The charging system even works as much as can be expected. My initial goal has been achieved, check the condition of the engine before starting to make it pretty. A number of parts have been collected, correct tail light, actual OEM horn that fits in the headlight bucket, complete uncut front fender and stay, skid plate, and other bits here and there. Parts are rare and damn expensive but I check Flea Bay daily. The next step will be complete tear down, for cleaning and paint. It is always a good feeling when you hear one come back to life......
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Just a quick update

The ugly seat has had an adjustment.........



There has been some disassembly and a few bags tagged......



Some red paint is starting to show up here and there..........
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