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The rebirth of a C78 305 Honda Dream

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Post by 4shorts » Sat Dec 09, 2006 12:58 pm

Well I managed to find an old tool kit off of some old Honda Dream or the like but the pouch was rough so my better half made me a new one. In a perfect world a new kit would be great BUT I don't live in a perfect world so this one will have to do.I just didn't want to spend upwards of $70. for a NOS pouch on Ebay.
I got a real cool idea to display the Dream so you'll want to check back later next week to see her in her new home. Paul


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Post by 4shorts » Thu Dec 14, 2006 6:06 pm

Received the tires for the Dream today and mounted them. I installed new rim bands and tubes as well. I think she looks allot better now with the whitewall tires on. Paul




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Post by piecutter » Thu Dec 14, 2006 6:50 pm

A background of pine and holly and you've got yourself a real nice Christmas postcard there!

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Post by Rookie305 » Thu Dec 14, 2006 7:17 pm

That is just too amazingly beautiful Paul. Wow! All I want for Christmas is Pauls Dream!

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Post by Michael Stoic » Fri Dec 15, 2006 1:48 pm

Absolutely beautiful job!! Thank you for letting us in on the process, Paul! Before seeing the way you do it, I would hardly have believed such results were possible ...and in so short a time..!


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Post by 4shorts » Fri Dec 15, 2006 9:33 pm

Thanks everyone for the kind words. This total restoration took me two and a half months to complete. I did it while trying to run my business along with some other stuff I had going on the side lines so It's been a bit hectic to say the least.

After restoring Gas pumps and old Coca Cola items the last few years this Dream was a nice change. I've learned an immense amount of knowledge doing this project. Things like parts suppliers. My advise is to check there stuff out if you can before dishing out your hard earned cash.

By far the most disappointing part of this restoration was my Apex exhaust. Out of all the things I've restored in the last ten years the Apex stuff was bar far the very worst I've ever come across. I'm hoping to soon find a good right side muffler and with my good left muffler get them both re-plated and installed on the bike.

I still have to install a NOS crash bar on it as soon as it arrives plus I want to get a rear carrier for the back of the Dream as soon as I can find one.

One of the most important tools I found while doing this project was THIS wonderful web site. Although allot of you out there didn't post anything I could easily tell you were there by the amount of views that visited my blog so that in it's self was encouragement. To the good folks that posted about my work and made comments I would like to say a Big THANK YOU! You were very helpful and steered me in the right direction when I was looking for parts.

The next post I'll be making will be my last on this Dream restoration. Tomorrow (Dec 15th) The Dream will be in her final resting place. I think you'll all enjoy seeing how I plan on displaying her so you'll want to checking back to see it. The guy I purchased the bike from came into my shop this past week to see what progress I have been making on the bike and when he seen it he wanted to buy it back from me so that was a real pat on the back.

I hope in some small way someone have learned what to do or what not to do by me posting my work on here for all to see. Some of the changes I've made that were not on the bike originally were done by me for adding more quality to the bike such as wiring casing and grommets being added. As with any of my projects I like to add my own touch and that way it makes my bike a little more unique and stands out a little more so if anyone is doing one of these bikes be sure to use your imagination. It adds more fun to the project.

Thanks everyone and watch for my last post coming soon! Paul

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Post by neus68 » Sat Dec 16, 2006 2:47 pm

Paul, I must say thank you very much for all of the assistance you have given me since I am in the same process myself. Because of you and everyones posts, I have learned an incredible amount of information and ways to do things, and products to avoid. This is my first post to the site, but I felt that it was over due. Thank you again and I will be looking forward to your next restoration project.

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