Hi, I have just bought a 1975 Honda Cb360T I have worked on the bike all winter to get it started the parts were all over the place, but I got it all together. Now the only problem is there is no spark to the spark plugs, I looked around and found a POINTS / ADVANCER cover I took off the cover and there was 2 contact points, one for the left, and one for the right, I played with it and it seems as it has to move in a right to left motion or vis versa, when this is done it creats a spark and sends it to the spark plug. My question is how do they move from the right to left motion when i try to start my bike. Also how would you do adjust this and what would you use?? here is a picture of it
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Re: Honda CB360 won't start HELPP MEE!!!!
I worked on a bunch of these bikes back when they were new and I was working at Mathews Honda in D.M. Iowa. Bear in mind that was 30 years ago. IF I recall correctly. . . . .
First, the points only open and close. Other than that they don't move. The points are adjusted for gap by being moved L and R then locking down in place with a screw.
Assuming you have a good set of points, set the point gaps to 15 thousandths. The timing is set by rotating the base plate the points are mounted on. Behind the plate is a centrifical advance. Get an inductive pickup timing light and hook it up to the battery. Hook the pick up on the left sparkplug wire.
Start the motor and point the light at the top of the gearbox flywheel. Yes, with the cover removed some oil will spit out. This is normal. Rev the bike and you will see the timing marks. You will also see a static timing mark on the casing. Rotate the points base plate to line up the marks. When you let off the gas the flywheel marks should move counter clockwise. If they don't, then remove the points cover and free up the centrifical advance mechanism. You just timed the engine.
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can you feel exhaust coming out both pipes? blockage, or valves. Once, I used a piece of gasket material to make a gasket, just cut out the shape and put the holes in it for the bolts, assembled, the exhaust didn't sound right, realized I forgot to cut the big hole in the middle. stupid. Valves would indicate because you probably wouldn't have a nice running engine. is one louder than the other? you might have a leak at the head so you aren't gettin the same heat transfer.
First thing is to get a factory repair manual. Next is to wash the bike with special attention to the gear box and cylinder. Mud falling from a cylinder and into the crank is not a good thing.
Assess the engine as a whole. Does it look like everything is there? Any missing side plates? Make a list of known parts needed; engine parts and body , frame, electrical, wheels, cables etc.. Locate a source or sources for used parts. Go to Google and input “ motorcycle salvage honda “. Start there.
Only work on the engine. Replacing a headlight is pretty useless if the engine is trash.
Start with the gearbox. Does the kick start turn the crank? Let’s say it does. Put the bike on the center stand and turn the rear wheel. Pull the clutch in and shift into 1st, neutral, 2nd and up to 5th then back down to 1st. If the shift lever locks up, or if it is extremely stiff in changing any of the gears, then you know that shift forks are needed. Chances are that nothing else is going to be wrong with the gearbox other than new crank bearings going in while the gearbox is opened up for shift fork replacement..
Now check out the top end. Pistons going up and down? Doesn’t matter. You will want fresh cylinder bores and new pistons and rings for the rebuild.
Look at the electrics. Is the wiring harness burned anywhere?
You may want to short cycle the rebuild process if the shifter is okay and the crankshaft turns over. Forget the pistons etc., just get the motor to run. The satisfaction will be immense and you can tear down the top end later.