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 Post subject: Re: Starting a 250 Rebel with a busted ignition
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 Post subject: Re: Starting a 250 Rebel with a busted ignition
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 Post subject: Re: Starting a 250 Rebel with a busted ignition
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I remember the Odysseys. :D Had a buddy back in high school shop class extended the rear and we installed the motor out of a Honda 500 into it. :happydance: You talking about something getting plum stupid. :riding1: That thing would do it.
With 4 wheels getting bigger and more powerful. Been looking for an oddy for my daughter. When you do find one around here it's usually in so bad of shape. That's if it's even all there and not scattered. "Some parts in the shed, some in that there bucket, and I think the rest is laying out by that tree. I think" :gaah: :gaah:

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 Post subject: Re: Starting a 250 Rebel with a busted ignition
PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 11:31 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Starting a 250 Rebel with a busted ignition
PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 11:48 am 
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Swamprabbit1 wrote:
I remember the Odysseys. :D Had a buddy back in high school shop class extended the rear and we installed the motor out of a Honda CX500 into it. :happydance: You talking about something getting plum stupid. :riding1: That thing would do it.
With 4 wheels getting bigger and more powerful. Been looking for an oddy for my daughter. When you do find one around here it's usually in so bad of shape. That's if it's even all there and not scattered. "Some parts in the shed, some in that there bucket, and I think the rest is laying out by that tree. I think" :gaah: :gaah:


Really? I see them up for sale over there every now and then. I have a buddy who has contacts everywhere... so I told him to keep his ears open for Odysseys.... a couple of months ago he came by and just dropped one off.... got it in a trade. Needs a carb... but it's all there. He has another one waiting to go get for $100. All complete. Dunno what is wrong with it. But for $100, it is worth the parts. I just gotta find a place to put it! LOL! I come across some really good deals quite frequently..... but my wife has made it very clear if I buy any more I am as good as dead... lol

I have seen people mod them out with larger engines... it can be kinda dangerous cuz they just aren't made for that. Alot of people do it without modding the frame which is really bad.... the frame ends up splitting in two right behind the seat.... NOT GOOD at high speed! :duh1:

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 Post subject: Re: Starting a 250 Rebel with a busted ignition
PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 11:57 am 
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This was like 22 yrs ago and we were young dumb kids. I've looked on all the surrounding Craigslist. But no hits at all.
I want one to keep it stock. It is for daddy's little girl.

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 Post subject: Re: Starting a 250 Rebel with a busted ignition
PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 12:03 pm 
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I think that is a darn fine looking machine for $100. I don't see a speck of rust anywhere on the exhaust... Definitely a fixer rather than a parts bike, imo. I'd be all over it. If nothing else, I'd get it running decently and make it a little prettier and flip it back onto Craigslist for $1200-$1400 come spring. :3

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 Post subject: Re: Starting a 250 Rebel with a busted ignition
PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 12:11 pm 
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Lookin at the tank, it looks like the tank might have been done with a shaker can at some point..... The tank, luckily, doesn't have any dents in it. But the paint is chipped and cracking and pealing some..... It could be the original, but there are no signs of decals ever having been on it, so I am thinking it has been re-shot at some point, and not such a great job of it either.......

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 Post subject: Re: Starting a 250 Rebel with a busted ignition
PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 12:35 pm 
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Swamprabbit1 wrote:
This was like 22 yrs ago and we were young dumb kids. I've looked on all the surrounding Craigslist. But no hits at all.
I want one to keep it stock. It is for daddy's little girl.
I kow what you mean about that..... as you can see, it's what all of daddy's little girls ride around here! Daddy's most special little girl rides the black one.... it's actually a former racing oddy, and has been bored out and all that good stuff, but it has the safer roll cage on it. She is my little dare devil.... so she needs all the safety she can get lol. She has done a triple barrel roll on one of them.... :o But she walked away without a scratch, which is why she is driving them lol.

I am always watching for them..... I will let you know if I see anything. How much are you wanting to spend? How far are you willing to drive? What part of AR are you in? They are worth pickin up if you can get them cheap, even if they are in parts. They are really simple to work on, and I can tell you just about anything you need to know about on one.

2 of them i have picked up I have gotten steals on.... the first one I bought for my daughter had a completely rebuilt engine, new tires, rebuilt carb, good plastics, good everything.... but the guy couldn't get it to start. He finally got frustrated and offered it for $500. I took it, and within 10 minutes of getting home figured out what was wrong... the on off switch was busted so he just twisted the wires together (which grounded out the coil, keeping it from starting lol). As soon as I untwisted the wires it fired right off... It's the red one behind the other two in the pic...

Another one I got I gave $125 for (it is the red one with the black side bars on it in the pic). Again, it had a rebuilt engine, and the guy couldn't get it to start. I took it home, and then just kinda gave it the "look-over". Took me about 10 minutes to figure out that it was a 1983 frame (uses cdi) with a 1979 motor on it (uses points). Naturally, wiring a points stator into a cdi isn't gonna work... lol. So i pulled the points stator and replaced it with a cdi stator (which I had in my parts box) and wah-lah! She busted right off and has been running like a striped ape ever since..... Not a bad buy... lol

Bought another for $100.... all taken apart, but all brand new tires, rebuilt engine (so clean you could eat off of it!), etc.... for the moment, it is acting as a donor for the others. I'll get around to it when the others are done lol.

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 Post subject: Re: Starting a 250 Rebel with a busted ignition
PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 12:40 pm 
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Leaf wrote:
I think that is a darn fine looking machine for $100. I don't see a speck of rust anywhere on the exhaust... Definitely a fixer rather than a parts bike, imo. I'd be all over it. If nothing else, I'd get it running decently and make it a little prettier and flip it back onto Craigslist for $1200-$1400 come spring. :3


For $100, it's really not bad at all. I could definitely fix it up. It's just a matter of setting aside time to work on it. You're starting to talk me into it.... lol

My wife says she doesn't care either way... fix it, or part it and buy another. I sure hate to part out complete running bikes tho... So.... I guess I can put it on my to-do list. Just be ready to answer some technical questions! lol You asked for it! :P

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 Post subject: Re: Starting a 250 Rebel with a busted ignition
PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 1:00 pm 
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I'm 30 min west of Memphis tenn on hwy 40.

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 Post subject: Re: Starting a 250 Rebel with a busted ignition
PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 1:44 pm 
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For $100, it's really not bad at all. I could definitely fix it up. It's just a matter of setting aside time to work on it. You're starting to talk me into it.... lol

My wife says she doesn't care either way... fix it, or part it and buy another. I sure hate to part out complete running bikes tho... So.... I guess I can put it on my to-do list. Just be ready to answer some technical questions! lol You asked for it! :P


To me, it is much more rewarding to ride a piece of junk that one has brought back from the brink of death, than to ride something shiny and new. Maybe there's some kind of connection, like one has created something through one's own sweat and toil, rather than consumed the product of someone else's. I dunno. :3

I don't think it'll take much work to turn it into a decent machine. Don't forget to adjust the valves! And get a proper shop manual for it! I guess opinions are like armpits, but I like the Honda and Clymer manuals best. Haynes, not so much.

Please post a build log as you go! With plenty of pictures! ;3

I will certainly try to help with any technical questions, but I don't really know what I am doing most of the time. But there are plenty of folks here who do.

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 Post subject: Re: Starting a 250 Rebel with a busted ignition
PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 3:12 pm 
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whammo77 wrote:
For $100, it's really not bad at all. I could definitely fix it up. It's just a matter of setting aside time to work on it. You're starting to talk me into it.... lol

My wife says she doesn't care either way... fix it, or part it and buy another. I sure hate to part out complete running bikes tho... So.... I guess I can put it on my to-do list. Just be ready to answer some technical questions! lol You asked for it! :P


To me, it is much more rewarding to ride a piece of junk that one has brought back from the brink of death, than to ride something shiny and new. Maybe there's some kind of connection, like one has created something through one's own sweat and toil, rather than consumed the product of someone else's. I dunno. :3

I don't think it'll take much work to turn it into a decent machine. Don't forget to adjust the valves! And get a proper shop manual for it! I guess opinions are like armpits, but I like the Honda and Clymer manuals best. Haynes, not so much.

Please post a build log as you go! With plenty of pictures! ;3

I will certainly try to help with any technical questions, but I don't really know what I am doing most of the time. But there are plenty of folks here who do.



Oh I agree.... I enjoy the heck out of working on stuff.... I just don't have the time I used to have :(. So for that reason, it would be nice just to buy one that is already ready to go. But what the heck. I'll give it a go..... It's been my little dream bike since I was 15, so I might as well work on it since it's here. My to-do list just keeps getting longer and longer! lol

I don't really care for any of the manuals.... none of them do a very good job. I usually buy all three.... between the three of them you can usually figure out what the heck is going on!

I'll definitely take some pics. If I am gonna slap some paint on it, I guess I will have to figure out what color I want it. Black is always good. My daughter, who will undoubtedly help me, will say purple. LOL! Guess I got lots of time to think about that......

Well, no time like the present.... guess i will get to work......

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 Post subject: Re: Starting a 250 Rebel with a busted ignition
PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 4:26 pm 
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That is a very good looking rescue. In my opinion, too good to cut for parts, but like Leaf, I find it satisfying to save that kind of find.

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 Post subject: Re: Starting a 250 Rebel with a busted ignition
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Ok, the tear down has begun. I only had an hour since tonight is the halloween thing. But I made some progress anyway. Don't anyone get your hopes up too high.... I aint taking the stinkin motor out of the frame..... I am just gonna fix it up good enough to make ride worthy. I may touch up the parts of the frame that are very noticeable.... but that's about it...

On a depressing note... while taking it apart, I found that some mice had gotten to the rear tail light and brake light wires. So I am gonna have to find where those connect to and rewire them. I didn't see any other wire damage.....

I guess I will keep all the info about the bike, pics and all, in this post.... no reason to start another I don't guess.... so just keep tuning in....


Also, I saw this ignition switch on ebay.... $19.99.... not bad if it is worth a crap. Doesn't say if it is aftermarket or original Honda stuff. Anyone know anything about these???? http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... ink:top:en

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 Post subject: Re: Starting a 250 Rebel with a busted ignition
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 Post subject: Re: Starting a 250 Rebel with a busted ignition
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30 minutes into the tear down....


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 Post subject: Re: Starting a 250 Rebel with a busted ignition
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1 Hour into the tear down....


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 Post subject: Re: Starting a 250 Rebel with a busted ignition
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The parts are dropping like flys. Your on a roll. It looks like you will have it up and running in no time.

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 Post subject: Re: Starting a 250 Rebel with a busted ignition
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What's a real good way to go about polishing up all of the aluminum and chrome on the bike? Yeah, I know, there's good old fashioned elbow grease.... I really hate that. I would like some sort of a power tool. :) :bikerthumb:

Also, what is the best way to go about cleaning up the wheels and spokes? They aren't rusted, just dirty and not shiny.... the idea of polishing one spoke at a time makes me quiver lol. :gaah:

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