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Author Topic: Project xs750 lowrider  (Read 8896 times)

Offline Markie-V

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Re: Project xs750 lowrider
« Reply #80 on: Apr 15, 2018, 15:36:48 »
Working on the details as each coat of Bondo dries on the plug of the gas tank. Soon, this mock-up of the tank will be done and ready to be used to cast the fiberglass gas tank molds. While waiting for the bondo to dry, I stripped the black paint from the headers. There were a few rusted areas on the rear cones that the previous owner filled with epoxy. Then, he painted the headers with a type of black epoxy paint. Took a major combination of chemicals to remove it. Once stripped,  the pipes polished up nice. Ordered two small sheets of chromed steel that I will roll and cover the entire rear conical section of the pipes and trim with two new end caps.
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Offline Markie-V

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Re: Project xs750 lowrider
« Reply #81 on: Apr 18, 2018, 02:46:56 »
I am restoring the three into two exhaust. Although it looked better than when it was painted black, removing the paint to bare metal revealed the reason it was painted black in the first place... rust on the exhaust cones.  I decided to repair the corroded areas and then fabricate a new skin to wrap around the exhaust cones. Finally,  two new end caps to trim the ends of the cones. In the first picture,  you can see the damage, and I cut away the corroded areas, welded in new metal and smoothed it with high temperature epoxy filler. In the second picture, you can see the template for the exhaust wrap, including the cutaway areas for the cross tube and mounting brackets. In the third picture,  you can see that I was able to wrap the entire cone and shape the metal around the very rear of the exhaust, blending it into the exit point of the exhaust.  In the final picture,  you notice the cap, which I fabricated to fit the end of the exhaust cones. The end of each cap will be hammered around the rounded edge of the exhaust exit point just like the cone wrap.  Preliminary polishing came out well and matched the existing chrome plating.  Good day!
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Offline Markie-V

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Re: Project xs750 lowrider
« Reply #82 on: Apr 18, 2018, 03:16:17 »
As I worked on the exhaust,  I continued shaping and smoothing the plug for the tank as per the advice of d9canada and others here. I appreciate all the valuable information you have shared with me. I anticipate that the gas tank plug will be heading into the booth for its protective coating of gloss epoxy in two days. Get it done!
« Last Edit: Apr 18, 2018, 03:25:37 by Markie-V »

Offline 8111870

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Re: Project xs750 lowrider
« Reply #83 on: Apr 19, 2018, 21:06:01 »
Absolutely amazing! You definitely have skills.
Keep it up!

Offline Markie-V

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Re: Project xs750 lowrider
« Reply #84 on: Apr 21, 2018, 15:57:59 »
Back from powder coat.... red, red, red.

Offline pacomotorstuff

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Re: Project xs750 lowrider
« Reply #85 on: Apr 21, 2018, 18:05:21 »
Love the colour - what shade did your powder coater call it?
Pat

Offline Markie-V

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Re: Project xs750 lowrider
« Reply #86 on: Apr 22, 2018, 00:24:54 »
Please don't laugh... this color is Massey Ferguson red. It is a tractor color.  I always loved this color. It is a blood red. Very deep. I painted my son's Mazda 6 this color with base coat/clear coat. That car is simply stunning. Red is an expensive color for cars, but the powder coat for the frame only cost  65 bucks.  I thought it was a good bargain. When you consider that the cost of PPG or Ditzler red paints are in about the 250 to 300 dollar per quart range... it becomes apparent that those products are out of the price range of the average builder's  budget. So... I swap the PPG base coat for a different product. I base coat all my pieces with a paint from a company called Van Sickle paints. Very good enamel. Heat resistant to 400 degrees, ceramic infused, and has a catalyst to harden it. Then, I put a standard catalyzed clear automotive enamel over all the parts.  It is resistant to even ethanol so it I use it without hesitation. I have had great success in the past  with these products. It is how I painted the bottom end of the engine.  It is now cured and is as hard as nails.
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Offline Markie-V

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Re: Project xs750 lowrider
« Reply #87 on: Apr 22, 2018, 20:34:18 »
Two friends, Steve Smidt  and Michael Fredrickson stopped by and helped me drop in the motor today. It is about 75 pounds heavier than the mock-up motor and I could not have done it without them. Onward we go.

Offline Maritime

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Re: Project xs750 lowrider
« Reply #88 on: Apr 23, 2018, 08:31:15 »
Looking great. so what will the tank/tins colour be when done?
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Offline Markie-V

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Re: Project xs750 lowrider
« Reply #89 on: Apr 23, 2018, 10:36:40 »
Red with black accents.