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Author Topic: CB450 Tracker  (Read 3384 times)

Offline Pete12

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Re: CB450 Tracker
« Reply #30 on: Nov 03, 2017, 19:57:44 »
Very nice!
Are you CNC milling parts or manually?

Thanks Sonic.
I appreciate your confidence but I am nowhere near a good enough machinist to be able to make those parts on a manual mill. I bought this used Delta turret mill with a ProtoTRAK 3 axis controller about 4 years ago, but had it in storage until recently as I have just built a new house.
https://i.imgur.com/siZmerb.jpg[/img]]

I am just getting used to running it and have only used it in two axis mode as that mode is conversational programming and really quite easy. I do plan on learning how to program it in three axis mode, but that will be when I have finished this current project. Up until getting this mill running I made all my parts with the bandsaw, hacksaw, drill press and files, but wow, this is so much quicker and easier
It was a little hard to justify buying this machine just for hobbies, but I have a great wife who really doesn't mind what I buy for the workshop, which makes life easy.

Offline Rat_ranger

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Re: CB450 Tracker
« Reply #31 on: Nov 04, 2017, 11:52:32 »
Nice, no need for CAD/CAM.  Even if you are good at manual machining a conversational is so much easier. 
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Offline djmaynard

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Re: CB450 Tracker
« Reply #32 on: Nov 05, 2017, 15:31:43 »

It was a little hard to justify buying this machine just for hobbies, but I have a great wife who really doesn't mind what I buy for the workshop, which makes life easy.

That would be nice. Mine always wonders why I get so many packages a few times a week.


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Offline SONIC.

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Re: CB450 Tracker
« Reply #33 on: Nov 05, 2017, 16:51:30 »
Thanks Sonic.
I appreciate your confidence but I am nowhere near a good enough machinist to be able to make those parts on a manual mill. I bought this used Delta turret mill with a ProtoTRAK 3 axis controller about 4 years ago, but had it in storage until recently as I have just built a new house.
https://i.imgur.com/siZmerb.jpg[/img]]

I am just getting used to running it and have only used it in two axis mode as that mode is conversational programming and really quite easy. I do plan on learning how to program it in three axis mode, but that will be when I have finished this current project. Up until getting this mill running I made all my parts with the bandsaw, hacksaw, drill press and files, but wow, this is so much quicker and easier
It was a little hard to justify buying this machine just for hobbies, but I have a great wife who really doesn't mind what I buy for the workshop, which makes life easy.

That's what I figured but wasn't 100%.
Very nice work and machine. I'm looking for one but haven't found one I like yet.

Offline Pete12

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Re: CB450 Tracker
« Reply #34 on: Nov 05, 2017, 20:33:38 »
Quote from: SONIC.

I'm looking for one but haven't found one I like yet.

The ProtoTRAK seems quite good but I also looked at the Millpwr Acu-rite controller which has just about the same functions but includes an alpha-numeric engraving option which I really would have liked. I put my brother's initials in the new alternator cover that I made but I had to program the coordinates for it. Not a big deal for just two letters, but words would take a while.
https://i.imgur.com/oMrPuKR.jpg[/img]]

Having said that, I'm very happy with the machine that I have as it's in really good condition and hasn't seen a lot of use.

Offline Pete12

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Re: CB450 Tracker
« Reply #35 on: Nov 05, 2017, 20:35:16 »
Quote from: djmaynard
That would be nice. Mine always wonders why I get so many packages a few times a week.

 ;D ;D

Offline Pete12

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Re: CB450 Tracker
« Reply #36 on: Nov 08, 2017, 00:09:34 »
Still waiting for my exhaust pipe bends and pipe to arrive which will hopefully be in the next couple of days. In the meantime I made up the pipe ends, collets and flanges. The collets still need to be cut in half but I want to check the fit on the pipe first.
https://i.imgur.com/afmOVYa.jpg[/img]]

I'm not sure if I like the design or not, I'll see what it looks like when the motor is all together.
https://i.imgur.com/uDitsXE.jpg[/img]]

They are about half the weight of the original steel flanges, so that's a good thing..

Offline Pete12

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Re: CB450 Tracker
« Reply #37 on: Nov 10, 2017, 21:10:53 »
Still waiting on the elusive exhaust components, which are scheduled for delivery Monday, so I made up some headlight brackets. Getting pretty crowded with aluminium on the front end so I may powdercoat these, but I'll wait until it's fully mocked up before deciding. The headlight is a NOS one that I had laying around and I like the shape of it. It just needs a coat of paint and it'll be good to go.

https://i.imgur.com/5wqSuky.jpg[/img]]
https://i.imgur.com/jMipRhn.jpg[/img]]

The hole in the back is for the blinkers so I machined up a couple of sleeves to space them out a bit further and fitted them up. They are from DCC and are neat little units.

https://i.imgur.com/tMZRzFt.jpg[/img]]

Offline Pete12

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Re: CB450 Tracker
« Reply #38 on: Nov 14, 2017, 04:48:37 »
Exhaust pipe parts turned up yesterday. They look pretty good, the mandrel  bends don't have much deformation and have only necked a very small amount, which I will be able to get out with some filing.
https://i.imgur.com/1BDrSgk.jpg[/img]]

Got started with the first pipe.
https://i.imgur.com/KhapLP0.jpg[/img]]
I'm going to keep the pipes in line with the front downtube, I think they look good that way.

Hopefully I can get these finished in the next few days and then get started on the tank.

Offline Pete12

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Re: CB450 Tracker
« Reply #39 on: Nov 15, 2017, 03:34:41 »
Got the pipes tacked together now. Tacked a plate across them to hold them steady until they're all finished. Need to make the collector next which I'll develop on paper and then make a template and cut it out of sheetmetal - pattern development is always fiddly but the result is good. Once the collector is built I can then make the rest of the pipe and muffled (slightly) reverse cone megaphone.