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Title: Board tracker bobber
Post by: JRK5892 on Jul 10, 2012, 11:54:21
ok so stick with me on this one... so i started this build in 2008... then life happened and it got pushed to the back of the line... then the shop expanded and we have been building bikes, sleds, quads, you name it... well now it is finally the 350's time... it is insane how much has changed since the start of this project so alot of this will be a catch up, and then of course to re-do what i had done before. Now with Tim around and his unreal ability to work with metal and mad man welding skills the bike will finally have the life it started out for so many years ago...
first lets get updated from the past

I rode this bike in college... here is when i got home from school
(http://i37.tinypic.com/1id8k1.jpg)

tear down started
(http://i38.tinypic.com/2v96uqc.jpg)

first tank i knee dented
(http://i38.tinypic.com/2mr6ux1.jpg)

(http://i34.tinypic.com/noszg5.jpg)

then... about here is where we come in and need to start to redo... i changed the upper rails
(http://i38.tinypic.com/fp00fs.jpg)

(http://i34.tinypic.com/pskra.jpg)

(http://i38.tinypic.com/2uj2xck.jpg)

then a buddy stretched the swing arm for me
(http://i48.tinypic.com/dp7qx2.jpg)

(http://i50.tinypic.com/2ihv8sj.jpg)

FAST FORWARD TO THE START OF THIS WEEK

Tim and i pulled her from under the covers in the back and decided to build and sell the bike... so here we go

(https://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/531593_10150976189888073_2100508435_n.jpg)

stripped down
(https://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/531381_10150976189658073_1245052811_n.jpg)

made an adjustable bar to figure out ride height and trail so we could move the shock mounts on the swing arm
(https://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/600197_10150976294343073_1615235404_n.jpg)

installed the knobby front tire on a 21 rim... i thought i got a XL250 rim however i got a KL250 rim so this will not work... the XL rim works perfect for the center hub of a 15mm axle, where as the KL has a 12mm... so ill have some spokes cut and i can lace the 21 hoop to the stock 350 hub... i think it will look much cleaner to have it all match front and rear hubs anyway... the back will get a vintage ribbed tire
for mock up a temp axle was made up to work
(https://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/255222_10150976688078073_356362132_n.jpg)

now we tried to figure out what tank... bear in mind we want to powder everything so the bondo on the knee dent tank would not really work so well and we would have to bust out the guns and shoot it if we went this way...
(https://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/534891_10150976768193073_1321428601_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/179152_10150976874413073_503779335_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/426825_10150976874523073_1049635928_n.jpg)

while that was noodled on... shaved the ears
(https://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/558195_10150976963383073_319777704_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/255256_10150976963478073_1095411291_n.jpg)

then we decided on a tank... Tim sectioned the frame... this will all later be welded in and re enforced... rather than re tunneling the tank we are going to mod the back bone
(https://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/395983_10150977554543073_1047756355_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/539743_10150978056668073_1025094257_n.jpg)

also the stock mounts kind of sucked so those where redone
(https://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/559308_10150978056808073_1968251977_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/529614_10150978056693073_446757979_n.jpg)

and with that we have a profile
(https://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/394740_10150977555578073_968982983_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/482029_10150978056348073_300232822_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/479932_10150978056433073_505765632_n.jpg)

and here she sat last night as we stared at it trying to plan our next step
(https://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/600131_10150978056928073_181894987_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/558288_10150978057018073_2070143632_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Board tracker bobber
Post by: Maritime on Jul 10, 2012, 13:23:10
I really like the stance you have on her so far.  Nice tank choice too.  You going to put a knobby on the rear too?  I think it would tire them in, kind of a back road bomber style.
Title: Re: Board tracker bobber
Post by: pablohoney on Jul 10, 2012, 13:32:32
That's looking pretty sick dude. I would love to do a board tracker one day.
Title: Re: Board tracker bobber
Post by: DesmoBro on Jul 11, 2012, 02:58:41
an extra set of hands and idea's can go A LONG WAY! Nice to see this one come out from the wood work
Title: Re: Board tracker bobber
Post by: andycafe on Jul 11, 2012, 08:17:01
yeah, this will be a cool little bugger! nice work boy's..............................................  ;)
Title: Re: Board tracker bobber
Post by: JRK5892 on Jul 11, 2012, 18:31:11
spent some time doing the small things today like cleaning up the frame... next we will jig it and redo the back section of the frame

(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/539736_10150980023598073_1028201612_n.jpg)

tank mount is no more
(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/314868_10150980687333073_876726062_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/560873_10150980687378073_1133672864_n.jpg)

center stand supports
(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/306639_10150980687418073_566433021_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/295391_10150980687443073_1894386017_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Board tracker bobber
Post by: JRK5892 on Jul 12, 2012, 11:55:08
well the awesome fun of building a vintage bike strikes again... just when i get a new swing arm on the way... found the 2nd issue... the trees are done on this bike... done... the back up set that i have is different, but the fork tubes are destroyed on the back up set... soooooo looking for a new set of trees now... after the upper tree is all shaved and looking clean now we may not be able to use the upper either...

smooth shaved upper
(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/318835_10150981987668073_1424013029_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/560935_10150981987763073_1622136339_n.jpg)

few shots of the lower tree
(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/528058_10150981970743073_2119616346_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/552572_10150981970768073_1528736234_n.jpg)

but now on to some cool stuff!
time to fill in the area for the frame that was cut out to allow for the new tank to work

(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/563285_10150981969688073_1261809202_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/557208_10150981969748073_2134071355_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/548240_10150981969768073_688561751_n.jpg)

then Timmy welded up the seam and smoooooothed out the back bone
(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/556442_10150981969898073_1358596819_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/293803_10150981969928073_667474891_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/552203_10150981969978073_675012589_n.jpg)

next to address the tank sitting so high on the back bone the seam that these fames have needed to be removed... this was done in sections filling in the area with weld till it was completed and smooth
(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/558384_10150981970083073_958525467_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/309419_10150981970123073_185058472_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/431793_10150981970258073_642675671_n.jpg)

then some small things... found the seat pan kit i had stashed away... ditching the bee hive springs and going to 3.5 Torsion Springs instead
(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/556489_10150981970328073_585934980_n.jpg)

trying to keep the vintage look i did find a HUGE old school speedo that we'll tear down and restore
(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/561364_10150981970378073_1114275198_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/534664_10150981970498073_640640789_n.jpg)

then last i am going to convert this old brass bell into a tail light for the bike
(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/603550_10150981970603073_2131863938_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Board tracker bobber
Post by: Maritime on Jul 12, 2012, 14:46:02
Wow Joe, too bad you are selling it, someone is going to end up with a sweet little bobber.  Heal up so you can at least rip up the road once before you sell it.
Title: Re: Board tracker bobber
Post by: JRK5892 on Jul 12, 2012, 14:51:14
thanks man... we are going to try to start flipping some vintage bikes... there are like none out here cause all the shops will refuse to work on them.  so this way we can be the go to shop for work/bikes... plus, i love working on them!
Title: Re: Board tracker bobber
Post by: Maritime on Jul 12, 2012, 14:55:01
Good plan.  I know what you mean very few shops around here will look at old bike either.  I know 1 good shop but they are like 2 months backlogged with re-builds etc. I feel like setting up something for fixing old bikes up too, once I get a little more knowledge under my belt.
Title: Re: Board tracker bobber
Post by: cafecustom720 on Jul 13, 2012, 00:45:34
Some really cool ideas. I'm on board
Title: Re: Board tracker bobber
Post by: troybilt on Jul 13, 2012, 00:51:45
Glad to see the dust come off this one Joe. Sucks about the trees but with so many out there hopefully you'll be able to source some for cheap. Anxious to see what you end up doing with the frame etc
Title: Re: Board tracker bobber
Post by: JRK5892 on Jul 13, 2012, 11:04:42
Thanks Troy... been a long time coming huh! hahaha... what can i say, Willow inspired me!

well yesterday i had some "dad" stuff to do with the wife... Tim was in the shop and got some more done on the frame... it is coming along nicely so far!!!

no need to keep the crash bar mount
(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/179964_10150983864133073_1047137848_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/556651_10150983864243073_1703535544_n.jpg)

then since we are going to be running the smaller tank alot more of the frame will show... and the metal work is UGLY... so to clean it up, alot of the areas where filled

Before:
(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/406277_10150983864368073_1297657416_n.jpg)

Durring:
(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/529410_10150983864813073_1003331831_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/251837_10150983864503073_2080175524_n.jpg)

after:
(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/487887_10150983864883073_818921759_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/559180_10150983865013073_7199227_n.jpg)

then the seams needed to be addressed as we can not have big gaps in the frame, that will look horrible under the powder

before:
(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/564060_10150983865123073_601906078_n.jpg)

after:
(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/306829_10150983865213073_1735217560_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/394581_10150983865338073_987100194_n.jpg)

then the rear swingarm/exhaust hanger was up next... now this is not completed yet... but is all tacked in... we are still not 100% how the exhaust is going to be made and if we will need a support back there or not... so it is a work in progress still but here is where that sits
(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/539643_10150983865473073_2006569928_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/428540_10150983865568073_736248091_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/376942_10150983865713073_447022834_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/255325_10150983865793073_1907042047_n.jpg)

what was cut off
(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/205344_10150983865888073_1213004141_n.jpg)

here she sits
(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/314081_10150983866008073_831449601_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Board tracker bobber
Post by: andycafe on Jul 14, 2012, 05:19:34
Flying along boys, loving the progress on this build! cant wait to see it all mocked up and i love the bell light idea, may have to use that one joe!  ;)
Title: Re: Board tracker bobber
Post by: JRK5892 on Jul 16, 2012, 13:04:19
smoothed out the frame and began to finish buttoning up the area that is left on the frame

(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/602491_10150989988203073_235649272_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/528013_10150989988343073_1262182889_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/399503_10150989988648073_1235249694_n.jpg)

then started to smooooooth out the frame

(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/523686_10150989989453073_1608625616_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/406166_10150989989858073_1802808531_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/295490_10150989989963073_264968147_n.jpg)

pic of how the tank fits (yes the petcocks are being moved)

(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/539800_10150989989593073_1107478392_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/532237_10150989989708073_931385636_n.jpg)

then we moved on to head light

(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/534478_10150989988813073_257734561_n.jpg)

mount welded in

(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/283777_10150989988973073_1607549426_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/396011_10150989989048073_1583609177_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-photos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/306772_10150990006133073_1860479839_a.jpg)

and an old set of vintage risers i found in my dads basement... these will really clean up the top of the trees!
(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/306610_10150989989218073_701647648_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Board tracker bobber
Post by: friggs on Jul 16, 2012, 13:24:54
Man I can't wait to see how this turns out!
Title: Re: Board tracker bobber
Post by: beachcomber on Jul 16, 2012, 13:36:32
I'm just loving this build - a little enginuity and a lot of vision - fantastic.
BTW - those bars look spot on for my own Cafe-Creme Boardtrackerish thing - stock Honda ?
Title: Re: Board tracker bobber
Post by: JRK5892 on Jul 16, 2012, 13:39:37
they are stock royal enfield bars just flipped thanks man
Title: Re: Board tracker bobber
Post by: zero on Jul 16, 2012, 15:35:38
looks good so far!
Sucks about the triple trees. It is such a crap shoot when buying a used front end. I have had 3 front ends that I picked up used end up being tweaked.
Title: Re: Board tracker bobber
Post by: Cafe Redneck on Jul 16, 2012, 18:41:03
This looks interesting, tagging along for the build.
Title: Re: Board tracker bobber
Post by: JRK5892 on Jul 16, 2012, 18:57:44
thanks guys! well we are waiting on a new swing arm to come in... going to use forum member: 2.3efi for his custom made swing arm slugs and slug and brace this swingam the right way... so we are kind of on hold while we wait on that to come in... new lower tree should arive tomorrow... then we can finish up the fab work and start working on color and assembly... of course also getting into the motor to fresh that sucker up a bit

Title: Re: Board tracker bobber
Post by: Kanticoy on Jul 16, 2012, 19:36:32
Damn Joe, just catching up on this. Love the new tank, that's much better. I woulda been glad to help ya out on the arm, i just didn't see this until now. Sorry bud. Keep it up anyhow.

Mad science bitches!
Title: Re: Board tracker bobber
Post by: JRK5892 on Jul 16, 2012, 19:40:03
hahaha thanks man it was just to out of wack even with bracing to use... best to start fresh then try to fix it to make it work, wanna make sure it is safe and sound for the next owner... so starting fresh would be the way to do it right, that is what we are going to do... thanks for the offer brother!
Title: Re: Board tracker bobber
Post by: andycafe on Jul 30, 2012, 04:37:04
any news Joe?  ???
Title: Re: Board tracker bobber
Post by: JRK5892 on Jul 30, 2012, 12:26:00
our new trees came in we are good to go on the front end... but we just got in the new swing arms so that we can stretch the 6 in the right/safe way.  we also have 2 complete CX500 and CB750 builds going so we are kind of moving around all 3 to get them done.  My wife is due any day so the guys in teh shop have been a bit short handed as i need to stay close to the house
Title: Re: Board tracker bobber
Post by: mnraider on Aug 01, 2012, 23:52:02
Very nice work I have the same bike and really like what you are doing. Keep up the great work.
Title: Re: Board tracker bobber
Post by: andycafe on Aug 02, 2012, 06:20:02
our new trees came in we are good to go on the front end... but we just got in the new swing arms so that we can stretch the 6 in the right/safe way.  we also have 2 complete CX500 and CB750 builds going so we are kind of moving around all 3 to get them done.  My wife is due any day so the guys in teh shop have been a bit short handed as i need to stay close to the house

Nice work on Both fronts Joe  :D
Title: Re: Board tracker bobber
Post by: andycafe on Nov 01, 2012, 05:43:25
Any progress on this 1 joe? I hope so  ;)
Title: Re: Board tracker bobber
Post by: Hoosier Daddy on Nov 01, 2012, 07:09:50
Yea Joe... 'sup?
Title: Re: Board tracker bobber
Post by: JRK5892 on Nov 01, 2012, 11:50:31
Hey guys... no not really... i stripped a few things and we did some more welding work on the frame... but the shop has realy picked up into the busy season... i have built 5 bikes in the past 2 months but none of my own hahahah... soon though... we had to switch gears a bit with snowmobile season coming up... we have to finish putting a turbo on tims Sno Pro... but after that we can get back into finishing up this, the CX500, and the CB750 cafe...
we have been laying powder on parts for the builds when we are shooting customer stuff as well... some of those pics for the CX500 are below... and then here is the current build i am just about done with

(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/560836_10151117789113230_606086140_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/183935_10151116385008230_1337395906_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/3741_10151116384578230_145408089_n.jpg)