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Author Topic: Living Room Build - Notes on taps/dies  (Read 18125 times)

Offline vain

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Re: First bike, First project!
« Reply #20 on: Feb 17, 2012, 01:58:10 »
I got the idea to go over my crankcase with it (80,180,220,400,600

Sounds like a hell of a job? the cover looks a little ruff, are you going to paint the engine covers or polishing them?
did you use sandpaper on the engine, cyl, and head as well?

I gotta say, you got the force with you if you "handblasted" all the components  8)

anywho, the best is that you're happy with he result. :)

Lucky you, getting the frame done, every time i go into the garage i find something new to cut off or weld on :) but i think i'm getting it sandblasted by the end of next week.
and i decided not to go with powdercoat this time. i want to keep the possibilities open for painting it in any color if i come up with something cool for a paint theme. 

have you ever heard of myrphys law? guess what happened last night,... i was out there and thought i'd check over my engine after i put it back together and would you know the fu.... would not shift gears. i had to take the whole reassembled engine back down to pieces.  found NOTHING wrong. and now it shifts gears. guess something had to much tension or something. . i think i cried in my sleep.  :P

Post more pics of engine and other progress, fun to look :)
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Offline 1chrisb

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Re: First bike, First project!
« Reply #21 on: Feb 17, 2012, 11:11:53 »
Looks to me like he's going for a brushed aluminum look. I dig it.  8) I would probably clear it though, to prevent it from oxidation and corrosion. Not sure what effect that will have on the finish, if it'll keep the brushed look or not.

Offline Fox

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Re: First bike, First project!
« Reply #22 on: Feb 17, 2012, 12:56:35 »
Man, it's good to hear from you guys! I felt like I was just talking to my self on here.

You are correct Chris. I'm going for brushed. I'm not much of a chrome person myself, but I didn't want everything to be black. Brushed seemed like the natural alternative. I will be shooting the jugs black though then sanding the fins to bring back the exposed metal. I can't get in between the fins, so my hands were almost tied there. Haha Vain, my fingers don't feel like they've got the force. They feel like I've been sanding 40 years of oxidation off aluminum with sandpaper for 3 hours straight!

As far as clearing it goes, I'm definitely gonna be doing that on the outer case(Crankcase, Alternator, etc) and on the jugs but since Rustoleum High-Heat has a curing period, I might just say forget it for the bottom end. Too much work to fit that thing in the oven! Actually, just found out that I don't have to bake anything, so it will all be getting a few coats of clear.

I decided not to shorten the frame. The only place you can cut it and the rear wheel still have enough travel room is right behind the shocks, and I didn't really want my frame that short. I may regret that in the future, but that's what it is and I'm sticking to it.

Ah, yeah, I thought a lot about painting my frame, but I would have just shot it black anyway, so it didn't seem worth it. Plus I would have had to drop quite a few bones to get it sandblasted(No way I would hand sand my whole frame) and I think when I got it quoted, it there was a $60 price difference for powder. Figured it would make my life easier, so why not?

HAHA I have heard of Myrphy's and that is an awesome example of it. Man that is the absolute worst. Funny though. I'm more impressed that you can tear your engine down and build it back up in one night. Impressive!

Before I post some pictures, where are yall's bikes?! Chris last time I saw where you at was over a week ago, and Vain I've never even see your bike. CMON!

Surgery...




And how it looks now.






Progress on the engine.
"Don't concentrate on the finger, or you'll miss ALL that heavenly glory."

1975 Honda CL360-Build Thread

Offline vain

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  • 1949 HD Panhead Bobber 1977 Suzuki GT 380
    • My band: Mudslide - 80's rock'n roll.
Re: First bike, First project!
« Reply #23 on: Feb 17, 2012, 13:31:37 »
Gonna be a cool bike fox. i like the idea of brushed covers. :)

How's the ears? funny thing seeing you with the grinder and sparks everywhere and the protectors hangin 2 inches away :D haha.

Did you check out my "lonely" build thread? it's pics of how it used to be and some work at least.

uploading some new ones now..
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Offline Fox

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Re: First bike, First project!
« Reply #24 on: Feb 17, 2012, 15:02:18 »
Thanks man. I'm pretty stoked. I'm ready to be putting it back together. Been sitting on my living room floor for too long now.

Haha, that's actually not me. That's Matt, a crazy-ass metalworker I know in town. He had earplugs and I had ear protectors.

I did go take a look actually. Pretty sick stuff you've got goin on over there. Can't wait to see how it all turns out.
"Don't concentrate on the finger, or you'll miss ALL that heavenly glory."

1975 Honda CL360-Build Thread

Offline ducatiboy

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Re: First bike, First project!
« Reply #25 on: Feb 17, 2012, 16:02:06 »
Nice looking side covers Fox :) I like the added texture you get with the brushed look. I might think about that for mine instead of paint
Just another CB350 cafe (current project) http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=32827.0
In the garage:
Ducati 848 Road bike
Ducati 848 Track bike
Ducati 750 F1 x 2 (next 2 projects)
Honda XL 185 paddock basher (complete)
Honda XL 185 Paddock basher (in pieces)

Offline 1chrisb

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Re: First bike, First project!
« Reply #26 on: Feb 17, 2012, 16:22:57 »
I'm also not much of a chrome guy. Nor am I a sit-on-your-ass-polishing-for-100-hours guy either.  :D I had actually thought about having a brushed finish on various parts of the bike, now you're making me think about it some more. ;) I have been super busy with work lately, but I did get the seat mold finished. Been working on designing my tank, got that done last weekend. Now I'm working on designing a triple tree.  ;D Found out a friend of mine has a much larger sandblaster on a farm that I can use, so I will be getting the frame and maybe some various other parts blasted this weekend. Cherish your free time while you have it...working 9-10 hour days + Saturdays does not leave much time for wrenching!

Offline DesmoBro

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Re: First bike, First project!
« Reply #27 on: Feb 17, 2012, 19:43:53 »
Epic Living Room Build
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Offline cafecustom720

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Re: First bike, First project!
« Reply #28 on: Feb 17, 2012, 20:06:44 »
I've thought about doing the brushed look and after seeing you do it I'm gonna have to do it some day.

Offline Fox

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Re: First bike, First project!
« Reply #29 on: Feb 18, 2012, 19:37:57 »
Thanks for all the compliments guys. Much appreciated! I actually really like how everything is looking. Brushed is a great option if you want raw metal, but don't want to polish till your fingers bleed. Don't get me wrong though, it isn't a walk in the park either. With that being said, few things have happened since my last post.

Put two coats of clear on the engine cases that have already been sanded(Prevent further oxidation), and It looks GREAT! Gives it a nice glossy sheen so it will still sparkle in the sun, but doesn't take away from the brushed look. I just shot them so I don't know what it's gonna look like dry, but so far I love it.

I wrapped up the exhaust. Only took me one 1x50 roll from DCC. Napa steel-ties on the end.

I started sanding down both my wheels and forks. Forks are coming along nicely and I'll post a picture of them when I finish. As far as my wheels go, I might just blast those suckers. It nearly impossible to get them clean by hand-sanding.

Frame is at the powder coater and should be back in two weeks, so my goal is to have all parts ready for reassembly when it returns. Hope this works out.

Pictures of course.








 

I've been keeping this one close to the chest, but here's a sneak peek at what's to come!
"Don't concentrate on the finger, or you'll miss ALL that heavenly glory."

1975 Honda CL360-Build Thread