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Author Topic: Nuckingfuts Custom Build (XV750 Done!)  (Read 32381 times)

Offline Nuckingfuts

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Nuckingfuts Custom Build (XV750 Done!)
« on: Oct 11, 2014, 00:03:34 »
First time poster here (but I've used the search and learned a lot!) hoping to both chronicle my bike build as well as meet a few folks and hopefully lean on you for help.

Anyway, nothing new to this group but I'm pretty darn excited about converting this SERIOUSLY UGLY '82 750 which I picked up last week for dirt cheap. If my build bores you please slap me silly but if you have sound advice along the way please by all means...

Here's what this super hero bike looked like when I dragged her home. My wife laughed out loud as she stood on the porch with coffee in hand.
« Last Edit: Dec 21, 2018, 18:01:32 by Nuckingfuts »
The harder you fall the higher you bounce!

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Re: Nuckingfuts Custom Build
« Reply #1 on: Oct 11, 2014, 00:10:00 »
A couple nights later (and more than a couple beers later) I brought down the house and scattered the bike to all corners of my garage. The good thing is that though this is a 30 -something bike, it's a california bike so no real rust to speak of....everything came apart with ease.

Shot of the motor after tare down
The harder you fall the higher you bounce!

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Offline Nuckingfuts

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Re: Nuckingfuts Custom Build
« Reply #2 on: Oct 11, 2014, 00:12:16 »
Well, last couple days have just been focusing on the hard and dirty part that we all hate doing but might as well get it out of the way. Engine cleaning sucks!!

After hours of degreasing, washing, acid bath, more degreaser, sanding, scrubbing, polishing and a bit of paint....it actually looks like a decent engine now. Still quite a bit to do but here's a progress pic showing a before/after.

The harder you fall the higher you bounce!

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Offline Nuckingfuts

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Re: Nuckingfuts Custom Build
« Reply #3 on: Oct 11, 2014, 00:21:25 »
Waiting on a slew of minor parts so it's off to the suspension and carbs.
Hopefully will have enough parts to start the subframe/tank mount fab this weekend.
The harder you fall the higher you bounce!

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Re: Nuckingfuts Custom Build
« Reply #4 on: Oct 11, 2014, 00:22:19 »
Still trying to get the build progress caught up to date. Just a few more posts...
The harder you fall the higher you bounce!

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Re: Nuckingfuts Custom Build
« Reply #5 on: Oct 11, 2014, 01:01:46 »
I took a trip down to my friend Robert Haas' shop, which btw is an adult wonderland for builders, to tackle the job. After getting Robert up to speed on what I had envisioned we quickly came to the agreement that if we were going to spend the time that we should just jump into the deep end.
So off we went...

I built a simple frame jig to hold the frame at an approximate angle to how it will sit when complete. This should be close enough for us to get moving in the right direction.
Moving forward with a solid game plan we prep'd the tank for some welding by neutralizing the remaining fuel vapor.
No black hole tank gaps on this build so 'off with her head!'...
« Last Edit: Oct 11, 2014, 01:04:26 by Nuckingfuts »
The harder you fall the higher you bounce!

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Re: Nuckingfuts Custom Build
« Reply #6 on: Oct 11, 2014, 01:05:33 »
After lopping off the tank mount we went to work on the sheet metal. Robert hammered away with various sheet dollies to beat that tank into submission.
The harder you fall the higher you bounce!

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Re: Nuckingfuts Custom Build
« Reply #7 on: Oct 11, 2014, 01:06:08 »
Got a good profile to the new edge but time to seal it back up so I don't experience a fire - bomb down the road from a tank leak. Robert added a nice rolled - over weld that we can build on.
The harder you fall the higher you bounce!

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Re: Nuckingfuts Custom Build
« Reply #8 on: Oct 11, 2014, 01:07:37 »
Last order for the day was to tack up a backing plate that will serve to reinforce and anchor the main piece. Patience required when stitching soda can thin metal...
The harder you fall the higher you bounce!

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Re: Nuckingfuts Custom Build
« Reply #9 on: Oct 11, 2014, 01:11:01 »
Constructing an end cap for the tank to fill that ugly hole. After welding up it puts me in the ballpark with minimal finishing work before paint (waaaaaaay down the road).
The harder you fall the higher you bounce!

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