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Author Topic: Nuckingfuts Custom Build (XV750 Done!)  (Read 32391 times)

Offline Nuckingfuts

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Re: Nuckingfuts Custom Build
« Reply #50 on: Jan 25, 2015, 01:45:32 »
Tank is now liquid tight and ready to be stripped. I plan to use the weekend to get some metal prep done. More to come....
The harder you fall the higher you bounce!

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Offline lchris21

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Re: Nuckingfuts Custom Build
« Reply #51 on: Jan 25, 2015, 03:41:41 »
all good stuff.....

wow that tank look almost see-through  :o

Offline Quintin Snell

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Re: Nuckingfuts Custom Build
« Reply #52 on: Jan 25, 2015, 06:41:45 »
I love your build! I have bookmarked, i cant wait to see how it turns out!
Currently owned, in order of acquisition
1980 gs1000g
2008 gtr1400
1981 cx500

previously owned
1980 gs550e
1978 gs750d

Offline Nuckingfuts

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Re: Nuckingfuts Custom Build
« Reply #53 on: Jan 27, 2015, 00:01:13 »
all good stuff.....

wow that tank look almost see-through  :o

Heh, yeah that tight bend at the back of tank is getting a couple lifts of bondo love plus some Caswell insurance inside. Guarantee it'll be good to go when we're done with it.
The harder you fall the higher you bounce!

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Offline sicnyk

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Re: Nuckingfuts Custom Build
« Reply #54 on: Jan 27, 2015, 00:35:25 »
Cool bro. Nice, Real Deal stuff going on here

Offline Nuckingfuts

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Re: Nuckingfuts Custom Build
« Reply #55 on: Jan 27, 2015, 02:27:55 »
I appreciate the kind words from everyone. No seriously!
It's been a fun project so far that I've learned a few things along the way. When things get a bit slow with project details you guys bring the extra motivation with the feedback. I dig it!.....and I dig that others dig it.
The harder you fall the higher you bounce!

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Offline Nuckingfuts

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Re: Nuckingfuts Custom Build
« Reply #56 on: Feb 13, 2015, 22:56:43 »
The last few weeks have been fun making progress on the bike and the light at the end of the tunnel is beginning to emerge. Both Robert and Eric (friends of mine) have played a big roll in supporting the effort and it's been awesome to be able to share this experience with them.

A few more minor pieces needed to be machined up so I called on Eric who turned out these simple caliper spacers to replace the stacked washers I used on the initial fitment of the front wheel and brakes.

With most of the fabrication in the tailwind it was time to get moving on the prep & paint for all the parts. I started with the tank and spent the better part of a weekend cleaning the inside surface of any rust. I started with a handful of tech screws and bolts then shook it til my arms fell off. Then filled it with about 3 gal of vinegar and let it chemically etch the surface for about 24hrs. After that the surface rust just wiped away with little effort revealing an almost brand new surface.

With the fresh metal surface mechanically and chemically conditioned it was time for a protective epoxy coating to double down on fuel barriers. A little 'dragons blood' from Caswell is just what the doctor ordered.
The harder you fall the higher you bounce!

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Offline Nuckingfuts

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Re: Nuckingfuts Custom Build
« Reply #57 on: Feb 13, 2015, 23:00:13 »
Had about 10 mins of working time to cap off and roll the tank around to get the coating distributed evenly. Went off without a hitch and I was very pleased with the end result. As with any 2 part epoxy there's always an exothermic reaction. Within 30 mins the excess that I poured out of the tank was warm enough to burn your biscuits.
The Caswell directions give you the option of 36 hr cure at ambient or for best results to bake at 140F for 4hrs. So into the kiln she went. The resulting coating is tough as nails!
The harder you fall the higher you bounce!

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Offline Nuckingfuts

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Re: Nuckingfuts Custom Build
« Reply #58 on: Feb 13, 2015, 23:02:17 »
With the tank inside completed it was time to get the exterior stripped for primer and body work. I initially began with some paint stripper but it just made a mess and wasn't very effective on the base primer which I'd guess was some kind of 2k epoxy primer (tough stuff). In the end I resorted to carefully attacking the paint with various wire brush attachments which made quick work of it without damaging the metal.

Now with the paint out of the way I could start playing around with layout ideas for the tank.
The harder you fall the higher you bounce!

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Offline Nuckingfuts

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Re: Nuckingfuts Custom Build
« Reply #59 on: Feb 13, 2015, 23:06:03 »
Since the project is already WAY over budget (shhh, don't tell my wife ??? ) I've decided to paint the structural components instead of powder coating. Doing so will allow me to easily service and/or mod parts if I decide to do so later. Ever tried that with powder coated parts? :o
For the main frame I used a 2k epoxy primer from Spraymax to provide the best foundation for professional grade enamel paint.

Few more pics of misc parts to prep just for dexterity.
The harder you fall the higher you bounce!

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