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    Guzzi Cali Cafe - Build Thread

    Me too!
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    Pinch off another loaf

    I doubt anyone other than a "rivet counter" will notice the case paint!
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    "A Bird in the Hand" take 2. DR650 Deadtail Bobber

    Nice job on the hub. I've always hated those "ribs" and wondered why more people didn't give them a nip and tuck! Love the fork design, very original!
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    1/2 Scale Cycle Kar(t)

    Excellent!!!
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    Post a pic of your latest purchase

    Yes! I wanted to keep the drum rear brake. I friend of mine sourced the wheel and I took a Space A flight to pick it up. Total cost $107 and we got to see some friends.
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    Post a pic of your latest purchase

    I had to go to Germany to get this damn wheel. 18 x 2.15 rear drum brake Comstar!
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    1982 CB750F... The resto-not

    On a side note. I never had an ultrasonic cleaner until a few years ago and I have not used mine to clean any part prior to parkerizing or zinc plating. The other gizmo was also not available. My gold plating process consisted of 6 - 24 volt batteries, volt/amp meters, a reostat to adjust...
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    1982 CB750F... The resto-not

    All will do the job, you just have to avoid leaving residue. Residue will inhibit the plating process and cause spotting. A good rinse in distilled water after using a cleanser will probably do the job. The most important part (IMO) about cleaning video was how to recognize the part was not...
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    1982 CB750F... The resto-not

    Yes on the orientation of the object. You need to turn the item being plated periodically to get good coverage. It takes some effort to get good nickel coverage on nuts and bolts. Have you thought about doing a high polish zinc finish? I've been playing around with parkerizing and zinc on some...
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    1972/78 XS650 Heavy Metal Hardtail

    Shit happens!
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    1982 CB750F... The resto-not

    In the old days we copper plated steel before laying down the nickel. Copper smooths out the imperfections. The steel has to be super clean to get good results. We used Hydrochloric acid to clean parts prior to plating. I've seen some small plating operations that used brake clean. Soaps leave...
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    1/2 Scale Cycle Kar(t)

    Love the front axle!
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    1982 CB750F... The resto-not

    If changing pennies doesn't work, look very closely at your amperage. Plating is an oxidation/reduction process and conditions have to be right for the movement of electrons. Amperage, the temperature of your chemicals and even the size/quality of the anode are critical to good plating.
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    1/2 Scale Cycle Kar(t)

    Great save!
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