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  1. Rider52

    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!
  2. Rider52

    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...
  5. Rider52

    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...
  7. Rider52

    1/2 Scale Cycle Kar(t)

    Love the front axle!
  8. Rider52

    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!
  10. Rider52

    What did you build this week?

    I was going to show off the two boards I nailed together! But after Sonic built a machine and now savOr's water pump gear I'll pass.
  11. Rider52

    Pinch off another loaf

    I am surprised the extra exhaust gaskets hadn't created so much vacuum that it sucked the wood screws out of the float bowls. Definitely a master mechanic had worked on that bike!
  12. Rider52

    Pinch off another loaf

    OK! Well, another garage mystery!
  13. Rider52

    Pinch off another loaf

    Nathan, are these Wing turn signals? If so do you want them?
  14. Rider52

    Pinch off another loaf

    Let me check!
  15. Rider52

    Pinch off another loaf

    I may or may not have some wing turn signals. I'll need to look at a picture and compare as I can't remember if they were on a wing. If they are wing, they are likely for a 79.
  16. Rider52

    Brat/rat first chop

    Rustoleum makes a stainless steel appliance paint. I've painted some parts with it. It is durable and leaves a nice finish. They also make a professional stainless cover but I have not tried it. I think spokes would look good using the appliance paint.
  17. Rider52

    Gearing Advice Needed

    I doubt you will notice the difference. The easiest way to calculate your ratio is to divide the driven sprocket size by the driving sprocket size. In this case 38/14 will be somewhere around a 2.71 ratio. The new sprockets 36/13 will take you to around 2.57. In theory this should give you a...
  18. Rider52

    1982 CB750F... The resto-not

    Amazing job on those Comstars!
  19. Rider52

    Wood Bike table

    Here is the plan for the table that Tim posted. It was developed during WWII by the US Army. The first shop I worked has these benches and they are pretty handy. I could easily get a single or twin on and off by myself. A four cylinder or a Harley required help...
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