"A Bird in the Hand" take 2. DR650 Deadtail Bobber

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Still plugging away, though there's not any huge updates to share. I talked with my boss, and got approved to bring it into my school to finish up the odds and ends fabrication with my class. I teach welding and fabrication at a vocational school, and feel like the students would think it's a cool project to be a part of, and it will hopefully keep my motivated to get things wrapped up.

Last week we designed and build a stand that we will put the bike up on to get it off the ground, as well as a fixture specifically to hold the bike. Once it's done, the table will be a handy fixture table to use for other protects in the future.
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I pulled it off the table in the first time for a while in preparation to take it to the school, and snapped a few pictures of it on the ground. There's been a bit of work done since I've had it on the gound, and it always feels good to see it as it's going to sit, vs up in the air on the lift surrounded by all the other junk in the shop.
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Thanks fellas! It's officially a school project now. I have a handful of students pretty chuffed to work on it, which makes me happy of course! The stand also will work well. It looks jankier than it is. It's definitely solid, and the bike is fastened to it as well.
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@Kanticoy did a little photoshop work for me to try a on some ideas for frame color. I've been thinking about doing anything from a gunmetal/charcoal to powder coat "chrome" but I really like how this burnt orange contrasts with the aluminum tins.
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Still plugging away. @irk miller came up to ride some southeastern Ohio twisties with a few fellow DTT miscreants, and with him he brought the freshly vapor honed top end for the motor. They look fantastic, and I have begun re assembling the motor. I also ended up giving the engine case covers a solid week (plus 9.5 months haha) to fully cure in the heat of the garage attic. They turned out pretty nice and that epoxy seems as though it will be nice and tough.

Dare I say the end may be in sight?

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Still plugging away. @irk miller came up to ride some southeastern Ohio twisties with a few fellow DTT miscreants, and with him he brought the freshly vapor honed top end for the motor. They look fantastic, and I have begun re assembling the motor. I also ended up giving the engine case covers a solid week (plus 9.5 months haha) to fully cure in the heat of the garage attic. They turned out pretty nice and that epoxy seems as though it will be nice and tough.

Dare I say the end may be in sight?

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Woot! Getting closer.
 

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The motor is now assembled with fresh rings, gaskets and valve stem seals. The clutch plates all measured within spec, so I threw that all back together as it was. I also removed the neutral sending unit completely, as the nuts are known to fall out causing catastrophic issues and I'm not running dummy lights anyways. @irk miller did a great job with the vapor hone work as always. This thing should be ready to drop in when the time comes, which is hopefully sooner than later!

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I also whittled away at a block of aluminum to make a petcock adapter for the aluminum Elsinore tank to go accept a 1/8 27 npt to 1/4" barb 90 degree fuel valve.

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I also got a little nostalgic with a detail on the motor. About 8 years ago, they were remodeling at the school, and they tore out a section of the lockers, and in that section was the locker that I was assigned for the two years that I was a student there. Before they threw them in the scrap hopper, I grabbed a drill and popped off the tag for my locker, number 1141. I thought "I'll use it someday", which is also why I have a garage full of stuff, but I digress.

Well, I found a use for it. Someone at some point had carelessly used a hammer to beat a likely sized starter out of the case, leaving a bunch of ugly marks. I dug the tag out of the junk drawer, cleaned it up, formed it to fit and used high temp rtv silicone to cover up the spot. Seems a fitting homage, as that school is where I learned to weld and fabricate which it how I was able to build the bike, and now my students in the same program have been helping to finish it up. Unfortunately, the acetone I used to clean the excess rtv also took off the letters, but they are still stamped into the plate. They don't photograph well, but they are still there.

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