CAFE CREME - BOARD.....TRACKER

NoRiders

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I consider myself very fortunate to have a selection of mates with various skills at my disposal so to speak. I wish I had and could use a lathe and really must fire up my MIG more often, get some practice. Still, progress is progress Beachy. :)
 

beachcomber

TJ - Beachcomber
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Some time ago I asked if anyone had fitted an oil pressure gauge to the Virago 125 / 250 engine ............................... deafening silence - so resorted to what I do best, I developed my own.

After a lot of research into the oil system in the engine I finally found a suitable take off on the right hand side gallery feed to the rockers and top end.

In the end simples .... remove the blanking screw, drill out 7.5mm then tap 5/16" UNF to take the oil fitting take off that came with the kit.

NO , I don't need an oil pressure gauge, but I scored a period brass pressure gauge - brand new in the box for next to nothing.

I'll position it when the bike is finally assembled.
 

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pidjones

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Although the color looks nice, I'd suggest SS tubing over copper. Copper work-hardens badly with vibration.
 

beachcomber

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Another step forward while I'm waiting for a welder [ !! ].

Prepped and primered the top yoke and front fork hoop. Once that's had a final rub down and one more coat all the fork parts are ready for Celeste Blue and assembly.

What do you all think about my new spray booth ???
 

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NoRiders

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Another step forward while I'm waiting for a welder [ !! ].

Prepped and primered the top yoke and front fork hoop. Once that's had a final rub down and one more coat all the fork parts are ready for Celeste Blue and assembly.

What do you all think about my new spray booth ???

I used a split cardboard box too. :)
 

Luugo86

'73 CB350, '78 XS650 Cafe Killer
Sorry you are having so much trouble getting a welder; if you weren't across the pond this is a weld job that I would be happy to be part of.
 

teazer

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Just a thought but does your local exhaust shop have a welder with his own gear? I had a couple of things welded by our Midas muffler shop over the years. Welding isn't pretty but it sticks. I also have a local welding shop that will (reluctantly) fit in small jobs between production runs.
 

beachcomber

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Luugo - thanx for the thoughts.

Teazer - wish I'd thought of that !

However, situation now resolved. An old pal I'd lost touch with contacted me a few days ago for a ketchup ..... guess what - he's a welder !!

He's awaiting open heart surgery [ next month ], but will come and tack my frame in the next 2 weeks.

His outward symptoms are shortness of breath, but he says he can still wield a welding gun.

He's the kind of pal that if he says he will do something - he will. And he still owes me a favour or two, so it's a no cost bonus.

Watch this space.
 

beachcomber

TJ - Beachcomber
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Fork components are now fully fettled and awaiting final assmbly into to fork tubes and yokes.

Resisting the urge to spray the parts in the Celeste Blue ........................ just.
 

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beachcomber

TJ - Beachcomber
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Came up with a plan B for the SU support .......................... rock solid
 

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beachcomber

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Resistance failed ...... Celeste Blue applied.

Photos don't do the colour real justice.
 

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Maritime

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We'll wait to decide if we like it or not when we see it out in the sun. Looks like it went on well though.
 

beachcomber

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MT, it wasn't my original choice [ Coffee and Cream ] but once I went down the route of creating an Edoardo Bianchi Phantom, it seemed to make sense to use the 1900's [ and still used today ] corporate colour. the Light Ivory contrast was my input.

Thanx for your input though .... all opinions welcomed, that's how we learn and progress.
 

Maritime

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MT, it wasn't my original choice [ Coffee and Cream ] but once I went down the route of creating an Edoardo Bianchi Phantom, it seemed to make sense to use the 1900's [ and still used today ] corporate colour. the Light Ivory contrast was my input.

Thanx for your input though .... all opinions welcomed, that's how we learn and progress.
I don't hate it by any means but I bet once out of the shop and on the bike it will look much better.
 

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