GOT a Zookie! "OVERKILL!"

CresentSon

Active Member
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Great job Hoosier, you ruined the patina... ;)

That is dedication right there ladies and gentlemen.
 

Rossicle

When in doubt - gun it!
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Keep up the good work Hoosier! It ain't easy working on a bike in below freezing weather.. So kudos to you! Can't wait to see the finished product.
 

Hoosier Daddy

Earache my eye...
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Thanks guys! I've since been sanding the primer on the frame, cleaning the engine block and working on the fork lowers that were in similar shape (BAD!). These a some of the bikes I have saved in my "motivational" folder for this build. Notice the shape of the Zooks "L" tank suites itself nicely!








Other common factor? They all have black fork lowers. For some reason this is really catching my eye, none seem to be Ratbike-ish but just come across with the attitude I want for this build. Since I can't afford powdercoat, I'm thinking the Rustoleum Appliance Epoxy would be the most durable paint, but I seem to be having a hard time finding it in black now... or maybe the Hammered Black I did the rear shocks, battery tray, and peg mounts, and side stand in already, lord knows that stuff hides a world of sins! But I am concerned about the texture it has looking like ass on the forks and being hard to touch-up in the future. Any input?
Oh, and gaitors, I want fork gaiters!
 

Rossicle

When in doubt - gun it!
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I love the painted fork look.. Especially if the rest of the frame is black. I'd definitely go with that Appliance Epoxy! It's the toughest stuff i've seen in a spray can for a good price. It's what I SHOULD HAVE used. I've always found it at Lowes or someplace like it.
 

Hoosier Daddy

Earache my eye...
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At the local stores I bought it before, they still have white and almond but no black... not even a barcode space for it on the shelves anymore. figures :-\
 

thausen

New Member
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I see this all the time about people using appliance epoxy for fork legs. I am a paint guy working for a major paint OEM for 23 yrs. Epoxies chalk out by nature when exposed to UV light. You are much better off long term using a 2 component polyurethane for this type application. Another thing that works well, and trust me I am a garage builder as well is the vinyl type truck bed liners. I use the aerosol sand texture types for for legs and have had great long term success....just a thought.
 

Hoosier Daddy

Earache my eye...
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Good info Thausen! Thanks for that.
... and funny you should mention spray bedliner, I was just looking at Rustoleums last night wondering about its use on the center section of the swingarm to be more durable.
 

thausen

New Member
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The Rustoleum version is actually the best I've used so far. More of a sand texture than a lumpy texture and holds up very well if allowed to cure/harden for several days.
 

mothgils

Member
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Lookin good Hoosier!


Do you have a Lowes nearby? That is where I picked up the black appliance epoxy that I used. I repainted a lot of parts with it, even my fork lowers.


You coming down to Rockers Reunion on May 14th?
 

Hoosier Daddy

Earache my eye...
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mothgils said:
You coming down to Rockers Reunion on May 14th?
I SO want to be there on the Bomber 'oldwing! Need to get some decent weather so I can get her out for some higher milage cruises now that everything is titled and registered befor I venture that far though...

While I was at the Autoparts store picking up some Duplicolor 1650 engine paint for the engine case I found VHT's epoxy black for the fork lowers and after reading the can seemed exactly what I need. Snagged a can and now waiting on the weather to co-opperate to shoot them.

 

Maritime

Well-Known Member
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This ones coming along nicely Hoosier! Lots of love in the polished parts. Let me know how the epoxy works may grab some for my sons mini bike project.
 

Hoosier Daddy

Earache my eye...
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Thanks Maritime! I will post picks of the final product.
Today I got the polished oil pan back on and masked it off then shot the bottom half of the engine cases with the Duplicors engine enamel. That way I got the big end resealed ASAP and I can roll her back upright to continue onto the top half.
Also finished scuffing the primer on the frame... Another good day with low humidity and I can shoot it in the metalic charcoal grey I picked up for it.
 

Hoosier Daddy

Earache my eye...
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"...and the frame was hung from the rafters with care,
In hopes that warm dry weather soon would be there."

Some times it pays to listen to the Weather Man! Yesterday they were predicting good sunny warmth here for a change so I hung the frame and blew it all off while wipeing it down with alcohol, then turned to grinding off the tabs from the swinger for the fat chrome chaingaurd I won't be using. Need to sandblast, prime and paint it. I want to try that Rustoleum bedliner spray in its center section before shooting it with color...
Today just as promised 70 when I got off work. I came home, blew it off one last time and shot the Charcoal Grey. 4 coats with the last one so heavy to avoid dry spray I though it might sag, but it turned out nice and glossy from any angle and no sags... At least what I could see in the shop lighting.





In person it is much darker, but my cell pics brightened it up in the shops low light conditions. So once it cures I will take it out in the sunshine for better pics with the good camera. Next comes the swingarm, I bought a spare can of paint from the same lot for that and will have enough for some misc fasteners later.
 

Big R

Heaven is so far away.
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Hoosier, is that your garage? Looks like an airplane could park in there. Or at least a lot more motorcycles and such......


Good work!
 

Hoosier Daddy

Earache my eye...
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Ha-ha-ha Rich, that is the east end of my "shop" aka: Garage Mahal / Man cave, that's NOT attached to the house. Had a little thread when it was being built at the end of last summer here. http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=16545.0



Some of the previous posts on this Zookie build were looking the other direction (west). It's only 24 x 32 but it is the cats ass for my 3 bikes, 2 mowers, a 12' oak bar and 3 work benches and still room to work on a car if the two car garage is full. That's a 12' wide overhead door... For the winter I only had a 100' 10/3 extension cord running out there for lights and power tools, but this summer it's getting POWER! And yes, I plan on more bike builds and working on other peoples bikes out of it for a side business. Friends are getting the word around, have two jobs lined up already. Formal announcement of the business name forthcoming ;)
 

Big R

Heaven is so far away.
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Ya, I remember that thread now. Maybe it's the angle of the pic or something but it looks huge in there. Power is great, I wouldn't mind running water. And air conditioning........
 

Hoosier Daddy

Earache my eye...
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Better outdoor pics of the frame to show it's true color. Gloss is still there but didn't show up in the pics...




AND I got 4 coats of VHT epoxy paint on the fork lowers... today it was not too warm out, so once they dried to the touch I brought them in to cure over night. This stuff lays nice!

 
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