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Forum: Old's Cool 05-12-2012, 08:19 PM
Replies: 60
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Posted By D-Mac
A few pics of the bike. Sidestand re-installed...

A few pics of the bike. Sidestand re-installed too. Since these were taken I’ve replaced a lot of fasteners, replaced the grips/levers, and I’m working on the footpegs and brake lever – removing...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-12-2012, 07:56 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,764
Posted By D-Mac
Some exciting news! Last week I got this project...

Some exciting news! Last week I got this project looking more like a motorcycle. I began by installing the rear tire on the rim and borrowing the “special” tool needed to torque the steering head nut...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-29-2012, 06:51 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,764
Posted By D-Mac
Continued…. The headlight is easily the...

Continued….

The headlight is easily the biggest improvement from powdercoating. It looks even better than the pics show. The powder covered all the scratches perfectly. I replaced all of the rusty...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-29-2012, 06:50 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,764
Posted By D-Mac
Continued. More powdercoat pics…. Sidestand ...

Continued. More powdercoat pics….

Sidestand
http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh178/D-Mac2008/22c39c7a.jpg

Front fender inner brace. Came out nice!...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-29-2012, 06:49 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,764
Posted By D-Mac
Good week. Lots of pics….multiple postings. ...

Good week. Lots of pics….multiple postings.

I spent quite a bit of time working on a friend’s old bike (a Yamaha triple), but on Tuesday my front tire arrived along with tubes for the front and...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-22-2012, 07:54 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,764
Posted By D-Mac
Final update of the weekend. I got the lower tree...

Final update of the weekend. I got the lower tree painted, along with the brake arm that I forgot to drop at the powdercoater.

Hit them with a wire wheels and did a little sanding. Prepped....
Forum: Old's Cool 04-21-2012, 01:24 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,764
Posted By D-Mac
Upper triple tree clamp is done. In the end I...

Upper triple tree clamp is done. In the end I decided to polish rather than paint it. Looks more “retro” that way.

Originally black (taped up to cut off the risers)....
Forum: Old's Cool 04-21-2012, 09:53 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,764
Posted By D-Mac
There have been some new developments in my "slow...

There have been some new developments in my "slow and overly-documented" build...

First, the big news. On Thursday I dropped off my frame, swingarm, kickstand, centerstand, engine mounting...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-14-2012, 06:36 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,764
Posted By D-Mac
PART 3: I finally tackled the problem of my front...

PART 3: I finally tackled the problem of my front fender. You might recall that my original one had been painted and that it is FULL of dents. It’s heavy and a little ugly too, but the inner fender...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-14-2012, 06:36 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,764
Posted By D-Mac
PART 2: After getting the seat portion done, I...

PART 2: After getting the seat portion done, I cut and welded some 16-gauge sheet metal on the rear to support the battery and various electrical bits....
Forum: Old's Cool 04-14-2012, 06:35 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,764
Posted By D-Mac
It’s been nearly 10 days since my last major...

It’s been nearly 10 days since my last major update. I do have a little progress to report. Lots of pics, so this will be done in three posts.
First, the paint scheme. I took the valve cover,...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-07-2012, 01:47 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,764
Posted By D-Mac
I'd appreciate that. There are many ups and downs...

I'd appreciate that. There are many ups and downs with this process (part of what makes it worth it I think).

It was a beautiful day today so I spent it riding the RT. Tomorrow it's back to the...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-05-2012, 08:19 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,764
Posted By D-Mac
Busy week with non-bike stuff, but there have...

Busy week with non-bike stuff, but there have been a few developments….

You might recall that I was having trouble removing the lower race from the steering head (it’s buried in a tapered portion...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-05-2012, 08:19 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,764
Posted By D-Mac
Yup. They would be more appropriate for this kind...

Yup. They would be more appropriate for this kind of build, but the cast wheels grew on me, and it's what I had to start with. I recently learned how to lace and true wheels (I've now done about 5...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-03-2012, 05:28 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,764
Posted By D-Mac
Me too! I try not to think about how much $$$ I...

Me too! I try not to think about how much $$$ I have tied into this crazy project (and how much I still have to do).
Forum: Old's Cool 04-03-2012, 05:27 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,764
Posted By D-Mac
Nice bike!

Nice bike!
Forum: Old's Cool 03-30-2012, 07:54 PM
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Views: 9,764
Posted By D-Mac
I managed to find pics of the two engine paint...

I managed to find pics of the two engine paint schemes I'm considering......

Option 1: SILVER/BLACK paint + polish (my black paint is not this shiny, but otherwise it would be identical to this...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-30-2012, 05:30 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,764
Posted By D-Mac
FINALLY, I have a little engine paint to show...

FINALLY, I have a little engine paint to show you.

Just the cylinders though. Work has been nuts lately.

The prep was as follows (in some cases there were repeated cycles of these steps):
...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-25-2012, 07:43 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,764
Posted By D-Mac
3/25/2012 It’s been a couple of weeks since...

3/25/2012

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last update, but progress is still creeping along.

I finally got around to getting the rear tube bent for the seat. By buying 2’ of tube myself...
Forum: Road warriors 03-16-2012, 05:12 PM
Replies: 3,194
Views: 332,212
Posted By D-Mac
Your point would be true if most buyers really...

Your point would be true if most buyers really shopped based on performance or practicality. They do not. Harley is an established brand. Their bikes are heavy, they use badly outdated suspension...
Forum: Road warriors 03-16-2012, 05:02 PM
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Views: 332,212
Posted By D-Mac
It's a cool bike and I LOVE the engine, but...

It's a cool bike and I LOVE the engine, but $31,000 for the "base model" it's simply too expensive (that's closer to $34K out the door, right? and nearly 40K for the other model) That price also...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-13-2012, 07:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,227
Posted By D-Mac
Amazing! Thanks for the link.

Amazing! Thanks for the link.
Forum: Old's Cool 03-11-2012, 08:42 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,764
Posted By D-Mac
I bought them on e-bay (search for the name and...

I bought them on e-bay (search for the name and you'll get a hit). They're Chinese knock offs for about $90, but I hear they are as good as the stockers (and my originals are in rough shape). They...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-11-2012, 05:08 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,174
Posted By D-Mac
Eh? First off, NICE BIKE! I love the 850s. It looks...

First off, NICE BIKE! I love the 850s. It looks very clean and those bags are cool.

These leaks are not unusual at all. The top end has probably never been apart (other than the valve cover). When...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-10-2012, 05:31 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,764
Posted By D-Mac
TODAY! I was a little all over the place...

TODAY!

I was a little all over the place with my plan this week.

My first attempt was to rebuild the master cylinders.

The rear didn’t happen because I discovered that I was missing some key...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-10-2012, 05:30 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,764
Posted By D-Mac
March 4, 2012 cont.... Carb rebuild/mod...

March 4, 2012 cont....

Carb rebuild/mod continued…..

Original jet needle
http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh178/D-Mac2008/338ae93f.jpg
New needle...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-10-2012, 05:29 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,764
Posted By D-Mac
March 4, 2012: Time for a little update: ...

March 4, 2012:

Time for a little update:

I spent a little time this week soda blasting the outside of the cylinders. These will eventually be painted black.

Prepped for blasting...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-10-2012, 05:29 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,764
Posted By D-Mac
February 28, 2012: Another burst of progress...

February 28, 2012:

Another burst of progress is coming soon. Until then, here’s what I’ve been working on.

I’m in the process of cutting off and grinding down the various tabs on the frame. I...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-10-2012, 05:28 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,764
Posted By D-Mac
February 17, 2012: I spent some time this...

February 17, 2012:

I spent some time this afternoon cutting off and grinding down some of the various frame tabs I no longer need (ones holding on the side covers and helmet lock; I still have the...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-10-2012, 05:27 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,764
Posted By D-Mac
February 17, 2012: Today was pretty...

February 17, 2012:

Today was pretty productive. Rather than work at home, I decided to drive in to the shop where I’m taking my motorcycle service courses. They have lots of tools I don’t own and...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-10-2012, 05:26 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,764
Posted By D-Mac
February 11, 2012: Last Sunday I picked up a...

February 11, 2012:

Last Sunday I picked up a parts engine for my project. It ended up having one broken exhaust stud (owner said it had none), but that’s still a heck of a lot better than the five...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-10-2012, 05:26 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,764
Posted By D-Mac
February 3, 2012: Carbs/Engine/Seat: It's...

February 3, 2012:

Carbs/Engine/Seat: It's time to ratchet-up this project!

Last Sunday I opened up the carbs to have a peek. Yikes! Lots of crud/sand/varnish. We’re talking enough sand to make...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-10-2012, 05:25 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,764
Posted By D-Mac
January 24, 2012 (PART 2): Part II: I...

January 24, 2012 (PART 2):

Part II: I finally got my brake calipers assembled today. You might remember that they were badly rusted and pretty much shot (frozen up solid). It took a while to...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-10-2012, 05:24 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,764
Posted By D-Mac
January 24, 2012 (PART 1): Progress!! [in...

January 24, 2012 (PART 1):

Progress!! [in two posts]

First: I replaced the wheel bearings and put the wheels/rotors back on. Here are final pics (yes….I know I haven’t bent the lock tabs down...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-10-2012, 05:23 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,764
Posted By D-Mac
January 20, 2012: [EDIT: turns out the...

January 20, 2012:

[EDIT: turns out the swingarm dent mentioned in the last post is NORMAL after all. :D]

I was pretty busy this week (working on non-bike things), but I did manage to find a few...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-10-2012, 05:22 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,764
Posted By D-Mac
January 16, 2012: I’ve been doing a few...

January 16, 2012:

I’ve been doing a few little things here and there. Still no sign of the seat I ordered yet. If it doesn’t come soon I might just make my own.

A few days ago I installed the...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-10-2012, 05:21 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,764
Posted By D-Mac
January 7, 2012: Daily update: I got a...

January 7, 2012:

Daily update:

I got a few nagging things done today.

First, I put in a big parts order. This included a few brake caliper parts I forgot to order last time, fasteners for...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-10-2012, 05:20 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,764
Posted By D-Mac
January 5, 2012 (the wheels are FINISHED) ...

January 5, 2012 (the wheels are FINISHED)


Ok folks, the wheels are FINALLY painted!

I used my fume hood in the lab as a paint booth. It worked great and eliminated the fumes....
Forum: Old's Cool 03-10-2012, 05:19 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,764
Posted By D-Mac
January 4, 2012: As of 2am, both wheels were...

January 4, 2012:

As of 2am, both wheels were polished and fully cleaned.

Rear wheel polished. Didn’t come out quite as nice as the front, but it’s a major improvement. The tire is actually a...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-10-2012, 05:19 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,764
Posted By D-Mac
January 2, 2012: I went in for a few hours...

January 2, 2012:

I went in for a few hours late last night and did some wheel sanding. This afternoon I finished the initial sanding (220 grit) on both wheels, and quickly sanded the front wheel...
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