It's been a busy day. I moved the redneck bike lift into the other garage by myself. That sucker is seriously heavy. I moved it to the welder instead of the other way around. It's all cleaned up, put back together, and ready for modding. I knew not to touch it because materials for the panniers would soon be here, and I hate half finished projects lying around.
Racks are dry as well. I need to get longer hardware for mounting.
The mail lady brought my latch hardware today, and the UPS guy brought my aluminum sheet. I'm glad I didn't get carried away with the lift now.
Cut #1 on the sheet with my plasma cutter. Yes, that is a cut. It cuts aluminum better than mild steel.
Above: close up of the cut. A quick pass with a hand file on the backside and it's ready for welding.
Layout for bag #1. I decided on 18" long x 9" wide x 15" deep.
Bend #1 goes into the homemade brake. Let's see if this thing works.
See the bottom of the brake? I told you this was made from scrap, right? Success! It works! Hot dog!
Bend #2 goes under the clamp. Using the 3/4" wrench doesn't take as long as you would think.
Using a protractor to make sure I'm getting enough bend with the springback of the material.
Bend #4 complete... more pics to follow...