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Old 02-16-2012, 02:32 AM   #421
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My Good wife finally made me buy a bike lift, it has been my Christmas present for the last few years, but as January is a quite month and things came up and I spent the $$$ on Bills. So last year she squirreled away a small amount of cash out each week and hid it away and for my birthday with some strict instructions to BUY THE LIFT!!!

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Well I have been fettling away and have made a number of new additions.

So far I have mounted a rear rack, fitted up the oil cooler (photo to follow)

Rebuilt the Fuel Tap, mounted the coil Brackets . . . .

Anyays the good news today is I have, with the help of Ray Tollhurst out at Camden Airport, made a new single seat base. Thanks so much Ray!!! Legend

I have always built this bike so it could be returned to a stock CB400/4 when it was finished. I didnt want to destroy a perfectly good steel seat base I hade to make a new one.

By fitting a rack on the back from an old Suzuki Ag bike, meant the seat had to be shortened. I could have gone into the process of making a mould but as I just need a simple cope and the steel base was pretty thin I just overlayed the fibreglass over the top.

So here goes a simple description of the process.

I had to remove all the glue, foam etc from the old base then tape any holes so the resin wouldnt run through.



Next we had to make a fence for across the back of the seat and fill all the holes with plasticine so they wouldnt fill with resin. The polish the whole area with mould release wax



Next was the PVA mould release, which is like liquid glad wrap.



Now we have a very nice shiny poliched and PVA'd seat to lay the fibreglass resin on.



Laying up the glass matt, 2 layers of 0.5mm and 2 layers of 1.0mm.



Rolling to get the air out.



While it is still a little damp, trim around the part with a stanley knife ready to come off the seat base



lifted off quite easily, and I can see all the locations for the rubber grommets and seat hinge and seat catch to be drilled and bolted on.



Seat sitting on the bike. really happy with it so now, fit up the spacers and hardware, then off to the trimmers.

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Old 02-16-2012, 07:09 AM   #422
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I like your seat approach. I am working on a similar one right now and glad to see it worked out for your. It gives me a little more confidence to jump into it myself. Great project.
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Old 02-17-2012, 12:14 AM   #423
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I never realised you guys are kinda famous until I wandered into an Aussie owned bar here in Cambodia, picked up some bike mags and saw you writing about hopefully having this bike finished in time for the next scrapheap rally

Anyhow, nice work.
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Old 02-17-2012, 01:35 AM   #424
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I never realised you guys are kinda famous until I wandered into an Aussie owned bar here in Cambodia, picked up some bike mags and saw you writing about hopefully having this bike finished in time for the next scrapheap rally

Anyhow, nice work.
Thank you

Its very close now, just need to fit a new chain and connect the oil lines

Should be done by next weekend
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Old 02-25-2012, 08:38 PM   #425
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That was very thoughtful of your wife.
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Old 03-04-2012, 01:27 PM   #426
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Amazing bike and awesome work Pez with an extra Z!
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Old 03-15-2012, 03:19 PM   #427
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Well the seat is away getting recovered!! Unsure what colour it will come back as the fellow is doing it for nix, and has suggested it might be a bit out there???

Thought I would show the hardware installed in the Fibreglass seat base. As the imprint off the steel base is on the fibreglass made it easy work.





Okay, in keeping with the theme of this bike, form over function, I have done something I wouldnt normally do, Honest!!!

Mounted the oil cooler on the side of the steel fuel tank. The bolts are spot welded and silver soldered to ensure a good hold. I then made brackets that have the leading edge out further the scoop in the air. The cooler has four rubber mounts to absorb the vibrations.





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Old 03-15-2012, 07:19 PM   #428
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Mounted the oil cooler on the side of the steel fuel tank. The bolts are spot welded and silver soldered to ensure a good hold. I then made brackets that have the leading edge out further the scoop in the air. The cooler has four rubber mounts to absorb the vibrations.

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Have you also decided to not fall off on the left?
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:43 PM   #429
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Have you also decided to not fall off on the left?
Thats my good side Nordie

But the crash bars and Handle bars protrude further than the oil cooler. I Hope
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Old 03-16-2012, 12:53 AM   #430
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Thats my good side Nordie

But the crash bars and Handle bars protrude further than the oil cooler. I Hope
What could possibly go wrong
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Old 03-16-2012, 06:48 PM   #431
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Totally inspired by Aussies and Kiwis who turn trash into ART. So much so that yesterday I broke out my 1977 C&J framed TT500 that has sat for 25 years. For sure an easier job than what you guys tackle but, my plan is to re-create it as a street legal TT/SuperMoto/Fireroad shredder. Out in the workshop till past midnite stripping it down and cleaning. Today scored a 1991 Kawasaki USD fork that will bolt up with a couple of machined spacers, FREE! Bike still has compression but, thinking I will do a top end freshen up. Will post photos when it is rolling again! Thanks for the push!!!
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Old 03-16-2012, 08:02 PM   #432
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Looks great Pezz, it's deffinetly in the spirit of scrap heap
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Old 03-22-2012, 04:51 AM   #433
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Well the seat was delivered back, after a 10 hour ride from Queensland. I reckon Shane just wanted to see the look on my face.

I got this pic of the seat with the foam added



thinking this will be nice.

Well he sent through a few phone pics and I began to become a little concerned!!!

then he arrived with this



Close up to show some detail



Pilot Air Compressors had a stand at the Hare & Forbes 3 day sale and so we decided to add my XR460/4 to the display. Got a bit of interest too!!!



Actually, I reckon it suits it, although not really convinced about the quilting
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:08 PM   #434
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:53 PM   #435
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I agree with nordie.

Must have been hard walkng out of that sale without owning lots of shiny new tools.
I've been thinking about buying one of there mills
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