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Old 02-04-2013, 10:18 PM   #91
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Little more progress on the tank. I'm not real happy with it, and I expect I'll probably scrap my first attempt but here you go anyways...

I built a set of "radius fingers" for the brake at school, this was kind of the maiden voyage. Turned out okay, but the fingers still need some work. To make a longish story short- here's the fingers.



Made them by splitting a 2" dia pipe in half, welded a cap on the pipe, made some new bar mounts, welded the bar mounts to the pipe halves, made an extra attachment for the folding blade, and there you go.

Works okay, but definitely not a perfect bend.





A little trimming and beating...



Sorta what it'll look like.



Like I said, first attempt. I'll probably screw up the corners where I have to trim the overlap on the bends. The flat part on the top will also be quite a bit shorter, and then angle down toward the back.
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Old 02-06-2013, 05:52 PM   #92
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More work done.

Tacked on an extension.



Did some bending and trimming.



Trimmed it a bit more...







I like the shape so far, but its got a long ways to go.
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:25 AM   #93
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More work done.



I like the shape so far, but its got a long ways to go.
Looking Good!!
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Old 02-07-2013, 05:38 PM   #94
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can't you tie the seat and the tank in together? placing the fuel filler up hole thingy behind you.

been meaning to ask, is it a mono rear shock by normal means or something your trying out?
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:17 PM   #95
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Integrate them to make them one piece or just for looks?

Making the tank and seat one solid piece was going to be way more work than it was worth, plus it wouldnt have looked very good on this bike with the frame the way it is. I plan on building some side covers to kind of fill in under the seat and blend from the tank back and down a bit eventually.

Tried doing some actual welding today... didn't go very well. Not happy with the way the joint along the top of the tank turned out so I think I'm going to cut the back half off and try it again.

I took the shock off when I was doing some figuring on how to run the rear brake lines. It will be going back on.
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:52 PM   #96
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Another update, although no forward progress has been made. If you look at the last set of pics you'll see where I tacked the back half of the tank to the front? Well, I thought I was getting along well enough with my welder to give it a go. I still can't get pretty beads consistently on the this stuff, but I figured this part was going to get ground down smooth anyways so what could it hurt?

It became painfully obvious that my welder coupled with my (lack) of skills is not going to work for this project. My welder only goes down to about 30 amps. I think thats about the max I want to start, and then it needs to drop to maybe half that.

I'm embarrassed to post these but here you go anyways. If you look really close you can see a crack at the back edge of the weld where I ground through trying to get it flat. I didn't take any pics of the underside but there are some huge nasty boogers hanging off the inside from piling the filler in to keep from blowing holes. Yuck.






I tried a couple of corners too. They turned out okay, but still have the nasty boogers inside from too much rod.




Oh well... hack the back part off just in front of the weld and start over. I'm *almost* back to where I was.


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Old 02-11-2013, 07:23 PM   #97
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You don't give yourself enough credit!! Only you know those boogers are there...

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I'm embarrassed to post these but here you go anyways. If you look really close you can see a crack at the back edge of the weld where I ground through trying to get it flat. I didn't take any pics of the underside but there are some huge nasty boogers hanging off the inside from piling the filler in to keep from blowing holes. Yuck.

I tried a couple of corners too. They turned out okay, but still have the nasty boogers inside from too much rod.



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Old 02-12-2013, 04:54 PM   #98
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Little more... Really don't like the craftsmanship. The shape I love. I guess the old saying SHOULD be: The mind is willing, but the skills are weak. Its getting there. Gotta start somewhere!

Side piece with a "sample" logo. Thinking I'll make them out of copper sheet but nothing is set yet.



Tacked into place.





Settin on the bike. I dig it, now if I could just weld!



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Old 02-13-2013, 08:06 AM   #99
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It's getting nicer and nicer..

Thanks for the pics!
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Old 02-13-2013, 08:24 AM   #100
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Old 02-13-2013, 08:40 AM   #101
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Thanks! Playing hookey (sorta... long story) today, after I get some chores done I'm going to try my hand at sewing a seat cover...
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:46 PM   #102
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Whew. Add sewing to the list of things that I'm not all that great at...

Lets see what I can do with all of this crap.





Today's helper: Slinky.



Measurin an markin:





Turns out sewing zig zags are a little tricky. Meh. Good enough for now.



Really tricky getting the ends on.





Fitting it up.



Add some bling.



Done for now.





Turned out about how I envisioned it, which I *think* is a good thing. Still need to figure out a hinge for the cover on the back, the tail light, and some sort of mount to attach the whole shootin' match to the bike. I've got a pretty good idea how to do it, just need to DO it. The sleeping pad cushion is surprisingly comfortable too!
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:53 PM   #103
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FYI- I requested that the thread be renamed and moved- I think its a better fit now for this section... If anyone is interested, I added a poop load of writing / story about the history of this bike- It was my first ever bike, found in a barn, and drug home when I was maybe 15?. Enjoy.
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Old 02-14-2013, 01:45 AM   #104
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great project.
Your being a bit hard on yourself with your welding.
Not easy to but weld thin ally sheet
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:37 PM   #105
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I know... I just want it to look GOOD.

Probably the last bit of stuff I'll get done on it for a week or two, as another project FINALLY showed up. You can read more about that here if you want: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=854167

Fabbed up some brackets for the seat.





Made some rubber mounts out of stoppers to absorb some of the vibes...



And made a little side cover to kind of tie in the tank and seat. Not sure it will stay, have a few other ideas in mind as well, but this is what I've got for now.





Its just sitting in there loose in the last pic. I will probably have to remake it when I get the tank finished to make it match the lines.
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