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Old 05-04-2013, 04:52 AM   #121
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Old 05-04-2013, 10:29 AM   #122
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100$$ for a paint job??? I only paid 37 bucks for the tank! ;) No, really, I've been looking at those techniques a lot on chop cult, it's truly awesome, however, I know I could screw it up and waste money on paint. I am considering doing a simplistic stencilled logo on each side in black, though. I'm trying to go extra cheap on this bike (aesthetically), so when/if it comes time to resell, I'll come out on top. I'm sure my labor will end up going pretty cheap or free.
So, I just remembered Kurt has a HVLP paint sprayer for an air compressor. We could do some sweet stuff with that. I think he also has a standard spray gun also.

Any interest? If so I will need some advance notice so I can get it from him.
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Old 05-04-2013, 10:48 AM   #123
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So, I just remembered Kurt has a HVLP paint sprayer for an air compressor. We could do some sweet stuff with that. I think he also has a standard spray gun also.

Any interest? If so I will need some advance notice so I can get it from him.
Thanks for the offer amigo, but I refuse to spend another penny on this budget project thing until I can get the carbs in and hear it run. :) Probably should have said this a couple hundred bucks ago.
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Old 05-04-2013, 03:11 PM   #124
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That bare metal tank looks nice.

I wonder if you even had to clear it though. I bet wiping it a little with some WD-40 every once in a while would take care of it.

If you got some surface rust, just rub it a little with some steel wool.

At any rate, those dings and leftover paint looks pretty good on that bare tank. I like it.
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Old 05-04-2013, 03:39 PM   #125
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That bare metal tank looks nice.

I wonder if you even had to clear it though. I bet wiping it a little with some WD-40 every once in a while would take care of it.

If you got some surface rust, just rub it a little with some steel wool.

At any rate, those dings and leftover paint looks pretty good on that bare tank. I like it.
Didn't want to have to do that and have the tank be greasy. If I choose to do it long term this way, I'll get the 2 stage clear coat.
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Old 05-04-2013, 04:53 PM   #126
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Bike is lookin' REAL nice!
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Old 05-04-2013, 05:57 PM   #127
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Bike is lookin' REAL nice!
Thanks. I can't wait to see it with the new grips, bar end mirrors, fork gaiters, and oh yeah, carburetors...
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Old 05-05-2013, 11:33 AM   #128
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Painted Z's



Those trim pieces on the engine have the perfect opening for press fitting bottle caps into:

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Old 05-08-2013, 07:23 PM   #129
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No major progress...still waiting for carbs. I rolled it out onto the nice green grass to take a few pics, just bored.












I used the plasti-dip to black out the rear shock eye covers and the headlight trip ring. Mostly been just staring at it out in the garage...This is awful. I have two other perfectly awesome bikes in the garage, but I just can't wait to blast around town on this stupid thing.
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Old 05-08-2013, 08:08 PM   #130
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Ok, I'm going to recap my investment so far:

Bike: 600
Gas to pick up bike: 50
Battery: 50
battery tender plug: 7
Z-bars: 60
pegs: 26
exhaust wrap: 14
misc fasteners 15
fuel filter: 1.50
bar end mirrors : 16
grips: 10
fork gaiters: 10

So far I'm at $860ish. I will still need to pay for the carb clean and get a set of tires, change the oil, I don't think I'll be able to keep it under 1k$.

+ 37$ for the tank

So at 900$ now. It looks like I'll be able to get tires for about $140 plus 30$ for tubes and my buddy can mount them for me. I'll assume another 20 bucks for an oil change. So I should be sitting at about 1100$ + carb clean fee. I'm ok with that. ;)
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Old 05-09-2013, 04:56 AM   #131
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This is awful. I have two other perfectly awesome bikes in the garage, but I just can't wait to blast around town on this stupid thing.
Hahaha

Welcome. It's only downhill from here.

Better get ready to have parts hanging from the rafters and pos bikes covered in tarps stashed in various places.
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Old 05-09-2013, 10:32 AM   #132
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:27 AM   #133
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I must say that I have the much easier task at hand. In my opinion, the 535's lines are FAR superior to any of the other Virago models, especially the 80's 700+.

that cafe is looking fantastic, however.
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Old 05-10-2013, 05:51 AM   #134
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Trying to decided if one of those tall sissy bars would look good on this bike:

This one is sold on ebay from Hong Kong:



I'm not sure if this bike is old school chopper enough to pull it off.

It would have to come after the carb and the tires anyway...
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Old 05-10-2013, 12:35 PM   #135
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Trying to decided if one of those tall sissy bars would look good on this bike:

This one is sold on ebay from Hong Kong:



I'm not sure if this bike is old school chopper enough to pull it off.

It would have to come after the carb and the tires anyway...
Let me be the first to say........no.
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