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Old 01-18-2013, 09:25 AM   #76
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Yeah... Been busy with everything else. You can read about it here: http://dorkpunch.com

Been practicing my TIG welding in hopes I might some day be able to build a tank for this beast.
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Old 01-19-2013, 09:29 PM   #77
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A.D.D. is about the best way possible to sum up the flow of my projects...
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:22 PM   #78
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Still trying to figure out my edge former so I whipped this out. I think it turned out incredible... Usually things like this end up as scrap when I touch 'em.

Drew up a shape on a piece of paper real quick, traced it onto some aluminum and hacked it out.



Ran it through the slip roll to give it a bit of a curve and tried it on with some duct tape





Did a little creative measuring... Made some brackets to mount it to the headlight ears, and viola!









I intended to roll the edge with the edge former but I couldnt get it to work nicely on my scraps, so I just rolled a bead all the way around and filed the edges. Now maybe someday I'll start on the tank...
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:33 PM   #79
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Got any video footage Dorkpunch? Would love to hear how that bike sounds.
I had a FS1-E 'Fizzy' back in the day. Great little bike.
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:45 PM   #80
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Hmmm... Not sure that I do! Might have a clip of it when I tested the pipe but I kinda doubt it. I'll check though.
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:39 PM   #81
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Playing around some more. Working on the seat bump. First attempt was more of a test, I didn't really expect it to work out. Tried to get all fancy, and it didn't turn out.





Second attempt turned out much better- less fancy, and less shape to it but I think it looks good.





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Old 01-29-2013, 03:51 AM   #82
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Nice work Dorkpunch.

These are great small projects for your students to see!
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Old 01-29-2013, 04:38 PM   #83
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More on the seat... Hacked out a seat pan and marked out the hole I'm going to cut in in to get it to sit down over the frame.



Trimmed the cover up to accomodate the thickness of the wood.



And worked a bit more on the lip of the cover... getting closer but still have a ways to go.

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Old 01-30-2013, 05:20 PM   #84
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That is a good looking project you have going.
I let my mom's 69 Trailmaster go @ VMD last year. It hadnt run in 10 years. The guy had it running after 2 days of working in his vender area. We still have a blue 75cc with the long tank and seat with low bars. I found it full of water under the eaves of an old house. The motor is solid (one rusted lump) the tank is full of rust.
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:34 PM   #85
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Cut the hole out of the seat pan so it would fit down over the frame, made a cover for it out of sheet metal, and temporarily mounted the bump. Also cut down the tank mock up a bit, I like it a lot more. The tank will have radiused bends (hopefully) so it will be a little curvy-er.





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Old 01-30-2013, 07:12 PM   #86
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Cut the hole out of the seat pan so it would fit down over the frame, made a cover for it out of sheet metal, and temporarily mounted the bump. Also cut down the tank mock up a bit, I like it a lot more. The tank will have radiused bends (hopefully) so it will be a little curvy-er.





It's slowly starting to have a really nice and different look..

Thanks for sharing the build with us.
I can't wait to see the tank finished!

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Started on the tank today...







Even got the pieces tacked together with my crappy TIG welder without blowing any (major) holes. Turned out great I think, even though I got a little excited about finally starting and used my old measurements, which means the tank sticks down about an inch further than I wanted it too. Oh well... I can camouflage it with some paint if I don't like it.
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Old 02-02-2013, 09:59 AM   #88
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Started on the tank today...
Even got the pieces tacked together with my crappy TIG welder without blowing any (major) holes. Turned out great I think, even though I got a little excited about finally starting and used my old measurements, which means the tank sticks down about an inch further than I wanted it too. Oh well... I can camouflage it with some paint if I don't like it.
I like it!! What TIG welder are you using? Thinkikng about getting one for my garage use...
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:06 AM   #89
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Its just an old beater Century DC/AC welder a friend gave me broken... I fixed the amp selector thingy and scrounged up a tig torch for it, bought a bottle of argon and a regulator and used it a bit. Couple months ago I finally decided I wanted to do something with aluminum so I figured out how to wire the high frequency stabilizer and set it up for AC...





I don't think its going to work for this thin stuff. I've been practicing a fair bit and I can get some decent beads but not having the foot control to vary the amps while welding means welding a teensy bit and then waiting for the metal to cool down... My welder only goes down to 30 amps. Seems like thats okay to start, but when I get going it needs to drop down to more like 15. I'll probably tack it all together for now and see if I can figure out how to get my hands on a newer ($$$) machine, or see if I can borrow one at the high school. Thinking I might try to sell this one and maybe a bike or two to fund the purchase of a nice one later this summer.

This plate started out at 1/8" thick.. It's well over an inch thick now.

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Old 02-02-2013, 02:34 PM   #90
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Cool project. I've got a YL1 I'm giving a mild cafe treatment but the project has stalled with the crappy winter weather. Love these little Yamahas. Looking forward to seeing how yours turns out.
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