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Old 05-15-2012, 10:42 PM   #16
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I was told by Yoshi from the Garage Company that it wasnt going to happen so i thought id have to use the old tank..

Did a search on you tube for how to clean out a rusty tank and thought id give this a try...

Fill the tank with a bag of aquarium stones



wrap it up with some blankets and towels




And put it in the clothes dryer without heat, fill gaps with pillows so you dont wreck your dryer..



It kinda worked...

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Old 05-15-2012, 10:49 PM   #17
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I really wanted to change the look so i thought i had nothing to lose...
So i found some styrofoam in the trash...
Shaped it, and thought id have a go at learning to do some fibreglassing...


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Old 05-15-2012, 11:24 PM   #18
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love it



make your own ride. That gives the uniqueness to your journey
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Old 05-16-2012, 10:28 AM   #19
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make your own ride. That gives the uniqueness to your journey
Thanks, Im not sure it will go down well for all those XL600/off road purists, or those round the world touring guys, with their perfectly terrain specific motorcycles and gear...
its not the most practical lil custom job i know, its not perfect but im learning, i'll just have to make work with what ive got ....

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Old 05-16-2012, 11:24 AM   #20
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Here's some of my ignorant my mistakes..
I wanted a quick temporary fix, so i didnt want to sand it down to the metal
I was never good at fixing my surfboards with fibreglass, i didn't know resin eats styrofoam..




heres the second attempt



hand sanded it down



Wrapped the styrofoam with foil, you can see the lumps on top where the resin started hardening. doh



It was a preety rough job... so bought myself an electric sander.



Started to fill in the gaps with some body filler.

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Old 05-16-2012, 11:28 AM   #21
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nice job !!!!!

we are watching you !!!!!!!!
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Old 05-16-2012, 11:37 AM   #22
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The original tank has sharp pointed edges and a very 80's character, I wanted it more rounded off to give it more of a vintage feel, so i fibreglassed over the filler.



My fibreglassing skills improved, and i was able to get a shape i was content with.

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Old 05-16-2012, 11:54 AM   #23
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Dude that is looking sharp.
May consider a stash point for money, important docs or whatever you need.
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Old 05-16-2012, 12:14 PM   #24
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Dude that is looking sharp.
May consider a stash point for money, important docs or whatever you need.
Dude, I was considering an ipod dock, an ashtray, a beer holder...

But i was happy enough to get it this far...
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Old 05-16-2012, 12:22 PM   #25
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ditch the red original tank and fit the blue one whatever it takes !!!!!! looks way better !! and holds more fuel ;)

seat looks good leave it ;)

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Old 05-16-2012, 03:52 PM   #26
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I would have tried to research further for alternative tanks, but my time is short, and ive been thinking on my feet..
I have to be out of the US in 2 weeks

I mentioned at the start of this thread i actually have a 1973 cb750, i prepped for the trip.. (another story)
Only in the last 2weeks i threw this spanner in the works and decided to change bikes, and have been in a crazy scramble to try and get it running for the job..

In haste here's another blooper
I put the last coat of filler so i could sand out the bumps



This is what happens when you dont put enough hardener
Had to scrape the whole tank down



I had enough by this time, a few more places to identify rough spots



then i just had to put a coat on it!



Not the smoothest thing on the block, but i dont think the Latinos will judge..

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Old 05-16-2012, 07:39 PM   #27
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waitting for the new tank !!!!!!!

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Old 05-16-2012, 09:04 PM   #28
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The tank still needs a few coats and light sanding before it goes on, i just bought a 2 part clear spray to protect it from fuel... but its going to have to wait...

The XL came with an oil leak in the top cover gasket.. so off with the engine.




And everything else...





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Old 05-16-2012, 09:32 PM   #29
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Totally awesome.

Looking forward to the finished product.

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Old 05-16-2012, 09:37 PM   #30
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Dude....you are a head case, and I mean that in the best possible way!

Totally cool and I'm subscribed.

Peace, Love & Open Roads.
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