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Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Davideokills, Feb 28, 2013.
Putting some paint down.
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Some friends came over and I set the tank on the frame to show it off a bit. It still needs work but it is coming together. I set up the welder and will finally be tacking the exhaust together tonight. I should have the throttle hooked up today too. You can see the gas cap I've modded up to work in the pics. I think it is pretty sharp. I feel like I'm finally getting somewhere on my to do list.
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I tacked the exhaust together and will be taking it to a shop to get TIG welded today. I'm going to be pulling the wheels off tonight to have the new rubber put on as well. The excitement is building.
I haven't uploaded the pics to my flicker yet but here is an instagram of the bike just before i welded the exhaust.
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I'm going to get the exhaust today!
I have the new tires on and they look great. Yesterday I started laying down the M stripes on the Tank and front fender. The tail is still getting some finishing touches but it is almost ready for paint too.
I managed to get the throttle cables figured out yesterday. I had to adjust the length of the cables I bought but they seem to be working great. I can't wait to get some gas in this baby and see if I'm going to get lucky with the carb jetting.
The exhaust fits great! I'll try to get some pics of it tomorrow.
I've completed a lot of shit on my to do list. I really feel like I'm moving now. My new problem is I daydream about working on the bike all day at work so I'm not getting anything done there.
Install gas cap
Redo wiring for new switches
Engineer a brake light switch
Install turn signals, tail light, and license plate bracket
Make brace/bracket for seat/tail/muffler
Finish battery box
Finish prepping/painting tank and body work
Install hose and filter for breather vent
Install double banjo bolt and bleed brakes
Measure/order/install throttle cables
Order/install new tires
Only real bummer moment I've had came when I put the front wheel on. one of the calipers is having clearance issues with the wheel. I'm not sure if the issues was there before and I didn't notice it or if I did something wrong when reinstalling the wheel. It sucks because I was looking forward to bleeding the brakes and seeing how the new master cylinder feels finally.
Here are some pics of the the stripes going down and the tail being prepped for paint.
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I can't let you just keep posting and not get some positive comments! Looking very good man, keep up the great work.
I was feeling a bit lonely here.
This is a fun build to watch!
You're not!!! Congrats!!!
Same here. the thread appeared from nowhere!
Great stuff. Nice to see lots of original ideas
Here are some pics of the exhaust, new tires, and a sneak peak at the paint.
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This is the first good profile shot I've got in a while because my workshop is so narrow and it is hard to get a good angle on the bike in there. The bike is looking pretty mean and I'm still in disbelief that it is mine.
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It was really nice out last sunday so I snapped some pics of the CBR that is 95% finished. That last 5% is the toughest to get over.
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I got home from work today and the first thing I did was unmask the tank to take a look at how the stripes turned out on it. If I was going to give the results a letter grade it would be D-. Its pretty bad but not a total loss and a learning experience for sure.
At first I started planning out how to remask and spray the areas but I don't think I'll ever get what I'm after doing it like that. I'm going to try to hand paint the pinstripes instead. These guys in India manage to do a pretty nice job on all the Royal Enfield tanks I feel like with a little patience I should be able to get similar results.
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Besides I did take a lot of painting classes in school so I should be great at it. This is a crappy image of a portrait I painted in school.
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That one guy has a super steady hand. Wow!:eek1
Not only that but I think he's using the same brush for the think and thin stripes, nice work!
I spent some time over the weekend painting a mural in the pinball parlor we are opening in Cleveland. It was good practice for painting the tank. Hand brushing it has its problems too but I'm having a lot more fun doing it this way. I'll try to get some pics of the finished mural up next week.
Yesterday I was told I don't need to come to work anymore so this bike might get finished sooner rather than later. Maybe when I'm done with the bike I'll know what direction I want to go next. It does feel good to put your energy into something physical. I feel like that might dictate my direction.
Congrats/sorry. This means we'll expect more progress and photos now. Enjoy your temporary retirement.
Great looking bike