Sunday, February 27, 2011
Today's optimal muleage...got a million and one things done this week. just some of the 20%
Frame's stripped, bondo'd (as much as it's gonna be), sanded, and ready for primer (high build as suggested).
Two wassell tanks are sanded and bondo'd and ready for primer.
This one looks like a clubbed baby seal. Hahahah yeah, I think that's funny, no I've never actually clubbed one myself...yet.
Some warmer weather allowed me to get a peak at Dale and pull the left side exhaust to harvest the other shorty pipe for the cherry bombs on pommie. Can't wait to pull Dale inside this spring and pull him apart for a cleaning and some upgrades.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
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Thursday, February 24, 2011
Workin on Pommie's frame today giving it some mild molding with bondo. Glad I'm not using lead loading. Shaping bondo is fun for about 10 minutes and I've been at this for about 4 hours now and only about half way through a mediocre job.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
I was promised 2 XS650's for a good price and ended up getting a complete (but non-running) XS400 and a basket 650 roller. I was planning to do a little tracker with the 400, but decided to liquidate and put the money into the 650 engines I had. Well...I got an update on the 400 progress and man, is it lookin great.
Nice work, Darren. Can't wait to see you runnin' around this summer!
Monday, February 21, 2011
First things first. Pick the coldest day you can and work where you're outta the wind, but have minimal heat sources (actually it was pretty reasonable once we were at it).
Second, find a donor with some suitable tubing and get at it on the band saw.
Next put some more stock frame on the floor.
Now heat up the remaining frame tubes and drop them down.
After notching the 10 speed bike tubes and dishing suitable cradles out of the frame posts...
...a little more grinding and we're ready for some oxy/acetylene goodness.
I love this shot of Billy. Looks like he's building a bike in the frackin Ukraine or something.
Here's the frame all tacked in place. Rigid struts welded right to the swingarm, to the shortened/lowered seat tubes and braced by a couple tubes that needed to be there to support the engine mounts. Great stance. Very old BSAy kinda shape.
As you can see from the pictures I didn't do sweet FA. Just sat around snapping pictures all day...oh except for the big dookie of brass I piled on POmmie's tank as I tried to braze some holes closed with Sr's torch. What a mess. no pictures.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Built some pipes for Dale with a swoopy pair of original xs headers welded up to some insanely long fish from R&L's attic.
Gonna be beautiful for Dale. Love how they wrap the engine and frame.
Did a proper kicker for Pommie. I'll do another for Dale with the other pedal.
Oh and no worries, Billy. I cut two inches outta those Z-bars for ya. Nooo don't thank me. Just run them in good health.
Friday, February 18, 2011
I'm takin' some time off work this next week to get some work done in the shed and to regain some SaNIty. I'm hopin' to get Pommie's frame all stripped, ground and moulded so I can paint'er up. Shed therapy will be good. Stop by anytime this next week.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Someone frisco'ed the seating position of this tank, back-in-the-day, by adding a piece to the tunnel (a common customization fo sho). But the unique feature here was the filler used to disguise the job.
Back in the '50's plastic fillers like Bondo were not readily available and expensive to purchase. So the technique common to hot rodders and painters alike was that of lead loading or body soldering. Melting and shaping a stick of lead into dents and then shaping with a wooden paddle made this a real art form of body work. One which the previous owner of this little peanut, obviously, was not the master of.
Still. Props must go out for using this ancient technique. No one really does lead loading anymore because of the relative easy and low cost of products like Bondo. But Lead Loading is one of those lost art forms that crazy people with too much time on their hands still practice today to keep their '50's rods period correct. There's a great article here on Lead Loading's how to's. Check it.