Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
I've got two days that I need to get working on my bike again. No school, no work, girlfriends in the other side if the country, I'm gonna get this thing going again tomorrow.
Think I'll start putting it together actually, don't have the money for gaskets and I think I'm gonna skip painting the motor, I've heard nothing but criticisms of the idea.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Haven't done any work on my bike all summer, even though I was hoping to have the whole thing done halfway through. But I've picked it back up in the past couple weeks. Switched high schools for my senior year(only 30 min away), but I already got some new friends that are helping me out again, a couple that heled painted the frame. Just a couple days ago I went and picked up the whole thing, all the wiring, tires, exhaust, engine, and about a billion lose juts and bolts, from my friend's house and moved it to my own shop. As I was packing it all up, I felt worse and worse.... I couldn't tell you where half the stuff came from. Its gonna be a rough time getting it back together!
But now its at my house, already built a stand/ work station that I got the motor on for painting, but the whole frame will fit on when I'm putting it back together. My dads helping me out with it now, more about him in the next post.
Monday, May 23, 2011
One of the coolest bikes I've found online is Miob's, (His blog also was what gave me the idea to start my own) @ http://bmwcafe.blogspot.com
Now that I've shown all the cool bike pictures I've found, I'll talk about specific parts i'm planning on getting/ making.
- I'm taking off all the giant idiot lights, gauges, and turn signals. going to chop all the mounts off the triple tree, and drill some holes in it, and then I'm gonna rewire some LEDs in place of the little lightbulbs in the idiot lights. I'm looking for a mini speedo (about 2.5") with a white face.
-Paint all engine black (Satin, using VHT)
just like this guy from Australia : http://www.customfighters.com/forums/showthread.php?t=44453
check out his engine, it's really cool
-Paint all frame, engine mounts, most covers, clips, headlight, turn signals, ect dark grey (using a rustoleum primer and some satin clearcoat)
-Eventually replace the air filter box with pod filters, but not in too much of a rush (don't want to mess up the jetting
-Nate is making Clip-on handlebars for me
-going to have my dad laser cut some battery side covers, and then painting those dark grey
-hopefully going to find a cool, minimal 2 person seat or someone that can fashion me a new seat out of the old one.
I have no idea what colors to paint the tank yet, but we've got a really nice paint gun in the shop waiting to be used.
ugh... that's all I can think of now. more to come. also, I made a cool kinda shopping list on the sidebar of what I have and what I have to get.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Thursday, May 5, 2011
So, I'll tell how I got to the point I'm at now.
1) Decided to start working on the bike
2) Loaded it up in my friend's truck to take it to his heated garage (turns out, it's not heated. good thing summer's coming)
3) Drove it over there and dumped it.
So, we had the frame with the front wheel and engine in it, two boxes of parts and a toolbox full of screws labeled with pieces of paper telling where they go.
Weekend 1) took the rest apart, except the motor. Disconnected all the electric, cut all the ties to the frame and unwired it all and pulled off the front tire.
Weekend 4) Started Sandblasting on Friday. Went into it with just a bandanna over my nose and mouth. that was a bad idea- Palmer (My friend who's house it's at) gave it a shot after putting on his welding mask and gloves, and we tried zip tying a box to some crates to get it to stay put, using the box for some backing for the sand, with just a tarp on the ground in the shop.
except the frame (about half to go with that).
My dad needs the sandblaster now, so I'll probably be taking a short break for a week. Gotta buy a bunch of spray paint, and start putting on some layers of primer and such. This is my first spray painting project too but, with as well as the sandblasting went, it should be fine!
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
It's alright though, because I just got to the point where my experience will become unique: putting it back together.
I got an old 1980 CB750 Custom for free from my dad's friend that didn't use it anymore, and it ran just fine.
After slapping in a new battery, new spark plugs, it started right up and shot a bunch of corn and walnuts some squirrel had stashed in the exhaust.
I had about 6 years before I even got my driver's license, then another 6 before I could get my bike license. That was 6 years to get this bike cleaned up, looking good and road worthy!
Of course, being that young, I had no job and no way to pay for parts. So my dad and I worked on it for one day, tore off the rear wheel, disconnected pretty much all the wires, and a couple covers; the goal being to get it down to the frame so we could paint over some of that rust, maybe make it some crazy color (I was thinking yellow) and paint the ugly oxidized engine black. From that day on, there it sat.
Just like that. Up until a month ago.