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Old 12-05-2008, 01:28 AM
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Haven't posted in a while. Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. I've been busy building my bike, so haven't really done anything audio related in a while. Plus, my puter was in the shop for almost 2 mos. My garage system is still going strong with no problems whatsoever. Everyone have a merry Christmas.
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Haven't posted in a while. Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. I've been busy building my bike, so haven't really done anything audio related in a while. Plus, my puter was in the shop for almost 2 mos. My garage system is still going strong with no problems whatsoever. Everyone have a merry Christmas.
Hey Gearhead, it's good to see you post. I haven't seen anything from you since the Hurricane's hit the area. I had a great Thanksgiving and I hope you did also. Building a bike? That sounds cool. If you don't mind and have some time, do you care to share any details? Sorry to hear about your computer, I had to replace my motherboard and hard drive in June, so I understand how frustrating it can be. So the police aren't bothering you anymore when it comes to your garage system? If you don't post back before Christmas, I hope you and your family also have a Merry Christmas.
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Old 12-05-2008, 11:37 AM
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I started with a bare spot on the concrete, and started "collecting" parts for it about 6yrs ago (eBay, swap meets, friends, etc.). About 50% of the parts came from a friends burned down motorcycle shop. He gives me the parts for free, but everything from the shop has to be refinished or refurbished. I've got a lot more time than I do money, so it works out fine. The engine is a total Frankenstein: alternator left case ('70-'84), generator right case('65-'69), S&S big bore cylinders & stroker flywheels, Carrillo rods, Evo flat top pistons, STD Panheads dual plugged w/Shovelhead ports, custom ground camshaft, constant velocity carburetor from a 2003 twin cam 88. The frame I had was pretty bent up in the front, so I replaced all of the tubing from the seat post forward and the front motor mount up. Front end is 4" over dual disc late model wide glide with a genuine H-D adjustable fork (since I'm going to be using this bike for my sidecar). Transmission is a handshift 4 speed with all brand new internals (but the case was originally cracked, so I had to weld it up and do some machining to it). Rear brake is off of a 2003 H-D (adapted to fit). Here's a few pics:
Before: http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/c...m/parts001.jpg
After: http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/c...rearwheel2.jpg
Before: http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/c...m/parts005.jpg
After: http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/c.../sprocket1.jpg
Before: http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/c...enstein/33.jpg
After: http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/c...quantum/40.jpg
Pretty welds: http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/c...quantum/36.jpg
http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/c...quantum/35.jpg
http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/c...quantum/43.jpg
Engine: http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/c...enstein/22.jpg
http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/c...enstein/18.jpg
Current status (approximately): http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/c...ntum/bike1.jpg
My "helpers": http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/c.../all3dogs2.jpg

The refinishing/refurbishing takes some time, but it saves me a boatload of cash. Plus I've got a nice stereo system to provide tunes while I "work". I'll probably pop in periodically now that I've got my puter back.
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Good to hear from you. Thanks for stopping by, and don't be such a stranger!
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Hey GH, that Harley is looking beautiful! I can't believe that the sprocket is the same part!! Same goes for the wheel. You must have put in some hours cleaning. I agree, those are very nice welds. Did you weld the frame back together? And is that a TIG weld? I like your 3 "little" helpers also. One last thing, I love the tank. Be sure to post more pictures as you progress on your H-D.
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Although I can weld, I can't weld as pretty as that. The welding was done by a friend that has a frame jig. He's an "artist" with TIG. I've got a sandblaster and big bead blasting cabinet that helps a lot with cleaning parts. The tanks were my very 1st purchase on eBay. Didn't really need them, but I couldn't pass up the price ($50 including S&H). That's been my downfall with eBay, and one of the reasons I have so much Bazooka stuff.
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Although I can weld, I can't weld as pretty as that. The welding was done by a friend that has a frame jig. He's an "artist" with TIG. I've got a sandblaster and big bead blasting cabinet that helps a lot with cleaning parts. The tanks were my very 1st purchase on eBay. Didn't really need them, but I couldn't pass up the price ($50 including S&H). That's been my downfall with eBay, and one of the reasons I have so much Bazooka stuff.
Your are correct Sir, those welds are a work of art. I have a MIG welder, and lets put it this way, I can join to pieces of metal. What kind of media do you use with your sandblaster? You must have one nice shop Sir. I agree with you on eBay, it is the one bad habit I have that my wife cannot stand. But my thoughts on the matter are this, A Good Deal is A Good Deal!
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I use fine sand in the sandblaster and glass beads in the cabinet. I use the sand at about 120psi for fast rust/paint removal on parts that aren't dimension critical. I use the glass beads at 30psi (or less)for machined surfaces and dimension critical parts, since the beads don't remove any material at low pressure. 50lbs of beads will last me about 6 months, 50lbs of sand will last about 30 mins. It's a good thing sand is a lot cheaper than glass beads. [im]http://www.bazooka.com/forums/images/icons/icon10.gif[/img]
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I use fine sand in the sandblaster and glass beads in the cabinet. I use the sand at about 120psi for fast rust/paint removal on parts that aren't dimension critical. I use the glass beads at 30psi (or less)for machined surfaces and dimension critical parts, since the beads don't remove any material at low pressure. 50lbs of beads will last me about 6 months, 50lbs of sand will last about 30 mins. It's a good thing sand is a lot cheaper than glass beads. [im]http://www.bazooka.com/forums/images/icons/icon10.gif[/img]
I have been interested in the use of baking soda for sometime now. I use my neighbors sandblaster when I have a small part to clean up. He doesn't have the most ideal filtration system, but he does let me use it for free, so who am I to complain? I like what the glass beads did for your parts, I still can't believe how good that sprocket looks. Did you have it chrome plated or polished? With some of the buffing compounds available today sometimes it is hard to tell.
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The sprocket was originally chromed, I didn't blast it. All I did was take my time removing all of the soot and melted plastic (from the original packaging) the using a little elbow grease and chrome polish. I've done a little soda blasting before, but I prefer sand. The glass beads will leave a smooth, satiny finish, while sand will leave a rougher, "brighter" finish. Glass beads sort of shot peen the surface, closing the grain. Sand cuts the surface like coarse sandpaper.
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