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Re: Project 500

Post  Toecutter on Thu 8 Oct - 22:18

Looking sharp man, how did you manage to clean your rear suspension ?

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Re: Project 500

Post  650zed on Fri 9 Oct - 8:22

Cool colour for the seat.
And the job on the rear suspension is absolutely great !!

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Re: Project 500

Post  peke on Wed 14 Oct - 20:55

Sorry for answering this late!

The suspension... Well I have been cruel to it. I first attacked it with a steel brush. Then sandpapers finer and finer. Then commandant paste and lots and lots of work.
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Re: Project 500

Post  CJ on Thu 15 Oct - 16:23

Hmmmmm,
Am I gonna watch this out!!1
This was the only problem I still saw in the future, with my bike in progress.,

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Re: Project 500

Post  peke on Sat 24 Oct - 19:01

well, my project is descending down the page... time for an update. I have been busy doing all kinds of little things, and bigger ones too. However if I start posting a mix of little this and thats i'm afraid this thread will become messy. So the side covers and the "mistery project" will come later.

The seat... yep, little tragedy there. I've burnt the little engine of the wifes' sewing machine. so goodbye singer and hello old fashioned needle. It takes forever to do what I have in mind. Pics will be posted later. So chew your little fingernails and wait in terror for the outcome affraid
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Re: Project 500

Post  peke on Sun 1 Nov - 22:15

Up again.....

After burning the sewingmachines engine I had to carry out my plans all by hand and let me tell you after all those hours of close combat with needle and thread my respect for our wives who have to do this on a regular base has jumped to unseen hights. Never knew a tiny metal spike would be that hard to dominate.

I started with what I thought would be the most dificult affraid The drawing on the fabric was very easy. following the lines with the needle led me to the edge of a mental abyss. This was the result of hours and hour spilling sweat:



After that the adding of side- and backpiece left no time for anything else:



Testfitting looks promissing:



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Re: Project 500

Post  650zed on Mon 2 Nov - 11:05

That's the spirit: creative and DIY.
Great...!

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Re: Project 500

Post  peke on Wed 4 Nov - 17:33

After some more sweatspilling the "saddle" thing came to a point where the endresult would reveal itself. The stretching and screwing learned me that I sure could use an extra hand. If I were god I'd give people at least three of them....





On to the bike....





Please spill your critics on this first time project!
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Re: Project 500

Post  650zed on Wed 4 Nov - 19:02

Very nice job!

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Re: Project 500

Post  andreas on Wed 4 Nov - 23:20

Hi Peke,
looks very minimal, so i hope you have some "meat" on your backside. Nice job - classic oldstyle colour!
Do you stitch the words by hand??

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Re: Project 500

Post  peke on Wed 4 Nov - 23:48

Indeed, everything by hand... I killed the good old Singer as you could read!
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Re: Project 500

Post  andreas on Wed 4 Nov - 23:54

peke wrote:Indeed, everything by hand... I killed the good old Singer as you could read!

I look sometime only on the pics!

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Re: Project 500

Post  peke on Sun 15 Nov - 18:14

I have not posted for a while now, but I wasn't sitting still.... I even embarked on an epic quest affraid



This fork didn't look healty at all... time to do something about it. Rounded up the tools, had a beer and plunged right into the unknown.



took both legs out and cleaned one up... outside still looked ok but the leaking oil came from the inside ofcourse.



Could this be the beginning of a nightmare?



While I was reassembling the first leg the second one was saying goodbye to the last drip of old oil.



Victory, all went well! I installed a headlightbucket for wich I still have to find an H4 lightunit... Anyone any ideas? (180 mm)

I allso fitted another taillight. A round one looks better than the original square one I think.



or not?
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Re: Project 500

Post  peke on Sun 15 Nov - 18:31

ust not have been paying attention before so here the reassembled fork with headlight bucket.. Sorry folks!

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Re: Project 500

Post  marc on Sun 15 Nov - 20:30

Nice work your doing!!!


The poster of Pulp fiction!! I have the same one!!! Pulp fiction is awesome!!!
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Re: Project 500

Post  650zed on Mon 16 Nov - 11:46

Nice work!

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Re: Project 500

Post  peke on Sat 21 Nov - 21:12

Since this is a continuing story.... here the next episode!

for a while now I was thinking wether I would keep the turnsignals or not. for sure I was not going to use the stock rectangular ones. My wife gave me a red light concerning buying new ones so the result seemed obvious. But then I remembered an old box that had been sitting in the garage for ages. It contained something that might turn out to be an ancient treasure.



Four old sidelights I never used. Perfect, but flat on the back so I had to think of something to mount them to. First I wanted to make wooden (yes you read this right) cones to screw them on.



This was the result. When I held them next to the bike they turned out to be huge, enormous.... wouldn't be bad on a Harley, but absolutely not on this slim cafe.



Then I saw another possibillity in the form of a spraycan cap (yes again you read right)



Cut it to size



Mount them to the bike



and mount the sidelights



I like the result and Yes I am a cheapo I rarely throw things away (makes the wife insane) and once in a while junk turns to gold.
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Re: Project 500

Post  kornfed on Sat 21 Nov - 21:22

Thatīs the spirit!

I also donīt throw away things becauce you never now...

btw: I.m curious about the result whith the modern gastank. Wonder if it fits well whith the old seat.
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Re: Project 500

Post  Wallace on Sat 21 Nov - 23:24

peke wrote:After some more sweatspilling the "saddle" thing came to a point where the endresult would reveal itself.........Please spill your critics on this first time project!
The saddle looks really good. Well done
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Re: Project 500

Post  .: M :. on Mon 23 Nov - 22:18

Nice work so far.

I'm really curious what you are planning to do with the tank.
Since it's normally covered by all the plastic side panels.

Or will you be keeping them?

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Re: Project 500

Post  peke on Tue 24 Nov - 12:25

The tank.... hmm, as I told in my first posting I will keep it since this must be a low cost project. That is also the reason I make most of the funny stuff myself Very Happy . besides I think the tank has a nice look.

I will keep the two side panels because in a strange way they have a real vintage thing about them. I will post pictures in the near future (they're allready painted!)

All in all this cheap ass project will give me a real one of a kind. cheers
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Re: Project 500

Post  .: M :. on Tue 24 Nov - 21:57

I don't have anything against the look of the tank.

Before your ost i was just wondering how you would deal with the 'ugly' edges that forms the bottom of the tank.
How you would be covering them up I mean.

But reading now that you're going to keep the plastic side panels, I've got full confidence.

Low budget or not, if you don't try it, you'll never learn it.

Building experience is what counts.


None the less, keep up the good work.

cheers

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