2011 May 21 to June 27 ~ Kawasaki Custom Gallery Two ~ 100 pix, Hi Gabe!
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This Bike may have magical powers in it’s design but it’s a comedy of errors on my part. Everything that could go wrong ..did! ..twice. What am I talking about? Everything went wrong at least six times. Welding the head was a disaster but I wanted to do it myself so now I’m paying the price. That is not to say that it isn’t strong because I used a new technique to ensure the strength and of course, cover up my crummy steel welds. The new technique is steel welding the joints with gas and then putting brass over them. This accomplishes a variety of things but winds up mostly giving me the rep of ’Brass Mechanic’ which in the parlance of the back yard customizer is highly derogatory. That’s nothing, wait till you hear the rest.
2011 May 27 to June 09, Stretching and Finishing the Swingarm
First of all my sandblasting helmut wasn’t working so I made another one out of a box and then really never considered what I looked like un till I notice people passing by with a big grin. I took a picture and now I get the joke.
2011 June 10 to 21, Building a Gas Tank.. The Hard Way!
Then I went to remove the front disc and my stupidity kicked in just at the right time and caused me to try to undo the hex heads with a hex wrench.. Go figure, it sounds right doesn’t it.. removing hex head bolts from a disc with a hex wrench.. yep!. Naturally I forgot that they might be thread locked and didn’t even consider using heat until I completely damaged them with a cold chisel and a sledge. Then I used the heat.
2011 June 21 to 27, Screeding a Fender and Making a Mold
And the gas tank was another one and you don’t want to hear about that. Things look OK in the pix but if you knew what really went on you’d laugh. I started out making the gas tank with foam for the shape but soon realized that it was not working out so I decided to chop and body of the original tank and put so much bondo on it that I bet I used a gallon and it still wasn’t done. This whole process didn’t take an afternoon.. no..no..noo.. If you look at the pictures you will see that it took from June 14 until Sept 09 to make this tank.. and do you think I planned it that way?? nooooo! Trust me.. don’t ever try to make a fiberglass gas tank, especially if you decide you want flares on it.. and then you decide you want a light show on it.. and then you want stainless accents on it..
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