Yard Ornament -7/31 AS GOOD AS IT'S GONNA GET!

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  1. druggedonions

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    Re: Yard Ornament - Making New fork Struts 6/29

    That front end is great. You've done a nice job on breathing life into this bike. I would have also liked to see you keep a unpainted frame, but it'll look beast with paint too. Keep up the good work.

    Cheers Jonnie
     
  2. z-bikes

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    Re: Yard Ornament - Lights Added 6/30

    Thanks for all the positive feedback. Added a couple of Elgin Alien lights to the H-bars. Anybody got a spare lens laying around?
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    Re: Yard Ornament - Lights Added 6/30

    Looking great!
    Just wondering how those lights would look at the sides of a tank... :roll:
     
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    Re: Yard Ornament - Lights Added 6/30

    Or hung from the top tube AS the tank?

    Love the front end work on this ride, true vision, skill and craftsmanship at work here.

    Cheers,
    Dr. T
     
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    Re: Yard Ornament - Lights Added 6/30

    Listen to the Doctor! :D
     
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    Re: Yard Ornament - Lights Added 6/30

    sweet bike front end is awsum great job
     
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    Re: Yard Ornament - Lights Added 6/30

    one of the best looking springer forks i have seen in a long time. excellent execution , fantastic looks that forks has it all simplicity at its finest..........
     
  8. z-bikes

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    Re: Yard Ornament -Drillin holes & makin guard brackets

    I thought the bike was gettin a little heavy so drilled some holes in the spring fork dropouts. Good for maybe 2 grams weight loss?
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    The second slightly more complex. Started with this:
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    Made this:
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    Fits like this:
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    Just gotta finish drillin some holes to attach the bracket to the guard. I'm a little nervous about welding the two aluminum parts with a torch and some rod. A little too much heat and the guard is toast
     
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    Re: Yard Ornament -Drillin holes & makin guard brackets

    awesome build ..great work !!!!!! this is a winner :mrgreen:
     
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    Re: Yard Ornament -Drillin holes & makin guard brackets 7/7

    i cant fathom your incredible ability to make your own parts, i just rely on what i may have thrown on my shelf over the years :mrgreen:
     
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    Re: Yard Ornament -Drillin holes & makin guard brackets

    i wouldn't weld it. It's only holding up the chain guard.....maybe just a tac?
     
  12. z-bikes

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    Re: Yard Ornament -In Primer & Paint Color Preview

    I've been busy on the bike but haven't posted in a while. Been working on the paint and prepping all the parts for hopefully the final assembly. The frame had a lot of pitting in the metal so I had to use a filler primer and do a lot of wet sanding to get it ready for paint. Here it is in the back yard where I wet sanded it.

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    Hangin in the garage ready for the final coat of primer.

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    In primer and ready for paint!

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    Sneak preview of the color.

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    Re: Yard Ornament -In Primer & Paint Color Preview

    AAAARRRGGGHH!!!(CHARLIE BROWN SCREAM) I WAS WAITING FOR THIS AND NOW IT'S ON...GET TA PAINTIN'!! PEACE
     
  14. kingfish254

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    Re: Yard Ornament -In Primer & Paint Color Preview

    I'll go ahead and say it before anyone else does.
    I am Green with envy. :roll:
     
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    Re: Yard Ornament -In Primer & Paint Color Preview

    :roll:
     
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    Re: Yard Ornament -Drillin holes & makin guard brackets

    Excellent fab work on the bracket! Thats what its all about! You made it!! Can't buy that at your LBS!! :D
     
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    Re: Yard Ornament -In Primer & Paint Color Preview

    wow this is taking shape very nicely but i did have a question on the trus rods you made you used a hollow ss steel rod?? i love the direction your going with this and everything you have done keep it up ...
     
  18. z-bikes

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    Re: Yard Ornament -In Primer & Paint Color Preview

    The truss rods are made from 1/2" Stainless tubing, the kind used for hydraulic or pneumatic lines in industry. A 7/16" fine thread tap worked perfectly to tap the top for the studs I made out of 7/16" bolts. I cut a screwdriver slot into the top of the studs so you can turn them in or out of the truss rods before tightening the lock nuts. This changes the overall length of the truss rods and allows you to center the wheel in the fork.
     
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    Re: Yard Ornament -7/23 New Parts & Ready for Assembly

    Worked on buffing the new parts to get them ready for installation. Not a fun job! Here's a picture of the new parts made for the build. Most are ready to be installed, some need final buffing. The new SS seatpost has to be bent yet but I'm waiting for the seat to arrive before I do it. It's longer than normal so it can be raised for longer rides.

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    Ran the new springs and the bearing cups through the buffer too.

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    Buffed the raised portions of the chain guard, then painted the rest. Have to clean up where the paint got under the tape. I used Thin Line Tape and wasn't too happy with it.

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    Got my new grips today. I'm liking them!

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    Re: Yard Ornament -7/23 New Parts & Ready for Assembly

    I'm Gumby Da.mnit! :lol:
     

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