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no they probally are still workin on it thats why
free stuff is the best stuff
"rust is lighter than carbon fiber"
"it'd look better in orange"
“A car is never too low, it’s the ground that is too high.”
"new stuff is for people that can't fix things"
Thanks for all the words of encouragement!
Also, thanks to Rat Rod for putting us on the homepage! I am very flattered. My dad got teary upon seeing it for the first time. Now, for our first matter of business . . .yesterday I accompanied my dad to his work to get some things accomplished, although I could not operate some of the machines for lack of proper training and insurance regs. . . . We are going to work on it now and we will post an update with pics ASAP!
My dad gave me a Valentine’s Day present, a LED flashlight, and said we could make a new lens for it, paste it onto the fender with some duct tape, and use it as a taillight. We’ll see about that.
[quote="Fireproof"]My dad gave me a Valentine’s Day present, a LED flashlight, and said we could make a new lens for it, paste it onto the fender with some duct tape, and use it as a taillight. We’ll see about that.
Duct tape fixes everything doesn't it? still watchin to see what comes next
First step was put the flashlight into the lathe and turn the knurling off the sides. (knurling is that textured stuff)
Next, we disassembled the flashlight to measure the diameter of the original lens and made this jigsaw puzzle using the laser. The material used is acrylic . . . clear .062", transparent red and mirror, both 1/8", and clear 1/4" that was turned in the lathe.
Here’s how it looks when the puzzle is put together . . .
This taillight is going to tie in with the theme of the bike, by the way.
OH NO! We’re fresh out of duct tape!
We’ll have to figure something else out now . . . Fortunately we had an old fence post laying around. We cut a 6" long piece off the end and put it in the lathe and turned it down to get rid of the galvanized coating.
WHAT NO DUCT TAPE HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?
Thats ok with all the other work going into this it would be a shame to use anything other than a cool home made mounting.
Awesome idea for the taillight, eagerly waiting for more updates.
It doesn't matter what I paid for it, it matters what it's WORTH. I never buy anything I will regret KEEPING.
Duct tape? We don't need no stinkin' duct tape!!!!!!
We made a rough sketch to use as a reference, and then marked the piece with a Sharpie pen. I’m scribing a couple lines where the tube is to be cut.
A hole saw in the mill cut through both sides of the tube like it was butter! Note our pine “V” block in the vise.
A hack saw took care of the rest of the cut.
The belt sander made quick work of smoothing the edges.
Drilled and tapped a couple of holes. Those 4-40 screws will clamp the taillight in place.
The angle grinder with a cut-off wheel was used to finish the trimming.
Next, we will find a new home for this unusual-looking bike part.
BTW, no actual fences were harmed in the making of this taillight mount.
Awesome just got awesomer.
You can't be who you want to be unless you are willing to change who you are.
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." - Theodore Roosevelt
I love the attention to detail being taken in building this bike! This is a quality project for sure. I wish I had access to the tools you do! Keep up the good work.
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