How to cheat and get a barn find.
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Hooked
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Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:46 pm quote
Cheers lads...

Making it up/learning as I go. Not pretty, but solid and doing the trick. Doesn't need to be pretty - bonus of going bare metal rat.

School holidays and going away tomorrow - snuck a bit more in before I had to pack the gear away. Want to get it done now!

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Hooked
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Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:48 pm quote
Still lining up ok...

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Veni, Vidi, Posti
a not so normal vbb2 '64, a weirdo vbx '86 and a not so normal pts100 '82
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Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:32 am quote
Looking good Brother P, i am tempting to do the same, do or not do
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1976 Super (x 2), 1974 Primavera (x 2), 2006 Fly 150
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Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:09 am quote


That is one fine looking front end
Hooked
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Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:16 pm quote
SoCalGuy wrote:
That is one fine looking front end
Thanks! Could do with everyone’s input... have been planning to go black with the fork too. But not 100% sure... so options:

Fork colour options:

1/ Flat black
2/ Wheel silver
3/ Raw metal

Forget function... just interested in people’s opinion based on looks. I’m thinking raw metal or silver may actually look the best, and that black might get lost amongst it all.
Hooked
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Location: california
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:47 pm quote
I'm on the raw metal for fork.

Different note.
You may wanna have close look at clearance on shock reservoir to mud guard.
If that pivots up and catches the edge of guard - it would undue a lotta good work.

From pic - looks like it may need a little flaring at the end - to ensure if it ever did hit - it would funnel in rather than crumple the mud guard.

Std. disclaimer on photos - can be totally misleading.

Excited to see this thing come together!

Nice touch with the copper backing method!
Veni, Vidi, Posti
74 50s x2 78 P200 84 Cosa 58 AllState 68 Sprint 80 50special + projects
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Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:13 pm quote
pheasant plucker wrote:
SoCalGuy wrote:
That is one fine looking front end
Thanks! Could do with everyone’s input... have been planning to go black with the fork too. But not 100% sure... so options:

Fork colour options:

1/ Flat black
2/ Wheel silver
3/ Raw metal

Forget function... just interested in people’s opinion based on looks. I’m thinking raw metal or silver may actually look the best, and that black might get lost amongst it all.
Personal preference, but on a tidy rat like this I like all the running gear, wheels etc to look super clean(check) and stockish. The raw metal could just get lost like the flat black, but the fresh silver provides some contrast and says healthy foundation just like the rest of that gorgeous front end.
Hooked
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Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:47 am quote
koenig blues wrote:
Looking good Brother P, i am tempting to do the same, do or not do
Do.

Panel beating is fun. And you know how to weld! Surely you can score an old guard to beat up? No reason to have only one guard for your bike...
Hooked
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Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:47 pm quote
I think this split guard might actually come back together...

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Hooked
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Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:50 pm quote
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58 VB1T, 81 100 Sport
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Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:29 am quote
Making progress and looking good! way to get on it with the welding. New skills for the win
Hooked
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Wed Jul 17, 2019 12:21 pm quote
Dude - addition to the skill set of welding makes you a beast for fab work - you were already creating lemonade from lemons with bending, folding, and a nice set of jewelers tools. Pretty damn cool
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