The Voodoo Smallie
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Hooked
Bodgerific 150 Super, 50s in progress
Joined: 18 Aug 2016
Posts: 291
Location: Melbourne, Way Downunder
Tue Jun 23, 2020 1:12 am quote
Voodoo recently offered up a free, slightly dinged up, Smallframe.

These are unobtanium over here, so despite the fact that I don't really need it, don't really have an engine for it, don't have time to work on it, and I'm gonna be in trouble if/when Management finds out, I, of course, jumped at it.

I did a little paperwork to get an import authority, and put a hurt on my Fedex account, while Voodoo made a big box. (A Story unto itself!)

US to Aus in 5 days.



Inside, a beautifully packed 56 year old lump of Italian steel.



Which sat in the corner of a mate's factory for a few months while the Covid 19 work frenzy was taking me away from having fun.



Last week, it was time to look at that ding.

Away we go



Hmm. "Nurse, a wire wheel please."



I think it's fair to say that's had a resonable whack. The sides of the spine bulge nicely under that lump of megawelded patch.



From underneath, besides the rust. you can see where a slot has been cut in the spine, a couple of nuts have been welded in to facilitate spreading the bent bits back out, then that big ass plate has been used to close the wound. That wont pass tech to get it back on the road.

Up onto the Smally jig.



Time to make sparks.



Yurgh.



With the plate gone, it's apparent that the walls are buckled and weakened. On both sides.

Time for more surgery. "Scalpel".



That's the slot opened up,



Those walls are'nt gonna cut it.



Now that's a hole. Time for some pressure, some heat, and some hammering.



Followed by a little laser action and some tweaking

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Time to close.

Remember Buffy? Luckily, I still have her remains.



And, while she was quite rusty



the part I need is quite solid.



and covers the hole on both sides.



The challenge now was cutting a 3 dimensional piece to fit as snugly as possible, with no available reference point to work from. Cue a whole day spent slowly cutting, filing, grinding, fitting, hammering, bleeding, and swearing. Good times!

But, progress was made,



and, after a few thousand fitups, it was time.



With everything straight, some long internal bracing was puddle welded in to the sides and top for strength.



and the patch is finally ready.



Gently tacked in



Then generously TIG'd down strong and tight by my mate who owns the factory.



Nice...



Out with the MIG, and some deep puddle welds to tie it to the bracing.



Time for a few hours of careful grinding and sanding



on both sides



and a little grey primer.



From Hole to Whole, just like that.

Time to build a Voodoo Rat Rod.
Ossessionato
Joined: 26 Oct 2015
Posts: 2505

Tue Jun 23, 2020 1:22 am quote
Nice work!!!
Style Maven
74 50s x3 78 P200 84 Cosa PK50XL2 58 AllState 68 Sprint 80 50special '66(?) Super125
Joined: 22 Nov 2010
Posts: 7754
Location: seattle/athens
Tue Jun 23, 2020 1:30 am quote
well pleased I am
Slow, steady while checking this out.

What a PIA shipping, but has proved out that this made it to the correct destination.

SUBSCRIBED!

Veni, Vidi, Posti
74 Super, 75 Super, PX project, LML off-roader and new to 2018, '66 Blue Badge Smallframe
Joined: 30 Nov 2011
Posts: 7646
Location: Victoria, Australia
Tue Jun 23, 2020 2:36 am quote
Molto Verboso
Honda elite
Joined: 19 Jun 2007
Posts: 1033
Location: California
Tue Jun 23, 2020 4:33 am quote
wow amazed small frame was my first many a mile will be watching.
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P200 PX150
Joined: 28 May 2008
Posts: 4262
Location: Hustletown, TX
Tue Jun 23, 2020 5:26 am quote
Wow. The box, the back story, the weld...

Great stuff here.
Sergeant at Arms
Weird 80's Vespas & Cool Vintage Lambrettas
Joined: 21 Oct 2005
Posts: 7725
Location: The state of insanity, SoCal
Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:24 am quote
wow, amazing work. i would've attacked it the same way. looking forward to the rest of the build!

-g
Enthusiast
Stella 2T 150, Honda C70
Joined: 25 Sep 2019
Posts: 99
Location: Seattle
Tue Jun 23, 2020 4:51 pm quote
is this the bodge thread?

in all honesty, I was just looking through Deal of the Day and wondering when we would get to the point where the rusty cap cod shitbox was someone's gem/cape "codge"

if you have any doubt go look at 911s https://bringatrailer.com/2014/10/29/running-rust-bucket-1969-porsche-911-s-project/

hal
Molto Verboso
Vespas 1964 GS160, 1965 SS180, 1977 V9A1T, 1983 PX150E
Joined: 16 Apr 2011
Posts: 1423
Location: Siam
Tue Jun 23, 2020 6:04 pm quote
It's déjà vu all over again (Buffy). I was amazed that one and will be amazed by this one, I'm sure.
Molto Verboso
62 VBB1T Round Tail W/ leaner sidecar
Joined: 26 Jan 2019
Posts: 1395
Location: california
Tue Jun 23, 2020 6:53 pm quote
Welcome back Craig.
Worth every moment of the wait.
Spectacular fix - now strongest part of the scoot.
Carry on man!
Hooked
2001 LML 150 2t
Joined: 16 Jul 2017
Posts: 360
Location: Queensland, Aus
Tue Jun 23, 2020 7:59 pm quote
Craig have you ever thought of working in a morgue? Judging by your last 2 projects, I reckon you could bring the dead back to life!
Addicted
bare metal cafe racer
Joined: 01 Sep 2017
Posts: 775
Location: Aotearoa (New Zealand)
Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:33 pm quote
Makes me want a real mig welder (got a wee gasless baby) - and the skills to use it.

Find some old wide body rust bucket and get busy...

Long live the bodges!
Molto Verboso
1979 P150X, 1983 P200E, 1987 T5, 1995 PX200E, 2011 Yamaha Fazer 600 S2
Joined: 02 Aug 2015
Posts: 1919
Location: Veria, Greece
Wed Jun 24, 2020 4:55 am quote
Craig, as always, amazing work!!!

@PP: Get one. Totally worth it. We got this last year for around 260€ and combined it with C25 for nicer, cleaner welds...

We got its money back by making and selling pellet stoves (first one paid for it)...

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P200 PX150
Joined: 28 May 2008
Posts: 4262
Location: Hustletown, TX
Wed Jun 24, 2020 6:09 am quote
^^^^
That cat gives no fucks.
Molto Verboso
1979 P150X, 1983 P200E, 1987 T5, 1995 PX200E, 2011 Yamaha Fazer 600 S2
Joined: 02 Aug 2015
Posts: 1919
Location: Veria, Greece
Wed Jun 24, 2020 6:30 am quote
Birdsnest wrote:
^^^^
That cat gives no fucks.
Well, he's kind of an asshole but we adore him...
Hooked
Bodgerific 150 Super, 50s in progress
Joined: 18 Aug 2016
Posts: 291
Location: Melbourne, Way Downunder
Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:55 am quote
Gotta love a tough cat (my mother gave me the initials CAT, so I’m a big supporter of their life attitudes).

Work on this one is stalled for a week or two, but there’s a fun update coming that will let lots of good things happen.

Meanwhile, a shout out to the MV community. Does anyone have an unloved V series engine? 3 speed is fine, tired is completely fine. Something that can be made to idle is all I need. Doesn’t need to capable of more than that, but I do need to find one. Even just the used innards of a 3 speed would work (I have a couple of cases that would suffice for idiling, but not riding).

Oh and I’m also hunting a V series rear brake pedal, and a couple of the m6 captive nuts that hold the vV rear brake pedals on.

Anyone holding?
Veni, Vidi, Posti
74 Super, 75 Super, PX project, LML off-roader and new to 2018, '66 Blue Badge Smallframe
Joined: 30 Nov 2011
Posts: 7646
Location: Victoria, Australia
Fri Jun 26, 2020 6:05 pm quote
M6, plus spares (that you will not be able to find when required)

https://www.jaycar.com.au/m6-captive-nuts-pk-12/p/HP0310

The later type pedal is the same as a P/PX. If you don't mind the slightly different look... they all seem to have the same 3 bolt attachment.
Addicted
2007 Stella 150
Joined: 02 Nov 2019
Posts: 616
Location: Rochester, Minnesota
Sat Jun 27, 2020 4:24 am quote
SaFiS wrote:
Craig, as always, amazing work!!!

@PP: Get one. Totally worth it. We got this last year for around 260€ and combined it with C25 for nicer, cleaner welds...

We got its money back by making and selling pellet stoves (first one paid for it)...
Do you have details on that pellet stove? Looks interesting, never seen one like that before.
Molto Verboso
1963 VBB2T
Joined: 07 Nov 2012
Posts: 1788

Sat Jun 27, 2020 11:35 am quote
Nice work for sure, I remember when Voodoo documented his experience getting it boxed and shipped.
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