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Old 04-10-2013, 08:24 PM   #21
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No, daughter's birthday weekend. Wish I could, but she trumps motorcycles.
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Very cool. My first "real" bike was a '79 XS1100 midnight special. Loved that bike!
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BTW a word from experience...

I know you mentioned refinishing the original tank. That's not a bad idea.
Just, IMHO, stay away from fiberglass tanks no matter what the seller says about being treated/lined against ethanol.
The resin in the tank pictured above, was eaten by gas and it jacked up the carbs. Stay with a metal tank.
If you decide to replace the tank, use steel or aluminum and save yourself the headache. There are people that custom build metal tanks but they aint cheap. Expect to spend $700-1200.
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I know you mentioned refinishing the original tank. That's not a bad idea.
Just, IMHO, stay away from fiberglass tanks no matter what the seller says about being treated/lined against ethanol.
The resin in the tank pictured above, was eaten by gas and it jacked up the carbs. Stay with a metal tank.
If you decide to replace the tank, use steel or aluminum and save yourself the headache. There are people that custom build metal tanks but they aint cheap. Expect to spend $700-1200.
Very cool. I am planning on just stripping the paint off the tank and coating it with clear.

Do you still have points and a generator or did you jettison all that stuff?
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:11 PM   #28
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Would like the bloke's number as I need someone to do the upholstery anyway after I've made the pan.
He makes the seat, mounting points, etc. and then has someone else upholster it. If you are doing the seat it would be cheaper to just have an upholstery shop finish it.
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Man this thread is making me want to do another vintage bike. Here is my Triumph from about 7 years ago. I never miss an opportunity to shamelessly show it off. May do an xs650 or a cb750 later this year after I move. Need a bigger garage first.

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Man this thread is making me want to do another vintage bike. Here is my Triumph from about 7 years ago. I never miss an opportunity to shamelessly show it off. May do an xs650 or a cb750 later this year after I move. Need a bigger garage first.

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Do you still have points and a generator or did you jettison all that stuff?
I have points and alternator. Been considering going to electronic ignition thinking it might run a tiny bit smoother/sweeter.
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Well, I started grinding the tabs on the frame. I will say this......frames were made of stern stuff back in the 70's. I'm not sure if I'm not using the best cutting wheel for the job, but fark me.

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With ECR last weekend and the GP this weekend, not much has happened.

My wheels and engine covers are in the shop for powder coating.

Some goodies got here this week. I'm looking forward to getting back to it.
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Got all the tabs cut off. Looking for advice on how to best remove the remainder of the weld without marring the frame too badly.

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Air die grinder with sanding discs. You can get the discs in different grades (coarseness). As aggressive or smooth as you need/want.
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Air die grinder with sanding discs. You can get the discs in different grades (coarseness). As aggressive or smooth as you need/want.
+1. I tore down a bike years ago exactly by this method. Pretty as can be if done correctly.
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lol. before i knew what a sanding disk was capable of i used a sanding disk on a gas tank to strip the paint off and the metal began to glow very quickly. sanding disks are pretty good at turning bike bits into warm butter.
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Progress

4 sanding discs later.

Rear mud guard brackets...GONE.
Seat brackets...GONE.
Helmet lock...GONE.
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