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    Thanks, SM. That's exactly what i did. The harness wasn't actually that bad. I got nervous with the wires going to the engine, but most had connections closer to the harness that could be undone. As I get more and more into the build some steps become less daunting. It really is a great learning experience.

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    Front facing ram air - I like it if done right, and I've got a feeling you'd do it right.
    Thanks for the complement!

    For the nickel I think you're right. It is the subtleties that make a bike stand out. I think I'll make decision when the bike has more elements added (wheels, forks, etc). I know the wood will look great with the cold metal, but I can only see the engine painted "aluminum" or black, as well as the wheels. Black paint, brown stain, and nickel... well it is hard for me to picture right now. I'll have to sit down on illustrator or wait until it starts to come together.

    As for the horses Saratoga is always great. We usually hang around the paddock, and the thoroughbreds are all so beautiful. A couple Preakness horses, and Belmont stakes horses ran. Palace Malice was the big name I remember. Saturday I won enough to bet without taking at trip to ATM; the other days well not so much ahha. But Saratoga during race season is always happening and the track is great to be at even if you do lose. I recommend watching the workouts in the early morning. You can get breakfast at the restaurant, but I usually just bring a coffee and hangout. It was a good trip.

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    Murrayf, thanks for the input. Performance may be an issue, but I think it all depends on how much the lag is. New York's humidity could qualify as "high", and I imagine if I got caught in a rainstorm it wouldn't be the best for the carbs either. I will just have to wait and see. It will definitely be a later in the build, maybe a winter project even. Also, when you take the carbs and put them in the front that god-awful rear end "frame space" will stick out even more awkwardly. We'll see, we'll see.

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    Help with Rear Wheel

    I want to get these Comstars out for powder coating tomorrow. How do I get the bearings out/this nut off?
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    Day 19

    Other then trying to the move to the front end and wheels I have started some fabrication. I made a hammer form to make a rear seat hoop. I have never done metal working so this was a first and I think I'll have to redo it with some gussets to prevent pinching.

    Making the form
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    Coming along
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    Pretty rough, needs some more work
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    Chopped the rear end, and surveyed my mockup.
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    Day 20:

    I took a different approach to the rear hoop today. Tried to hammer the tube then bend it. Didn't quite work yet. Plan C formulating in my head. I am thinking about starting the read from scratch, and using my own rectangular tubing.

    I took a break and finally got my thoughts on "paper". Here's my illustration.
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    Wooden seat with exterior seat frame rail. The seat dips into that hideous negative space and fills it a little. I like it for my abilities on Photoshop.
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    The frame and wheels were at powder coat and sandblasting forever. So nothing got done til today.
    Today I was able to rebuild the front forks, and change all the bearings. Yesterday, i got the tired mounted so today I have a roller!
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    Day 77:

    Whew. It has been a long time since I a updated last. Or at least it feels like it. Since powder coat took a while I could make much headway before going to school. So I am now at school and trying to get some progress done on the weekends when I have a chance. So the big news is I got the rear frame rebuilt. I originally was unsure if this was task I wanted to undergo, but since the build was going to take longer, I figured I amy as well do the full treatment. That means my renderings are a little obsolete now. Sigh.

    So since I don't trust my welding on the frame I took the bike to a local builder. Mat Seely is the name. Great guy. Awesome work and attention to detail. We started out mocking the frame lines
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    Then Cut the frame to bend up the frame rails with a torch and some leverage
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    Then plugged the frame. (we lathed the tubing to get the right, snug fit)
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    Check the proportions for the length of the tail section (do we go short and stubby or longer for 2up)
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    Then mig'd her up
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    Detail in the looper. Not a perfect 180 degree bend. Mat hit the design I wanted spot on. Then rasped the welds so you can't tell. Simply perfect and spot on.
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    Lathed the old shock mount studs. and built the new mounts.
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    Mat ran in to the problem of holding the tabs straight, even, and perfectly spaced. So he made up a jig from some bar, and machine screws to hold the inners while he welded them, and then the outers when the time came to put them on. Pretty clever if you ask me.
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    Finished shock mounts.
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    And the final product! So happy how it turned out.

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    That's all for now. Until the next time.

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    Great work on the rear frame there! So tricky to get the back end and seat to look right on the standard frame - defo the right decision to chop!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ceehexed View Post
    Great work on the rear frame there! So tricky to get the back end and seat to look right on the standard frame - defo the right decision to chop!!
    Thanks Ceehexed, There were quite a few hours getting it to look the way i wanted. Mat came up big and hit the fab outta the park. Checked your your bike. Great work and really clean. Where did you put all the electronics. Battery is under the motor, I saw that so id you electronics under the seat? Is is custom? Because I will need to put mine somewhere and if it can come out as clean as your wiring I would be beyond thrilled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DylonDylonDylon View Post
    Thanks Ceehexed, There were quite a few hours getting it to look the way i wanted. Mat came up big and hit the fab outta the park. Checked your your bike. Great work and really clean. Where did you put all the electronics. Battery is under the motor, I saw that so id you electronics under the seat? Is is custom? Because I will need to put mine somewhere and if it can come out as clean as your wiring I would be beyond thrilled.
    Thanks! Yep all my electrickery's under the seat. When I fiberglassed the seat base I made a mould on top of the frame out of ply so there's a recess under the seat to give me more room for the chunkier stuff like the starter solenoid. I've slung the regulator under the seat to get a decent airflow over it to keep it nice and cool. Also moved the head/tail light fuses inside the headlight bucket.

    Keep up the good work fella!
    '80 CX500 Cafe/Brat

    '66 350 Royal Enfield Bullet

    '58 Lambretta Li150 S1

    '61 Vespa 152L2

    '72 Vespa 150 Special

    '67 Triumph Vitesse 2ltr Mk2

    '83 Mercedes W123 300D (chip fat burner)

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