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Re: Looking for a project bike.
« Reply #45 on: November 04, 2019, 03:26:57 pm »
WARNING. do not buy the cheap Chinese headlight like I did. The bulb burned out in 5 minutes, the size is weird and I couldn't find anything at the parts store the same size. Also the front turn signals do not come with running lights only for turn signals.

Finally got the correct sub harness for the front end. Nearly street legal now. The front running lights, turn signals and headlights works. Still need tail lights and turn signals for the rear.
 So I tossed all of it in the trash and went and robbed my Honda Magna for headlights and front turn signals.

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Re: Looking for a project bike.
« Reply #46 on: November 06, 2019, 05:38:07 am »
Thaks for sharing that.
It's a good learning for others.

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Re: Looking for a project bike.
« Reply #47 on: December 15, 2019, 03:10:03 pm »
I was ready to paint and install the tank. Darn-it. Last spring I had this tank polished to a mirror finish. I stored it away in a trash bag. I was going to paint it today but...The Sun destroyed the trash bag and now it is covered in rust. Itried CLR and a buffing pad but the rust is too thick. I had to resort to a wire brush.
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Re: Looking for a project bike.
« Reply #48 on: December 16, 2019, 10:07:17 am »
Oh noooooo..

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Re: Looking for a project bike.
« Reply #49 on: December 16, 2019, 02:13:40 pm »
Bare steel will rust unless yer in the desert. Even then, it does rain occasionally even in the desert.
If leaving it bare when storing it, ya need to coat it with oil, pack it away carefully, and maybe seal a dehumidifier pack in with it. Better yet, hit it with etch primer and a couple of coats of grey primer before storing it.  ;D
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Re: Looking for a project bike.
« Reply #50 on: December 16, 2019, 02:53:03 pm »
a comedy of errors, based on poor planning, and very substantial lack of diligence, really becomes a point where you have to go "what next?"..
I don't think I would have stored a bare metal gas tank, in a sealed garbage bag, in some environment that would have the bag deteriorate within less than a year ; Like outdoors... (the local dumps say this stuff never rots..yeah, it does.. ), let alone not adding a couple bags $total 3$ of white rice to absorb moisture, and hung it inside somewhere.. and prevent rusting.. after stripping the tank to "bare", a 20 minute expense of time, and a $4 can of primer, would have prevented this all...  I realize we are not all "wizards" when it comes to this stuff, but by the same token, it becomes hard to feel sorry for someone, when they really don't use good judgement.
I guess most of us that engage/do this for a hobby, take a few more precautions, as poor decisions result in major complaining from spouses.. and God knows, we NEVER want to hear that from them.... bt/dt/

sorry to hear about your misfortune, I think you may learn from the experience.. after you re-sand and re-prep the tank, again.....

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Re: Looking for a project bike.
« Reply #51 on: December 16, 2019, 04:17:17 pm »
Looks industrial...could of just clear coated it.
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Re: Looking for a project bike.
« Reply #52 on: December 17, 2019, 08:38:20 am »
Well thanks for all the praise and suggestions. I knew the right way to handle this and the proper thing to do would have been to hit it with primer right away.

Man Of Blues,  Nothing to do with good judgement. When your sister calls in the middle afternoon and says "Mom has fallen and broken her hip. The doctor has put her in hospice. You need to get here now. " 

There's no time to waste picking out paint let alone time to prime, paint and clear coat. So it went into a trash bag and I caught the next plane to Oklahoma. Spent the next 3 weeks watching my poor mother die.  I abandoned the entire project after mom died and just recently decided to restart it.  Thank you all for your sincere (tongue in cheek)  concern and compassion.   
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Re: Looking for a project bike.
« Reply #53 on: December 17, 2019, 08:42:09 am »
It's got some orange peal in the clear coat. I will let it harden a few days then wet sand and polish. I think it was a little overkill for a 30 year old bike but if I'm going to do it I might as well take my time and make it look good. 

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« Reply #54 on: December 17, 2019, 05:52:56 pm »
Looking forward to seeing the final results.
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Re: Looking for a project bike.
« Reply #55 on: December 17, 2019, 06:08:50 pm »
looked at the vid, read about your paint, and adhere to the flash and hardening times for it...clear coat within those time frames, again adhering to the flash time, and re-coat times.
wet sanding flaked paint is a gamble, and may not lead to optimum results.. clear coats, like 4 or 6 of them, will give you something that can be sanded, and not ruin the flake aspect..  don't get agressive, start high in the grit count, and lower if needed.. don't go below 600G on a color coat... I've done a lot of metallic paint, and even flip=flop paints.. the clear coats are needed to build....'


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Re: Looking for a project bike.
« Reply #56 on: December 18, 2019, 06:45:30 pm »
Thanks for the advice.

All done. I burned through the clear coat in a couple places but you have to hunt to find them. I make a few mistakes but in my eyes it looks marvelous. In fact it looks a bit out of place on this bike.

Have a look.  https://motostuff.shutterfly.com/pictures

     
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Re: Looking for a project bike.
« Reply #57 on: December 18, 2019, 07:54:01 pm »
Excellent!
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Re: Looking for a project bike.
« Reply #58 on: December 19, 2019, 03:13:00 am »
Nice  :thumbs:
Black is a difficult colour to get looking perfect.
That's why I chose Lime Green for my respray and the finish is nowhere near as good as yours.
For those who cannot see the images try this link  https://motostuff.shutterfly.com/pictures as the final character causes an error when I click your link.
Looking forward to seeing the assembled bike.  :popcorn:
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Re: Looking for a project bike.
« Reply #59 on: December 19, 2019, 03:54:27 am »
Nice  :thumbs:
Black is a difficult colour to get looking perfect.
That's why I chose Lime Green for my respray and the finish is nowhere near as good as yours.

Looking forward to seeing the assembled bike.  :popcorn:

Me too! I would like to see it assembled. Just too many other things that keep me busy. I had the last 3 days all to myself to work on it.   I keep saying "in a couple weeks" but that was several weeks ago. I do wish I had the side fairings. It looks funny all naked like that and the tail is bobbed to boot. I hate to buy used off ebay cause I don't know what is compatible from year to year.
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