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Old 06-25-2011, 12:19 PM   #46
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Subscribed as it does my old heart good to see an airhead come back to life.

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Old 06-25-2011, 12:35 PM   #47
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'Tis indeed amazing. Acid (vinegar is a weak solution of acetic acid) does work wonders on rust removal. I wonder how much of that crud is old tank coating, though.

One thing that I have found that is amazing on rust is a chemical called RoVer from the Hach Chemical Company. This is a sodium sulfite compound, and rust goes just about immediately into solution in the water.

http://www.hach.com/hc/search.produc...+Remover+454+g
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Old 06-25-2011, 04:25 PM   #48
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Yeah, quite dramatic. Went and peeked in the tank this afternoon… it's now the poster image for flash rust! Probably best to treat with a metal-ready or the rust-remover, per Bill Harris's suggestion, after soaking in vinegar. Thanks for that link BTW!

Anyone ever soak their carbs in vinegar? I saw an inmate use Pine-Sol and thought about giving that a try one day. I hate using chem-dip.
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Old 06-25-2011, 04:33 PM   #49
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Much nicer on the inside than the outside would indicate. I think you got a winner. Too bad about the tank but hey you have more, great match. You were made for each other.
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Thanks! Just wait until I have to bolt it back together....
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Old 06-25-2011, 09:51 PM   #50
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Man that tank turned out awesome, amazed that was done with vinegar. Seems I've been wasting my time and money using Rust-a-way so thank you for posting that! Also its looks like that old boat anchor is in the right hands now. Really looking forward to seeing how she comes out. Keep us posted and Good luck!
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Old 06-26-2011, 04:30 AM   #51
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Old 06-29-2011, 10:25 AM   #52
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Just catching up on this now. Awesome build so far. Can't wait to see more as it progresses!
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Old 06-29-2011, 10:34 AM   #53
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Yeah, quite dramatic. Went and peeked in the tank this afternoon… it's now the poster image for flash rust!
Isn't that a bummer?

I did the vinegar trick on a Suzuki tank. Looked beautiful! Emptied all the sludge and vinegar out, and you could literally watch the inside rusting. It sat around while I worked on other stuff, so I did a second "treatment." When I drained it the second time, the vinegar looked like very "pulpy" orange juice. Again, you could watch it rust. As soon as it was sufficiently dry, I filled it with gas. So, it'll look a little rusty, but it's worlds better than it was before.
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Old 06-29-2011, 12:59 PM   #54
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Man that tank turned out awesome, amazed that was done with vinegar. Seems I've been wasting my time and money using Rust-a-way so thank you for posting that! Also its looks like that old boat anchor is in the right hands now. Really looking forward to seeing how she comes out. Keep us posted and Good luck!
Thanks! I’ve also had great success cleaning tanks with POR15 Marine Clean, and Metal Ready if the tank is uncoated. However, you can’t beat a $8 vinegar investment sloshed in a scrappy tank.
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Old 06-29-2011, 01:01 PM   #55
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Old 06-29-2011, 01:01 PM   #56
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Just catching up on this now. Awesome build so far. Can't wait to see more as it progresses!
Sounds like you had an eventful cross-country journey! Looking forward to pics and catching up once you recuperate from your trip.
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Isn't that a bummer?
Yeah, if I were refurbishing it. However, it's now another inmates dilemma.
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Old 06-29-2011, 02:15 PM   #58
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Sounds like you had an eventful cross-country journey! Looking forward to pics and catching up once you recuperate from your trip.
Yeah, the trip had its ups and downs, but the bike pulled through...even when I had lost faith in it. Overall though, I'm so glad I went.

Unfortunately I left it in Chico to get some quality time with the parents in, and I flew back up to Seattle. I might ride it back one of these weekends. No Backfire for me this month, unfortunately, but hopefully I can get it back for the Isle of Vashon TT.
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Old 07-02-2011, 11:08 PM   #59
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My uncle Tom is a mechanic and ADV inmate, so he offered his shop, tools and time for further teardown and mends.

The first thing I did was blanket his backyard in sand, making my presence known.

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Once the frame, subframe, center stand, swingarm and battery trays were stripped... we checked all the welds and jotted the issues to address.

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We had to weld the muffler hanger, build up the center stand stop wedges, weld on the new center stand tang and replace a wayward battery tray bracket.

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We made sparks on the trouble areas.

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This is Tom's latest $50 investment, but he says he overpaid by $49.

He had this 500lb. inline 4 running and idling shortly after trucking it home. He acquired it for parts, but changed his mind after hearing the 4 into 1 siren song.

He's scheming a thorough cafe treatment.

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Just as I was getting handy with the sawzall approach to old tire removal.... I learned of my access to this contraption.

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The rims and hubs are unsightly, but the spokes are the only unsalvageable part. We heated the hubs and plopped out bearings.

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I finished the day by resurfacing the hubs in the blast cabinet and cleaning the drum linings on this turning gizmo.

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Old 07-05-2011, 10:52 AM   #60
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Bitchin. If you want a set of extra hands, give me a shout. My bike is back home, so turning a wrench or even doing some polishing would be a welcome privilege.
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