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Old 03-12-2013, 04:28 AM   #526
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Wow!!! Looking sharp, Spencer! Maybe I can commison you to build me a seat
Ah ha. The birth of a new cottage industry.

Too bad "I had to destroy the mold to get my piece off", but your bondo'd and primer'd cowling is perfect to make a new mold from. PVA (polyvinyl alcohol) is used as a release agent, and you'll be in for more sanding, cleaning and re-priming of the cowl before final painting. It'll be more work at this point, but future cowlings will be easy to make. Easy as in ea$y money.

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Old 03-15-2013, 11:05 PM   #527
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Wow!!! Looking sharp, Spencer! Maybe I can commison you to build me a seat
ha! i don't think anyone will be able to afford what i'd charge;) this stuff is hassle enough for just my own projects!

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Ah ha. The birth of a new cottage industry.

Too bad "I had to destroy the mold to get my piece off", but your bondo'd and primer'd cowling is perfect to make a new mold from. PVA (polyvinyl alcohol) is used as a release agent, and you'll be in for more sanding, cleaning and re-priming of the cowl before final painting. It'll be more work at this point, but future cowlings will be easy to make. Easy as in ea$y money.

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I've learned a lot. if i do this again, I will definitely do it "right". then there'd be a chance for multiple copies... But i hope to not do it again for a long while.

meanwhile, somewhere in socal...
MORE PROGRESS!

Turns out the sewing machine my wife and I had (it was a gift several years ago, niether of us ever used it) is a piece of crap. It was very cheap, and while might be ok for the odd hemming of some pants, was no good for anything I might want to do. SO. I put an APB out on Facebook and within 30 minutes I had a 1952 Singer sewing machine with steel gears. an old but robust machine a friend of mine makes an occasional vinyl seat on for the vintage Lambrettas he restores:)

getting ready - i found the manual for the machine online - the internet is amazing



sewed pockets for what would turn into the ribs


sewing is done and ready for stretching/mounting


my wife took a few pics of me sewing:)





seat is stretched and stapled and on the bike


I painted the rear cowling today. Not a great job. I believe the orange is a temporary color, and I just didn't have the patience for sanding and painting.


Painted with the seat.


I didn't finish up tonight. I still have to finish mounting the lights in the cowling, and put the odds and ends back togther, but by golly i'm riding this bike to tomorrow's tech day at the Socal AirMarshall's house:)

Have a great weekend everyone!
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Old 03-16-2013, 07:27 AM   #528
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Whew, that is a good job on the upholstery. You sew awfully well and you're not limp-wristed?

Just kidding. Sewing is a useful art. Years ago I used to backpack a lot, had frequent modifications and sewing needs, so I bought a good sewing machine and learned. Twenty years later I still use it. I look at a sewing machine as a Bridgeport for cloth...

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but by golly i'm riding this bike to tomorrow's tech day at the Socal AirMarshall's house :)
Go for it.

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Whew, that is a good job on the upholstery. You sew awfully well and you're not limp-wristed?
i'm good with my hands:) I had fun sewing the seat, I think i'm going to be in the market for a good machine:)

the tech day was great:) Everyone was extremely supportive of my efforts:) I'm lucky that we don't have any curmudgeonly purists in Socal, or at least, none showed up yesterday;)

some photos...





















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Old 03-17-2013, 09:13 PM   #530
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crap

wishin' I could'a been there...

those taillights look better

that license plate has got to go elsewhere
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:40 PM   #531
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wishin' I could'a been there...

those taillights look better

that license plate has got to go elsewhere
you were missed buddy.

where would you put the license plate?
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Old 03-18-2013, 05:45 AM   #532
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you were missed buddy.

where would you put the license plate?
good question, worthy of consideration.

Isn't yours originally a blue plate bike?
A year-of-manufacture plate would certainly cut down on the glare.
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Plate vertical on a bracket behind the right rear shock? Depends on what the DMV actually requires (or what you can get away with) for tag display. Check with the local chop shops?

The new tailpiece looks much more in proportion now that the upholstery installed, or mebbe we're getting more accustomed to it. Whatever, it looks good. How does it feel, riding position-wise and seat cushion-wise? That, IMO, is the true test.

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Isn't yours originally a blue plate bike?
It came to me with the white plate. I'd have to consult an expert (cough * you * cough) about how to go about getting a different plate...

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Plate vertical on a bracket behind the right rear shock? Depends on what the DMV actually requires (or what you can get away with) for tag display. Check with the local chop shops?

The new tailpiece looks much more in proportion now that the upholstery installed, or mebbe we're getting more accustomed to it. Whatever, it looks good. How does it feel, riding position-wise and seat cushion-wise? That, IMO, is the true test.

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Vertical plates are illegal in CA, IIRC. That doesn't mean that people don't do it, but with my tail light technically being non-compliant, i don't want to push my luck.

Thanks for the kind words on the upholstery:) I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. It feels GREAT! and the riding position is improved in my opinion. However, I've only put about 10 miles on this seat so this opinion is subject to change...
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Plate vertical on a bracket behind the right rear shock? Depends on what the DMV actually requires (or what you can get away with) for tag display. Check with the local chop shops?
+1
perhaps tucked under the cowl somewhat, with the tag-illuminating lamp shining down from above/inside.
looks like there may be a little room for wheel clearance with the tag tilted like you have it.
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Ah, I figured there'd be constraints. Here we have Vehicular Anarchy-- still no vehicle safety inspections and it's only been in the last year that we've had to provide PROOF of insurance (besides a "yup, I've got it") when you buy a tag.

You'll figure something out. Maybe a Hologram of the tag??? ;)

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not much new to report, just putting some miles on the bike and enjoying it:) The seat is performing well! it's definitely not a tourer, but I will have no problem putting the miles I want to on it:)



Last night I put a "real" helmet lock on. I was always bothered by the fact that the stock bike had only the lamest of helmet hooks, and it is sad that it took me this long to put one on the bike. I got a basic MotionPro lock from a local scooter shop, but modified it to bolt onto the bike where the original seat lock is supposed to go. I think it looks pretty good, and keeps the helmet well away from the muffler:)





I also contacted a local body/paint shop about painting the bike. This guy is a super talented painter, and he did my first bike after a crash, but he still wanted more than i wanted to spend. $800 is very realistic for a professional job, but I don't think I want to spend that much. SO I've been talking to other local airheads and I have the opportunity to use a friend's garage "paint booth" and his paint guns etc, and he'll help me paint the bike myself:)! (I LOVE the Socal ABC) I'd probably be able to do the paint for $200 - a considerable savings AND fun learning experience. However, I've been having much doubt about changing the color, and not a few naysayers have chimed in;) So the paint project is on hold...

I hope everyone is well:)
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:37 PM   #538
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Bike is looking great Spencer. Nice to hear you're getting a chance to enjoy it.

My limited experience with paint is yes, you can do it yourself. The final product will be determined in the quality and extent of the prep, materials and equipment. If you have access to a good controlled environment (booth) and good equipment it can be a fun job - after the prep. Take your time, don't rush through it.

Maybe a good time for a color poll?

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Church this Sunday?
If you'll be there, i'll be there! haven't seen you in ages!
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Hi all:)

I thought I'd post an interesting problem and solution I just came across...

On Saturday, I was riding all over the place going from Airhead house to Airhead Barley Therapy to Airhead house, having a grand old time, when on my way home at the end of the day I noticed that my turn signals weren't working. This immediately had me worried because I knew they were on the same fuse as the brake light... sure enough, i got home and i had running lights but no brake lights or turn signals... shit.

The fuse had indeed blown. First I blamed Mike V. for hexing my bike out of spite;), then Renner and I had a nice conversation about water through garden hoses, and last night I inspected all my connectors and wires - found nothing alarming, so I disconnected my bar-end signals and brake light modulator thinking just maybe i had to much load on the fuse (unlikely since all the lights are LED, but I figured it was worth a shot). With the lights working again, I rode off to a local motorcycle evening at Cerberus Motorcycles. I got half way there (3 miles) when again, the signals were out. shit again!

I changed the fuse at the shop figuring it would get me home at least halfway again when i left.



Had a pleasant evening, and took off with fingers crossed. So of course i'm looking down every time I use the turn signals to make sure they are working. I get on the highway, am cruising home, go to change lanes to the left, look down at the turn signals and POOF! sparks fly and the turn signal is out. i was startled;)

As it turns out, my new helmet lock key, which is dangling from the ignition switch, shorts out against the aluminum of the left turn signal housing. But of course only if it swings to hit the signal as I'm turning left. I was about ready to pull the wiring backbone out of the bike! I would never have thought of this. (i probably wouldn't have seen the sparks during the day either)



who would have thought adding a helmet lock would interfere with the electrical system!?;)
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