eBay Goodies

Today I got a few things in from eBay. I’ve mentioned countless times this bike was in a scary state when I bought it. One of the most annoying things that has persisted through most of my changes since I started fixing it up is the Yamaha master cylinder and throttle. This thing drove me crazy, but it’s been a real challenge finding a suitable replacement. Throttles aren’t that difficult to find, but the master cylinder…. that’s another story. I’m sure I could have made do with a number of possible finds I’ve encountered, but ultimately I wanted the correct master cylinder with the correct plunger for the dual disc front.

Well, the other day I lucked out. I managed to find a complete throttle and master cylinder assembly in perfect working order. It even came with the switch. I’m pretty sure I paid half what this whole assembly cost me JUST for the switch assembly a while back. If you’re in need of one, shoot me an email. Otherwise, all my leftover parts will probably go on ebay when I wrap the project up.

Now, if finding a much sought after part at a good price wasn’t enough…. I also managed to get a tank in REALLY good shape. These aren’t that uncommon. I’ve yet to find a perfect one on ebay, but For the most part, you can find a tank for around 180 bucks. I managed to score this little gem for about 20. I don’t know how I managed to get so lucky, but I’m not arguing.

This tank will have knee dents cut and welded into it as soon as I decide on a shop.

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Friday, December 3rd, 2010 BMW Cafe Racer No Comments

TANKS! (for the memories)

So now I’ve hammered in the dents a little less ugly (just a little) and added a few dabs of body filler (not a few).

As you can see it’s more like bondo with a few dabs of tank.

I’ve also gone through and stripped the paint off the tailpiece. Again, this guy was in pretty bad shape, so I had to do my best. This winter I plan to redo it from scratch. Hopefully by then I will also have procured a new tank.

Priming and painting.

Wet sanding is our best friend. Fine grit paper, bowl from the kitchen. Don’t worry I won’t put it back. (I might (I won’t)). The finish is really smooth and delicious.

Re-assembled. Notice The wires hanging all over the place. Also I haven’t done much with that front fender yet. Considering axing it completely.

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Sunday, June 6th, 2010 BMW Cafe Racer No Comments

Strippers And Rubbers

While at Autozone the other day I bought a can of Rust-Oleum’s Aircraft Remover. I don’t know why the funny name. But I do know one thing: This stuff is mean.

I donned my rubber gloves and used a shop towel to spread it over the tank. Within minutes the paint on the tank was bubbling up. Also noteworthy.. it WILL chew through the rubber gloves, so spread it on and get the gloves off quick. Do not, I repeat, do NOT even think about doing this bare-handed as you will most certainly regret it.

This is a shot of the paint up SUPER close. I flipped the lens around on my camera to do a poor-man’s macro. Pretty neato.

After this sat for about 5-10 minutes you could scrape it right off. Also, I realize my choice of footwear isn’t necessarily optimal given the hazards of this undertaking. You should probably wear shoes when you try this.

Now I can’t take credit for all the work here. I’ve come down with a case of bronchitis and was really struggling to maintain composure while breathing in chemical fumes, gas fumes, and paint chips. My lungs felt like fire from all the coughing. So Kate stepped in to help out while Mav oversaw the operation.

Now I should also point out, this did take a few iterations of stripper and scraping as this tank has clearly been painted a number of times. But the finished product is pretty sexy. Bare metal. Now I want to really get to work on shaping the dents on the sides and get it prepped for paint.

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Friday, May 21st, 2010 BMW Cafe Racer No Comments

From Ding To Bling

Ok.. So not really bling.. Yet.. But I did manage to get some of the dents out of the tank. After searching various forums for some tips I thought I’d try a little something I saw involving a hot glue gun and a broom handle. Basically you just glue the stick to the tank and then pull up.. Unfortunately this didn’t work at all. It only ripped the Krylon off the tank. So I went to Autozone and bought a Pops-A-Dent for $20 bucks. At first, this thing didn’t really work. The glue that it came with was far too weak…. Which is understandable as this is sold as a consumer paint-less dent repair solution. So I used the high-heat glue gun and glue sticks I’d bought from Wal-Mart the night before for 8 bucks.

This combination landed a nasty blow to the old girl’s tank deformity problem. Sometimes I had to hit a spot more than once, but for the most part it worked like a charm. Within about 45 minutes I had the top part of the tank fairly straight.

I worked a little on the sides but didn’t do too much, as I knew I would be denting them in anyway. Next I’ll probably start stripping the paint off the tank.

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Thursday, May 20th, 2010 BMW Cafe Racer No Comments

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