Thanks for the compliment! Engine is going to be raw aluminum, haven't decided if side covers will be lightly polished or textured black. Frame will be textured black, forks will be lightly polished. Tank is going to stay the way it is, but I am having "honda" decals cut to cover the "yamaha" decals, I like the '70s graphics on the rd400 tank, lol. Seat is going to be black perforated vinyl.
Cleaning the motor up today, using aluminum-bright to bring the case back to a raw/dull aluminum. Waiting on my allen bolts to come in and I'll strip the side overs off for paint. Still need to have the frame blasted so I can start painting that.
So I got alot of painting done today, and also polished and rebuilt my forks. Well, one of my forks, I fucked up a seal so I had to order another pair, the other one is in though. I don't want to talk about it. Sorry I don't have any pics of the painted pieces, I'll take some next time I work on the bike (probably sunday). The VHT krinkle paint works really really well, the parts look awesome. Just painted a few tidbits today, sunday I'll paint the rest up. Still have to paint sidecovers, skidplate, and the kickstart arm, oh yeah, and the frame. The kid who was going to sandblast my frame for me seems to have changed his mind, so I'm prolly going to have to pony up and take it to a shop.
Anyway, here's some pics of the fork lowers.
Didn't want a mirror finish, I was pleasantly surprised when I cleaned the compound off that they were pretty much exactly how I wanted them! More pics to come.
I ended up helping my brother paint his house on sunday, so I'm a bit behind, but here's and update.
Finished up all the welding on my frame, unfortunately. I am not a good welder, I wouldn't even say I'm a decent welder, so don't laugh!! I should have it atleast primered by tomorrow night, but hopefully I'll get as far as throwing a coat of paint on there. Here's some pics, more soon.
My wife took some pics while I was welding/grinding.
I really really like this paint. Tough as nails! The pictures really don't do it justice, this shit is great!!
The frame looks awesome! I'll take some pics on Sunday after it treats a little more. It'll need to sit for atleast a week to get a tight wrinkle finish like my triple tree, but it's going to look great when it's done! If its treated, I should have a roller together by Wednesday, Sunday at the latest if it's still gummy on Wednesday. I'm stoked to see what it looks like!
Got some work done today. Put the front end all together with my new conical bearings, much nicer and less headache than the ball bearings! Also threw the swinger on and painted up the rest of the parts, including the engine sidecovers. Should be putting the rest of it together soon, I just need to wait for the paint to cure now, again, lol. Frame isn't quite cured yet, but I managed to put it together without fucking it up too bad . More pics when more is done!
Goes on like this, but starts to wrinkle after about an hour. Wrinkles get tighter and tighter over about a 2 week period. Looooooong wait.
wanted to give some advise, that V.H.T wrinkle paint if u after painting place the small parts in the oven at about 220-250 for like 20 minutes, it wrinkles nice and tight,when it cools off its already hardened,on parts like frames and what nots, use a heat gun, spray the paint and slowly start heating it up, once it starts to wrinkle just follow it with the heat gun. we use that stuff alot!!
bikes looking good,ive been thinking of doing something similiar to this u have inspired me!!
Thanks for the advice! I have been using a heat gun on it every time I've used it, and I've seen on the can it says to bake it for a tighter wrinkle on the finish, but I was a little leery of putting it in our home oven, lol. I don't want to give my wife cancer too, lol. I need to get a shit oven for the garage anyway though, so I can start powder coating!
Admittedly I haven't touched this thing in a few days, but I have an excuse, albeit a half assed excuse. I was throwing it together and noticed the upper triple clamp (the 2nd one I've bought) has a small crack in it. I can't for the life of me find an upper triple that is not fucking cracked, so I got all depressed over it and there the bike sits. I finally nutted up and bought a billet triple from bullitcustomcycle.com. $150, but i've spend nearly that buying broken triple trees, so I'd rather pay the extra $ for a triple that I know is not broken, and is likely not to break either. Oh well, here's a picture of my shame...