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    Kinda looks like Jack Daniels and his buddy Jim Bean put it together ....

    I like it ....

    Weld up the fins on the left side back to round ....
    V-T offers Head Fin material to weld on to repair broken fins ...



    VT No: 11-1710
    Cylinder fin plate is cast aluminum for the repair of cylinder and head fins. These are to be cut, fit, and welded in place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragstews View Post
    Kinda looks like Jack Daniels and his buddy Jim Bean put it together ....

    I like it ....

    Weld up the fins on the left side back to round ....
    V-T offers Head Fin material to weld on to repair broken fins ...



    VT No: 11-1710
    Cylinder fin plate is cast aluminum for the repair of cylinder and head fins. These are to be cut, fit, and welded in place.
    Interesting! I was gonna ask you about that when I came up to your shop. If that's possible, I'd like to round out the horizontal fins where the pushrods were... then ADD vertical fins on the top of the top fin to continue the look. Think that's possible? I absolutely LOVE the flat deck of vertical fins that are there now. Reminds me of the old dirt bike engines and even the flatty's. We'll chat my man. We'll chat.

    Thanks!

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    Sure .....

    Could make the fins look like an axe ...



    Or Alibaba Sword ... Did that a long time ago to a CB 750 Honda, every fin on the jug and head ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragstews View Post
    Sure .....

    Could make the fins look like an axe ...



    Or Alibaba Sword ... Did that a long time ago to a CB 750 Honda, every fin on the jug and head ....
    There you go making me wonder what you've been putting into your Pepsi these days...

    Quick question on that plate of fin material. Found it on VTwin. All good. Going to pick it up. But do you have any idea how big it is? How much area it would cover? I'm going to have to call Teddy's I guess. Can't find the size anywhere online.

    I'm going to draw up templates for each fin shape and cut all the templates out of cardboard to get ready. Should be cool. Thanks for that reference man.

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    Update for those curious - got some info from VTwin - the repair fin plates are 7.375" x 4.375" but that's max. Note the rounded edges.

    I drew up the shape in CAD quick and am going to start laying out the patterns for what I would need for each fin. That way I'll be able to tell how many of these blanks I would need to get the job done.

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    Starting to play with the seat shape. The plan is to make this shape out of round bar... weld it to the frame... fill in the sides with sheet metal and molding... make a ridge that ties into the rib on the fender... make a ridge that goes up the base of the gas tank... and have the seat panel drop in the center as a recessed deal... annnnnd... pretty much EVERYTHING else. Yea. I'm never getting this bike done.

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    Also starting to play with the new toys. This first slice of aluminum bread will later be cut into the foot pedal pads for the foot clutch and rear brake.

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    Then lastly for now - got some pipes fab ahead of me somewhere in the future.

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    Tiny update on the axle blocks. Starting the process with 3" OD x 0.188" wall DOM. Cut to 1.5" lengths. Cleaned. Ready for the next steps.

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    Been slow going as I work on some other angles with some tools. Just picked up a MIG welding rig so... that's been taking most of my time as I learn how to weld. But on the bike, back to the axle blocks, got some more home-brew fab done.

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    Took some advice from the dudes on here and on IG - for the hole that the axle adjuster nut butts up against, I wasn't sure how to get the flat spot inside the round shell. Someone suggested I drill a big hole (ended up being 5/8") and run a short section of tube with the same ID as the axle adjuster threaded part. Made sense, and was relatively easy to do.

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    So here's a quick idea of how the block will start to go together. Again, this is nothing ground breaking or new. Axle blocks have been built this way for a long time and were super popular in the 90's. But this is my spin on it to make it possible to fab for the home garage builder perhaps.

    The square steel plate is just for a flat surface.

    The washer is just to give a back-space to inset the main steel plate within the round shell by a tad:

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    Then the back plate. This will have the rectangular axle slot cut into it

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    Then the shell, the axle adjuster tube, and a spacer that will go between the axle plate and the axle adjuster:

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    Then the axle adjuster slides in:

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    Then the whole thing will get covered with an aluminum plate that is inset within the shell mounted to tabs that will also be welded in the shell.

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    One step at a time. I'm going to try to have my buddy cut the axle plates cut on his CNC to have the slot done perfectly mirrored from side to side. Other than that, it's just a matter of getting the rest of the tabs fabb'd up and everything welded together. So far, so good. We'll see.

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    Well holy smokes!!!

    A buddy of mine encouraged me to enter into next year's Biltwell People's Champ competition. Did a long write-up... and I'm stunned... got selected as a part of the OG25. This is the first batch of 25 builders that are hand-selected by Biltwell to get the ball rolling:

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    I'm truly humbled at this opportunity, and am not taking it lightly. I was already bringing my A game... but now I gotta dig deep and find my A++ game. Already been making some plans on how to step it all up. Super excited. Terrified. Pumped.

    Stay tuned for more!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bpeak View Post

    Then lastly for now - got some pipes fab ahead of me somewhere in the future.

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    Check out these tools from "Seven Sins Choppers) ....

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    Build your exhaust with ease with these new trick stainless steel tack welding clamps.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragstews View Post
    Check out these tools from "Seven Sins Choppers) ....

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    Build your exhaust with ease with these new trick stainless steel tack welding clamps.




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    Woah cool! I ended up making a 3D cardboard buck to represent the bends. I bought a set of pre-bend tubes with a 2" radius. But before buying, these templates helped me map out where I plan on running them to make sure I knew how many to order... all that.

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    Was planning on just holding via magnets to MIG tack before taking it to the pro to weld up. But those clamps look to make it WAY easier. Thanks man!

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    Got some updates. The outer clutch pressure plate is now engraved. Took about 6 hours or so.

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    Also wrapped up the second wheel spacer.

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    And then also bent up some 3/8" round bar for the massive Dellorto carb support.

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    Tasty carb brace. The plain bolt heads could stand replacement with something like stainless acorn nuts so you have some surface area for more engraving.
    IMO your engraving is tasteful and making it ubiquitous on small parts should catch judges eyes.

    The alternator cover is another candidate, perhaps for some engraving down the center to take advantage of contrast with plain sides for a balanced look.

    Just picked up a MIG welding rig so... that's been taking most of my time as I learn how to weld.
    Set machine using similar scrap before every new weld and it's cake. Destructive bend testing gives good feedback.

    There should be something interesting to a viewer from every angle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmall View Post
    There should be something interesting to a viewer from every angle.
    Totally agree. Thanks man. I'm already kind of thinking about engraving the bolt heads with a little 3-point infinity loop. Super subtle. Only noticable if studied.

    Yea man - that alternator cover is getting knots for sure. As will the carb body, intake manifold, and a bunch of other bits. I'm super cheap labor when I'm working for myself haha. Cheers!

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    Finished the carb lid. The Dellorto lid was pretty pock-marked. Too much to buff out. So, let's hid the blemishes. Based on the dimple background I'm running on the other engraving spots - figured I'd just slam the lid with the dimples. Then I'll be able to continue the dimples down onto the face of the carb where there WILL be knotwork. (PS - if you are on Instagram, check me out @bpeak82)

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    Also wrapped up the kicker pedal. I bought a full kicker side rebuild kit that includes the cover, hardware, kicker arm, the whole 9 yards. Also included was the basic pipsickle black rubber kicker pedal. That had to go. I wanted to run a grip to match the hand grips - green flake from 2FastMoto. I'm also going to run these grips as footpegs. But to get the green grip as a kicker pedal I needed a shaft. Some companies sell them but they are $$. So, I cannibalized the black rubber pedal to get the shaft, then mated it with some machining to a 1" rod of stainless, then the grip goes on top. I dig it.

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    Then... tear the bike apart. I need to finalize the axle blocks and make this a proper roller before the next Biltwell People's Champ vote in November. So, got work to do. Trouble is... I'm putting an ironhead rear drum and wheel on this shovel 4-speed cowpie. Gotta line up the drivetrain. I'm fairly positive that the weld on hardtail is slightly out of whack and too narrow on that side to facilitate the ironhead junk. So, to weld in the new round axle blocks, gotta get it all aligned. Take the bike apart, back in the jig.

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    Then doing a bunch of measurements and centerlines and math.
    My daughter was helping out.

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    Setting up for the next round of engraving. Back to the Dellorto DHLA40 carb body. Had to design a custom knot to fill the space on the side of the barrel. I'm still not great at celtic knot designs from scratch. But getting there. Pleased with how this one turned out.

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    Looking good ...

    Hey I got a easy one for ya...



    Want to do the new Air Cleaner with what the Oem Air Cleaner had on it from the Mo-Co....
    Downsize to fit ...

    Whatca think ... ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragstews View Post
    Looking good ...

    Hey I got a easy one for ya...



    Want to do the new Air Cleaner with what the Oem Air Cleaner had on it from the Mo-Co....
    Downsize to fit ...

    Whatca think ... ??
    Awesome! Are those chrome or polished? Steel or aluminum?

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    The one on the right is Oem for 1952 ...It's steel and I had it plated long ago ...

    The one on the left is Polished Alum...
    Kinda had the thoughts of just the Bar & Shield and leaving off the "Made in USA" ...

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