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    Got the design work done for the legs and cut the stencils for it, after dinner I'll begin prepping the stencils for use.

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    Confab, here is my little stencil machine, actually not much more than a Cricut and handles big paper!

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    Beautiful.. PERFECT.

    Nobody talks about it and you won't see one in a chopper mag... But I think that's a great, unsung, custom bike building tool.

    Be so useful for everything from the finish work you're laying down to the planning and "trying out" stage. Where you could eyeball a dozen designs in a few minutes, and for pennies..

    Quicker and cheaper than you could even trace it on the bike with a grease pencil! SVG graphics are scalable, so you can drag them around however you want till you get your look and fit.

    There's just no way to go wrong with it. Good job.

    I think you're teaching a bunch of people new tricks, here.

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    Prepped the stencil by "weeding" it. Hey when in Rome...

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    Lined up where I wanted everything.

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    The moment of truth, will the stencil stick to the paint or pull off with the backing????
    Success!!
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    Now tape off everything since the base is such a light color I can't afford any overspray.
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    And the deed is done.
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    Almost perfect ( for me ), however I realized when I put the tank on that the mousetrap is going to cover the US 40 sign, lol.

    In a couple of days I will finish up the seat mount area and a little gold leaf work on the frame and tank then I can hit the frame with the clear and actually start assembling pretty dang soon..
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    Quote Originally Posted by DoomBuggy View Post
    And the deed is done.
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    Almost perfect ( for me ), however I realized when I put the tank on that the mousetrap is going to cover the US 40 sign, lol.

    In a couple of days I will finish up the seat mount area and a little gold leaf work on the frame and tank then I can hit the frame with the clear and actually start assembling pretty dang soon..
    But you could eliminate the mousetrap??

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    That's an option, my old hands do like the mousetrap though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoomBuggy View Post
    That's an option, my old hands do like the mousetrap though...
    Is that an issue because people run a mousetrap eliminator with foot clutch springs? It always made me wonder as so many old chops run mousetraps when most of the rest of said chop was stripped of excess parts.

    Note, I have bought a mousetrap for my 51, as she's now got a ratchet top/ foot change set up.

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    Not sure about the foot clutch spring, but a properly setup mousetrap only requires one finger to hold the clutch in at a stop. It also reduces the amount of effort to pull in the clutch so again, old hands with arthritis like mine LOVE the mouse trap. A foot clutch would be another option, but I'm enough of a klutz these days without adding that complication, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoomBuggy View Post
    Not sure about the foot clutch spring, but a properly setup mousetrap only requires one finger to hold the clutch in at a stop. It also reduces the amount of effort to pull in the clutch so again, old hands with arthritis like mine LOVE the mouse trap. A foot clutch would be another option, but I'm enough of a klutz these days without adding that complication, lol.
    Well, that sorts it, foot gearshift, hand clutch with mousetrap for us old guys!

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    Not this Old Guy ....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragstews View Post
    Not this Old Guy ....

    You are a special case!

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    A very special case, lol.

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    Step one, mask out where I want the leaf to go.

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    Then apply the sizing and let it set for a bit, then pull the tape and wait and wait and wait. Today it is taking about an hour and a half to set properly.

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    Apply the gold a sheet at a time until the whole area is covered, wipe it down with a cotton ball, and then engine turn it. I would rate my job a solid 8, I was off on my turning a bit, and seems I got sloppy with the sizing. Not an issue, just another step to clean that off.

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    Next step will be to add a dark detail line under the gold, then I can start to think about lettering and maybe a little artwork on the tan area. I was going to attempt to pinstripe the lines, but that just ain't going to happen. My lines are about as straight as a drunk on a three day bender.
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    Ooo, nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoomBuggy View Post
    And the deed is done.


    Almost perfect ( for me ), however I realized when I put the tank on that the mousetrap is going to cover the US 40 sign, lol
    Paint the mouse trap the same color as the frame and put the US40 on it. It i'll look like you planed it.
    Dusty

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    Quote Originally Posted by DustyDave View Post
    Paint the mouse trap the same color as the frame and put the US40 on it. It i'll look like you planed it.
    Dusty
    I like it, have to see where everything sits once I bolt it back together.

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    I cleaned up the lines and set the tanks on the frame so I could get some reference lines on the neck and the seat area. I was able to match the gold leaf pretty darn close with a heavy metallic paint so the neck will get that rather then try to put leaf on the curves around the neck.

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    It is too damn cold to paint today and I have to let the sizing on the tank cure for three days before I top coat it with clear. So I think this would be a good clean the shop day.
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    Dam that leaf makes it pop!!
    Dusty

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    Yeah baby, yeah
    Ya think that cake needs a bit more icing ??


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragstews View Post
    Yeah baby, yeah
    Ya think that cake needs a bit more icing ??
    We ain't done yet...

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