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CloudDiver 03-04-2013 08:47 PM

It was a real bitch getting my torch in there... time for a WP9 with a flex head!

CloudDiver 03-04-2013 08:49 PM

Everything went into place pretty well...

CloudDiver 03-04-2013 08:51 PM

When I was tack welding I made sure everything was braced and clamped into place, and I spread my tacks diagonally to disperse heat. With a little technique and a little luck the tag mount didn't twist out of level!

CloudDiver 03-04-2013 08:54 PM

Then I cut out the 'War Bird' (for lack of a better term) shape... by hand, with grinder/cutting wheel, dremel tool, hack saw, and files... what I wouldn't give for a band saw!

CloudDiver 03-04-2013 08:55 PM

Used a paper template to match the two sides... pretty dang close. The pictures don't do it justice... This took 6 hours and whole pack of Camels. I was pretty happy with the final product. Still have to cut an aluminum backing plate, but maybe by then I'll have access to a band saw... I'm sick of my angle grinder!

CloudDiver 03-04-2013 09:00 PM

On to the next... Set up the spacing while the drive line was still in the bike, then took out the drive-line to tack in the battery tray. This bike didn't have a WCC one, but instead it had a hack job of angle iron. I got a new laser-cut WCC style battery tray from Two Wheel Survivor. BTW, it was a bitch getting that scale off!

CloudDiver 03-04-2013 09:03 PM

If anyone is wondering what the proper spacing is, FlySoCal said his CFL battery tray was 3/8" from the rear trans support. After using my battery to check spacing to the starter and all that jazz, mine ended up at exactly 3/8" behind the rear trans support... what da ya know?

CloudDiver 03-04-2013 09:07 PM

I was going to use motor mount coil brackets on this bike but looked at it long and hard and said "Fuck It, I'm going with my Secret Weapon mount from my last build."
I've never seen this on a WCC bike or any other bike, I came up with this totally on my own. So I guess its my signature thing. "STBC... Soon to be Copied, FUCKERS!"

CloudDiver 03-04-2013 09:11 PM

I decided I didn't need the massive bullet bungs that stuck out 1/2 inch to make up for the spacing, that was over-kill on my last bike and the welds were really bad. This time I used the 1/4" x 1 bungs that I was originally going to use last time. The spacing between the coil arm and the bung will be cushioned by 1/4" well nuts for a nice rubber mount effect. I didn't want them on there when I was tack welding because a garage full of burnt rubber in the air smells like shit!

CloudDiver 03-04-2013 09:12 PM

CloudDiver 03-04-2013 09:21 PM

I worked on the tank mounts last. The original position of the old tank was almost correct, but the risers hit the new tank. I had already cut off the rear mounts long ago and it was a damn shame I had to cut off the fronts too... They were straight and level and the welds beautiful. Anyway, the whole tank had to come back about 3/8" to 1/2" from that position to get full handle bar turn.

I got the rear tabs tacked in but I fucked up the fronts by cutting them too short. They were the original tabs I had cut off the frame but I still wanted to re-use them. Now I have to order new tabs because the fronts are about 1.5" long where the rears are a good .6" shorter. I was more pissed that I couldn't finish the fab; I wanted to take the frame home and do the finish welding and have it to the plating shop by the end of the week.

With the rear tabs set I rolled her off the lift to check the full turn arc... Perfect, with about 1/4" spacing between the riser and the tank on the steering stop.

CloudDiver 03-04-2013 09:23 PM

After I cleaned up my disaster area of a work bay I poked around and fit up the Todd's Cycle Martini Headlight... bitchin

CloudDiver 03-04-2013 09:27 PM

One last look at the roller on the lift. Some time this week or this coming weekend I just have to get the tank mounts done and then it all comes apart for finish welding, cleaning, and off to plating.

Earlier this evening I dropped my engine off at Mark's place. He will be taking the top end down so it can get new gaskets (there was a leak) and I can also get the heads and jugs polished. I'll be polishing up the crank case by hand since it will all still be together. Hopefully in about 2 weeks the shiny, freshened up motor will go back into the freshly nickel plated frame!

longnlow 03-05-2013 05:50 AM

Looking good!

TWOWHLSIRVIVR 03-05-2013 06:32 PM

Cool man, but as far as mill scale, a little heat and a wire wheel take that stuff right off, in no time.

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