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Chop it, rake it, slam it, build it for show.
New parts, old parts, built from scrap. [Hammered out of bare stock & welded with sweat.]
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Re: Cusstout's Chopper

PostAuthor: Flyingdog » Wed Dec 25, 2019 2:36 am

:GJ:

Cusstout 1100 wrote: Wife was away, so the first two bakes/cools took place in her kitchen oven :;: .


Oooh...that'll give the next batch of cookies that down-home-earthy aroma. Just smile and say: Scrumptious :bg: .. :xmas:
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Re: Cusstout's Chopper

PostAuthor: Flyingdog » Mon Jan 06, 2020 3:30 am

Anything new & exciting going on with yer chopper? Did Santa come thru with yer upholstery?..Man-0-Man..that fella is quite the "jack of all trades". :;:
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Re: Cusstout's Chopper

PostAuthor: Cusstout 1100 » Tue Jan 07, 2020 12:37 pm

Yep, the jolly fat guy came through. :bg: There was a nicely wrapped box about 5" square and 5' long under the tree. Inside it was 2 yards of black 2-way stretch upholstery material and a large spool of red thread from Sailrite. I had written out all the specs, description, item numbers etc. of my "research" from their website and left it out where it could easily be seen (hint, hint...). I'd stumbled across their website when looking for info on "upholstering motorcycle seats", or some such wording; they popped up because they have a very good You Tube tutorial video on the subject. Actually, they have two videos, one with pleats on a simple seat, the other is a more complicated plain cover. Of course touting their product lines, but worth checking out if anyone is interested in building their own, or re-upholstering an OEM seat. Because I don't have a source for that type of product(s) locally, and because we like to "one stop shop" when we have to pay freight, they got the order. Just a comment on their website: they have an excellent selection of materials, and recommend thread type and size for the material and compatible with home sewing machines. All helpful info for a guy like me who knows nothing, or very little on the subject. I think their prices are reasonable/ competitive.

So now the crash course in sewing begins. :ops:

Oh yeah, and another small package under the tree from youngest daughter, turned out to be a "Guardian Bell" with the Canadian flag on it. Perfect for Cap'n Canuck. (Maybe it's the superstitious nature of our Scottish/Irish heritage, but we have them on all our bikes....)
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Re: Cusstout's Chopper

PostAuthor: Flyingdog » Sun Jan 12, 2020 4:06 am

Cusstout 1100 wrote: I had written out all the specs, description, item numbers etc. of my "research" from their website and left it out where it could easily be seen (hint, hint...).


:GJ: ..same tactics Ralphie used to get his Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. :bg:
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Re: Cusstout's Chopper

PostAuthor: Flaekingr » Fri Feb 07, 2020 10:21 am

This has been an awesome read! Just what I needed to inspire me to get in the workshop tomorrow and start tearing my 750 down.
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Re: Cusstout's Chopper

PostAuthor: Flyingdog » Mon Feb 10, 2020 6:12 am

Cusstout:
Was at the LBS couple weeks ago. Kinda looked at these: https://www.denniskirk.com/emgo/chrome- ... 391568.sku ....and was going to mention, when I replaced my mirrors..I didn't use the mirror's holder bosses, cuz of the odd angle they'd be put at, cuz of the handlebar swap. I opted, instead, to redrill the lever's pivot points and put the mirror's stem thru there. Using a ground down bushing and shaker washer, never had one work loose....yet. Actually, just used a bushing on just 'one' bike. The other is just using the mirror's bolt as the pivot pin. Thought this maybe a consideration, since you mentioned having to bend the arm to get the angle you want.

Well, I should take that back, cuz 'my' mirror did work loose at one time. Probly cuz the the cheap-arse metal things are made of now-a-days. Little trick that I've used forever, since I only own, maybe, three taps. :bg: Whenever I have to re-tap, I just get at least "two" bolt/studs I'll be using. One of them will become my tap. I just grind out a wedged portion of the bolt for the relief...voila..a tap. I can thank my Grandfather for show'n me this trick, some 50yrs ago. :bg:
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Re: Cusstout's Chopper

PostAuthor: Cusstout 1100 » Thu Feb 20, 2020 2:46 pm

Damn! Computer crashed just after my last post; new hard drive and system upgrade puts a big dent in my play money budget, so mirrors and speedo are on hold for the time being. I've been checking out the Emgo line; my handlebars and mufflers are by them and seem to be good enough stuff at the right price. They have a few of those clamp-on mirrors available and I can get them through a CDN site free delivery. So I'll likely go that route, and buy a M10 left hand thread die and tap so I can use the original Virago mounts. The thing I like about the Emgo mirrors is that i can cut the arms to whatever length I want. I'd be drilling out a pair of nuts to re-thread to the M10 left and right for locknuts.

I have a good collection of taps thanks to my life as a Mechanical Millwright in younger years, especially Standard Thread from machine screw to 3/4". Nice to have the 3-tap sets, starter,#2 and plug. My metric sizes are just a small cheap set, but suffice in most cases. The taps are all what I would call #2, or combination starter/#2, so don't thread to bottom in a blind hole. I'll be trying Flying dog's suggestion for finishing those kind of holes in the future; a "home-made plug tap".
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Re: Cusstout's Chopper

PostAuthor: Flyingdog » Sat Feb 22, 2020 6:31 am

Cusstout 1100 wrote:Damn! Computer crashed just after my last post; new hard drive and system upgrade


Ah-Man, that's the pits! Was kinda wondering. Thought maybe ya had a total black-out from the snow. Stuff just won't stop fall'n round here. Hell..high country got 10'-12'..so far. We're getting slammed again, tomorrow thru Tuesday.
Hope you can at least retrieve your data, pics or anything important, from the dead drive.
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