Tuesday, April 28, 2009

on back, getting hungry

running into headscratcher.

will continue as soon as lumbar region regains some mobility.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

more puttering

Testing fitment of seatpan/fender with the tank. Finish is really rough right now but I swear I can hear the valve train rusting from nonuse as I type this, so taking it down to 600 grit is about as far as I can stomach in an afternoon. Hard to tell in this picture but the glass fibers mixed with the black tinted resin looks kind of cool to me....

I should have extended the fender out a bit more to allow some extra room for the tail light and license plate. My next fabrication will involve building the truss for holding these bits. It will bolt directly to the underside of the fender.

Pardon the ailing calla lilies; they were just transposed from another location where Sarah and I plan on sheet mulching.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

electrical tray fitment

OK, looking a bit rough around the edges but if it successfully holds a battery and a regulator/rectifier while supporting a mount point for the airbox, I call it good enough. Used 4 6mm blind "Tee" nuts for attachment.

All this epoxy and glass fiber goop is making me wish I knew a thing or two about TIG welding aluminum...heck, pop-riveting and using a sheet metal brake would be fine enough for this application!

Detail of how the airbox tab attaches to the tray...

Here's how it looks installed...that air filter is a wee bit too long there...

more coming...in the meantime:

"Now let it work: mischief, thou art afoot/Take thou what course thou wilt!"

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

check out thierry's XL street tracker work in progress

It's good to know I'm not the only XL600 Chopping lunatic. Check out Thierry Coup's Progress at: http://street-tracker.blogspot.com

Saturday, April 4, 2009

electrical component tray mockup

OK, now just making a wiring/batt hanger that can attach to some existing mount points. I'll do a layup directly off of this piece once it's prepped with clear tape & PVA

Here's the layup. I'm wrapping glass/epoxy around the gusset forms in two places, but this glass was recalcitrant in it's manipulation so i pinched it together with some pva-treated cardboard paper clamps as so: