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engine
19th December 2004, 21:38
http://www.clubchopper.com/photopost/data/500/235118_1896_r1.jpg
http://www.clubchopper.com/photopost/data/500/235118_1897_r1.jpg
http://www.clubchopper.com/photopost/data/500/235119_1959_r1.jpg
http://www.clubchopper.com/photopost/data/500/235119_1961.jpg
http://www.clubchopper.com/photopost/data/500/235119_1965.jpg
http://www.clubchopper.com/photopost/data/500/235119_1966_r1.jpg
http://www.clubchopper.com/photopost/data/500/235119_1967_r1.jpg
http://www.clubchopper.com/photopost/data/500/235119_1960.jpg
http://www.clubchopper.com/photopost/data/500/235119_1972.jpg

you can also see my LED tombstone tail light, 6" risers and bullet turn signals installed on the front.

Jimbo999
19th December 2004, 21:53
Very destinstintive......Looks like it was made for the Bike.

Be careful backing up.....LOL

:smoke

Luckymic
19th December 2004, 21:55
Very nice work Engine. I say keep it on there after you chrome/powder coat it. I doubt anyone will get hurt by it, and if they do screw'em it's there fault for leaning on your bike

Moved On
19th December 2004, 22:11
Hey Engine,

That looks really good, and has to make you feel a lot better than just forking out some cash to get an off the shelf part. You should be really proud that you have the skills to do such work!!!

Gary

Broncodog
19th December 2004, 22:29
Great job there engine!!! Like the shot from the back...great lines :clap

engine
20th December 2004, 00:27
thanks for your support.

I had this idea to make another couple of spikes, protruding from the rear of the strut mounts. They'd be about 4" long and following the arc of the strut mount...for added visual effect.

Jimbo999
20th December 2004, 02:55
I have a very BAD Mental Picture if you ever Endo your bike.

engine
20th December 2004, 03:00
I have a very BAD Mental Picture if you ever Endo your bike.
but if you thinkabout it, if I do endo it (which I don't think is all that possible) it would still be pointing toward the back. It wouldn't touch me at all. Even if I fall back leaning on it...still pointing the other way...

txsporty
20th December 2004, 03:11
engine

That's some fine Work you've Done!!!! :clap

flathead45
20th December 2004, 03:14
didn't your mother ever tell you not to play with pointed sticks?

you'll fall off the roof poke your eye out and catch pnumonia

dwardy
20th December 2004, 03:18
didn't your mother ever tell you not to play with pointed sticks?

you'll fall off the roof poke your eye out and catch pnumonia


...and pee the bed. :laugh :laugh

ESCOBAR
20th December 2004, 03:19
very nice man!............very nice indeed!!!!!!!!!


:eek: ESCOBAR :eek:

engine
20th December 2004, 04:49
didn't your mother ever tell you not to play with pointed sticks?

you'll fall off the roof poke your eye out and catch pnumonia

i haven't thought of that...maybe I WILL take ot off afterall... :frownthre

Mountainrun
21st December 2004, 03:49
Nice job engine.You got talent. I wanted to ask you about the spade you're going to mount on it. Did you have that cast, or shaped a piece of metal? Man seeing it on the bike, powder coating might look pretty good.

engine
21st December 2004, 03:55
Nice job engine.You got talent. I wanted to ask you about the spade you're going to mount on it. Did you have that cast, or shaped a piece of metal? Man seeing it on the bike, powder coating might look pretty good.

I shaped it out of thin stainless steel. It's a total of 9 pieces welded together.
http://www.clubchopper.com/photopost/data/500/235117_1799.jpg
http://www.clubchopper.com/photopost/data/500/235117_1798.jpg
http://www.clubchopper.com/photopost/data/500/235117_1795.jpg http://www.clubchopper.com/photopost/data/500/235117_1794.jpg

(sorry for the extra pics, couldn't find my old thread for it a few months back)

Actually, the spade as is on a black sissy bar would look kind of neat. I'm going to seriously consider making it work...
I did take a pic of the spade on the bar, but my friggin hand holding it there is in the way. I'm going to have to fashion a temporary duct tape bracket to see.

Mountainrun
21st December 2004, 04:25
From the color of the pics I thought it might be cast bronze. Ever thought of doing biker art with your welding?

engine
21st December 2004, 04:46
here is a pic of the spade on the bar using a makeshift packaging tape bracket...what do you think???
http://www.clubchopper.com/photopost/data/500/235119_1978_r1.jpg

Ever since I bought this welder a year ago, I love playing with it and making stuff. My first project was a mideival flail, spikes and all. I wound up making 2 (see them here: http://community.webshots.com/user/strokermotor ). I then made a question mark in memorium of Indian Larry, which I planned to give to Paul Cox and crew, but never did because I feel that they'd either laugh at it or throw it in the trash...or both. So it's hanging in my garage. I thought about making things for sale, but I'm not sure anyone would buy it. I mean the amount of time and effort that I put into these things, they still aren't perfectly perfect and all that crap. I mean it is all hand made with hand tools, no lathes, milling machines or plasma cutters. That's why it may come out a bit crooked...Also there's the fact that I've only been doing this for about a year. No schooling on fabrication at all. I read a couple books a few times and went at it. I only wish I can apprentice for a master fabricator, but it's highly unlikely.

but anyway...whatever.
back to the sissy bar...spade or no spade?

rottenralph
21st December 2004, 05:07
I think the spade has found a home. It looks great in there.

Moved On
21st December 2004, 05:22
yep 2 yeas for the spade !

Gary

dwardy
21st December 2004, 05:44
:clap Spade!!! :clap Spade!!! :clap Spade!!!

FastFwd
21st December 2004, 09:49
Engine,
It looks good! One thing about being able to manufacture your own accessories pays off in the long run. Someone asks you where you got it and you can say..."I made it myself". It's a one of a kind - original.

When I asked where to get a hitch to attach to the sporty ol' Flathead he said "make one ..... find one you like and get the measurements and make it". Well, Engine, I am sorry to say I have not started on that project, but that's only because I gave the trailer away to the guy I bought it from. I'll work on how I'm going to get my crap from here to there later...Meanwhile FH's advice still goes.

There are only so many combinations of parts and accessories to go around and (yes I know...you mathematicians out there know there are more combinations of acc. than there are riders) to make a ride your own, I believe and advocate making your own mods. OK - DECORATIONS, ETC., not drive train parts.

I do not work with metal, yet, so I have been thinking of working on some wooden scrollsaw patterns to put into the front of the frame, into the sissybar space, and just hot glue into and on wherever it looks nice - now that I can do. When I get around to those projects I'll post them here so people will be able to see what I think my ride should/will look like. I believe everyone should decide for themself, with a little constructive input from your freinds. Right? Friends?

txsporty
21st December 2004, 12:27
Spade, YES!!!! :D

FastFwd
21st December 2004, 12:33
Spade, YES!!!! :D
Damn! I type too much crap...

flathead45
21st December 2004, 13:16
what are you using for a welder ? mig , tig ?

you will have trouble welding stainless to carbon steel

Mountainrun
21st December 2004, 14:57
YES on the spade! Engine I work with metal too, for jewelry. All fabrication and handwork there too. ( If I can get my arse in gear, I have a pretty good project going that I've already prototyped on some bikers with good results). You're doing great. Just keep goin' with the flow. If ya love what you're doin, you're on the right road.

Desertfox
21st December 2004, 16:01
I'm not much for sissy bars but that is quite a work of art you have there.

Luckymic
21st December 2004, 18:22
The spade looks kick @ss on there. I would also like to know what kinda weilder your using. Working with stainless make me nervous :yikes .

engine
21st December 2004, 23:15
wow, thanks...that's more good comments than I'm used to getting...if at all.

I'm using a Lincoln SP135 Plus MIG welder, 120v input. It's a pretty good piece of equipment, by far the coolest thing I have ever bought... I wish I had a TIG, though, it would have given me much more control over the weld puddle. But they're so damn expensive... I picked this one up from my local Welding supply house for $520 (hint: got that price from Ebay store from Indiana Oxygen Co, and they matched it for me. Also picked up an auto darkening helmet. It's awesome.)

I'm using lincoln 308L stainless wire. I read that you can weld stainless to mild steel with this wire, it is the most universal. BUT, what I'm going to do, is weld a cross bracket on the sissy bar out of mild steel. Will then weld another bracket on the spade made from Stainless. And use two 1/4" stainless allen bolts to secure it, that way I won't be mixing metals in the weld puddle. This way, I'll also be able to make some other ornament and swap them out if I so desire...

flathead45
21st December 2004, 23:35
yes you can weld mild or carbon steel with stainless wire

the nice thing about a tig is you can use stainless rod on chrome and if you use the lowest possible heat setting you woun't blue the chrome , wish I had a home tig too

I'm using a miller cricket 110 flux core for my home welding stuff so I'm limited to just mild steel (got it used for $75)

rottenralph
27th December 2004, 04:45
Why not cut a small hole in the spade the size of your steel crossmember and run it through the middle(like a shish kabob). Then weld it to the sissybar. That way the piece is hidden and you only have to really tack it in place around the hole. Hidden will look a lot better and make the piece that much better in the end. Dont do anything on the outside because the spade is just too nice to cover with a makeshift mount.

TiBaal89
27th December 2004, 06:13
I'm jumpin in on this thread a little late... that is pure bad ass! Great jeorb!

And just think, now you can have a third passenger back there... just make sure its somebody you don't like too much. :D

engine
13th January 2005, 04:12
I'm jumpin in on this thread a little late... that is pure bad ass! Great jeorb!

And just think, now you can have a third passenger back there... just make sure its somebody you don't like too much. :D

My neighbor's wife...who I actually went to grade school with, mentioned that, too. She's wacky...she did ask if she can sit on the bike while idling about 2-3 times a week, though.

Updates, in case you didn't see them in "Custom Finishing" section:

http://www.clubchopper.com/photopost/data/500/235119_1996_r1.jpg
http://www.clubchopper.com/photopost/data/500/235119_1998_r1.jpg
http://www.clubchopper.com/photopost/data/500/235119_1999_r1.jpg
http://www.clubchopper.com/photopost/data/500/235119_2000.jpg