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Old 05-20-2020, 11:43 PM   #61
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Got busy over the weekend building my sissy bar.

I used 9/16" Mild Steel Hex Bar which i plan to have chromed down the track. I didn't make a jig to make this, just marked out a template on some 1/8" plate and did lots of checking and measuring as i was bending. I used a manual bar bender to bend the bar stock, and made the feet from some old tire irons a found laying around, the I-beam profile matches the kick arm and risers really well which i liked. Finally i made the fender support from a piece of 1/4" plate then TIG welded it all together. Overall height is about 1060mm or 42".












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Old 05-20-2020, 11:43 PM   #62
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Rolled this out in the sun the other day -



Can see the light at the end of the tunnel!! Seat pans booked for upholstery in a fortnight, license plate bracket done this week, exhaust the next, painter is tee'd up.....F**k im excited!
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Old 05-20-2020, 11:44 PM   #63
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Huge progress this weekend, the biggest being that the sissy bar and taillight are now finished and mounted, and my new exhausts are made. Other jobs ive finished up are remaking the SS oil lines (i fucked a bend in one of the last lot so remade them all perfect), headlight mount modified to change the lines and make tightening it up easier, seat pan is complete and sent out to the upholsterer, and the last rear fender mount is welded in.

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Headlight moved outward


Liense plate and taillght mount welded to the sissy bar. I pre-polished everything before welding it all together which should help during the chrome stage. Taillight is from HypnicJerk Customs in Australia and is all polished SS


Stripped the Emgo mufflers of chrome, cut the skinny end of and welded some new extensions on..far nicer now



Rear lower fender mount welded up


I use the Paughco exhaust i had, stripped the chrome and modified it. This was during the first stage of dummying things up. Had to make a wee S end at the head to get the pipe to clear the oil tank and clutch release arm stud




Once i had the first one made up i used a square to mark the cut on the bottom pipe. I colour things in black then use a scribe to give me a really accurate line to cut too


Rolled it outside for photos. So glad with the changes ive made!!




Still need to make the exhuast rear mounts so will cut some tabs at work this week and spin up the spacers.

Did some polishing today once i ran out of welding jobs. Got the Super E looking shiny with the Throwback cycles air cleaner and my friends fuel filter he makes


Thats it for now, not much left to do before teardown...
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Old 05-21-2020, 12:58 AM   #64
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Hm. Looks just fine to me, but we'll have to bring in JP and Dutch D -- a.k.a. the Symmetry Boys -- to adjudge whether your sissy bar meets their fanatical standards of chirality.
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Old 05-21-2020, 02:06 AM   #65
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Very nice
what are you stripping the chrome with?
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Old 05-21-2020, 03:44 AM   #66
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Hm. Looks just fine to me, but we'll have to bring in JP and Dutch D -- a.k.a. the Symmetry Boys -- to adjudge whether your sissy bar meets their fanatical standards of chirality.
I noticed a weld on the left side is 1 mill shorter.

Nice job , whats your plan on the paint job?
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Old 05-21-2020, 02:43 PM   #67
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Hm. Looks just fine to me, but we'll have to bring in JP and Dutch D -- a.k.a. the Symmetry Boys -- to adjudge whether your sissy bar meets their fanatical standards of chirality.
hahahaha, too right, it's approved!


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I noticed a weld on the left side is 1 mill shorter.

Nice job , whats your plan on the paint job?
HAHAHAHA no shit!!! I noticed the same on the weld and thought to myself "aww, shit only one more dimme there"

The sissy bar is spot on, my symmetry absolutely loves that photo with everything framed perfectly, the sissy bar top with the tyre, with a reasonably equal handlebars on either side of the sissy bar.... perfect!!
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Old 05-21-2020, 04:30 PM   #68
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Thanks for the comments guys!

RichBob - I just send them to my local plating shop and get them tanked, its very cheap to do and provides a much better surface to weld to then trying to grind it back.

Jp & Dutch Dennoz - Funnily enough since i took that photo i've been back over the welds and evened them up, i'm glad i took that photo though, it made me realize it could have been better.

I've made some minor changes the last few days, ive lowered the risers and got some taller bars, as well as made a new oil drain bung using the Swagelok fittings for the oil tank. Seat should be back to me in a fortnight which im really excited about!
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Old 05-21-2020, 06:21 PM   #69
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I beg to differ! That would look much better in my possession! Great job, btw!


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Jp & Dutch Dennoz - Funnily enough since i took that photo i've been back over the welds and evened them up,
You don't know how much better I'm going to sleep tonight knowing this! Hahaha

Happens to me a lot what you done. I take photos, shit loads of photos of everything, I just like photos.
and sometimes I'm sat at home looking at them and spot things I didn't when I was in the garage.
Sometimes even when I post here, do the post and then realised something not right.
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You don't know how much better I'm going to sleep tonight knowing this! Hahaha

Happens to me a lot what you done. I take photos, shit loads of photos of everything, I just like photos.
and sometimes I'm sat at home looking at them and spot things I didn't when I was in the garage.
Sometimes even when I post here, do the post and then realised something not right.
Nothing wrong with that!
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Old 06-09-2020, 11:55 PM   #72
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Small update but the last major piece of the puzzle....my seat is done.

I sent his from New Zealand to Australia to be upholstered. A friend carried out the work, he was responsible for the foam and leather work, i made the seat pan. The seat is wrapped in Kangaroo leather which is really hard wearing durable stuff. It mounts with an aluminium bung that spigots into the seat tube, and there is a small nut welded to the underside of the fender at the rear which bolts to a polished 316S tab.

Safe to say he is a master of his craft. I couldn't be happier with the work. The seat is on its way back to me now, cant wait to get it in my hands!






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First Kangaroo leather seat I've seen. Wonder what else they make out of kangaroos.
Great seat base and transition from the curved fender area to the flat seat base.
Nice design too.
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First Kangaroo leather seat I've seen. Wonder what else they make out of kangaroos.
Great seat base and transition from the curved fender area to the flat seat base.
Nice design too.
They're almost classed as vermin in Australia Mike. The leather is quite common in shoes etc too.. real tough stuff.

Seat looks great man, he's done a beautiful job. My white seat stayed white for roughly 3 hours.. it's now marked and oily, black was a good choice! haha.
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They're almost classed as vermin in Australia Mike. The leather is quite common in shoes etc too.. real tough stuff.

I think they make kangaroo scrotum coin pouches... on another note...


Really nice work and bike NZT100 !
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I think they make kangaroo scrotum coin pouches... on another note...


Really nice work and bike NZT100 !
The more you know!!

A lot of people confuse Roo's with Wallabies, very different beasts!! NZ, I can't wait to see this finished!
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First Kangaroo leather seat I've seen. Wonder what else they make out of kangaroos.
Great seat base and transition from the curved fender area to the flat seat base.
Nice design too.
Thanks Mike. I belevie as Rhys said its used in a lot of shoes, specifically sports boots. It was quite tricky to do the seat pan as i dont have much sheetmetal experience. I pressed the radius into the flat part of the pan then used a english wheel to match the curve to the part that runs up the fender the best i could. I then just tacked every 10mm or so across the join and hammered it on a dolly till it all matched up.

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A lot of people confuse Roo's with Wallabies, very different beasts!! NZ, I can't wait to see this finished!
Thanks Rhys, me either, been a long road, cant wait to go for a rip on it!
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Old 06-28-2020, 04:31 PM   #78
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And that’s a wrap folks! Fab is finished up. Got the seat mounted and welded some 3/8” tube into the bead of the rear fender to hide the wiring for the taillight in.

So stoked with the end result!! Onto paint and chrome now.





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Old 06-28-2020, 10:30 PM   #79
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I just found this build thread... and the timing is perfect!

You are building an awesome Shovel bobber, very much like what I want to build.

I have a '57 Pan chopper. I'm buying a Shovel engine and trans and I'm going to swap it out for the Pan, then sell the chopper with the Shovel engine. Then build the Pan into a nice bobber.

I just did a quick scan of your build and there's so much detail in there, I'm going to go back and read every word and study every picture.

Thanks. I hope you don't mind some questions in a few weeks.

Cheers!
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Old 07-21-2020, 06:24 PM   #80
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I just did a quick scan of your build and there's so much detail in there, I'm going to go back and read every word and study every picture.

Thanks. I hope you don't mind some questions in a few weeks.
Sure thing Will, fire away, happy to help if i can!
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