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Got a couple things today. A really nice set of front and rear turn signals; stainless (not cheap plastic) with clear lenses. These will look absolutely stunning I think. Also got Mikuni velocity stacks. I already have pod filters, but I'm going to try tuning with both for the experience sake; damn they look sharp though! I'll be using some micro-mesh inside them. On the way are new rear shocks, yes, again hahaha! Yeah, with all my mind changing the rear of the bike has changed height several times. Also on the way as of today, beautiful stainless mufflers from Cone Engineering along with some collectors and hardware; all custom put together by yours truly. I'm repurposing the Mac headers that were on the bike when I got her; they'll be high temp painted, most likely white (we'll see). That's all for now. Hey, at least I'm trying to get my mind back in this. ;)



 

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Oooooo, so pretty! Got my exhaust components from Cone Engineering. Beautiful stuff, just look at it ......




Hey wait ... that's not right. :serious:








Yeah, wrong size sent. I ordered the 18" mufflers and they sent the 12's. I called and they're issuing an RMA. They will send out the 18's when these get back to them. So unfortunately it'll be another 2 weeks before I see them because it's just not in my budget to buy another set and wait for a refund on these. Lucky I'm not at the point of solely waiting on these. Good company and very professional service. Obviously a mix-up in shipping. :crying:
 

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....Which, would put delivery almost a year to the day, since you started this thread! Was just meant to be! ;) .. :)

..They look real good tho'! Gonna be worth the wait!
Oh $h!t, has it been that long??
 

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6" short. The story of my life
Haha!

Update today: I finished the brake line braiding. Also covered the battery tray/electronics lid/seat support, (whatever you want to call it) in the felt I bought a while ago. I covered the belly of it too; I just show it not finished in one of the pics below. Doesn't show too well in the pics, but it's got fine bits of glitter in it. I know, big deal, no one sees it, haha! That's me! Anyway, the purpose of it is to keep the painted/cleared surfaces from marring (once I get paint/clear down).










 

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Laid down the base coat today. I tried working with the bare metal scheme but reverted back to the original thought as the two different metals (tank vs. fender) wouldn't match up in texture, etc. I had forgotten to drill holes for the seat snaps. And of course in doing so after paint, wouldn't ya know it, chipped a piece putting on the last snap. Fix and repaint tomorrow. Then painting the gold stripes and clear coat which will enrich the color(s). The gold will also minimize and balance the plethora of green. :grin2:

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I'm really not thrilled with this green right now; looks too "kelly green" and blah. I went to the paint shop today and chose a different green. It's darker and has metallic in it. Unfortunately they were out of the silver metallic base to mix the color, so I have to wait until Wednesday. I did however get some holes drilled in the wheels to enhance and lighten the visual appeal a bit. They'll get primed and hopefully painted tomorrow.

 

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Like the colors, that seat and the paint, looks nice.
Thanks.

I have in my mind a certain look based on an old ASC Cobra I saw a few years ago at a show. I've had a few obstacles (in my mind) that have veered the course of this project many times. But yes, sticking with the green albeit a different one soon. Like I said, going with a darker green with metallic.

Today involved replacing wheel bearings, front and rear, and installing the neck races. I debated about the wheel bearings since they were perfect when I rode it last. Nothing like bringing an old bike up to modern standards. The OEM bearings from 1982 have no back seal to them, I'd imagine so they can be repacked over time. As we know, the new styles are sealed. The OEM bearings do look clean though.

I also primed the wheels and frame. Man, it's good to see things at least uniform in color at this point, haha! Frame will be dark gray. Seeing those wheels in white brings me back to another thought I had when I first got the bike in that I was contemplating a white and blue theme, like a Shelby Cobra/Mustang. They look so clean finally! Can't wait to get the painting done.

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Thanks man. Hehe, I still have engine things to do like valve job and strip/paint stuff. I also have to build the exhaust. The correct mufflers should be here by the end of the week. Then once it's back together I have to tune her too. :nerd:
 

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Picked up the new green. Not a great picture as it's under fluorescent lighting and with my flash. I'll get a better shot later when the sun is out. Just a tad different from the intestinal slurry I previously put down, haha. The gold I already had. Also, got all the little pieces and frame prepped for gray now. I'd like to spray them tonight, but we'll see how it goes. The gray is a single stage (so no clear needed). When I redo the tins and proceed to the wheels I'll have to work within a limited time frame due to masking and clear. That may have to wait until the weekend.

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progress. Would you like hurry up ;-)
I say that every day. :grin2:

Finally though, frame, rear drive assembly, swingarm and misc. components painted. I realized during this that my fan and filter are just way too small. It got foggy real quick, haha; but I do wear a respirator. I ran right down to an empty container.





 

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I spend Halloween a little different. I pretend I'm a motorcycle ... VROOM-VROOM! - New green, laid down the gold. I'm in love and it's not even cleared yet. The clear will bring out the metallic. Still doing a bit more in the way of pinstriping, then clear ... tomorrow.



















 

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Thanks everyone. Hey, look at that - I didn't even realize that yes, this thread started exactly a year ago on Halloween. Not the project though. ;) And that was not a fun time trying to deal for that 750, aka: scam.

Swifty, those are the factory wheels. I modified them by drilling holes all over them. I wanted to lighten the look of the "old man" (per my wife, haha) cast wheels and go for a little more hot-rod. :)

Bobolto, you know, my mother-in-law used the same word yesterday - "collegiate". ?
 

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Striping done. Clear done. Still need to wet sand and polish, but needs some time to cure. I thought this kind of bike deserves to have it's name still, so incorporating it into the paint was a must. Very productive weekend.













 

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Did not get too much done this weekend. Every time I went to work on something, head hurt and zero energy. Feeling under the weather sucks! I managed to get the tires mounted and rolled them under the frame. No, it won't be that low but sure looks like a drag bike now. Got some engine parts stripped of paint and looking forward to colorizing. Coming together, but still tons to do.

 

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To all of my friends: I wish nothing but the best for you all today and always!

Happy Thanksgiving!

One or two of you know the personal issues I've been dealing with. I feel the need to share at this point, on a day that we set aside to be thankful. My father was diagnosed with senile dementia almost 3 years ago. It has worsened, becoming most apparent back in August. It is most difficult to witness a man who was and by all accounts still is my hero attempt to destroy his family because of drive set into his mind by this disorder. Making matters worse for him is that he lives alone and he is in denial and unwilling to come to terms with this. The emotional roller-coaster is unlike anything I've ever known. It has affected my drive and my creativity on projects such as this CB build. I shall prevail, but it's been challenging - mostly the emotional drain. I have not been to active on the boards because of this.

I need not ask for your prayers & positive thoughts because I know you are already projecting them just by reading this.

I ask of you, if you do one thing and one thing only from this day forward, treasure your family, your friends, everyone you know ... every single moment. It is tough sometimes, I know. But no one ever said love was easy. It's worth the struggle.

Much love to all!
 

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Thank-you guys!

Had a minor creative disaster recently. I chose to paint all the engine covers gray and then matte clear them. In my mind I thought the contrast with the gray frame would look good. ... Nope. So bad, I forgot to take pictures, haha! Anyway, after some thought I decided to bring the body color down into the engine area. Some paint, some masking, some detail brushing and clear. Viola!









Me. Waiting between clearcoat. Oh Santa, please bring me a larger compressor so I don't have to hear this damn thing running all the time, haha!


 

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Got quite a bit done in the past few days. I received my rotors back from truedisk.net and they are beautiful! Tom is a great guy to do business with, and just to shoot the sheeyat. Cross-drilled the stock rotors, had them resurfaced and checked for true. I also stripped the black powdercoat.

I got the engine back into the frame and started some other assemblies, and now I finally have a roller! I have new brake pads on the way, so no calipers on her yet.

Today consisted of wet-sanding and buffing all the painted surfaces.
















And now for a little sneak peek:

 
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