5. Ground off plastic from bikes that have slide down the road.
We rebuild these with plastic not filler.
6. Panel support mounts.
7. Making mount post from scratch.
8. Broken panels.
9. Missing part taken from a donor panel.
10. Small parts made from scratch.
When we had the idea to do this everyone thought it was great. The reality is that we could not agree in what order they should be placed or if we had the images required to make the top ten. It would be fair to say that these are the most common repairs we see and just a few of what can be a complicated repair.
Even though plastic welding has been around since the seventies it is still surprising when a faring from that era comes in, how much fibre glass has been used to patch up the damaged areas. We were asked if it was possible to repair the plastic panel on a GSX 750 Katana the one with the pop up head light.
From what I have already said you would have gathered that these panels were in a bit of a state. Of all the farings that turned up it was the left and right side nose panels ( the nose cone in this case is divided into three section two sides and a Bezel that fitted around the pop up head light) that presented the biggest challenge. The customer wisely turned up with two panels for each side. The problem was to work out how much of each panel was the original plastic and which pair had the least fibre glass holding it together.
Fortunately the headlight bezel only had a cross shape lug missing. In itself not a difficult repair but time consuming to reproduce. All the side panels were heavily damaged where the side mirrors would be mounted. One of which had a big bit missing.
The first thing that needed to be done was to get rid of the large quantity of fibre glass from the damaged areas. Once it had been ground off the outside of the panel. The stuff caked over the inside was gently persuaded to leave home, coming away in one piece. Almost leaving it clean enough to weld. It just go’s to show if it had not been fibre glass both sides it would have fallen out ages ago.
The one thing plastic welding does not like is contamination of any kind. Which meant we had to remove as much of the residue as possible to be sure it would repair properly.
Once that was done new plastic was cut into shapes to replace all the missing bits. Because alot of the damage was concentrated in one place we had to be careful about over heating. By phasing the repair it would keep the heat shrink to a minimum, making for a better repair over all. You also have to take into account when renovating old plastic it has a tendency to get very brittle. A way round it is to temper the area with some heat before you start welding it together. This also helps to drive out any water that the plastic has soaked up over the years. This leads to a stronger weld and a satisfied customer.
Welcome to 2016! Did you have a good time over the holiday period? All rested and ready to go!? I’m not really ready having trouble getting into the swing of things. I don’t think the constant rain and grey skies are helping.
Anyway! we have reset our opening times back to normal, moving back to our half day Saturday. We have also made some changes to the blog as you can see. Giving it a bit of a spruce up for the new year and changing the header to a drawing of the newer looking GSXR. I have also littered this post with a number of other sketches of bikes.
I did promise to post more often last year but did not keep it up. I’m not doing that again this time. The real world tends, in our case, to push our digital presence into the background. It is possible this would be different if our business was more digitally based. A lot of what we do does not require a computer.
That just leaves me to say that we wish you all the best for the coming year.
The site came about because I was looking to build a special and had to trawl the web looking for info. Then one of my bright spark mates thought It would be an idea if we put the images/tech help etc on the web I thought it would be a couple of projects some tech info we picked up along the way etc, yea right However its were it is now due to me being a sad bastard and being of the road for a year loads of help and advise and info from the likes of SICKPUP (Who just rebuilt my engine,and is all knowing) and UK LEE, (tech stuff) Jim and Gary for helping me out numerous times when i kept getting it wrong and part swapsIan for coffee and contacts Mat at think automotive Steve for his sarcasm and ideas from numerous streetfighter builds and most recently bill (dynomutt) who has talked me through the busa build pretty much from start to finish and explaining what does what and why on a turbo bike
Update on what I’ve been up to the gsxr fighter got sold for parts to finance the building of my hayabusa turbo fighter will be updating the site to include its build over the next few months and tons of other stuff I’ve accumulated and the site will be getting an update as I’ve not done much with it over the last year plan is make it easy to navigate all the best Spart
Our meeting place is the ace cafe in London say hello! s The future? buggered if i know still updating stuff and as far as i know only two of the projects are completed and people keep sending me shit So if you like the site leave a note on my email,if you have pics you want to send me be my guest,if you want to link to me my pleasure,let me know to repay the favour ,any tech stuff you think will be useful to others email it over the author gets the credit..If you want to be critical go for it BUTMAKE IT CONSTRUCTIVE
Ok other people to thank dan from just motorcycles http://www.justmotorcycles.net for arranging powder coating and annodising on me and exiles bike and also for intro to scott an engineer who has done some blinding work for me watch out for scotts work i will be setting up a page on some of his work and contact info Scotts engineering work feel free to email us with your questions: