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The best looking coffeehouse and coffee in lincoln

The best looking coffeehouse and coffee in Lincoln

We have opened a twitter account under the name of @pw_mitch it is a little thin on content and followers for now but we are working on it when we can. If you so feel inclined please join us and we will follow you back. A bold statement I know. I am always surprised at the number of friends we make and not in a cynical way.

It is a marketing tool but we will not be flooding it with special offers and adds. It will be an extension of the blog with some of the posts you see here being promoted there. We will be commenting, posting and sharing things that interest us and hopefully you.

Come joint the party we look forward to seeing what you get up to as well.

Single sided repair? updated.


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What a single sided repair could look like before new method

Wherever possible we try to fulfill the wishes of our customers. The work we are asked to do can be complicated and delicate at the same time, which can lead to some compromise.

For a long time one area of repair that our customers keep asking about is single sided repair. It is one of the most difficult repairs to achieve. Why? Because the customer adds a complication by not wanting to spend out on an expensive repaint. Which is very understandable when it comes to those annoying small accidents that happen in garages and sheds across the country.

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Inner side showing welding with new method.

The reason this type of repair is difficult to complete is the heat from the gun penetrates through the broken area and puckers the paint and in some circumstances causes heat shrink. This leaves an unsightly look to the outer finish.

We have over the years completed this type of repair without this happening but it can be unpredictable in its outcome. Because of this we have been looking for a way to stop and or reduce the damage to the outer paint, leading to a more acceptable finish. Very recently we have come up with a method that may give us more control when it comes to single sided repairs. We are still in the early days of it’s use but are encouraged so far with the materials we have used it on. I must point out that this type of repair is only any good for small none structural repairs because this repair does not address the

This repair was completed using the new method.

This repair was completed using the new method.

issue of strength and is more likely to fail in the future. How far in the future only time will tell. We will always maintain that the double sided repair is the best and strongest as it gets rid of the crack completely.

We have noted that there is a fly in the ointment, namely super glue – people will insist that they have a go; we do not have a problem with this attitude but we ask that you use something else because the message is: super glue does not work!! Not only that it makes repairing it properly much more difficult and dangerous where plastic welding is involved and increases the cost.

Plastic welding book update.


It is now possible to purchase a copy of our Plastic Welding Guide Direct, just click on the high lighted words which will take you to blurb.

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The fun and games we had producing the book were posted sometime ago with that in mind this link will take you to that post.

You can also find a link on the web site Plasweld

 

Restoration Plastic


oldplasticWe do from time to time get asked to repair plastic on bikes that are more than thirty years old. These panels present some unique challenges. Panels made of ABS, age, this leads to deterioration that shows it’s self in a couple of ways. The first are fishers appearing in the panel as you pass heat over the area to be repaired and secondly moisture leaching from these hair line cracks. It is well known that untreated ABS is hydroscopic.

Recently we had a gent in with two very old Triumph battery covers that had stress cracks. I say stress but to be honest these were signs of their age. The next indication was the way little rivers of water came running out of the plastic as heat was passed over the repair area, with numerous fishers opening as well. This complication turned a straight forward repair into a bit of a challenge.

It is difficult to know how far to to take repair’s like this. It was handy that the owner was in the workshop to experience what was happening. We agreed between us to only make good the cracks and some of the fishers that lead into those creaks. Otherwise the repair would have become very expensive.

The London bike show, here are the dates.


harleyAce at MCN London Show 2015.

Ace Cafe London joins with firing up of 2015, and celebrating the 60th anniversary of MCN, with a stand and display at the annual Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show, held at Excel, Docklands, London, 13th – 15th February.

This multi stage, multi event and multi star-studded show includes all the major new 2015 bikes, the London Custom Bike-Building Championship, Classic Bike of the Year and an all new Live-Action Show with celebrity riders.

The Ace presence and display at the show includes the Excel debut of the Limited Edition, factory special, Triumph Thruxton Ace 900 along with an array of Ace Cafe, Rockers and StoMoCo items, together with the critically acclaimed, seminal, 312 page hard back book “Ace Times – Speed thrills and tea spills, a cafe and a culture” by author Mick Duckworth.

Show weekend at the cafe includes:

Friday 13th Feb – Bike Night from 6pm
Saturday 14th Feb – Valentine’s Special from 7pm
Sunday 15th Feb – Ride-Out to MCN Show – depart cafe at 9.30am

www.mcnmotorcycleshow.com

For more information about what’s on at the Ace, check out the scrolling calendar at: www.ace-cafe-london.com

B.B is found.


bbbig-escapeYou will be pleased to know that B.B was discovered  in a secret pack of sweets. The culprit has been sanctioned.with the confiscation of the hoard.  B.B has taken it upon him self to share them out with others.

It looks like we maybe getting something sweet with our tea break.

Now B.B is back we can look forward to some more antics.