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Thursday 12/29/2011

I worked about five hours today, and I am happy with the results so far but
sometimes it seems like it's not moving as fast as I would like.

It is real quiet around here without Betty's extra hands to help hold parts
and also telling me when to take my pills.
She told me on the phone today that it was 50 degrees in VA.
I refuse to go out of the house (garage) except to get the mail.

I spent the day grinding on the fender/tail light mount. I rounded the corners
some of which I needed a Dremmel tool to get at, so far it looks OK but I am
not completely happy with it.



I think I need to put something on each side where it bolts down.
What I have come up with so far is a small piece of larger tube welded
to the bracket to give it a heftier appearance.

I cut a piece of tube and welded a smaller piece inside to get it to fit,
but I decided that isn't the way to do it. I don't want to mess up the bracket that
I have worked on for so long, so it has to be right before I weld it all together.

On another note - -

Anyone out there have a good cheap source for a respirator to use when grinding.
I have tried the elastic type of surgical mask but they don't work.
They ride up and hit my safety glasses and then I can't see what I am doing,
or they steam up the glasses. I tried a full face mask instead of glasses and it's OK
but the mask still doesn't work.

At night I am coughing up black for a few hours, after a day of grinding.
I know this isn't good for me.

I need some experienced help to solve this problem.



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i just started reading your forum and i cant believe what you are doing ,i wish i had just an ounce of your smarts to be able to do what you are doing ,me i would of taken the air out of the shocks .lol.have you tried the charcoal masks?the have like 2 round things on them, on the side and it only covers your nose and mouth.i will be back to see how you are doing GREAT JOB.

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Saturday 12/31/2011

I want to thank everyone who took the time to help me with my respirator problem.

I want to call out Broke winger who brought it to my attention that the beard was the problem.
It never dawned on me, I have had it so long.

Now I want to especially thank Unclet1 for saving me a whole lot of money and possibly my health,
by donating to me a 3m respirator system which he is shipping me.

What a great guy, he brings to mind the saying

"You meet the nicest people on a Honda"

Thanks again everyone.

I put in about seven hours today and I have a lot of pictures to show you why it takes so long to do this stuff.

Yesterday I decided that I wanted to beef up the fender bracket because it looked too skimpy to me.



Well today I started the project by first cutting two 1 inch tubes about an inch long. Then I slotted them so they would fit
around the ends of the brackets. I then cut Two similar pieces of tubing that would fit over the smaller pieces that I cut, and I slotted them.





I welded them in place and ground them some to get a general fit.



When I put them on the bike I realized that the swing arm uprights are on an angle and I had made the tubes square with the bracket.
I got out the torch and heated both sides of the bracket then hit the top of the bracket with a plastic dead blow hammer bending the
crossbar just enough to get the tubes to conform to the uprights. It worked and now looks like I meant it that way.



After welding the tubing and grinding them I decided that the back side of the bracket looked too small also.



I cut and welded a piece of 1/2 inch square stock to the back side of the bracket.
This had to be ground down to make it all look like one piece.



Then Wanting to be a little different, while the fender bracket was cooling I decided to make a "Z" to go in the middle
of the uprights.
I heated and bent a piece of 1/2 inch square stock into the Z then trimmed the ends to fit with a slight rake to the Z.
I think it makes it look like it is moving.



Although it is not done yet, I was getting tired so I mounted it to see if it looks OK.
I like it.

This is why it took seven hours, also I sit a lot.



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Looks great!
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That's a lot of good time consuming work going on there.

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Sunday 01/01/2012

What a Super New Years day, Rochester NY and they say it will make about 50
degrees today and the sun is shinning, unheard of during the winter months.

They also say tomorrow the temperature is going to start dropping
until it gets to the single digits. We are talking 6 degrees above 0
with blowing snow, time to hibernate.

I am taking today off, some of which is by necessity, My hands are pins &
needles all over. The grinding really takes it's toll.

Also Betty comes home today, the end of a too quiet house.

My sister reminded me today of a couple of things in an e-mail.

#1 Life is short, Smile while you still have your teeth to smile with.

#2 One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.

I at least qualify for the last one.

To everyone have a great and healthy New Year, I hope to be back in the
garage tomorrow for a fresh start to the new year.

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Happy New Year Zimco, keep up all the good work. It's very interesting to follow this thread still and I will give you all the advice I can....

Kim !

Winter is here, happy riding and stay safe !
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Hi Zimco,

great job though, I do have a set of lowering units, I figured maybe you can use them. But I did see them on one of the pictures. A nice set of S%W air shocks will be also a great advantages. If you need those tell me.

I hava a lot of 1978 / 1979 accessories and stuff, so tell me if you need anything. I admire a biker who is putting a lot of effort in modifying hir ride. All the best. One last question, do you hace to run for a test at he DOT? or are you by lay allowed to hit the raod juyst after finishing this job? So long Moliekoot Holland

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Moliekoot,

I have never owned a Goldwing before because none of the lowering struts or shocks would get it low enough for me to touch the ground with any stability.

This bike will be a hard tail with no shocks or struts on it.

Some of the problems stem in the fact that the gas tank is under the seat so that lowering it is restricted.

This past summer I bought 7 Goldwings to use for parts so I am pretty well set for what I need except for the new parts I need to rebuild things on the bike.

I also plan later to rebuild one of them and add a side car so I don't have to touch the ground. That build won't come until later when this one is done.

We have to have every vehicle safety inspected every year in order to drive them on the road in New York and most every other state in the USA. I think some states require that you get them inspected twice a year.

Thanks for your interest.

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We have to have every vehicle safety inspected every year in order to drive them on the road in New York and most every other state in the USA. I think some states require that you get them inspected twice a year.
Not in Arizona , of couse they do smog on motorcycles instead . I hear New York and New Jersey are the worst too.

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