When I left off I had just welded up the gas tank. I used an interesting method to find and seal the pinhole leaks, rigging up a smoke machine to pressurize the tank and pinholes were shown by where the smoke poured out. After welding these, I used a tank sealer to coat it inside and out, and painted the assembly.
After the tank was mounted, Clive and I directed our attention to mounting the engine and transmission. The engine is quite tall, and needs to sit wholly behind the crossmember, which proved to be a pain, but eventually we got it in and mounted and under the hood.
And that's pretty much how it sits now. I ran out of time at Clive's shop, so it's parked at my mom's house waiting for wiring and plumbing, but hopefully that will change in the coming months. More on that later...
The containers at the navy yard have taken up most of my free time as of late. The idea has been to use this place as a shop to work on 3d printing and composites related work. The first product I've chosen to make are velocity stacks for webber carburetors made of carbon fiber. Below is the progression from original part, to 3d printed mockup, to actual composite parts.
Over the past few months I've ironed out the kinks of the process and have had parts installed on Clive's car.
As a result, I've moved to volume production, producing parts for individual sale as well as a large order that is destined for Australia.
We also spent a great deal of time improving the work environment of the shop itself. Notice below the absolutely crucial air conditioner and the window we cut into the side of the container.
We also installed custom CNC cut insulation/pegboard panels on the walls, and roof.
And I did some minor mods to the bike, including new projector headlights, a ZX-6r shock, finally cut down that rear fender,and upgraded regulator/rectifier, new tires(out of necessity), and installed in integrated taillight.
Because of the lack of a big enough shop, there really hasn't been much progress on the car. In the coming months that should change, because there may be a NEW south bronx speed shop...that's actually in the south bronx!