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    Okay I do have the series of wet/dry paper needed, I had just been doing dry up to this point, but I just do not know when it is good enough to really finish out, guess not a time to be a perfectionist.

    Now does one work the metal and remove the mill finish before doing a pattern and cutting it out ?

    I ask because that is what I started doing with the rocker plates. I actually have done those by hand with 80 grit on the block, but a few pass with the 50grit (correction as it was what I bought not 40 ) on the Vibrating sander, LOL, another correction as no one calls them shuffle sanders. Do not ask where that came from, still trying to figure it out.

    Have to help the neighbor this morning, maybe I can get something else done in the day.

    Be good and ride safe everyone.

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    It might be easier to rough it in before cutting. But I did not, I started after cutting.

    I roughed in with a 3m pad on a grinder.

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    Here is a part with a portion roughed in.

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    After this it was all wet standing down to 1000 grit.

    Then the buffing wheel and compound for large parts and hand rag and mothers for smaller parts.

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    Sure do admire the soft shine that stainless gives with some finish work......I'm not a big fan of chrome...would take the hand finished ss any day.....that said, I picked up the rattle can of satin black and hit the button, took the easy way out.

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    I do agree Larry, but I have issues and I have to be doing something all the time, so it seems.

    So I looked at the work taking up time and the finish work on the metal would keep my hands busy for hours.

    Had found a water leak in the wall yesterday, so had to get a new faucet and get it installed and clean up the water mess. Guess now the wife is wanting the back faucet replaced also. Not a bad idea as it is nice weather still and in a few weeks it won't be.

    Than I hit the sink with sand paper in hand, at least that is the plan for now.

    Have a great day and a better week end everyone. Catch some bugs if you can

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    My days and nights were not good over the weekend. Leaking pipes and a shut off valve that would not totally close for me. Any ways it took a few tries of different things before I got some air hose for the fish tank to slide down the pipe so I could suck all the water out, than all went together as it should have. Spent Sunday cleaning up all my mess. Still have one more access door to mount, but water is on with no leaks and life in the home is almost back on track.

    So I did take and get some wet sanding done yesterday afternoon. Got up to 400 grit and just did not like some pits and discoloring still on the surface. Oh yes, I could see my ugly mug and grey hair in the reflection of the brake stay. Anyway I listened to myself and took the brake stay out to the garage for another heavy sanding. I do have one deeper pit that I do not think I will get out, but if all the shallower ones get removed I will think I can live with it.

    Every one have a great week, colder weather is getting here faster than we want.

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    I hear ya.

    I also have a pit here and there that did not sand out.

    It is easy to get sucked down that rabbit hole of "I might as well do xxxx while it is apart".

    It all takes time.

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    Okay I am a little excited, I went on the run to find a machinist who would do the work I needed done.

    No luck in the local area's, like all closed up or changed what they are doing, so went to the welding supply store to get some SS rods and ask if they knew of any shops..... paid off big time.

    So they are going to mill down the fork bars for me and align/drill rocker holes and later cut the bars to length as needed.

    Monday afternoon I will see the machinist and see if he wants to turn down the bars for the 39mm trees, or just in large the tree fork hole dia., or a little of both. His partner kind a like the idea of turning the trees to fit the fork bar dia. Also can get the rockers water jet cut, if I remember it correctly. Again will confirm that on Monday as the machinist might just cut them and I get to do all the clean up and final shaping to the pattern line. Depends on that quoted price, again on Monday.

    So my press, or bit, egged out the 1" hole a bit, the new bit I got drilled out a nice 1" dia. hole, but the bushing fits snug and spins...........disappointed, but I found a 27mm OD bushing with a 22mm ID, so back in business as the machine shop will make it right for the press fit bushing, also they are doing up the step spacer, and probably the axle as I am thinking a custom made one so I can put acorn nuts on each side.

    I spent the afternoon sanding out the brake stay. I spent the other day, most all day, with the 50 grit going over it and over it, yes I changed my paper, and in the end I worked that pit to pin point.

    Now it is not noticeable after using the 400 grit in the sink.

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    I forgot that before I spent a day sanding I drilled the hole for the brake retention arm. All parts should be here Monday hopefully so I can take them to the machine shop. 1/4" x 20 thread is what it will be tapped to and I will use a should bolt to mount the arm to both the stay and the main fork.

    So I still have 600, 800, 1000, 1500, and 2000 grit wet sanding to do. I think it is worth all the work, and than I get to do the rockers.

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    Good news on finding a local machine shop.

    This what I would do.....waterjet the profile and pilot holes for the tight fitting holes and full size for through bolts. Then ream the tight fit holes on the knee mill.

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    You are educating us all well Rex, that is if you are wanting to do it right so all last a long time.

    And I thought it was just drill a hole and push the bushing in, it would work if you knew the exact drill bore and bushing dia., but like I said, just drilled holes and thought all fits, LOL , live and learn.

    The machinist is going to take a 27mm OD bushing I bought and press fit it in the brake stay after he does the final work to my rough cut hole. It is just a bit loose for the 26mm OD bushing.

    I will see them in the morning, than I will find out more, hope all have a good night.

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    Things are going, now I am waiting on the machine shop to get the work done, than I get to do more.

    Checking the mock up again and I cut my tube legs to short as I was checking out the 41mm set of trees.

    So had spent yesterday running around trying to find new stock for the main legs, got it, now to set the rocker's today and maybe get some else done.

    I have to go with the 39mm narrow tree's, just not enough room under the body for the wider 12 inch spread of the 41mm forks. My son helped me yesterday with the body and what not so I could see if they would work, only if I go down the road straight with very slight curves, just not enough room for the trees when turning the front tire.

    So much still to get done.

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