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#21 ScrappyJ

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 03:14 AM

Thanks for the kind words, Fellas! It is ALWAYS appreciated!

I originally didn’t do the rear part of the frame that attaches the axle to the frame correctly (originally, I had it solder to the frame and after some more research, I realized that there were two billet pieces that attached to the frame and that the axle slid through. Since the original version had this piece soldered to it, I had to find some channel stock for the piece to bolt into and then I had to machine the billet pieces. During this process, I had to try making them symmetrical so I had to use my tilting table with my vise. The funny thing with machining (and cool thing actually), is that in many cases there are two or more ways to approach things. My way is only my way and not necessarily the correct way, but I use the best way that I know.

The first version on in brass soldered to the frame:
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For the billet version, I started by milling down blocks to then machine each set. Then I proceeded to machine:
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The final product sans the tapped holes for the bolts:
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Edited by ScrappyJ, 28 November 2012 - 03:18 AM.


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Posted 28 November 2012 - 03:16 AM

Drilled, tapped and on the frame:
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Edited by ScrappyJ, 28 November 2012 - 03:20 AM.


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Posted 28 November 2012 - 04:56 PM

very nice Dirk! great skills

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 05:15 PM

Missed going to Atlanta Dirk but I'll be looking forward to seeing it sometime this up coming year. Good work.

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 06:46 PM

BEAUTIFUL WORK!!!

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 03:01 AM

Thanks, Guys!

@ Darryl- We missed you guys too! It's always cool hanging with you and Wayne.

I had to make the side plate for the primary belt pulleys. I enlisted the help of machinist extraordinaire, Bob Dudek to make the side plate as well as the brace plate for the drive sprocket. In order to get the side plates done, I made master copies for him to do his CNC wizardry (the sprocket master was actually machined out of aluminum and the primary was scratched out of styrene):

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 01:33 PM

I also enlisted Bob's help for the clutch set up. Again, I made the master out of styrene:
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Billet items from Bob:
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Finished product:
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And then the transmission:
 


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Posted 29 November 2012 - 01:43 PM

Here's a pick of the blower hat. It was made from styrene and the master actually is hollow all the way through. I wound up casting these to make enough for the other bikes. Then I machined a flat side to the butterfly shaft. The pulley for the cable has two brass pieces inserted that has holes to receive the cables from the throttle cables:
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Here is the blower hat on the blower and carbon-fibered. It als has some of the do-dads and do-hickies:
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Plumbed and ready to go:
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#29 Bobdude

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 01:59 PM

Mr. Joseph, Thank you for including me in your fantastic build of Larry's bike. I really enjoyed working with you. Bob

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 04:28 PM

beautiful craftsmanship boy's!!

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 03:51 AM

Man that work is excellent although its really not 'work' is it? I'd say its more 'art.'

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:34 AM

I'm running out superlatives for this thing.  The multi-piece clutch is just sick.  You and Bob make quite the team.  I love the blower work also.  I was out of town for a few days over the Thanksgiving break.  I'm going to call Reggie tonight or tomorrow to see if he is going to the ACME meeting on Sunday.



#33 Scott Colmer

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 03:14 PM

This is really, really great scratchbuilding. Your handmade parts have a very tight and clean look to them. Always been a fan of your stuff, Dirk. This will be another masterpiece.

 

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 06:45 AM

Dirk.... What can I say. This is a very IMPRESSIVE build. You have caught my eye with this one. You have talent and skills. I really like the frame Jig that you made. that is the best way to keep everything straight.  I love all of the machine work you have done as well as the parts that you had Bob Dudek turn for you. I have a few parts that I bought from Bob a while back and they are beautiful pieces of work. I am really looking forward to seeing more of this build up as well as the finished product. I have always wanted to scratch build a Pro Stock Motorcycle basing it off a Suzuki kit since I really love those bikes. Keep up the Great work.



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Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:02 PM

For some reason, my edit buttons aren't working and I can't add images.  Oh well...



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Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:11 PM

Let's try it this way:

 

Here are some pics of the dampers for the front end.  If you’ve ever ridden a bike and wheelied, you know that when you come down, the front end can sometimes have a tendency to wobble a little.  The dampers help to stabilize the front end a little better and when you’re going about 200 mph (these TF bikes can carry the front end for most of the 1320 before the front end final hits the pavement), you definitely don’t want any wobbles.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:35 PM

beautiful Dirk!!!



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Posted 04 December 2012 - 03:01 AM

I used the Tamiya detail kit for one of their bikes for the project; however, I didn’t like the part where the front axle attaches to the fork tubes since it is plastic and not quite the design I wanted.  I decided to try my hand at machining pieces for it.  The thing with these pieces, is that I made them with a ledge so that once I got my machined pieces (rotors and calipers) from Jim at Micro Nitro, I could machine some brackets to attach the calipers to them:

This is a picture of the original parts as they came out of the kit:

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Here are the machine pieces:

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 04:25 AM

I saw this project at the ACME show last month.  Truly amazing, absolutely incredible; a phenomenal work of art that should be displayed as much as possible.



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Posted 04 December 2012 - 08:58 AM

Outstanding work Dirk!