The Streamliner

Discussion in 'BUILD OFF 14 - CLASS 2 - BUILD JOURNALS' started by David Cooksey, May 1, 2019.

  1. David Cooksey

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    I started to make the bracket which will support the front wheel cover. Massively over engineered of course!

    A strip of steel was cut then the edges were folded down.
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    Then the edges were put through the shrinker to make it curve
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    Then into the power hammer to give the centre some shape
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  2. David Cooksey

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    Then I made a small bracket and welded it in place
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    Next I'll made a couple of front supports that will drop down to the fork ends. Once it's in the right place I'll weld in some gussets to strengthen the top mount, and some captive nuts.
    The aluminium wheel cover will sit over this bracket and fix through to the captive nuts.
     
  3. The Renaissance Man

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    Looks great, but I'm wondering why steel instead of aluminum?

    BTW I've got some serious shop envy.:envy:
     
  4. David Cooksey

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    It's because I'm welding in some captive nuts. If I went aluminium I'd have to use rivnuts, I don't like using those, I find they are prone to spin. Also they stick out quite far towards the tyre.
     
  5. David Cooksey

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    Although I've gone self employed, I'm still in the same workshop as my old boss. This gives me access to the nice tools. Shortly I'll be moving into my own workshop. So then I'll be back to basic tools. That's why I'm making the most of what I have here at the moment!
     
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  6. toro1978

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    Could you hurry up, please? We can't wait to see this bike finished! :D
     
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  7. David Cooksey

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    Ha ha I'll try!

    Actually, can you keep a secret?....

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    Now I've offered up the front wheel cover...........


    ..... I don't like it! Lol
     
  8. David Cooksey

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    It's just too..... too....... Bland!

    So, I'm thinking, maybe swage a swirl into it, or cut a shape into it, or chuck it in the bin altogether.

    I'll sleep on it.
     
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  9. toro1978

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    LOL why, what is bothering you?
    I think you should do the rear cover too and then decide.
     
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    It's a blank canvas. Plenty of time for making style decisions.
     
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    I know what would look cool on it, and also give some ventilation to the brakes... I think @OddJob also knows what I'm talking about... :21:
     
  12. Captain Awesome

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    Bead roller!

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    Not to make it look like a bin lid or imply it does now. But some nice concentric circles on it might break up that flat profile
     
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  13. Glen

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    What about something like this...

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    Some swages wrapped around it would look pretty streamliney.

    Glen.
     
  14. David Cooksey

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    Yes I really like that. Quite "Art Deco" too :)
     
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    Genius
     
  16. Glen

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    And if you didn't want to roll beads in there, you could cut them as slots with a mesh of some kind behind for a 'grille' look... perhaps o_O

    Glen.
     
  17. toro1978

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    Gills, perhaps?
     
  18. OneHorsePower

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    that in black rubber trim could looks nice and practical too
     
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  19. Chad T

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    Looks like a streamliner to me. I wouldn't commit to anything stylistically until you have more of the bodywork on there. I don't think it will be so bland as part of a whole.

    On another note I was thinking you might want to ad some holes or openings to it for cross winds. Not sure how much you plan to ride it but something to consider.
     
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  20. SwissGuy

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    Maybe something like in that little trailer of mine (used to be a 60ties stroller)
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    Shoud be no problem to achieve with all that tools and skills of yours... ;-)
     
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