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Old 09-21-2021, 02:23 AM   #256
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Nice. But does the missus make biscuits?

If I were a rich man you and Milyard would build my next moto. His engine in your frame to my inseam size would be perfection on bike night.

And ya' hafta' have biscuits to pass around.

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Old 09-21-2021, 08:41 AM   #257
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Nice. But does the missus make biscuits?

If I were a rich man you and Milyard would build my next moto. His engine in your frame to my inseam size would be perfection on bike night.

And ya' hafta' have biscuits to pass around.

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Ha! I'd love to team up with Alan Milyard and build a frame around one of his engines. That would be amazing!

As for Mrs. Frame Maker, she makes some amazing cowboy cookies from an old family recipe. I'll try to post pictures next time I see a batch in the kitchen
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Old 09-22-2021, 11:59 AM   #258
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Here's a short mid-week update.

I wanted to prepare the upper and lower head tube gussets but first needed to make a narrow bend plate (not sure if that's the correct term?). The new deign of the upper gusset has a double bend, so the second bend won't lay flat on a large surface. The solution was to mill a slot into a narrow block of aluminum.

20210920_193245 by andbike, on Flickr

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With the narrow bend plate, I could easily create the bends using a Swag Off Road press brake.

20210921_185324 by andbike, on Flickr

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I didn't get a picture of the process of creating the second bend in the top gusset, but it worked very well using the narrow plate such that the first bend could hang over the edge with the mid-area flat on the plate.

4 sets of gussets ready for welding to frames.

20210921_190903 by andbike, on Flickr
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Old 09-22-2021, 01:38 PM   #259
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Old 09-23-2021, 05:04 PM   #261
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I think it is amazing that you are not just building a one-off, but rather building everything in multiples with an eye towards short run production. Are you taking deposits on the finished beasties? Go Fund me ?
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Alright, here's some more metal porn for you horny bastards These just arrived yesterday from China...

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Old 09-24-2021, 09:54 AM   #263
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I think it is amazing that you are not just building a one-off, but rather building everything in multiples with an eye towards short run production. Are you taking deposits on the finished beasties? Go Fund me ?
Not taking deposits yet. I need to get the current batch of three frames finished and then decide if I still want to make more. In two weeks I'm planning to bring the prototype and the gen2 chassis (even though not finished) to the 2-storke Extravaganza and see what type of reaction is created. Since the folks at this event will be closest to having my target market all in one place, I'm hoping it will be a good way to judge the demand for further duplicates of the frame.

I also need to get this batch completed so that I can do some rough estimating on price points vs. the build effort. Even without solid prices determined, I've had a few folks already express interest... but as we all know, talk is easy.
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This past weekend only saw one day of work being done on the RZ project. Saturday was Mrs. Frame Maker's birthday so we went to one of these places that lets you throw axes at the wall. Gotta say it was very fun and good way to get out some stress in the process.

Sunday I was back on the frame, but kept my to-do list a bit on the moderate side. But first I'll mention this. Remember the supplies and odd stuff that was being gathered a few weeks ago. Also on that list was to get some type of sturdy work table on which I can model the new tail. I found this nice Husky brand work bench at Home Depot. It has adjustable height, and two thin drawers. Perfect size for my small office/studio space, but just big enough for the modeling board on which the tail buck will be built.

20210925_182232 by andbike, on Flickr

Sunday's activities started with welding 6mm threaded bungs (that were made a few weeks ago) onto the top gussets. The threaded bungs are where the front tank mount attaches.

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Next is to weld the upper and lower gussets to the frames. Only two frames were far enough completed to receive these. The third frame will need more welding before the gussets are added.

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While in welding mode, I added the upper sub-frame tabs using the fixture that was made last week.

20210926_151917 by andbike, on Flickr

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Next up was to construct a simple fixture that will be used for locating the left exhaust hanger tabs.

20210926_173726 by andbike, on Flickr

Last on the list for the days work was to shorten the swingarm pivot inserts. These were made intentionally long so that they could later be trimmed to fit specific swingarm widths. So trimmed to fit a TZR 3XV swingarm which will be installed (temporary) for the 2-stroke show coming up.

20210926_180051 by andbike, on Flickr

And that was Sunday's progress.
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