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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisS View Post
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    Very nice mate, your grandfather did a nice job restoring it from the looks of it to.
    Thanks! Yeah it was a good job, starting to show its age a little, but only because it's been ridden like that, gives it a nice used feel as opposed to being this mint thing that I'd never want to take out for fear of damaging it, I like it better that way!

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    Let me know if you need a place that does tanks. There are two good ones. Dutchy in Wollongong and Smiths on the Northern Beaches.
    Ohhhh, go on. What sorta work do they do? Finishing and painting? On that note, a lot of the chrome hasn't come off with sandblasting. What's the go with stripping chrome? Is there some chemical process that can pull it off, or do I have to go nuts with a flap disc?

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    And a fucking 1962 Rover... Because that makes sense

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmsci View Post

    Ohhhh, go on. What sorta work do they do? Finishing and painting? On that note, a lot of the chrome hasn't come off with sandblasting. What's the go with stripping chrome? Is there some chemical process that can pull it off, or do I have to go nuts with a flap disc?
    Whatever you want. From crazy custom to just a respray. I ended up using Smiths and their price was pretty reasonable as it included some pinstriping on the tank. Not many shops can be bothered doing small jobs.
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    Cool as! I'm going to sketch out some ideas for a restyled 'M' logo to paint on the sides, which would obviously be a pretty fiddly job to paint. Still have a bit more work to do with the file to get some rough edges sorted, the tank is an original Matchless one and not a repro, has had some home style repair work done in the past that I'd like to have a crack at myself.
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    Yes chroming can be chemically stripped. but not at home!

    Other option is a flap disk and slowly grinding it off, the chroming process isn't that thick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by agentcrm View Post
    Yes chroming can be chemically stripped. but not at home!

    Other option is a flap disk and slowly grinding it off, the chroming process isn't that thick.
    Dropping it off to get it chemically stripped later this week after chatting with a local electroplater. Will have the added benefit of flushing the tank and stripping out the old 'bladder paint' at the same time. Quoted $80 which seems reasonable. Then attack the rough edges with dremel and file, re-do bladder and prime it ready to work out paint, happy days!
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    1955 Matchless G9 - On the road and loving it!
    1954 Matchless G80 - Because the one above runs too well so I need something more broken...
    And a fucking 1962 Rover... Because that makes sense

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    Finally picked up the tank from getting stripped, in the process the acid dissolved an old lead repair leaving me with a nice hole in the tank, will need a good tidy up and a bit of welding and grinding, but is coming along. In the interim it makes an interesting desk ornament!






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    1974 KE25 Corolla Coupe - So much rust...
    1955 Matchless G9 - On the road and loving it!
    1954 Matchless G80 - Because the one above runs too well so I need something more broken...
    And a fucking 1962 Rover... Because that makes sense

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    I feel sorry for you, you look like you've had to endure a Domino's pizza.

    What's inside the tank like? Was there much rubbish inside before the acid treatment?
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    ... he may have seen one of the signs of the apocalypse - 4 horsemen, fwd transmission, pestilence etc??

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    Ha! Yes I did, to be fair, dominos is better than I remember AND someone else bought it for me. Still, not in my top 20 meals of the last week...

    Inside looks alright from what I can see. I don't think it was too bad before, but the bladder was all crusty and flaking. Seems all gone now. Will run a hair dryer through it for a good 10 mins to dry out any residual moisture and then reapply the bladder, which should give decent long term protection.


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    1955 Matchless G9 - On the road and loving it!
    1954 Matchless G80 - Because the one above runs too well so I need something more broken...
    And a fucking 1962 Rover... Because that makes sense

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    I can re-Lead Load it, if you like?

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    Where abouts in VIC are you? Any advantage to using lead over just welding up the gap?


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    1955 Matchless G9 - On the road and loving it!
    1954 Matchless G80 - Because the one above runs too well so I need something more broken...
    And a fucking 1962 Rover... Because that makes sense

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmsci View Post
    Where abouts in VIC are you? Any advantage to using lead over just welding up the gap?


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    Lead filling tends to not blow as many holes (if done right), saying that I was going to offer to weld it up for you.

    BTW use compressed air to blow it out, hair dryer won't do shit.

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    Chris is correct.
    And to save the hassle, it might be easier to get him to weld it up for you

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    Cool! It's a date Chris, I'll bring over beers and stand back while telling you to make more time for your hot rod build!
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    1974 KE25 Corolla Coupe - So much rust...
    1955 Matchless G9 - On the road and loving it!
    1954 Matchless G80 - Because the one above runs too well so I need something more broken...
    And a fucking 1962 Rover... Because that makes sense

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmsci View Post
    Cool! It's a date Chris, I'll bring over beers and stand back while telling you to make more time for your hot rod build!
    That's ok, because while I'm fixing your tank you can clean some welds off my Chassis.

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    will be interesting to see what the metal is like - Chris might be blowing holes left right and centre.....
    just bog it, I mean, it is only petrol, up against your groin, above a hot engine, with awesome british electrics, what could possibly go wrong?

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    Quote Originally Posted by buzz View Post
    will be interesting to see what the metal is like - Chris might be blowing holes left right and centre... [/I]
    THIS! I'd definitely be soldering a patch over it. Take it to a radiator shop if you can't do it.

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    So I asked about this on the Allmetalshaping.com Forum, pretty much all saying to make a new one.

    http://allmetalshaping.com/showthrea...014#post103014


    Funnily enough I just got a copy of this....
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    Gees, this is escalating quickly. Should I just start a new thread called 'Farmsci and Chriss attempt to scratch build a motorcycle after watching a DVD'?
    Last edited by farmsci; 06-09-14 at 12:25 PM. Reason: Retard spelling, don't want to upset anyone!
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    1974 KE25 Corolla Coupe - So much rust...
    1955 Matchless G9 - On the road and loving it!
    1954 Matchless G80 - Because the one above runs too well so I need something more broken...
    And a fucking 1962 Rover... Because that makes sense

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    theres a triumph 5t motor on the bay. be a good start point.

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    So probably a good time for an update. So my grandparents are committing to moving to Canberra to be close to the rest of the family, which means the time is coming to bring the bike home! So I got a call from Poppy saying I should come up and grab 'a few spares'. So I figured 'ok cool, I'll take a trailer and bring back the bike while I'm at it'.

    So as it turns out, a couple of spares also included a drill press, bench grinder/polisher, 320l compressor, several toolboxes, stacks of books and manuals, and a puzzle... I didn't have room for the bike, but the puzzle looks like fun!






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    1974 KE25 Corolla Coupe - So much rust...
    1955 Matchless G9 - On the road and loving it!
    1954 Matchless G80 - Because the one above runs too well so I need something more broken...
    And a fucking 1962 Rover... Because that makes sense

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    Do you have a stradegy for puzzling the puzzel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rowdytoot View Post
    Do you have a stradegy for puzzling the puzzel?
    Ha! It took me a while, but I got there in the end... But no, not yet, time to hit up youtube and work this thing through!
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    1955 Matchless G9 - On the road and loving it!
    1954 Matchless G80 - Because the one above runs too well so I need something more broken...
    And a fucking 1962 Rover... Because that makes sense

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    So after far longer than originally planned, here it is!







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    1955 Matchless G9 - On the road and loving it!
    1954 Matchless G80 - Because the one above runs too well so I need something more broken...
    And a fucking 1962 Rover... Because that makes sense

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    looking real good man

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    You have pictures in your garage. What a cute cunt!
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    Hold it flat cunt

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    Quote Originally Posted by ls400x View Post
    looking real good man
    Cheers! I'll get some better photos after I've had a chance to detail it properly. She fired up after 3 kicks on the starter which I reckon is pretty good all things considered. She runs nicely, I'll take it for a ride around the block tomorrow and see how it rides.

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    You have pictures in your garage. What a cute cunt!
    I'll take that as a compliment I guess??? Garage set up is actually looking pretty good I reckon. Have all my tools organised, workbench in, few things up on the walls. That Subaru print is something I've been lugging around for years waiting to be able to put it up on a wall. I was actually pretty excited about finally getting to hang it up in my own garage. I like it...
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    1955 Matchless G9 - On the road and loving it!
    1954 Matchless G80 - Because the one above runs too well so I need something more broken...
    And a fucking 1962 Rover... Because that makes sense

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    cool-
    now get it on the road

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    Nice one!

    Bring it to Bathurst at Easter for the Club run!
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    Going to book in to get my L's next month, work is a bit busy this time of year and I'm heading off on holidays next week. So not too far off anyways.

    Easter is a no go, will be taking the Celica out to Dubbo for the Toyota Nationals this year.
    1990 E30 BMW 318is - In progress!
    1974 KE25 Corolla Coupe - So much rust...
    1955 Matchless G9 - On the road and loving it!
    1954 Matchless G80 - Because the one above runs too well so I need something more broken...
    And a fucking 1962 Rover... Because that makes sense

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    Which club are you in?
    1990 E30 BMW 318is - In progress!
    1974 KE25 Corolla Coupe - So much rust...
    1955 Matchless G9 - On the road and loving it!
    1954 Matchless G80 - Because the one above runs too well so I need something more broken...
    And a fucking 1962 Rover... Because that makes sense

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