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Re: Hammer of the Gods - Rebuilding a B50 [Re: OriginalScott] #735480
05/16/18 12:35 am
05/16/18 12:35 am
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Scott, if he only drilled one small hole to do the tank front, I'm pretty impressed. There is a guy in SoCal, an aircraft industry metalworker, that is truly a master at alloy tanks. Great guy, a very modest man, he won't advertise his skills, but he is kinda "known" by folks though word of mouth (used to be Keith Moore's sidekick/buddy when Keith was alive, I'd guess Desco and Hawaiian Tiger might know who I'm talking about). I wonder if your tank might have been sent to him for the massaging... though he used to pride himself on never opening a tank, always working through the filler.

I once gave him a 441 tank that had a bullet hole right through both sides, in addition to being crumpled and crunched... I wrote it off as non-repairable, any sane person would. Told him to use it for parts, cap, whatever... 2 weeks later, I'm at his garage and he's showing me an immaculate polished Victor tank, looks NOS, and it was the one I gave him.

But an artisan's temperment... I once brought a tank to him straight off a parts bike I'd bought, just a couple dents to be persuaded. A few nights later he phones me, absolutely enraged!!! Turns out this tank has been previously sanded, unbeknownst to me, and the alloy is paper thin. He almost... yes almost, went through the wall when dollying it. Didn't, but it still pissed him off... he yelled at me never to bring him another tank like that! Of course, he still repaired it perfectly, but I always was apprehensive when bringing him another project...

Sorry, I'm rambling, off topic... it is just pretty cool to see the fruit of a true craftsman's labors (even cooler to watch them perform the magick).

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Re: Hammer of the Gods - Rebuilding a B50 [Re: Lannis] #735606
05/17/18 12:51 am
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Originally Posted by Lannis
This is really going too be a bike to be proud of. I hope that its overall "feel" and performance on the road meets your expectations! Sometimes the "journey" turns out to be the "destination" ... but I'm sure it'll do anything that a B50 can do .... !

Lannis


Thanks Lannis. I went through this with my Dunstall CB750 cafe racer. I envisioned it as something of a long range GT bike. It is absolutely not that. It is an hour-long torture rack unless I am out on The highway doing at least 55 mph with no stops and traffic. The experience with the CB750 is what pushed me towards doing something else. Rather than do more refinements to it I switched gears and went looking for other bikes that I wanted. It came down to the B50 or a Moto Guzzi Ambassador. There just happened to be a B50 within driving distance and no Ambassadors close enough. I did ride the B50 a little bit before pulling it apart and was very happy with the feel of it.

Originally Posted by Steve Erickson
Scott, if he only drilled one small hole to do the tank front, I'm pretty impressed. There is a guy in SoCal, an aircraft industry metalworker, that is truly a master at alloy tanks. Great guy, a very modest man, he won't advertise his skills, but he is kinda "known" by folks though word of mouth (used to be Keith Moore's sidekick/buddy when Keith was alive, I'd guess Desco and Hawaiian Tiger might know who I'm talking about). I wonder if your tank might have been sent to him for the massaging... though he used to pride himself on never opening a tank, always working through the filler.

I once gave him a 441 tank that had a bullet hole right through both sides, in addition to being crumpled and crunched... I wrote it off as non-repairable, any sane person would. Told him to use it for parts, cap, whatever... 2 weeks later, I'm at his garage and he's showing me an immaculate polished Victor tank, looks NOS, and it was the one I gave him.

But an artisan's temperment... I once brought a tank to him straight off a parts bike I'd bought, just a couple dents to be persuaded. A few nights later he phones me, absolutely enraged!!! Turns out this tank has been previously sanded, unbeknownst to me, and the alloy is paper thin. He almost... yes almost, went through the wall when dollying it. Didn't, but it still pissed him off... he yelled at me never to bring him another tank like that! Of course, he still repaired it perfectly, but I always was apprehensive when bringing him another project...

Sorry, I'm rambling, off topic... it is just pretty cool to see the fruit of a true craftsman's labors (even cooler to watch them perform the magick).


Ramble away. Those guys are quickly disappearing. I had emailed a bunch of well connected people before Don at Metro Racing gave me Joe Abbates name. I will be taking the tank back off soon to strip some paint from the tunnel. I will post a picture or two of the underside and the previous dents.

Thanks
Scott

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