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The inevitable question...... #771104
04/15/19 9:13 am
04/15/19 9:13 am
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.......... where do you stop?

Somewhat rhetorical I realise but something to think about.

Whilst my TR6 motor is in bits I decided it was time for a cosmetic spruce up. So I have just finished painting the two frame sections, looked at the hardware to bolt it together and decided they needed plating. I now have a bucket with 130 items cleaned up ready for the plater.

I took a look at the shocks, 9 year old Hagons. Stripped them, checked them, all good. Hang on, I have a pair of freshly chromed lower shrouds in the draw. Best give the top shrouds and shocks a lick of paint too.

Then tonight I was looking for something to do and decided to fit the seat catch. Bugger me if there isn't a chunk of chrome flacked off the bloody thing. It's letting the side down a bit.............

Rod


So remember, when you're feeling very small and insecure,
How amazingly unlikely is your birth;
And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere out in space,
'Cause there's bugger all down here on Earth!
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Re: The inevitable question...... [Re: R Moulding] #771110
04/15/19 11:36 am
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It ends when you are in the coffin.

Well a few days before anyway wink

Re: The inevitable question...... [Re: R Moulding] #771128
04/15/19 2:40 pm
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I reckon once 'Her indoors' finds out how much the bucket of 130 items actually cost to be chromed ? ,

She'll stop you so quick you'll think you just fitted a double disc front brake to your TR6 laughing

Re: The inevitable question...... [Re: R Moulding] #771196
04/16/19 7:54 am
04/16/19 7:54 am
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Bodie, with Bun No.2 currently in the oven your probably right! Thankfully Zinc is much cheaper than chrome.

Rod


So remember, when you're feeling very small and insecure,
How amazingly unlikely is your birth;
And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere out in space,
'Cause there's bugger all down here on Earth!
Re: The inevitable question...... [Re: R Moulding] #771199
04/16/19 9:58 am
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And the days go by, and the water comes in.....

Re: The inevitable question...... [Re: R Moulding] #771246
04/16/19 9:26 pm
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Right after the Viet Nam war, my brother came back and immediately began a restoration of a '52 Chevvy fastback. I saw him in the back yard hand polishing the paint on the frame. I asked why he was doing it since once the body was on, no one would ever see it. He said. "I will know about it." 'nuff said, I guess. I left scratching my head....

So, I came to the conclusion that you need to please yourself, mostly. Sometimes you get in a situation where you have to please a customer, or even a judge at a show. But then, something is lost.
I can't name it....

I'm in a position where if someone wants me to do something, like paint a tank. I no longer take input on it. I do it to my satisfaction, and that's it. The people who know me, know what they will get beforehand, and those that don't I probably won't do business with.

[Linked Image]DSC02891

Cheers,
Bill


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1974 Commando
1985 Honda Nighthawk 650
1957 Thunderbird/T110 "Flying Tiger"
Antique Fans: Loads of Emersons (Two six wingers) plus gyros and orbiters.
Re: The inevitable question...... [Re: R Moulding] #771250
04/16/19 10:01 pm
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That is a truly sumptuous job on that tank Bill!

And I like your brother's attitude that a thing that is only seemingly perfect on the outside isn't truly satisfying.

Re: The inevitable question...... [Re: R Moulding] #771272
04/17/19 3:15 am
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Beautiful paint job Bill. It is creative art. I don't know how to contribute meaningfully to the conversation. For me, you do the best you can. Cutting corners doesn't give satisfaction to anyone. The height of this could depend on one's perception or mental capacity. Me? I am never satisfied. No matter how much "gilding the lily" or crafting I do, it could have been better and why? I buy high and sell low, and lose my ass on everything. You do it because you love to do it or it keeps you out of trouble.
I used to ride and build, now I build more and ride less. Maybe this year, I will ride more. I have dabbled in many things creatively, I always come back to motorcycles whether it is attaching a turbo charger or restoration. In the world we live, I find myself looking to restore the old and fantasize of the time it lived in. Problem is, since I didn't live the time, the result is usually overdone. However, I saved things from the trash.
Any psychiatrists want to chime in?

Re: The inevitable question...... [Re: R Moulding] #771281
04/17/19 8:30 am
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Well this bike never has and never will be over restored, not that I wouldn't mind giving it a go. Problem is that soon as it's up and running it will be pressed back into daily service, my basic rule is that so long as there is no ice on the road the bike comes out. I also have a strange addiction for riding in the rain.

This is the old nail last time she had a good scrub

[Linked Image]

A few things had been bugging me for a while that I wanted to put right then it blew the head gasket and spun a little end. With the motor out I couldn't stop looking at the frame and shaking my head, the paint had suffered and it just looked tired.

[Linked Image]

Bill, always like seeing your paint. I don't think I will be doing much in the way of customer work again, I've had some good ones and some that have left a sour taste. It just isn't worth the hassle for what I charge.

Rod


So remember, when you're feeling very small and insecure,
How amazingly unlikely is your birth;
And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere out in space,
'Cause there's bugger all down here on Earth!
Re: The inevitable question...... [Re: R Moulding] #771318
04/17/19 7:22 pm
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That made me smile. Some people will bitch about a free paint job....

Your bike reminds me of a '68 Bonnie (with TR6 head) I had a few years ago. It was presentable, but could have used a cosmetic lift. But it ran flawlessly, day in and day out. I lent it to my friends.
I sold it because it didn't need me.....my bad.

Cheers,
Bill


Bikes
1974 Commando
1985 Honda Nighthawk 650
1957 Thunderbird/T110 "Flying Tiger"
Antique Fans: Loads of Emersons (Two six wingers) plus gyros and orbiters.
Re: The inevitable question...... [Re: R Moulding] #771361
04/18/19 9:01 am
04/18/19 9:01 am
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Bill, the old girl was my first foray into motorcycling and has looked after me well. It's odd the bond you can form with a machine.

I could live with a complaint about a free paint job, if it had merit. Some of these guys have left me speechless though.

I've had someone complain his fresh paint was too shiny.
I've had some one try and convince me he gave me three tanks to paint not two and I must have tucked one away for myself.
I had some tell me that since he had paid $450 for a black and candy apple red job on a T140 tank, the candy apple red paint job on the side covers should be chucked in at my cost.
Someone else told me I worked too slow and his Mate would have prepped his tank in half the time.

I could go on, so I've decided life is too short to deal with the hassle.

Rod


So remember, when you're feeling very small and insecure,
How amazingly unlikely is your birth;
And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere out in space,
'Cause there's bugger all down here on Earth!

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