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    Sewing with fire is cool man!

    Hello
    I am in the process of building a machine shop to facilitate my dream of building motorcycles. This has been an exciting adventure so far, albeit kind of expensive.

    I'm up in the Pacific Northwest, my name is Reed. It is my hope that these pages will keep me from making too many "expensive" mistakes in my quest. I'm not a machinist by trade nor am I that great of a welder but I do spend an awful lot of time trying to be.

    My Shop Tools:
    A Couple Of Books About Machining Metal
    Grizzly G0779 Gear Head drill Press
    Grizzly G0613 Metal Band Saw
    Grizzly G0768Z Lathe w/DRO
    RogueFab HD Tubing Bender w/notcher
    ESAB multi process welder 205
    Thermal Dynamics Plasma Cutter
    2 ton Gantry Crane
    4'X8'X1/2" welding table
    Dewalt Dual Station Grinder

    It's a start on a journey that does not have a definitive end. Tooling for the machines has been a learning experience in of itself. Hopefully I'll live long enough to wear the machines out, I guess we will see.
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    Re: Sewing with fire is cool man!

    I watched a couple episodes of OCC. you don’t need a machine shop to build motorcycles, you need a credit card. A TIG machine and a few cuss words at your kids and you’re off to the races.

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    Welcome to the forum.

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    Welcome!
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    Welcome to the weldingweb PNW brother

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    Welcome to the addiction!
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    Re: Sewing with fire is cool man!

    welcome. i like that 305 honda dream if i remember. i had the 305 super hawk. always want the scrambler!
    lincoln 125sp
    monkey wards 250 ac/dc
    miller 211 w/spool gun
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    Re: Sewing with fire is cool man!

    Looks too clean in there. Get yourself a media blasting cabinet, that will take care of it.

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    Re: Sewing with fire is cool man!

    Hi Reed and welcome. Looks to me like you're off to a good start. Just take a step back, look over the situation and start knocking on some doors. Advertising is EXPENSIVE without doubt. Flapping your gums and doing small jobs will get your foot in the door. All the best!!

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    Re: Sewing with fire is cool man!

    Hi Reed. Welcome from a PNW neighbor.


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    Re: Sewing with fire is cool man!

    Definitely looks like you are off to a good start. What type of motorcycles do you plan on building? Is this a custom built one off cycles adventure, new line of repeatable models like Harley etc or a motor cycle repair / modify shop? Will you have powder coating or paint booths or outsource all the final colorings and trim?

    Oh yeah, welcome to weldingweb by the way.
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    Re: Sewing with fire is cool man!

    Currently the plan is to locate motorcycles that need that guy who will investigate, repair, modify, upgrade and bring back to life, highly sought after vintage bikes that people have given up on because of whatever reason. I'm that guy. Currently I got super lucky and tracked down a 1968 Norton P11!!! This thing is so freaking perfect it has all original parts and all numbers match. However it needs some of its parts machined (unable to find them). I will machine the parts that it needs on the lathe and bring it back to it's former glory. Also I like to build random ATV's, buggy's, UTV's and anything else that I can put a motor on and rip! Anything that requires welding, fabricating, machining, cutting or upgrading, I LOVE it. I'm semi retired so this is to keep me "living" life to it's full potential. As far as painting? Oh yeah! The shop is getting a paint booth in February ��If luck shines down on me
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    "What we got here is a failure to communicate".

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    Re: Sewing with fire is cool man!

    Maybe someone else can explain why the 2nd pic uploaded and why they are not right side up. I can skin a buck and run a chalk line but evidently I can't upload a simple picture onto a web site forum.
    "What we got here is a failure to communicate".

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    I always liked those anti-gravity cycles! My father-in-law & mother-in-law each had a Honda dream back in the day his was white with bags & hers was red with bags.
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    Re: Sewing with fire is cool man!

    Quote Originally Posted by R33D View Post
    Maybe someone else can explain why the 2nd pic uploaded and why they are not right side up. I can skin a buck and run a chalk line but evidently I can't upload a simple picture onto a web site forum.
    But a country boy can survive! Just a little remake!
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    Re: Sewing with fire is cool man!

    You do know that the song say trot line, not chalk line right?

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    Re: Sewing with fire is cool man!

    Quote Originally Posted by walker View Post
    I watched a couple episodes of OCC. you don’t need a machine shop to build motorcycles, you need a credit card. A TIG machine and a few cuss words at your kids and you’re off to the races.
    Yeah, they buy everything, then weld some ugly as$ art work all over it. Only functional fabrication I've seen them do is a gas tank.
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    Re: Sewing with fire is cool man!

    Quote Originally Posted by R33D View Post
    Maybe someone else can explain why the 2nd pic uploaded and why they are not right side up. I can skin a buck and run a chalk line but evidently I can't upload a simple picture onto a web site forum.
    How exactly are you uploading? from phone or tablet?? do you have auto rotation turned on is from a phone or tablet???

    I was gonna make a crack about having the anti-gravity options too... but I see caveman beat me to it

    I use a simple proggie called irfanview to 'right' and resave images with the correct meta data saved http://irfanview.com/


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    Re: Sewing with fire is cool man!

    Yep. But I can't run a trot line.
    "What we got here is a failure to communicate".

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    Using a Mac lap top. Not the most tech savvy I guess.
    "What we got here is a failure to communicate".

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    Quote Originally Posted by R33D View Post
    Using a Mac lap top. Not the most tech savvy I guess.
    More savvy than me. I only have a phone and a tablet.
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    Re: Sewing with fire is cool man!

    Welcome Reed, nice projects you have there.

    I'm a little tech-saavy, this is my setup at my full-time job.






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