Along the way in the process, it slowly emerges with each round of pounding and smoothing.
Made from a single piece of .050 aluminum sheet like the fairing, a lot of shrinking and stretching was done to get it here. The pounding was done on a shot bag with wood and plastic hammers,, with planishing over pieces of bowling pins and steel mandrels.
Still need to work out the mounts for the left side of the fender.
Where it all starts with a thin flat aluminum sheet.
Thank you Jet Tools! The three-way shear/roller/brake tool along with the shrinker and English wheel made this possible. The entire process took about one full day.. Because of the deep domes of the fairing, the quick-release handle was heated and bent in to get it a little more out of the way..
The Jet tools shrinker was another tool instrumental in getting the fender, seat and fairing done. Because of the deep jaws, it can reach further across the piece you are working.
Some of the low-tech homebrew tools used in the aluminum pounding. Bowling pins are pretty easy to find and their hard oak composition makes them great tor pounding.
This is yet another 1971 Z50A getting a 88cc bore kit and race head. This was a survivor that I repainted the tank along with some engine and other restoration work. It is getting the same package of mods as Blaine’s Z50 and will be going to his buddy Kevin. They will have a pair of near-identical twins.
Here is the finished product with a fresh seat cover added to the engine work.
I love these little ones. Candy colors and chrome always gets me.
Here the Honda Trail Bikes bore kit is partially installed along with a new timing chain, high volume oil pump, new seals, and hardware, including the case screws.
Non motorcycle stuff: This is a German silver script made for a Morales guitar. The guitars were a knock-off of the Mosrite Ventures guitar named after a popular wrestler in 1960’s Japan. I was asked to make the lower script to replace the missing two letters.