Friday, July 29, 2011

Here is a rough idea of what i have in mind for Devs battery mount.  His saddle is wrapped so I don't spoil its whiteness.
 I did assemble his head tube today and did the first coat of Frame Saver.
Major Daves front triangle all mitered up prior to fitting the lugs.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Before I got going on Daves front triangle, I wanted to work on the seat rail clamps for Devins battery mount. Using some ss308 bar stock, I drilled a 7mm hole with them sandwiched together for the rail contact.  I then drilled and tapped 4mm holes for the anchor screws.  After cutting them into the individual clamps, I tried to use an end mill in my drill press to face them.  The cheesy drill press and vise wasn't going to let that happen.  I'll think about how to face them while I'm fitting up Daves frame.
The final clearcoat is on Devins frame.  A couple of fat edges, but very good for a garage paint job.  I will let it cure a few days before beginning the assembly process and Frame Saver treatment.  Dannys frame painter said no Frame Saver for 6 months.  I really don't want to spray inside the tubes when they are wired, I would rather keep the wires as clean as possible.  Going to go convert my garage from paint to fab and try and get major Daves front triangle fitted up.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Finally got the first clear coat on after two Cayenne repaints.  After the first successful repaint, the paint incurred a large cosmetic gash across the seat tube and stays.  I spent the morn and after noon repairing that and then discovered my clear hardener had hardened. So after a dash to the paint store through the rush hour traffic, I finally got it cleared.  Tomorrow, I plan on applying the decal, knocking down the clear, and applying the final clear coat.  I do have a larger Butter Cup that just fits inside the band if Dev desires.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Here it is with the Cayenne applied.  But I pushed it too hard and with the poor lighting conditions, I have some holidays.  So I will do a repaint this week and hopefully get it clear coated before Thursday.  Major Dave just let me know he wants the same livery on his frame as his platinum pearl Ducati.   Gonna be fun.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Here's where I am this morning.  A couple of hours of cure, then on to the Cayenne. 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Devins frame with a fresh coat of epoxy prime.  Even though, in my opinion, the paint was holding up quite well under cross conditions, I decided to no longer use etch prime.  The epoxy will provide an improved primer/base coat bond.  I have finished sanding the fork and will mask and spray a coat of sealer next.  Maybe cayenne and white today.
While I have been waiting for Devs frame to come back from glass bead and Dans frame from the paint shop, I've spent some time on Major Daves frame.  Here is the rear bb lug.  Clean, simple, and purposeful.  By the way, he won his class at short track this week.  Way to go!  I just ordered drills, taps, end mills, etc. to fab the attachment pieces for Devs battery mount and am off to the paint shop for his paint supplies.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Devins frame off to the glass bead shop.  It will be ready for pick up this coming Thursday morning.  This will give me the window to assemble Dans Di2 bike and finish Bobs Colnago.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Devins new saddle arrived and it has very little room for the battery between the rails. This is about as good as it is going to get due to the logo badge and lengthwise stiffeners on the saddle base.  Final placement will be determined after the bike is assembled with the correct set back.

Here is the seat tube lug at about 90%.  Next time, it will be easier to fab a custom lug.  It's time to finalize the color scheme.  The frame weighs 4lbs. 2 oz.

Friday, July 8, 2011

I wasn't going to work on the frame today, but I got side tracked. I went ahead and cut, faced, and reamed the head tube.  I wonder what it weighs?

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Here is the front lug point and the rear brake cable entrance.  I tapered both of the upper points down to .028" to help reduce any potential stress riser conditions due to seat tube flex.
The rear lug points and brake cable exit.  I spaced the seat stays a little wider than normal to give the lower point more visibility.  A very good day, but sore hands.  Time for a Spring Reign.
 All the brazing is complete.  Now for a long soak while I go find a good rust remover to clean the laundry room sink.  After lunch I will start cleaning the frame up for glass bead.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Here is what I have come up with so far.  The clamping method hasn't been determined yet.  I'm not going to spend any more time on it until I have some hard measurements on the saddle and set back that Devin is going to use. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

I haven't been able to braze up the brake posts on Devins frame due to being too busy with last minute tune ups for the STP and the Hague Lake Tri this week end.  I have been able to get some preliminary work done on Daves front triangle and have started the custom battery mount for Devin.  I needed a u-channel exactly 1&1/16" I.D., so I made one.  Pretty ugly at this stage.