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Saving Tempest

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I had some disappointment the other day, not with Beryl but something that happened on the way home. I stopped to turn in some required paperwork at an agency near home and on the way back found out the hard way that somebody took the six" diameter cover off a water dept. hole in the middle it the intersection at the corner...WHAM.

I only hit it with the front wheel (Tempest's) and while I didn't harm the rim I saw and heard something fly from the handlebars and hit the street.

The crossbar insert! I THINK I can tap the other tab in carefully and them maybe have it partially brazed on the bottom to hide it. But what drug addiction would make people think the recycler on the other side of the border would just take something that says WATER CO. on it?

The reason it flew off is that I had the bag off the handlebars temporarily. That put a real dent in my day for a while, and while the city said I could file a claim if I needed to, really all I could do otherwise is have them report it to the contractor that runs the water dept.

Not the first time I've hit one of those holes either...
 

Saving Tempest

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Here's the scoop...I may get it back tomorrow with the tips painted the same green as the frame and masked off for white paint. I need to get some vinyl and pinstriping to mimic the style on the original paintjob (in this new case, two stripes, green inside and silver outside) and a trim stripe peaking on the triangle end.

Bruce Crawford gave me a PRESENT! He sent the seat tube post and TWO eagles at no charge because he wants to see it looking completed on my birthday Monday (IF I can get the rims and spokes done, and I'll be enlisting the LBS some for assembly). It will get a coat of clear acrylic enamel prior to hitting the road as well.

The tank will still be the hardest part and it's also possible the fenders won't be on but I'll be rolling June 26 if I can help it, 5 years to the day that Tempest returned to the road fully painted.
 
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Saving Tempest

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Good news and MEH...

The chainguard isn't going to be so spectacular...it's still got the dings as wrinkles I couldn't get out, he missed part of the top and managed to paint over where the sticker was and he didn't paint the other side. I have a second eagle should I get a better guard though. He painted the whole fender green so I had to change my plans around some and I'm not really sure how to duplicate the tips, I asked him to just tdo the tips and I would mask them off and paint the rest white. So I have to figure that out myself...I think it will be fenderless for a while anyway.

He's 70 years old and doesn't breathe well anymore and his compressor is going out on him too but he was only wanting $40 and he forgot where he put the frame after the primer (hey, I've done that too) and I found it so it still has to be painted. Meanwhile the pinstripes I got at the sign shop will do the trick of copying the original two stripe scheme mostly and double as the trim over the tip.

I can find a new guard and reorder the color in a can for that...for now I will shoot the clear acrylic coat over it and that's why I have two eagles.

I was lucky enough to find somebody and not have to spend a couple hundred bucks so I'll work it out from there.

I cannot find my camera memory card!
 

Saving Tempest

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In case you are wondering, NO, the good auto body shop at the Ford dealership with a manager skilled in rolling fenders etc is swamped, and the family that owned it just sold it last week. I have no body shop skills at all.
 

Saving Tempest

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#68
I did my best to mask off the tips and painted the rest of the fenders white with a can. I'll get the insides painted white as well but I have to buzz the rivets as well. Then I have to stripe and seal.

I had some sad news when I went to the sign shop where I get my vinyl...the owner's wife succumbed to her ovarian cancer last year...yet another reason fall and winter sucked. She was always quite helpful and the two of them worked very hard on Tempest. Today I post in her memory.
 

partsguy

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#69
In case you are wondering, NO, the good auto body shop at the Ford dealership with a manager skilled in rolling fenders etc is swamped, and the family that owned it just sold it last week. I have no body shop skills at all.
I have no body shop skills, either. I self taught and watched videos online. I did not come into a "car family". My fenders are rarely ever perfect, but I can get 'em pretty close. Your best friends are wood, a good workbench, a steady hand, patience, and a ball peen hammer!
 

Saving Tempest

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#70
I had already sprayed some of the clear coat on when I now see that the bottoms are a little sparse and I hope I can sand a little and wipe some of the paint in.

Learning stuff. To be fair the guy's getting on and all he wanted in the end was two burger meals and cigarettes, there is a lot more good in things.

I'll get that done tonight as it cools, tomorrow will be another scorcher and yesterday kicked my butt, even with lots of water.

I DID get my Blondie concert ticket at least!
 

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I did a little sanding down to the primer on the frame spots that didn't cover well and carefully applied the paint with a foam brush. I think it worked okay. The temperature will remain above 56 degrees for the rest of the early morning...it will be okay outside. So far so good.
 

Saving Tempest

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#73
It will be down to the wire, the LBS guy is normally closed on Mondays but said he's get it over to me then and I still will have to install the clamp, post and seat, pedals and grips...no chainguard or fenders.

Now even with plenty of WATER ONLY in my bottle for the trips out the other day, I still got fricasseed a bit in the heat. Having been through heat exhaustion more than a few times before I limited work to nighttime for some things outdoors into the weekend...but the fenders are ready but for popping rivets where one brace used to be and hopefully adding one with screws. Like I said though, they won't be on the bike for a while, much like Tempest was fenderless the first days back, if not a month or so as I was in the hospital for a month just three weeks later.

We'll see what my fenders look like now that I'm basically finished though.
 
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Saving Tempest

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The rear fender went fairly nicely...The striping and triangle tip look nice!

For some reason the Rustoleum 2X Painter's Touch White I sprayed over the front fender CRACKED. I really don't know why, I've never seen that.
 
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Saving Tempest

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#76
The other one was fine, the cracking is minor and I'll try to work it out a bit, and the guy just painted the entire fender in both cases. The LBS guy said he'd get it to me Monday although it's his day off, I have one ready to clear coat almost and the striping worked very well. If I manage to find the camera card again or get somebody to take some shots soon...SERIOUSLY both cards are misplaced...but since I just got one project out the door, three bikes chained up, parts going back to the shed for the Huffy later, finished my nephew's computer AND gave it to him after mom and his family came over for my birthday picnic (it's tomorrow, AND they brought me my Blondie/Garbage/1/2 of X concert ticket for next month), the living room and both bedrooms are beginning to come out of hiding again.

PS Remember that when it's your birthday, that doctor lied when he said, just a few more pushes and it will all be over!
 
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Saving Tempest

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#77
He emailed me at about half past three and said it couldn't get finished today...and I understand as he got swamped just before the weekend. I have the time to work on the parts I have here though, and clean the house. I've got a bunch of earwigs getting in from somewhere, there were little black ants trying to bum off my cat's food and I had a black widow trying to hitch a ride on Tempest the other day that I had to carefully kick of the 'bus' a few blocks down the road.

There are thunderstorms and high winds coming through either near here or over the area into Boise this evening as well.
 

Saving Tempest

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#78
It's still sitting there in the repair room unassembled...since he's going to get the entire amount of money he said he needed to do this tomorrow I hope he can at least get it together in time for me to finish and ride it on the Fourth of July...

Two pics first, my birthday mini cupcakes and the ticket to see Blondie I got for next month. I'm celebrating having survived my old medicine trying to shut down my kidneys and kill me exactly five years ago that week (July 14 is the concert). I've wanted to see Blondie since I was a young teen, and in fact when my folks gave me a stereo clock radio for my 13th birthday in 1979, the very first thing it played WAS Blondie.

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NOW, THE REAR FENDER!

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Saving Tempest

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#79
I WALKED the bike home because I forgot the old style mount for the seat. If I find a carriage bolt can I even ride it?

NO. A thorn has taken the front tire down, (EDIT I probably held off because of the costs). Maybe I have slime in but there is no way I'm going to get it done right now. I've spent over 600 dollars on all this too. I lifted it over the sidewalk and missed any thorny spots and I still have the kickstand, seat, paint repair, and I'm not even to the chainguard nor do I have headbadge screws.

Madness. I'll go find the camera and post pics.

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