Monark Aluminum Pedestal Cover

Discussion in 'Project Rides' started by TR6SC, Jul 23, 2017.

  1. #1 Posted Jul 23, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    I made a little sled to hold the work. These tops in aluminum are very delicate, no thicker than a matchbook cover, about 0.015"
    I set the dowel so that the top touches it on its underside.
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    This piece is in very good shape. No dents or deep scratches, but it is covered with little pock marks from what I guess is atmospheric corrosion. I'd like to file and sand it all away, but I'm afraid of turning this rare bird into shredded aluminum foil. I began with #150 and steered clear of the edges.
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    I skipped no grits as I went up to #1500. image.jpeg
    Polishing with Simichrome at each grade of paper highlighted scratches I'd missed. They must be removed before I can move forward. image.jpeg
    The final result is a long way from perfection, but a longer way still than from where I began. The hardest part is staying off the danger zones. Don't want to lose the detail. image.jpeg
     
  2. #2 Posted Jul 24, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Wow those results are amazing.
    I love the look of polished aluminum.
     
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  3. #3 Posted Jul 24, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    I'll take two to go.
     
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  4. #4 Posted Aug 5, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Wow! Nice job!!
     
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  5. #5 Posted Aug 6, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Looks perfect to me, GREAT JOB !
     
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