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Old 02-26-2012, 04:02 PM   #1
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Front Forks Fun!

Recently I posted a small job I did by pulling off the rear bumper and cleaning off the rust / removing old layers of paint and re-painting / putting it back together. Not a big job by any stretch, but it made a difference in how the old boy looked from the back.

Now the front. I am no mechanic, nor do I have any particular repair skills so if I can do things like this...well why are you putting it off?
It is not done but I wanted to get to this point before the rain hits tomorrow. Will post more as I go along.
Tools- Air powered Needlegun, wire wheels, sandpaper, Rustoleum primer.

1st 3 shots - how it looked a week ago.
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Next 3 shots

Now for a look as I was using a needlegun to remove most of the old layers of paint. And trying not to remove my new inspection sticker...
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3rd 3 shots

These 3 pics show the results after I took the air powered wire wheels to it. (where it would fit) Lots of good 'ol elbow grease with sandpaper involved as well... whew...
Naturally it had rained for 2 days after I finished with the needlegun so the rust was trying it's best to get started..
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Old 02-26-2012, 04:13 PM   #4
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last few shots for today

Got the first coat of primer on. Took off the connectors for the equalizers and I am tempted to paint them silver. Not sure just yet. Forks will be black but I do plan on sneaking in a little blue in a few unexpected spots. (stay tuned)
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Old 02-26-2012, 05:19 PM   #5
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Doing some nice work there, Chuck.
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I'll have mine there next week. Nice job!! It is the little things that make it pretty. How did your new wheels and tires do on your run to Goliad?
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Looking good Chuck. There is for sure a lot of nooks & crannies on the front end of one of these things. Lots of hand work for the paint prep.
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I'll have mine there next week. Nice job!! It is the little things that make it pretty. How did your new wheels and tires do on your run to Goliad?
Loved the new wheels and tires. Skye placed a few objects in strategic locations to test for movement. All was well. Checked pressure again today and have not lost any at all since I put them on. Eases up a lot of worries. Guess I need to put those brand new Carlisle 15's and rims on the market somewhere.

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Looking good Chuck. There is for sure a lot of nooks & crannies on the front end of one of these things. Lots of hand work for the paint prep.
Indeed! Had to move some old flagpole holder out of the way to get at some of those nooks! You can see a corner of your product in a couple pics...Did you notice?
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Missed it the first time. Now that you have all that new paint, gonna need to polish up that pole holder. Ahhh, the work never ends, one thing just leads to another.
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Missed it the first time. Now that you have all that new paint, gonna need to polish up that pole holder. Ahhh, the work never ends, one thing just leads to another.
I have never ventured off into the world of polishing. Wonder where someone would find out how to do that?
But I think next project is a complete walkaround and re-caulking. Actually I am about halfway done on the easy parts. Need to get underneath to replace any missing rivets and seal it all back up good again...That will not be enjoyable.
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Wow, what a difference! That looks so good; gives me the itch to start on ours...

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I'm on this spring for the same job. Your's looks great. Thanks for the motivation.
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Thanks all. Not done yet so more pics will come. Did anyone notice that I uncovered the VIN stamped on the curb side fork? (post 3 I think) Just for grins I checked it against the metal tag on the trailer and, as luck would have it, they matched! (chuckle)
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The never ending story

2 coats of black on the forks and suddenly the banana wrap looked bad, so...primer is on.
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