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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-28-2007, 04:04 PM Thread Starter

 
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Paging ducpainter, red baron, anyone else who's done custom body panels...

Alright boys and girls -

I've decided I want a solo seat cowl for my 1991 Bandit 400. Gimbel makes one that runs about $130 or so, and it's easy enough to find.

But I don't want to pay $130 for a solo seat cowl. I want to make one myself.

I have a few ideas how I can accomplish this, and I'm pretty confident I have the necessary skills to pull it off. I was wondering if you had any jewels of wisdom to bestow upon me before I get to work on figuring this one out.

Thanks!

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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-28-2007, 04:21 PM

 
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Re: Paging ducpainter, red baron, anyone else who's done custom body panels...

Try Boris at CA Cycle Design (714) 979-3911. The guy is great and, as many on this board can attest, has done a ton of custom Ducati painting. I don't think he visits the board too often though. Dan
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post #3 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-28-2007, 04:32 PM
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Post a link to that cowl so we know what you're looking to build.

You can use construction paper to make a pattern and then transfer it to sheet metal if that's the way you'd like to go. Could be cool with some exposed rivets, or have it tack welded, throw down some filler on it, sand and paint

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Well, the plan is to glass it instead of making the whole thing out of sheet metal. The tail pieces are plastic so I think something lightweight would be a good bet.

Here is the cowl most Bandit 400 owners run-
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Soooo....have we found out if it runs yet before we spend all our time making it pretty? Trust me, it's easy to get dicouraged without some sort of motivation-the damn thing moving would probably help (Yes, I know you're not yet discouraged. Wait).
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It depends on what your time is worth.

If it was me, I'd already have spent the $130. You could burn up a solid day trying to make one out of sheetmetal. And that's if you have all the tools.

As far as glass, you could make a mold out of a friend's cowl and lay the glass. Still a lot of messing around, and be sure to wear gloves!!!
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Re: Paging ducpainter, red baron, anyone else who's done custom body panels...

pm sent

based on your other posts, I also believe you have the skilz for the job

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You can do it.

I don't know that you'll save much

but you'll have fun

and it could look any way you like.

pm me if you have any questions.
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You can do it.
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based on your other posts, I also believe you have the skilz for the job
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Soooo....have we found out if it runs yet before we spend all our time making it pretty? Trust me, it's easy to get dicouraged without some sort of motivation-the d**n thing moving would probably help (Yes, I know you're not yet discouraged. Wait).
The bike runs. It doesn't run well, but it runs. And after finding out 2 of the coil wires were crossed courtesy of the previous owner, and fixing that, I'm sure it will run alright. I should have a report for you on just how well after Saturday if I can stick to the schedule I'd like to keep for this weekend. And even if it doesn't run well, I'll get it fixed so it does. I have nothing but time to tinker with this thing, so I am staying positive about being able to accomplish what I'd like to accomplish.

I definitely anticipate getting discouraged at some point. But what fun is having a project if you're not forced to reason things out? I'm pretty familiar with how project math works, and I know that practically nothing happens quite like you expect it to. But I think I'm Ok with that. And if it's a total flop? I'll part the bitch out. At least I'll be able to say I learned a lot in the process.

Oh and I'm relentless. But I'm sure you probably didn't need me to point that out


I may wait until better weather to take this one on, because it's hard to open things up right now with it being so cold and glassing isn't exactly something I want to do in a poorly ventilated area. We'll see... a mechanic friend of ours has a nice shop that he may let me use for the stinkier parts of the project, so who knows when I'll do it. The wheels are definitely turning though, and I have plenty of other things to do to it in the meantime!

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Re: Paging ducpainter, red baron, anyone else who's done custom body panels...

Shape it out of styrofoam. Lay it up with 3 layers of 6 oz glass and epoxy. You're good to go!
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