I did not think this was popular but man are people into this bike. I think the fork will be a really nice finishing touch.
Here is the bike after welding today. I did like 4 hours of practice on the new machine and eventually felt all was cool.
Eventually I will make a nice little stand for it:
The fork set up in the fixture:
Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy the holiday.
Picked up the new welder today. First up is getting the settings just right.
I fired it up and read the manual so I could get familiar with the machine. It is a transformer machine unlike my other (now broken) machine which was an inverter. The difference between the machines is rather noticeable and I spent the end of the day getting a few practice joints under my belt. Tomorrow I will run some more and then onto the many projects waiting for the new welder.
Here is the first joint with no pulser so it is literally just the machine turned on and set at 125amps:
Here is the machine with the pulser on and set at what I think will be the correct background percentage and peak and low.
little close up:
It was a very unexpected purchase but in the end I will be happy since I know this machine is more reliable.
I have lost a few days from my welder breaking.
I was allowing someone to use my welder and the result was 4 days in the repair shop and a phone call that it is VERY broken. The repair is not worth the risk IMO and I have decided to buy a new welder. Tomorrow I am going to pick up my new Syncrowave 200DX. It is bigger, heavier and louder than my old machine but according to the technician it is repairable unlike my inverter machine. Funny thing is they get rave reviews. I will never buy another inverter machine.
Made some tools today since I was unable to finish George's road bike. I have lots of stuff ready to be welded tomorrow and Wed.
I did not mean this to come across as a rant but man was I upset that machine broke!
The queue is growing rapidly.
Not that you look but I have been changing the queue over the past few weeks. I tend to give about 2 weeks for each bike. I try really hard to keep on track but it is never guaranteed. The one thing I really want to offer is bikes for next cross season. That is almost over. I have one bike available that will be done by next September. After that it is well into cross season and I won't get it delivered.
George's single speed dirt road bike is getting welded tomorrow. I think it is a cool bike and has some clean lines. The disc tab will get mitered tomorrow and that will dictate how flowing the rear stays look.
Here it is after tacking before the alignment check:
Here is the Dirt Room after the facelift: