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Another Custom Tail Thread...

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So I went to the craft store tonight to buy styrofoam to start carving my custom tail section form.

I went to Michael's, That was my first mistake!

$11.99 for a single 3x18x36 ( I think not )
$8.99 for styrofoam adhesive ( nope again )

So I came home trying to figure out what I was gonna do, being cheap isn't me, but I don't want to get discouraged, and scrap $60.00 worth of foam either.

So, mad at the consumer world, and the outrageous price of what I am sure I am the only person who would have wanted it today, I went and sat next to my torn down bike, looking like a complete moron. (This will segway into another story I just remembered, but I will post that in another thread).
So anyway, I am sitting in my garage thinking about a wire frame or something like a paper mache' type structure, and I Rub my forehead in disgust, like I always do (thus the lack of hair) and kick my head back to stretch my neck, and it all comes together!!

Over top of me in the rafters of the garage is an old 4 foot x 8 foot piece of styrofoam insulation!!! DING DING DING!!!!!

So back out into todays rain I go. 1 can of 3M spray adhesive, and my skill saw turned that 1 piece into a block that is now 12x24x48.

I sprayed a thin coat of flat black paint between the layers so that as I am sanding I can take measurements from center to the black line, so as to be symetrical.

I snapped a couple of pics, but I will wait to post, when I actually begin carving to show progress. Wish me luck!!!
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With the right tools, and puter programs anything can be done, I am grinding, sanding, and taking alot of this as it comes. I have a rough idea of what the finished project will look like, but only god knows what changes will be made.

I am thinking right before I get to the actuall final size I am going to leave my sides a little wider, and then have raised letters reading Motorgasm down the tail. I have worked with fiberglass before, but I would love to play with carbon!!! Anybody know where some can be had at a decent price????
Hacksaw.... $4.00

Scrap Alluminum.... $0.38

Never having to hear, "Can we go for a ride?".... Priceless!!!

Chopped the subframe figuring out my gusset points, and taking measurements for custom tail section!!!

Not releasing pics of tail just yet!!! Work in progress...
Ok I have a neewbie question???

what is a Hot knife? And How do I wire it up?
Ok, so I wish I had a band saw, a drum sander, and way more patience!!!

I feel like I got alot accomplished today, don't know if yall will think the same, but here goes the progress so far.

I am trying to get a split tail look where I will run a brake light in between the points, and turns on the points, all in LED's. I know it has a long way togo, but this was all done with a utility knife, a sheraded bread knife, and a piece of 120 grit sand paper, just to clean up the edges. It is still really rough. Tomorrow I will get back at it, and maybe be ready for glass by the weekend.

alright I am usually pretty good at the puter thing, but I am having trouble uploading the pics, they are in my profile. I am brain shot right now, going to make a burger...
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