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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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shift1313 said:

it was the first real fiberglass project that i tried and i learned alot but the process seemed to work okay if you find you have trouble with the foam.

good work.

are you going to do an under section as well???? i've seen a few bikes with a tail like pictured above (with no undertail...just open body work) seems to me youd catch a lot of air under there....esp. when doing wheelies....def. bringing them back down, but possibly ripping the tail off eventually (worst case scenario)?

also...wut are you doing for a seat on that??
Tommy Pantsdown said:
Right now there's a decent shortage rolling around. It's around $35-40 a yard.

i (unfortunately) know someone who gets that stuff. . . like lots of it... like, hes part of the reason theres a shortage.

man it must be nice to have DADDY pay your way thru life

:fire: :knucks:
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