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    Brook primo JOB !

    BTW when viewing the routing of coil wires and plug wires. I did not like the routing of the Left coil green wire over the plug wire. Compared to my My /5 the coils should be turned 180 degrees. This puts the green wire up top and the crossover wire on the bottom.
    I have to see how to attach a pic for you

    Not the pic I wanted

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    Coil Pic..
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    Boy, haven't kept up for a few weeks. Kinda missed the big moment. Looks good for sure

    Great progress and what a motivator for me to get back to work.
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    1973 R75/5 Rebuild, Preparing Fenders and Tank for Painting

    With the first engine start behind me, I have been concentrating on paint work. I've got the fenders stripped and the tank ready for bead blasting. Here is a write-up on that work.

    • 51 BMW R75/5 Preparing Fenders & Tank for Painting

    I have paint and primer coming in from Kent Holt at Holt BMW, Monza Blue. I have some new paint guns from Eastwoods due to arrive and a new compressor in the shop with what I expect is adequate flow to run the guns.

    I'm going to strip the "Grey Ghost", 1975 R75/6 "S" bike that was my first paint project back in 2010. I made several mistakes that lead to paint flaking, so now is the time to redo that bike, again in the R90-S Smoke Silver scheme. I figure when you get setup for painting, do some painting. :-)

    I'm also going to restore the Windjammer II fairing and paint it to match in Monza Blue. I figure the cost of the paint should double the value of the faring ;-). This restoration tries to represent the "state of the art" circa 1973, and a Jammer was that at that time.

    Here are a couple pictures from the write-up.

    Front Fender Rock Dings
    Front Fender Rock Dings

    Rear Fender Pinstripe Measurement
    Rear Fender Pinstripe Measurement

    Paint Removal Tools
    Paint Removal Tools

    Rear Fender Paint Stripping Progress
    Progress After Two Hours of Work

    Using Block on Fender Ridge
    Using Block on Front Fender Trim Ridge

    Carefully Sanding Edge of Raised Hole
    Carefully Sanding Edge of Raised Hole

    Use Flexible Block to Sand Rounded Section
    Use Flexible Block to Sand Rounded Section

    Stripped Front and Rear Fenders
    Stripped Front and Rear Fenders

    Use Drift to Remove Pin in Gas Cap
    Use Drift to Remove Gas Cap Hinge Pin

    Knee Pad, Enamel Badge, Gasket and Screws
    Knee Pad, Enamel Badge, Gasket and Screws

    Tank Ready for Blasting
    Gas Tank Ready for Bead Blasting
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    Pin Striping

    Nice work as usual. Are you planning on having the pin striping redone and by hand? If you have a hard time finding someone to do the art work (as did I) there are quality transferrable product that can come with both the narrow and wide band on them in one step application. That was what I opted for on mine and looks quite natural.
    Lorne.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R100RTurbo View Post
    Nice work as usual. Are you planning on having the pin striping redone and by hand? If you have a hard time finding someone to do the art work (as did I) there are quality transferrable product that can come with both the narrow and wide band on them in one step application. That was what I opted for on mine and looks quite natural.
    Lorne.
    Hi R100RTurbo,

    Thanks. It's been a bit slow getting this part done.

    In the write-up I have a link to the pinstripe stencil I'm planning on using so I can paint the stripes. It has both lines at the proper width. We shall see how that comes out.

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    1973 R75/5 Rebuild, Repair Windjammer II Fairing, Strip Paint

    Folks,

    Perhaps this fairing is frowned upon as not "hip" enough for a /5, but it's part of this restoration project so I thought providing some details about how to make some repairs might be helpful to those who have one and are considering fixing cracks and broken wiring harness connectors.

    • 46 BMW R75/5 Repair Windjammer II Fairing, Strip Paint

    At this point in the project, I'm about ready to shoot some paint. But, before I do, I am stripping down my 1975 R75/"S" so I can apply what I learned about painting and hopefully get a better job this time.

    Here are a couple pictures from the write-up. It turns out this fairing is an early one in the Windjammer II series as it's the 583rd out of 30,300 made by Craig Vetter.

    Name Plate with Hole for Wiring Connector
    Name Plate With Hole for Wiring Connector - 583rd Windjammer II made

    Removing Damaged Trim
    Removing Damaged Trim

    Original Name Plate Came Loose But Was in a Storage Pocket
    Original Name Plate Came Loose But Was in a Storage Pocket

    Crack in Lower Edge of Left Storage Pocket
    Left Storage Pocket Crack, Lower Edge

    Fairing Wiring Connector Mounting Tabs Broken
    Fairing Wiring Connector Mounting Tabs Broken

    Rust on Inside of Chrome Trim Ring
    Rust on Inside of Chrome Trim Ring

    Polished Chrome Trim Ring & Headlight Bracket
    Polished Chrome Trim Ring & Headlight Bracket

    Turn Signals-Aluminum Oxidation and Dirt
    Turn Signals-Aluminum Oxidation and Dirt

    Restored Turn Front Turn Signals
    Restored Turn Front Turn Signals

    Opening Up the Crack at the Bottom of the Storage Pocket
    The True Size of the Crack at the Bottom of the Storage Pocket

    Clamping the Repair While Adhesive Hardens
    Clamping the Repair While Hotcha Hardens

    ABS Patch Attached with Epoxy to Fairing Wire Connector
    ABS Patch Attached with Epoxy to Fairing Wire Connector

    ABS Plastic Patch Epoxyed Across Connector Hole in Side Pocket
    ABS Plastic Patch Epoxyed Across Connector Hole in Side Pocket

    Repaired Connector is Very Solid
    Repaired Connector is Very Solid

    Using 150 Grit Disk on Flat Surfaces
    Using 150 Grit Disk on Flat Surfaces

    Fairing Ready for Painting
    Fairing Ready for Painting
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    Brook, we had a Repair and Warranty Department at Vetter's back in the day; it was comprised of three or four guys and gals that had worked their way up the production line and through the paint department. We called them, "Fairingwrights"... I think you've earned that title my friend.

    "Hotcha" is an great adhesive; it's real name is "Versilok", made by Lord Chemical Company. The story goes that it was originally developed to bond aluminum skins onto F4 Phantom empennage surfaces. Plastics, composites, and metal, just no wood or fiberous materials.

    You've obiously discovered www.craigvetter.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by lmo1131 View Post
    Brook, we had a Repair and Warranty Department at Vetter's back in the day; it was comprised of three or four guys and gals that had worked their way up the production line and through the paint department. We called them, "Fairingwrights"... I think you've earned that title my friend.

    "Hotcha" is an great adhesive; it's real name is "Versilok", made by Lord Chemical Company. The story goes that it was originally developed to bond aluminum skins onto F4 Phantom empennage surfaces. Plastics, composites, and metal, just no wood or fiberous materials.

    You've obiously discovered www.craigvetter.com
    Hi IMO1131,

    Well, thanks for nominating me to a select group :-) From your note, it sounds as though you were "there" back in the day. Awesome. I have a great deal of respect for what Craig did and continues to do. I've read a lot of the material he has posted on his site.

    I was impressed at the ability of Hotcha to stick...I was so happy I wore nitrile gloves before diving in. And thanks for passing on the source. I've run into Lord Chemical before, but didn't realize they are the manufacturer for this adhesive.

    Best.
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    1973 R75/5 Rebuild, Setup Temporary Paint Booth and Paint Equipment

    Folks,

    I put together a write-up on this which you can find here:

    And updated these write-ups with some more details:

    I thought that anyone who was thinking about doing their own painting could look at how I setup a temporary paint booth and the painting equipment. I have never been a professional painter, but I find learning and doing things I've never done before is much of the reason I work on airheads. Or, said differently "Reader Beware. This is an amateur setup, done by an amateur aiming for a professional looking paint job." ;-)

    BTW, my first attempt at painting was my R75/6, "Grey Ghost" that I rebuilt into an R75/"S" replica and painted Smoke Silver. It taught me a lot, particularly ways to screw up and achieve paint failure.

    So, I will be painting both the R75/5 in Monza Blue and the R75/"S" in Smoke Silver. I figured when I get setup to paint, I might as well paint everything that needs painting.

    I hope to complete the paint work soon and will provide a write-up on that. Here are some pictures from setting up for paint work.

    Taping Plastic to Garage Door Rails
    Taping Plastic to Garage Door Rails

    Test Hanging Parts to be Sure There is Room to Work
    Test Hanging Parts to be Sure There is Room to Work

    R75/6 Bikiini Fairing Hanging Wire
    R75/6 Bikini Fairing Hanging Wire

    Primer Materials, Mixing Cups, HVLP Paint Guns, Gun Rack
    Primer Materials, Mixing Cups, HVLP Paint Guns, Gun Rack

    3M Respirator and Filters
    3M Respirator and New Filters

    Primer Instructions
    Primer Specifications & Instructions Sheet

    Paint Mixiing Container Graduated for Mixing Ratios
    Paint Mixing Container Graduated for Mixing Ratios

    Oil/Water Filter on Inlet to Hose
    Oil/Water Filter on Inlet to Hose

    Disassembled HVLP Gun After Cleaning
    Disassembled HVLP Gun After Cleaning
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    1973 R75/5 Rebuild, Paint Fenders, Tank, Fairing and Tail Light

    I've completed painting the tank, fenders, Windjammer fairing and the rear tail light assembly.

    Here is the link to the write-up on this work.
    I did this starting from setting up the High Volume Low Pressure (HVLP) paint guns I bought through buffing and polishing the clear coat in this write-up. I had problems getting the HVLP gun to apply the primer, but found the answer to getting the gun to atomize properly. It works different than the older syphon feed style gun I had used before. I finally found some good videos about how to set up an HVLP gun and spraying techniques and included links to them in the write-up. Things went a lot smoother after that.

    You can see how bad the second coat of primer was in these pictures.

    Very Chunky Front Fender
    Very Chunky Primer on Front Fender

    Very Chunky 2nd Primer  Coat:-(
    Chunky Primer on Gas Tank :-(

    And here is the front fender and tank after polishing the clear coat along with a picture of the painted tail light assembly. I'm pleased with the outcome although it took over 2 months to get his part of the project done. I have nothing but admiration for those who make a living painting, particularly if they paint motorcycle parts.

    Front Fender Polished
    Front Fender Polished

    Gas Tank Polished
    Gas Tank Polished

    Repainted Tail Light Housing
    Rattle Can Painted Tail Light Housing After Sanding and Polishing

    I still need to sand, buff and polish the clear coat on the fairing and to add the pin stripes. I'll write-up how I paint the pin stripes when I get that done.
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    Out-freak'n-standing Brook. You are one resourceful summagun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lmo1131 View Post
    Out-freak'n-standing Brook. You are one resourceful summagun.
    Hi Lou,

    I have been called a lot of things, many unprintable, but this the 1st time I've been given this tag.

    I glad this material is helpful.

    Best.
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    1973 R75/5 Rebuild, Painting the Pinstripes

    Folks,

    I've finished painting the pinstripes. I'm not a pinstripper nor a painter, I'm an amature, and I haven't done pinstripes before. That said, I wanted to try it. I learned a lot about how an amature can do this and I'm pleased with the results.

    I wrote up what I did so you can take advantage of my "adventures" if you want to try it sometime.

    Sooner rather than later, I'm going to run out of projects on this restoration ... and I'll kinds be done.

    Here are some pictures from the write-up.

    Rear Fender Pinstripe Measurement
    Rear Fender Pinstripe Measurement

    Gas Tank Pinstripe Measurement Near Kneepad
    Gas Tank Pinstripe Measurement Near Kneepad

    Cleaning New Brush with Mineral Spirits
    Cleaning New Brush with Mineral Spirits

    Triming Brush Tip
    Triming Brush Tip with Single Edge Razor

    Pinstripe "Training Wheels"
    Pinstripe Stencil Tape

    Front Fender Stripes End at Fork Tube Cutout
    Front Fender Stripes End at Fork Tube Cutout

    Rear Fender with New Pinstripes
    Rear Fender with New Pinstripes

    Front Fender Pinstripe 1st Time-Fail :-(
    Front Fender Pinstripe 1st Time-Fail :-(

    Repaired Pinstripes on Nose of Front Fender
    Repaired Pinstripes on Nose of Front Fender

    Final Pinstriped Gas Tank
    Final Pinstriped Gas Tank
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