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    Quote Originally Posted by rom View Post
    Welcome!

    Nils vapour blasted the carbs for my wife's bike and will be getting the engine soon. he sent me a picture and now i'm reloading the ups app like 50 times a day to see when they'll get here. hahaha.
    Hahaha! I have been known to do that too

    Thanks Rom!
    Last edited by NobleHops; 03-04-2016 at 12:05 PM.
    Nils Menten * Tucson, Arizona, USA
    I do vapor blasting!
    http://www.restocycle.com
    Ikon Suspension: http://www.ikonshocksusa.com

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    Are you South African ? If so- Hoe gaan dit?
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    Quote Originally Posted by peejay View Post
    Are you South African ? If so- Hoe gaan dit?
    I'm not. Had a fantastic two-week motorcycle tour there in 2011. One of the most beautiful countries anywhere. Great trip.
    Nils Menten * Tucson, Arizona, USA
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    http://www.restocycle.com
    Ikon Suspension: http://www.ikonshocksusa.com

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    I think that's the coolest pic of a cbx I've ever seen
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    Nils - welcome to the forum and those are some great pictures. Would love to see some more. How do the finished products stand up to time and the elements? Do they need to be treated or sealed? They look so great I would hate to paint them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rothafella View Post
    Nils - welcome to the forum and those are some great pictures. Would love to see some more. How do the finished products stand up to time and the elements? Do they need to be treated or sealed? They look so great I would hate to paint them.
    I've got tons! Thanks for asking, will bombard this thread tomorrow.

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    Nice work, got any twins?
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    I had a thought, and don't know the answer, but maybe you do,

    If a complete engine was removed, valve cover left on, but carbs and charge/ignition systems removed, exhaust and inlets plugged.

    Can the engine be vapor blasted this way or does the engine have to be stripped apart?
    Abbott: You throw the ball to first base.
    Costello: Then who gets it?
    Abbott: Naturally.
    Costello: Naturally.
    Abbott: Now you've got it.
    Costello: I throw the ball to Naturally.
    Abbott: You don't! You throw it to Who!
    Costello: Naturally.
    Abbott: Well, that's it—say it that way.
    Costello: That's what I said.
    Abbott: You did not.
    Costello: I said I throw the ball to Naturally.
    Abbott: You don't! You throw it to Who!
    Costello: Naturally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peejay View Post
    I had a thought, and don't know the answer, but maybe you do,

    If a complete engine was removed, valve cover left on, but carbs and charge/ignition systems removed, exhaust and inlets plugged.

    Can the engine be vapor blasted this way or does the engine have to be stripped apart?
    The short answer, in my opinion, is no. Don't try it. The long answer is that I believe people have tried it, but I would not (again). Here's why:

    15 or so years ago when was doing my first restoration (of a Suzuki GT750), I got the bright idea to walnut shell blast the engine and then polish it. I taped and masked and plugged and and and till I'd swear nothing would get past it, and off we went. It looked AMAZING. Then I pulled the plugs and tape and much to my dismay, found media behind them. In massive denial I vacuumed and swabbed, and rigged up a kerosene flush and lost sleep over it all and finally took it apart, to find media in the sump and crankcase, likely carried there by my flushing. So the entire thing got disassembled and cleaned and rebuilt, at meaningful expense.

    So I would not. I've soda blasted and painted assembled engines and that is a very viable process and in fact closer to original appearance than vapor blast for old Hondas. In the case of a good running motorcycle that needs cosmetic restoration, I will steer my customers in that direction every time.

    And in fact I just did that very thing for one of them

    Last edited by NobleHops; 03-05-2016 at 12:27 PM.
    Nils Menten * Tucson, Arizona, USA
    I do vapor blasting!
    http://www.restocycle.com
    Ikon Suspension: http://www.ikonshocksusa.com

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    This engine was soda blasted and painted 8 years ago. This motorcycle sits in my office, and the engine still looks like this. Valve cover was ceramic coated, sidecovers were polished:



    This was also painted too. Took "Best Japanese Bike" at it's one and only show:

    Nils Menten * Tucson, Arizona, USA
    I do vapor blasting!
    http://www.restocycle.com
    Ikon Suspension: http://www.ikonshocksusa.com

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