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NobleHops



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Location: Tucson, Arizona, USA

PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2015 5:02 pm    Post subject: Vapor Blasting in the USA  Reply with quote

Hello you gang,

Last year I setup shop to do vapor blasting and cycle restorations. Have a bunch of very happy customers by now, and I serve people all over the country that ship in their parts for restoration. I'll post a few photos of the shop and the work and say "Please be in touch" if you want to learn more. Services are priced by the hour at $70 per, and normal turnaround it 48 hours or so. Happy to send prepaid shipping labels too, which makes the shipping process pretty painless, and affordable. Visit the website for more info at http://restocycle.com or come join the conversation on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/restocyclellc



And now with no further ado, some vapor blast porn:

Interceptor carbs:






O & A Rearsets:






H2 cases:






CB750 cases:




Harley heads:






BMW hubs:





Miata intake:






Pretty cool, eh?

Thanks for checking it out and be in touch if I can be of service.

Nils Menten
nils@restocycle.com
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NobleHops



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2016 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had an interesting project finish up this week.  

In my recent haul of motorcycles there was a hotrod K2 750. This bike has great bones, but it's getting some TLC to suit my own sensibilities before its off to find its 'forever home'. First up were these engine covers. Apologies in advance for the photos, the camera was freaking out over the chrome in these first few, but I think you'll get the idea. Someone along the way thought it would look swell to chrome plate the aluminum valve and side covers, and although it probably looked bitchin' for a while, the inevitable happened, the chrome started to lift and looked like crap.







But WE have Chemistry, and a local plater that doesn't mind switching the polarity on the anode and the cathode when asked to. So we de-plated them. And then they looked like pickled $h!t, truly gruesome and my dutiful plater was deeply dubious about what would happen next. But we have a vapor blaster, and a dry blast cabinet, and the desire to fix this, so we did.

After a hard trip through the dry blaster at higher than normal pressures to remove the heavy discoloration and pitting and oxide and chemistry staining, we got this. And it is not as smooth as it would have been if it were unmolested along its way, but it's looking much better.









Wanting to return these to something even closer to a factory finish, we spent less than an hour of quality time with the buffer for all 4 parts and quickly got to this:





...and I am pretty psyched. And I'd be happy to do this for you too if you find yourself in the same predicament.
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NobleHops



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Super psyched I got to do a CBX for one of our community. This is an engine from a 79 with a set of new-to-it cases, and we had it bored while it was in our hands for a big-bore Cruzinimage piston set.

The first words out of my customer's mouth were, and I quote, "That's amazing! Wow!".

With no further ado, enjoy a little vapor blast eye candy:


Getting ready, plugging passages:








Numbering bearings before removal:






Small parts:




Valve cover, head, cylinders:








Into the pool!




...and out again.

















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NobleHops



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 1:55 pm    Post subject: More vapor blast goodness Reply with quote

And now with no further ado, more SOHC goodness!

Got an entire Honda CB 550 engine in a couple of weeks ago, some disassembly required (which is no problem):

Removing the valves from the head.



Before:





Cases after cleaning, bolted and plugged up, ready for further processing:



Yes, these get masked before processing...



...like so:



Ewwwww








Ahhhh














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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2016 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, time for an update - we have been busy on a number of projects, having fun too.

Did a fun project for a customer with holed XR600 cases: He bought a used set of good cases, had them shipped directly to us and we vapor blasted them and sent them along to him. He was pretty psyched.







Helped a local customer with his cafe build - pulled his engine from his bike, soda blasted it, painted it, vapor blasted the valve and sidecovers, put it back in the bike. He was also pretty psyched Smile







Have been dabbling in some automotive work - this is a throttle body and valve cover for a Miata that was dropped into a Sunbeam...





...and an intake for a Sunbeam (I think?)





These folks were (you guessed it!) PRETTY PSYCHED! Smile

Met a very cool cat at a swap meet - an airhead guru. He sent me his transmission case in advance of a tech day he was hosting for a bunch of guys.








I confess I have fallen into deep like with American aluminum, as used by Harley Davidson. We masked these cases to preserve the Glyptal and blasted them on their exterior:





And nobody doesn't love a Honda CBX. By 1979 Honda was using some really nice quality metal and it is very much on display after vapor blasting it spotless:









Shall we have Italian? Tasty Moto Guzzi valve covers are on the menu:





Over on the other side of the shop, we are nearly finished with the restoration of another lovely little Honda CB400F:



...and we recently installed a vibratory polisher, aka a 'tumbling tank'. With this we can restore a smoother, shinier finish to sidecovers and wheel hubs and similar parts after vapor blasting that is much closer to the original finish. There's no charge for this service, at the customer's election.



Vapor blasted:



...and then tumbled:



And THAT is what's been going on lately at RestoCycle Smile
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NobleHops



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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2016 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's what's new!

Two-cycle cylinder heads. This happens more often than you'd think: Guys bead blast their parts and then wish they had not. I can fix this but I sometimes spend a bunch of extra time cleaning because they don't mask and plug the parts as carefully as I do.








This was along the lines of a resurrection. I think this motorcycle was parked UNDER the barn:








Sure, we speak car!












Old trick parts:






8 Kawasaki engines? Sure, send 'em!



















Vintage motocross!














"Careful with my just-honed cylinder!" Yes, we are careful Smile






Brakes!




Carbs!






A "Triumph-ant" army"




Sure, we can fix that. And that, and that, and that.









OK, back to work!  Smile
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NobleHops



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2016 11:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really do love working on CBX engines. They keep us hopping, but the metal is gorgeous and after all, it's a CBX! Smile





















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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2016 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Update time from RestoCycle! So on the other side of the shop we restore and build vintage and custom motorcycles, which is what led us into the vapor blasting work in the first place.

We recently finished a nut-and-bolt restoration of a 75 Kawasaki Z1-900 that was a total blast. This bike went down to itty bits, and was completely restored - including new transmission parts, bearings, clutch, honed for the high compression big-bore pistons it wears, and a brand new head with Kibblewhite valves, springs, keepers. Carbs were also rebuilt. The fork has RaceTech internals and new tubes, the rear some nice Ikon shocks and roller swingarm bearings, and everything else in between is new or was totally refurbished to as-new condition. There is fantastic reproduction parts support for these bikes, and that is where the signature 4-into-4 exhaust came from, along with the gorgeous bodywork, faithfully reproduced by craftsmen in Japan.

It was so fun to build this bike I bought another and it is awaiting its turn Smile.


Where we started. It was a lot worse than it looked at this point.



Torn down, frame powdercoated, up on its stand and about to get reassembled.



Fork apart, waiting for parts from RaceTech, and installation of new springs and gold valves.



Wheels about to be relaced, new spokes, strips, and bearings. Hubs freshly vapor blasted.


New wiring harness, into replated brackets. All the wiring was carefully renewed, cleaned, retaped, made perfect.


Engine torn down to little bits: We found pitting and worn valve guides so the head got totally redone, cylinders honed. Also found bad transmission parts and bearings, all repaired or replaced. Oil pump rebuilt, clutch hub bearing, springs, discs replaced. Many new cam chain tensioner parts. This beast is actually a 1075 and has high-compression pistons to boot. It boogies Smile.







My brother could not resist the urge to port it, "just a little". Ok, ok. Smile



We replated and reused all the original fasteners.



The entire engine was of course vapor blasted and looks new.  


The build - so many details!







And done. Took it out for a maiden cruise a week or so ago, and it is running great, is a total blast to ride. Will deliver this to my friend/customer in Switzerland in the spring, just as their riding season gets started. This bike will be ridden and loved.



We have more projects and news to share, coming soon. Thanks for checking in.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2016 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Let's talk about wheels - we have been doing some interesting wheel projects mixed in with everything else.

We are restoring a 1981 Honda CB750F on the other side of the shop and those normally wear skinny Comstars stock. Those are OK but my customer wanted to do something a little more custom so we hunted up a set of 1100F wheels, plus an 1100F swingarm and front axle and put that all together. But they were a little tired-looking, so a quick trip through the vapor blaster for cleaning and to roughen the surface in preparation for paint was called for.





We pulled the rotors off and sent them off to TrueDisk for grinding and drilling.



Then we masked them up for repainting, using the truing/balancing stand to hold them as we worked. Note that we did not remove the factory paint, it was stuck down there quite well, we just cleaned it and degreased it and painted over it. Worked great, saved steps.





Then we masked up the balance stand, brought it into the spray booth, and painted them.



Finally a new set of bearings and spacers were installed, you know, WHILE WE WERE THERE, and of course new tires and stems, slightly wider doe to the wider wheels. Bueno. This all worked really well. The wheels and rotors look new, and were easier to prep and paint because they were spotless including in all the crannies and crevices.





Last week a customer bought a set of vintage Lester mags for a custom SOHC bike he is building. These Lesters were in great condition, straight with pretty much zero in the way of dings or flaws, but the paint and the aluminum was tired-looking.  He's a big fan of the vapor blast finish as is, and so the project was to strip the original paint all the way off, and then clearcoat them. So that's what we did.

The patient(s):











We vapor blasted them, stripping the paint in the process:





Then these got sprayed with Eastwood's Diamond Clear. This photo is actually a test wheel from a Yamaha that we were playing with - we shot clear on one side and matte on the other, and the consensus was that the glossy clear over the satin vapor blast finish was gorgeous.



Presto: They look fantastic.







We did the brake panel and sprocket carrier while we had them, and also blasted his brake rotors, which are also getting cleared on their centers. Check out the brake shoes too, put those babies right back in that wheel.  



Rotors before and after:







Happy wheels!


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