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harris 08-12-2009 04:51 PM

Im Back - Project Budget Dragqueen
Back again guys n gals. Ive not been on for a year or so. I have a good excuse...................well an excuse of sorts.

Been trying to get my business built up. Been airbrushing non stop for seemingly ever to improve my work n gain a good reputation. Getting there now tho with work coming in from all over the world which is cool.

Got a bit of free time on my hands these days tho so gonna get my arse in gear n get back on ere more often.

Most of yer will know me for my airbrushing work, or my 2 fighters in SF mag recently.

Moved onto a new project now too. A turbo 750 bandit dragbike on a serious budget (160 so far). I`ll post pics n build thread if folk interested enuf. First bit of build diary Ive been running ere if wanna catch up:-


Its a bit different tho if have a look.

Grav 08-12-2009 06:32 PM

Good to see you back, Harris. :)

Just been having a look at your latest project and it's going to look stunning when it's finished. My hat is duly doffed in you direction, Sir. :)

harris 08-12-2009 07:03 PM

Project Budget Dragqueen
Ta bud. I`ll post updates on ere from now on. Just not had time for nowt lately.:(

That link above takes everyone up to date tho to where I am now (below):-


harris 08-12-2009 07:06 PM

Been a long slog working with zero dosh n some bloody rough parts as folk can see if read through OSS thread. Really is a case of polishing a turd this one when you see what I started with. Reckon its coming on well tho.:cool:

v8_trike 08-12-2009 07:15 PM

welcome back!! thats looking mighty fine!

hard to think the original frame could turn out so well!


Grav 08-12-2009 07:18 PM

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Originally Posted by harris (Post 577567)
Really is a case of polishing a turd this one when you see what I started with.

And here is the aforesaid Turd.......

harris 08-12-2009 11:02 PM


Originally Posted by v8_trike (Post 577569)
hard to think the original frame could turn out so well!


Was a bit rough!:eek::D


harris 08-12-2009 11:04 PM


Originally Posted by Grav (Post 577570)
And here is the aforesaid Turd.......

That was after putting the bits back on bud. Came as rolling chassis n boxes of bits. Was cheap tho.:D

Grav 09-12-2009 01:17 PM

Tis amazing what can be done with a bit of effort. :)

Beano 09-12-2009 01:25 PM

:eek:.....love the blue flames on the frame Harris !
And the resurrection work ! ! ! .....speechless ! :D

harris 09-12-2009 06:44 PM

Nother wee bitty this afternoon.

With the busa rear wheel polished up I masked up centre n sprayed it 2K primer n black gloss ready for airbrusing up:-


While doing that decided to spray nother few random bits while everything set up, etc.

Got front lights apart with a grinder n drill as welded together with rust. lol. Poured the rust out of the shells so they dont rattle any more. Doh! lol.


Gave the shells a quick spray up:-


Also did the rear brake disc centre:-


Nowt fancy just clean n black n shiny. lol. All parts that are mostly gonna be shrouded, but want em neat anyway. lol.

harris 09-12-2009 06:45 PM

Filed off all the buggered brackets on the egay rs turbo intercooler. Good degrease, etc n ends came up shiny black plastic so just masked off the alloy centre n gave that a tidy up. Also straightened up few dents n bends. lol :-


Had a quick slice with jigsaw at crash damaged helmet Im gonna use as nose fairing:-


Dont look too bad lined up to bike n know dominator lights fit in behind visor. Cant get better idea of shape, etc till have the headlights solid mounted on some one-off brackets on front, but thats on the list to do soon.

harris 10-12-2009 07:32 PM

Sod all to report today really as finishing off comission helmet to post tomorrow. lol. Its a xmas present for someone so been full bore at it. Started it Monday with a blank lid n ready to post (thursday afternoon). Up to post office early in morning for me. Should get there in time tho.

Stripped tape off intercooler while munching lunch n cleaned up plastic end caps. Looks pretty good for something that`ll be hidden. lol.


Sat this evening n cleaned up lights n got bits back together. Little clips drove me mad slightly more than usual. You`d need carnie hands to make that job easy. lol. Bulbs were blown, but had couple in shed which was handy.

Got in about lenses n reflectors with cotton buds n got the rust staining off from outside n inside edges as looked shit.


Not too bad n ready to bolt on when make brackets.

Grav 10-12-2009 08:19 PM

That's what makes a difference, attention to details even when they will be hidden from view.:cool:

John Hopkins 11-12-2009 12:34 AM

very nice.


harris 13-12-2009 05:49 PM

Got wheel airbrushed up n clear coated today:-


I`ll get edges sliced clean with scalpel tomorrow once hardened a bit n get the tape off n rim re-polished, etc, etc.

Should look good tho with that fat polished alloy rim either side.

Need to scrub up disc/sprocket/carrier, etc too. Keep chipping away at it. lol

Grav 14-12-2009 01:22 PM

The beauty of this bike is that there hasn't been any major engineering changes done. It's all good honest hard graft to clean the parts up and allow Harris to use his skills as an artist to full effect. :cool:

mick2 14-12-2009 03:32 PM

a lot of work in those wheels, good stuff.

kentgpz11 14-12-2009 06:10 PM

Just read through all the posts on O.S.S. :cool:
What a talent! :thumbu:
Unfortunately I can do that in reverse, take a beautiful bike & turn it into a rusting pile of shit. :(

harris 16-12-2009 02:11 PM

Got all the back wheel bits cleaned up n assembled n guff. Looks well:-


Next stage will be to get it down off my wonky table onto the ground n get back end blocked up to ride height n play about with wheel to get an accurate measurement of swingarm spindle to rear wheel spindle for Yantosh to work with for the swingarm.

Prob start making brackets for headlights/nose fairing after that.

harris 16-12-2009 06:31 PM

Had a go at the seat unit tonight. Thought it was gonna need recovered as was splattered all over with paint and fibreglass resin by looks of it. Spent about 2 hours or so with the wd40 and picking away at it with my fingernails n came up like new:-


Bit of a result n saves the expense of material, etc. Only a wee bit yeah, but theyre adding up slowly. lol. ;)

harris 18-12-2009 06:03 PM

Farting about in garage tonight tryna unwind as lotta crap on plate as per life.

Mounted headlights off frame tabs at headstock down to between dominator headlight units. Helmet cowl will bolt straight onto dominator light side mounts normally used for fork brackets. Nice n simple.


Should look alright all sprayed up to match bodywork including visor insert as per my usual helmet paintwork.

On full fork lock the legs tuck inside back edge of helmet. Might have to trim lower edge as gonna sit close to front muddy. Easy enuf to do tho. Need to tidy up edges anyway somepoint.


Might remake lower headlight bracket too as got bit of flex in it. Easy 20 minute job tho somepoint.

Grav 18-12-2009 07:12 PM

*opens window to let Harris' farty smell out*

mick2 18-12-2009 08:02 PM

i take it yer not leaving the forks pushed up through the yokes like that?
headlight unit will be gone after first bump in road.

harris 19-12-2009 11:37 PM

Not in final position yet bud, just bolting it on to get an idea. Gonna fart about with brackets n move it up few inches, etc.;)

harris 20-12-2009 03:37 PM

Did another wee bitty this afternoon in between building snowmen with kids. lol.

Remade the lights bracket out of 6mm steel bar so no flex now. lol.


Moved it all up few inches, trimmed down rough edges with flap disc on grinder,


harris 20-12-2009 03:38 PM



On full steering lock the clocks and bottom yoke tuck inside but dont hit anything.


Just needs couple of holes drilled for fixing bolts to hold helmet fairing onto light units n job done I reckon.

harris 21-12-2009 05:49 PM

Took grinder to lid again n took off bout an inch off back edges n added more curves, etc to make it look a lot less bulky. Then managed to mount it over an inch back on headlights for a more flush look. Also angled up chin slightly. Much happier with look now.

Managed to mount it to headlights using countersunk bolts which are covered up when visors down for a nice smooth no fixing mounting.


Got some triangular motre indicators with bike. In good nick n working n nice clear lenses. Tried to find a place for em then noticed top vents on lid. Out with drill n file. Need a bit of tidying up prior to paint, but lenses sit almost flush n pretty neat once painted up I reckon. Wont stand out neither as helmet with have a bio-mech face airbrushed on it when do bodywork which will be prodominantly whites n greys so should blend in nice in end.


Reckon its better:-


TektroG 21-12-2009 07:47 PM

So how do the indicators work at night when the visor's up?:confused:

harris 22-12-2009 08:32 AM

Theyre just visable under edge of visor and through see-through insert bud. Enough to be seen and get me through mot. If quibbles it at mot which doubt can whip visor off for test or just shine headlights through visor film as wont affect beam pattern much for test purposes anyway tbh.

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