Motorsport Studio - The Art of Racing

Original motorsport and racing art prints

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Weekend Labor

Typical weekend?  Not really, actually worked in the shop for quite a bit which is unusual.  Spread kind of thin, but that's nothing new, just concentrating on making progress one step at a time.  Walked down to Riverside Park for the Orphan Car Show on Sunday, and saw a very cool Marmon race car.  Should have taken pictures, but there were alot of people around and there was alot of work waiting.  Shoulda, woulda, coulda...

First finished machining off the TLR damper and spring mounts in preparation for TLS brackets.  Now have to machine the new brackets and welding fixture using the TLS swingarm, but at least this is one step is done.
Then, more wallpaper removal in the gallery space.  I measure this time in number of refills of the power steamer.  The brick wall is covered by (in order of layer):
1)  Plaster
2)  Yellow, green or dark grey paint depending
3)  Wallpaper
4)  Yellow paint
5)  Wallpaper
6)  Green paint
The outer layer of paint/wallpaper comes off really easy, but the 2nd layer of paint/wallpaper is stuck with glue that probably isn't legal to sell anymore, it's become part of the plaster itself.  It comes off, just takes lots and lots of steaming and poking holes, steaming and poking holes, etc.
Then, the real reason the Suzuki GSX got pictures taken, it was taken down to the frame for storage (out of the way) and the DRZ was put up on the stand to see what happened on the way into work the other day.  It felt like it locked up, but it happened, as it always does, at light throttle cruise.  I was hoping for the best, maybe a broken timing chain or chunked gear, but when the carb came off and there was aluminum in the port, I knew it was going to be bad:

It dropped both lead intake and exhaust valves, very strange.  Looks like the bike will be out of commission for more than the few days I had hoped...

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Suzuki GS1000 Streetfighter?

So we have a Suzuki GSX 1100 Katana, the small headlight fairing gives it away, but I think it would be better as a GS1000 look alike. There's another motor waiting to go in it, not the usual Bandit 1200 motor...

It's got a cool old school extended swingarm with 17" wheel, would make a good period resto-racer part.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Two new paintings

The Mustang painting is 24" x 40", it turned out really well.  It would make a great print.

The Camaro painting is 22" x 38".  I was trying to get the subtle contrasts of a white car, it worked, but it's very subtle, it's much easier to see the effect in the full size.