Saturday, December 25, 2010

Flush Riveting

The video below is about as nerdy as things come, but this is a good thing. As I am about to start the sheet metal work for the Buell land speed racing bike I want to use aluminum for the fairing. Without a TIG welder, there is no way to construct it unless I opt for button head or solid rivets similar to what is used on airplanes. Its a solid manufacturing process and one in which it will create a definitive style. The plan so far is for an asymetrical fairing to wrap around the engine and meet up with the gas and oil tanks. Solid rivets will hold the fairing together solid while I push for the 150 - 160 mph goal.