If you are planning to restore a vintage motorcycle that has been rusting inside your garage, then you need to remember that you will have a lot of problems with spare parts. Why?
For starters, vintage motorcycles are no longer being produced by its manufacturers. This means that spare parts for it will also not be manufactured anymore. Now, what if you have a 1950’s model motorcycle? For sure, you will have a very hard time finding the spare parts you need in order for you to restore this kind of motorcycle.
In fact, some parts are so rare that some people who restores motorcycle for a living or die hard motorcycle fanatics who is trying to restore their dream bike travels half way around the world just to look for parts. And, it’s not uncommon for people like this to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars for one single part alone.
If you are on a tight budget, you will find that with a few simple skills, you can save a lot of money on parts for your vintage motorcycle. How?
For starters, because of the fact that you are restoring a motorcycle, you may already have many skills and knowledge about it. The great thing about this method is that you can expand your practical skills even more by simply manufacturing your very own parts for the motorcycle you are restoring.
It is most probably that you already have a lathe, milling machine as well as other power tools in your workshop. If you don’t, you may want to try investing money on these things especially if you are planning to make a business out of motorcycle or auto restoration.
If you’re unable to build a part by machining it from a solid billet, you may want to try getting or building a gas fired furnace, mould boxes, and green sand as well as other tools you need for a foundry. With these things, you will be able to melt and pour metal to produce your very own parts for restoring your motorcycle.
You may need to learn some new skills for it but it will be well worth your time, money, and effort once you mastered this kind of skill especially if you are planning to rebuild or restore numerous motorcycles or cars.
By making your own spare parts for your motorcycle, you can produce low cost and high quality spare parts. In fact, many people have been doing this sort of thing for a very long time.
If you know someone who does this sort of thing, you may want to ask them to teach you the basic techniques for this kind of craft. Once you get your mini foundry up and running and you start producing parts for restoring your vintage motorcycle, you’ll be amazed at the huge savings that you will make.
This is why you have to try making your own parts. You will not only save a lot of money, but you will also save a lot of time from searching for obsolete and hard to find spare parts for vintage motorcycles that you are restoring.