Making a Custom Planishing Dolly

Completed Planishing Dolly

I needed a dolly with the correct profile to planish out the dents in a crumpled 1930s Ariel motorcycle front mudguard. As there is no such thing obtainable, I made my own.

I had one point on this old moonscape guard with a reasonably intact original profile. Using a piece of […]

Restoring a Vintage Valanced Mudguard – Part Two

Right rear patch tacked

It quickly became clear that it would not be possible to smooth out all the dents until the metal had an approximately consistent thickness. Some of the previous repairs consisted of overlay patches and lumpy welding. On the other hand, making accurate patches for a lumpy and distorted part was […]

Restoring a Vintage Valanced Mudguard – Part One

Ariel Valanced Mudguard – as found

Many years ago I traded some Ariel parts I didn’t need for some Ariel parts that I did need for my Ariel VB sidecar project. This project has been progressing intermittently since 1989. One of the parts I received was a valanced front mudguard (“fender” for our colonial […]

Easy Portable Welding Table

easy welding table – top

Every welding video or book implies that the first thing you want to build is a welding table. There are examples all over the Internet of beginner’s tables. But we didn’t buy the welder to build welding tables and welding fixtures, did we? We bought it to build motorcycles, […]

First Welder – Lincoln Electric Weld Pak 180HD

Lincoln Electric Weld Pak 180 HD

I did some internet research on what would be the best first welder to buy as a beginner with real projects in mind. MIG seemed to be the process to go for as it is easy to learn and useful for a wide range of projects. Long ago, […]