Tuesday, October 18

1992 Suzuki GSX-R750 [A-10 Warthog Style!]

So I took a trip to Pennsylvania this past week.  Not to look at the scenic mountains, or Amish, or covered bridges, or fall leaves.  Nope, I went to restore and paint this bad boy...

This is a 1992 Suzuki GSX-R750.  It looks like it's been through a bit.  Dropped.  Hacked up.  Pieced together.  But I'm going to take what's there and make look like something unique and different.  I was always a huge fan of the A-10 Warthog, so when I went searching the internet for an idea, this hit me like a Gatling gun!

This is about a weeks worth of work.  Sanding.  Fixing dents.  Priming.  More sanding.  We didn't want to go hunting for new fairings, so we used what we had.  Unfortunately, both fairings had major cracks and one was even broken almost in two pieces.  So we relied on our good friend...Mr. Fiberglass.  

After a few days of playing with fiberglass, bondo, primer, and varying grains of sandpaper.  It was time to start laying things out.  I started with the lower fairings and went in layers.  Orange, black, some yellow.  Then the teeth.  For the eyes I used varying pieces of frisket so that I could make them even and the same on either side.

Next came the bullets.  Using the site above as a reference, I liked the cartoony look of the bullets.  So I wanted the expended cases on the sides and back to be rough.  I used several pieces of 3x5 cards to make stencils for the bullets and casings.  The undercarriage belt of bullets took the most time as I needed to be as careful as possible to keep them neat.  After all the airbrushing, I used a paint brush to roughen things up and to make an outline.

For the tank, I somehow wanted to incorporate that very LARGE gas cap.  It takes up a large part of the tank so I needed to blend it.  Personally, I think the weathered look reminded me of an old instrument panel. So that's what I went with.  I made myself a pair of dogtags for good measure.

For good measure, I wanted all the bullets to have names on them.  So I asked everyone what they hated most and it ranged from Justin Beiber, to potholes, to bills, to suits.

After several coats of clear and a good polish...it fired right up and I was excited to get this thing back to South Carolina and ride it!  How did I get it back?  Did you know that a 1992 Suzuki GSX-R750 will fit in the back of a 2009 Toyota Sienna?  Yeah, neither did I...but it does.

-Iwata airbrushes
-DeVilbiss Auto airbrushes
-PPG automotive paints

Check the rest of the pictures in the Gixxer album and feel free to leave a comment!
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