My second attempt at making my first seat was a bit more successful. But I’m not satisfied yet…
Got the seat pan and foam done, Got it all upholstered with black foux leather, white diamond stitch pattern. Love it.
Thought I’d be able to run it but NOOOOO the rotor was missing the woodruff key to hold it in place and therefore time the ignition. While I had that off I noticed a leak from behind the points plate. It was the LH crank seal! When I’d bought the bike the rings were shot and had allowed lots of gas/ oil into the bottom end which was now creeping out this seal.
I got the key and seal from bikebandit.com for about $10 and they arrived 2 days later. Awesome. Took about 3 super easy minutes to swap the seals, put it all back together, timed it, and it fired right up first kick! Sounds like a chainsaw with no muffler…sweeeeeet 🙂
Took it to be featured in an art exhibit. That was super fun!
Still have to wire up the lights, and ride the piss out of it!
So for the gas tank, I wanted to do something creative and fun. So I went for the admittedly not original Japanese rising sun design. I’ve never had a bike with it before so it’s new to me! Took some work, sanded to bare metal, bondo on some inperfections, primer/ sand then white base coat, wait a week, sand and one more white coat, wait a week, sand and tape off and red sun coat, wait a week, sand and clear coat. Tada!
To anyone wanting to do good paint jobs. There is no shame in using rattle can if you get quality gas/ oil resistant engine enamel. MOST important is respect the dry times and prep prep prep! The finished product will be smooth and clear and very durable!