So gas tank. What do I do about it? The stock one is just not going to fly, and the blue one you see in all the pics had to completely have the underside cut out in order to fit over the huge back bone of the Virago! Luckily…I found a solution.
Virago tank, meet nameless Yamaha donor tank.
Here is what’s left of the Virago original tank.
Now I know I’m not the first person to graft tanks together. But I guarantee I’m the first to graft THESE tanks together! Of course I still have lots of welding of sheet metal to do in order to seal and finish up the tank, but at least now it fits snugly on the bike using the original mounts! Today my goal is to get the wheel prepped and ready for tires. And hopefully finish the tank so I can caswell coat it soon.
Well thanks for all the crossed fingers everyone. I managed to get the seat ready for upholstery. Lots of trimming and welding! It was VERY tricky to get that perforated metal welded in place…so thin…Then I got the seat pan shaped and cut out. I’ll wait to upholster it until the tank is mounted and finished, so I can ensure a good mating of the two parts.
Misty gave me the idea to just put the metal there on the under side. I’ll use it somehow to mount the tail light…maybe individual LED’s in the perforated holes? hmmmmm
So far so good! Not sure what to get onto next. I’ll probably try to make the new 2-1 intake manifold tomorrow for the VM34 round slide carb. Then I can do the underside of the tank, then upholster and get the tail section powder coated, by then the bearings will be in for the front end, then I’ll have to relocate the brake caliper, shorten the forks, and make spacers for the new wheel, order/ mount new tires, wire it, and come up with some exhaust situation…then…done! Phew…
I got the battery box (hidden under the tank nicely) and little perforated trim pieces welded on the Ninja finally. I am going to take some thin steel round stock and finish up the trim, then I can paint the frame back to black. I’ve decided to paint the tank and swing arm a very dark purple or blue. So my next job is to prep the tank…which is going to take a lot of work.