I really wanted a speedo on this bike as well as an amp and oil gauge. I called up my friend Janus in canad and asked him what my options for miniature speedometers were. I was thinking of running a k model or sportster speedo, but they are a different ratio, Janus told me that my best bet was a indian 741 speedo because it was tiny and still had the same ratio as a knuckle or panhead Here is a pic of the aluminum bezels that I made for the dash. These sit on the gauges and speedo and the aluminum sheets get welded to itd
here it is sitting on the bike
and tacked together.
in this pic the top is basically done, the front still needs to be made and the sides trimmed.
the cut out is for the gas cap which isnt welded in at this point. I also frenched the tanks along the edge where the dash sits and around the gas caps.
Here is the rear fender it is a repro front fender for springer. I narrowed it 1.125 of an inch and cut out the skirts and made new ones that have a reverse taper on them . they are wider at the top than the bottom.
This is one of my favorite pictures from the build. this is the inside of my oil tank. the tank is made out of 29 different pieces. It was a lot of extra work to do the inlays for the oil lines and site gauge.
I thought it would be neat to french the inlays for the oil lines and the site gauge. it was a bit of work. but looks really nice.
I love the way it looks with the oil lines installed. I had to put a bit of a relief in the return line so that the vent line wouldnt hit it.
I dropped it off at the painters and he molded everything and got it sanded out and looking like something.
and the beautiful miss brittney with the tank.
wow, this turned out so nicely. I really like the way that the cream insert is rounded and the gold stripe wraps around it and then goes back towards the rear tire. I knew that there was going to be a bit of striping on this bike and was a little worried that it might be too much, but after seeing it done, I think that it is just perfect.
here is a shot from the front that shows how the dash fits nicely into the recesses on the tank.
and the right side. Ill try to make some time to do a few more posts before the show. The rest of my nickle plating and my seat is showing up tomorrow night, so I will really be able to jam the hell out on this bike. Thanks for checking out the pics and reading along. have a nice night everybody