Brat/rat first chop

SquidHunter

Been Around the Block
At last! The tank came in. Not one update on shipping since it left port in Thailand. Airmail wasn’t available, so it literally came over on a boat...
I’m more than happy with the quality. Aluminum feels nice and thick. Seems to be sealed well. Came with an ok cap, and a pair of petcocks. Originally, I wanted a two bung dirt bike tank (aluminum). This seemed like a good route with more fuel capacity.

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SquidHunter

Been Around the Block
Finally an update. The frame has taken quite a bit of work. The previous owner did a number with a saws all. Having to cut sections out to repair them.

Should be finished tonight.
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SquidHunter

Been Around the Block
The red tank is being replaced by this lump of aluminum. It has a couple nit-picky fitment issues that need to be addressed, but here’s the general idea. Feeling bummed it’s finished yet, but it’s already taken this long, I might as well get it as close to right as possible
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3DogNate

"You Meet the Nicest People on a Honda"
I was wondering why you'd want to not use that excellent looking red tank. But now I get it.... Looking great. Love that seat.
 

SquidHunter

Been Around the Block
The red tank is in great shape. It has a couple tiny little dents, but nothing major. I just didn’t want red, and painting...... I do not have the patience or time. I did a bit of grinding today and got the new tank and seat to fit. It’s not perfect, but it’s dang sure good enough for me. Lol
I may hit a couple more spots, but I’m satisfied enough to proceed with paint now. The only thing left is to prep and paint the frame, and the motor mounts. This will be, by far, the nicest thing I own.
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SquidHunter

Been Around the Block
Finally got it all stripped and coated. Currently laying down filler primer. Just remembered I need to pick up tack cloth ‍♂


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SquidHunter

Been Around the Block
As soon as I get this stinker painted everything should fall right in place


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SquidHunter

Been Around the Block
Went ahead and sprayed a coat to cure. I’ll see where I’m at with it tomorrow and sand the rough spots. I’m hoping I can start assembling next Monday. Still have to paint up the motor mounts, but I’ve assembled and disassembled so many times it should be a breeze
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SquidHunter

Been Around the Block
Just got back from the beach. Got the last bit of sanding done. Wiped down with tack cloth, and sprayed a coat. First time using tack cloth, but I love it. First coat looks good. I’ve got one more day off to work on it


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