Monday, March 26, 2012

Going Medieval with this Paintwork

Tank artwork on a 2002 RoadStar Warrior that I'm custom-painting for a local client.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

New Paint for Mike in Indiana... Mike chopped this incredible tank

Mike is an incredible fabricator and this tank is just as cool as the other side of the pillow... it deserves an off-the-chain paint job!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Got Gas Caps? These Have More Soul Than An Entire Kuryakyn Catalog (lol)

I've made several of these gas caps for Harley-Davidson bayonet-style or cam-lock style gas tanks.  They look and work great and I'm pretty pleased with the design... all the maching done on my 1950's-era South Bend 10L lathe and Index Model 55 knee mill.  I have made them in both brass and T6061 aluminum.

WOW... This Tank Is Actually For My Own Project

I cannot believe how damned far behind that I got posting stuff on this blog... my only excuse is that I've been slammed with custom-painting work since December and I still have LOTS to complete.

This tank is for a 1969 XLCH project that I picked up last November.  That bike is completely in pieces right now... literally... but this tank is basically ready although I still need to do the final wet-sanding and buffing.

Fish-Mouthed Brass Exhaust Tips

Machined these to order for dude in North Carolina named Ian.  I never considered fish-mouthing a set of brass exhaust tips... but they sure turned out looking pretty sweet!

Fresh Paint for a VERY Cool XS650 Chop In Dallas

This paint was done for a great guy named Thomas, located in Big D.  Great project and great client... had fun working with him to get this paint just the way he wanted it.  The tank is brand-new from Pandemonium Customs in Defiance, Ohio.  After Thomas filled it with gas the first time, there was a VERY, VERY tiny pinhole leak in one of the welds at the very rear of this tank and it formed a paint bubble... but Thomas stepped up HUGE to drain the fuel, prepped and sealed the inside of the tank with the a POR-15 kit, repainted the tiny paint damage over that weld using a tube of automotive touch-up paint, and he is ready to rock this paint into the Dallas spring-time!

Hot Rod Flames & Scallops On A 2010 Victory Kingpin

I did this paintwork for a local guy named Josiah.  His front fender had a scrape and before you know it he talked himself into a classic Yellow-Orange-Red (that's "Y-O-R" in street custom lingo - lol) flames & scallops job!  I used the existing stamped sheet-metal lines and accentuated them with this layout rather than fighting with them.

Axed Paughco Tank

This axed Pughco tank was fabricated by my buddy, Mike Reed ("Reactive Customs"), in Marion, Indiana.  We wanted to preserve and even highlight the fabrication and welding, so the tank is simply gold-leafed and black pinstriped right on top of the bare steel, then clarcoated and buffed to preserve it.  To me, looks like it was chopped, leafed and striped by some 1960's SoCal hot-rodder to be run at the Salt Flats.

The scalloped brass gas cap is also a FlameThrower Customs piece that I machine to fit old Harley-Davidson bayonet-style or cam-lock style tanks.

Freshly Shaved Fork Legs

I turned these fork legs for a guy just last night using the venerable South Bend 10L lathe.  They came out damned nice.  He plans to finish them out using files and sandpaper, then polish them.