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Old 09-19-2016, 09:26 PM   #241
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Old 09-20-2016, 03:54 PM   #242
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Old 09-22-2016, 09:24 AM   #243
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OK, So here's the gorilla in my room. Took me a while to bow, but bow I have.
This bike is the Bottom Feeder. It started life as, and it was built as the Bottom Feeder. Nearly every part on it has suffered a file, saw, drill, hammer or other offending tool in my oafish hands before being allowed residence upon it's carcass. Some were modified a little, some a lot, and some completely made by an obsessed loon sitting on his basement floor, holding the part with his feet. I built this in my basement with very basic tools and it's given me a connection with every part. There are a few things that were made by others, very talented (and patient) individuals who could do the things that I could not, but even those things had a large dose of my input, and those individuals were chosen because they could make the exact part I needed, and they are very good at what they do.
This tank is no different. I got it on the cheap, second hand, and it was as ugly as most of the parts used. It had a pretty large dent in it and was not what one would call "nicely turned out". Most would have tossed it in the trash. I cut off the mounts, drilled holes in the bottom and put in bungs and added a bracket. I also sat on the floor for hours massaging the dent to the point it needed very little fill.
It's not so much that I don't like how the paint turned out or it's flaws, though those things make it easier for me to erase it, it's that, after all of the work I put into the tank, I let someone else hide my work under theirs. It really doesn't matter what color I paint it, or if I just paint it flat gray and let my kids draw on it with sharpies, it will be just as much a part of this bike as the little hand polished screws in places no one will ever see.
I love this bike, and all of her flaws.... maybe a bit too much.

Thanks to all who've been kind enough to add their thoughts, especially those, as equally odd as I, who haven't been shy in pointing out the times I have strayed away from the spirit of this little motorcycle.
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Old 09-26-2016, 12:06 PM   #244
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Default Scrubba scrubba

(slobering) Sands smooth it does.... yesssss....
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Old 09-26-2016, 01:51 PM   #245
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Ha, bottom feeder my ass. This thing is awesome
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Old 09-26-2016, 02:19 PM   #246
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lol! the sanding never stops...
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Old 09-26-2016, 02:45 PM   #247
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I'm the same, my tank is bare metal rubbed with an fine block and I'm letting it rust. I also have Frankenstein on there.. I have a purple frame though.. lol
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Old 09-26-2016, 04:28 PM   #248
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Ha, bottom feeder my ass. This thing is awesome
Thanks Conagher!

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lol! the sanding never stops...
Aye, but sanding metal is way more fun than sanding off new paint.

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I'm the same, my tank is bare metal rubbed with an fine block and I'm letting it rust. I also have Frankenstein on there.. I have a purple frame though.. lol
Purple frame....

I picked up a couple cans of mega-custom flat paint at the hardware store today so it won't be nekkid while I choose a color. Picked up a couple sharpies too.

Hell who knows, it might never have "proper" paint on it again.
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Old 09-26-2016, 05:41 PM   #249
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Aye, but sanding metal is way more fun than sanding off new paint.



Purple frame....

I picked up a couple cans of mega-custom flat paint at the hardware store today so it won't be nekkid while I choose a color. Picked up a couple sharpies too.

Hell who knows, it might never have "proper" paint on it again.

Leave my purple frame alone it's not bad!!!
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Old 09-26-2016, 06:15 PM   #250
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Leave my purple frame alone it's not bad!!!
Dude.... I'd ride the piss out of that thing!
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Old 09-26-2016, 06:32 PM   #251
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Dude.... I'd ride the piss out of that thing!
Haha, thanks man, anyway! I LOVE your bike, and please put me out of my misery and find a colour!!!
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Old 10-20-2016, 06:09 PM   #252
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After sanding for a while, I discovered that it's easier to just peel it off.

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Old 10-20-2016, 06:24 PM   #253
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Do it yourself CUSTOM PAINT for Harley Sportster type tank. No painting experience necessary. Just bring patience and a big can of glue.

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Do it yourself CUSTOM PAINT for Harley Sportster type tank. No painting experience necessary. Just bring patience and a big can of glue.
Thanks... my keyboard and monitor look much better sprayed down with spit and Mt. Dew.
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Old 10-21-2016, 01:50 AM   #255
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So the awesome paint job didn't adhere?
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I'm not really sure what the deal is. Maybe it wasn't fully cured (?). It peeled off down to the silver base and the base washed off with a bit of acetone. I wish I had noticed the paint would peel before I started sanding on it, the thicker areas peeled off easier, coming off in bigger pieces. Luckily, I hadn't gotten too far towards the front of the tank because the part that would have been a pain in the ass around the front of the tunnel came off very easily in only a few big chunks.
Sprayed it down with a coat of rattle can primer and sanded it smooth last night. Going to shoot it with another coat today to see if there are any areas that need to be smoothed out.
I think I found a new hobby.... there's something very satisfying... relaxing to wet sanding this tank smooth.
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Old 10-21-2016, 03:02 PM   #258
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Yea fuck sanding/filling/sanding/sanding and more sanding
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Angel (left shoulder): Nooooooooo!!! It was soooo pretty!

Devil (right shoulder) YEAAAAHHH! Hahahhaha!
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Yes, is that bad?

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Yea fuck sanding/filling/sanding/sanding and more sanding
It says with a crooked grin on it's face; "Yessssss..... fuck... ssssandening.... aaaahhh, feels the smooth, feels the bad... more sandening... make it wet, yesss"


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Angel (left shoulder): Nooooooooo!!! It was soooo pretty!

Devil (right shoulder) YEAAAAHHH! Hahahhaha!
Bottom Feeder... FUCK YEAH!!!
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