It seems like since the day we put it together, Nick has had problems with the tank on his Shovelhead. The tins leaked and ruined the paint job. Every tank we put on since has leaked. Right now it's sitting in the shop with a gay burgandy sportster tank on it.
For a long time now I have wanted to make a super narrow peanut tank. When i started making this one i figured i'd do it, just for practice. So that way if anyone asked us to make one, there would already be at least one under our belt. I started with a King Sportster tank and cut about 6 inches out of the middle. It ends up being about 2 1/2 maybe 3 inches narrower than a stock sporty tank. If you got one on your bike now, look down on it and imagine 3 inches missing from the middle. Point is it's small.
After Nick saw it he liked it and we figured we'd put it on his shovel.
Maybe this week i'll get around to making the bottom. we're going to use "hidden" mounts for the bottom. What I think is rad about this is that with a narrow-glide front end the tank is literally hidden when looking at it dead on. It's narrower than the fork tubes on the old sportster front ends!
So i'm stoked to actually see it done and on the bike.
I LOVE putting these teaser pics of the wooden bike up. i don't want to spoil the suprise by putting up pictures of it half done. But close ups of specific parts are ok.
What you're looking at here is the chain tensioner. I realized now, after a couple momths for whatever reason, the bottom side of the chain would whip and rub the frame on my bike. This bike and mine have the same frame/hardtail sterup. My frame is just spraypainted, no big deal, but this one is going to be woodgrained.
So i rigged this up. When we're ready to put this together for the last time, nick and i will get a nice hard skateboard wheel with speed metal bearings or something.
we're actually haulin ass on this build now, so check back here often.