Update: The tank is still in the process of stripping the paint off down to the bare metal. I found a previous dent repair at the emblem area on one side. I removed all the old bondo from that area. I ran out of paint stripper, waiting on more. It's a tedius process, and messy - blah.
Update: got an online quote of $550 - $650 to chrome the piece. They will know for sure when they have the piece in front of them and can evaluate it. It will be shipped tomorrow. Expected 6-8 week turnaround.
I had them chrome a dash on a Dyna before. They do top quality work.
I ain't going crazy with this bike. I can't afford to.
This morning I cleaned the underside & inner channel of the tank with grease and wax remover, I masked it at the weld line, that's as far as I'm going to strip the paint. I remove the fuel check valve from the fuel tank, it needs to be replaced – as it sometimes leaks fuel. I'm going to strip later today.
Today, I removed the rear wheel from the bike for the tire replacement. I also took off the homemade side mount/axle mount lighted license plate mount. I am going to redo it, so it is much nicer, both functionally and aesthetically.
Lastly-removed the highway brackets/pegs. The bike is going without them.
Today: removed the tire, tube, and rubber rim strip from the wheel. Also removed the wrinkle black rocker covers and placed new chrome ones on there. They are not bolted on yet. I think I may sit the rest of the day out, my heart's just not into it.
It's getting a new rim strip, tube, and night dragon tire. I have not purchased the rim strip and tube yet. I am just going to put some ride on sealer/balancer in the tire prior to riding it and call it balanced. Sometimes I don't even bother balancing. I line up the dot on the tire with the valve stem, that's all. I commend everyone who does it correctly, yet I've never had a problem in 43 years of riding.