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11-14-22 I rode to a couple of places that I thought would have the light connector I am looking for but...

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Saw a Studebaker truck! :cool: Still have to look for the connector...

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When I got back home, the rear fender was at my door! And it is two-tone with pin stripes!

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Put the fender on and marking where I am going to cut it. As long as I keep it just above the chrome bar, it will be covered by the boat tail.
 

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11-16-22 I put the fender on, But I have to replace the bolts for the fender so there is clearance for the boat tail and the rear tire.

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I rode to this place for taillight stuff, but they didn't have anything. They told me to go to Lu's Lighthouse, I used to get parts for the buses there when I had the tour bus job.

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I got this material with sticky back, thinking of using some to cover the tear on the back of the seat.
 

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11-17-22 Rode to Lu's Lighthouse for parts for the taillight...

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The guy there was looking at the light, going what is this?! I showed him a pic of the boat tail, then I asked if he has a bike. He told me about a 3-cylinder 2-stroke Kawasaki he once owned, now has a couple of Harley's.

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I am getting closer, will have to MacGyver a goodie to make the taillight work!

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Haha, I found this boat tail pic, notice that the peanut tank doesn't look as good as a bigger tank with the boat tail.

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But the cool thing is that he stuck a Cadillac taillight on his boat tail rear!
 

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11-18-22 Went to Auto Zone (which is by Polly's Pies lol), had to buy light with the pins that are even. That was after I bought goodies at Polly's!

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Had to hallow out the bulb so I can use the brass goodie to hold the pigtail in place. I checked the light with the 12-volt power pack, red is brake and brown is taillight.

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I cut a piece of material and covered the back of the seat where the tear is / was.

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Good enough for me!

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I patched a hole on the side as well.

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I bought this lithium grease at Auto Zone, and I returned the empty lithium grease tube to Ace Hardware and bought some chrome bolts for the license relocation plate. You can see the plate behind the grease on the right.
 

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11-19-22 Got up and checked the taillight, and yea the silicone was not working. Thinking I need to use putty...

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I went to Target looking for silly putty, and I did find some Play-Doh!

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This should work!

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Brake light!

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Taillight and license plate light!

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And I used the lithium spray and installed the new throttle cable, also making a ferrule out of brass tubing and crimping it onto the cable end. The throttle works great!

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Also bought shorter bolts to mount the fender, the boat tail rear connects to the bolt I am pointing at. The shorter bolts allow for clearance on the boat tail and for the rear tire.

Going for a ride with Hanzo and Pepe tomorrow! (y)
 

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11-20-22 rode to M&M Donuts on Katella to meet Hanzo and Pepe...

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Hanzo made his Monkey from 125 into 149cc!

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Gas stop.

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Katella to Santiago Canyon, turn left on Silverado Canyon. The food at the cafe was great! We got back on Santiago riding it to Laguna Canyon down to Laguna Beach then rode PCH back to home!
 

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11-21-22 Going to install the boat tail...

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Got all the bolts on, now to tighten them!

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And the lights work after I tightened the bolts for the ground.

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Now I can work on the license plate mount.

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Making a template for how I want it to bend.

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More pics...

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Drilled the holes, now to bend it.

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That'll work!

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Next will be wiring the turn signals up! And will also work on the gas tank, finding exactly wear it is leaking and repair it.

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Yay, there are some model cars I can turn into slot cars for the drag strip!

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Oh yea, the fun begins! :D
 

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11-23-22 Started to wire the turn signals, got the rear done.

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I should be able to wire the front turn signals here in this block under the cover over the headlight.

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I did find a couple of cut wires and I hooked them back together. I wasn't able to get the front turn signals working, even though I was following the wiring diagram shown in the shop manual?!
 

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11-28-22 Went to Ace Hardware to replace some bolts...

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The chrome ones at the top are for the headlight cover that I unbolted to get to the wiring and the longer stainless-steel bolts are for the gas tank.

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Have to get a new flasher at Sporty Parts tomorrow!

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I bought these books soon after I got the Sportster...

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And they both show the one Boat Tail Sportster from that Museum in Iowa, with a caption and that is it?!
 
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