Wanted 1973 Roadster Steel Tank & Side Covers

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Pricey .... but doubt you will be able to find a complete matched set or DIY for less ....
 

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Pricey .... but doubt you will be able to find a complete matched set or DIY for less ....
Considering that the painting cost me $950 + shipping to CA and that the tank and side covers are new - actually inexpensive! If you can find a set in good shape, blast them to bare metal, and sent them to the painter, you can do better, but then time is money. Of course, junk from India is less.
 

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Yup , A young fella I coached in football gave me a coaches discount to paint my 3 pieces almost 10 yrs ago and it was $800 even back then ... he said normally he charged $1200 ....
 

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What brand are the tank & side covers?
EMGO. Although their stuff is not always good, these are excellent. The tank is heavy gauge steel and baffled like the originals. The side covers are also heavy gauge steel. In my opinion, the are actually better then the originals. I have them on a 72 750 and 74 850 and I have the red 850 set left.

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The red set is tempting but I'm looking to do the tank & side covers in black. I would also like them to be original pieces if possible.
 

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I understand about the black and generally agree about original. In this case, original would make little sense. I used a set of these on a 72 and it won Best Norton in May at a good sized show.
 
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I've heard good things about the Emgo tanks. Does Emgo make the side covers? Also would you mind telling me who you had do the paint work?
 

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I've heard good things about the Emgo tanks. Does Emgo make the side covers? Also would you mind telling me who you had do the paint work?
The side panels are EMGO too. But I don't think anyone has any in stock right now.

Blake Conway
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760-732-3950

He prefers to receive everything as bare metal. He will do any welding/body work required. I've sent pretty terrible Triumph tanks and they came back beautiful.
 
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I've heard good things about the Emgo tanks. Does Emgo make the side covers? Also would you mind telling me who you had do the paint work?
I think you can use the search function here if you're not a VIP member. You can find a lot of info on tanks.

I bought an interstate tank made in India off ebay for $154. shipped. Mine was not "junk" and I actually have the skill set to paint my own tanks. Of course ebay is a crap shoot, and returning a tank to india for a refund if it's unacceptable is a nightmare. A dealer like emgo stakes their reputation on making a good product or losing customers, so you pay more for a parts dealer's tank, but take less risk. There's no reason to slur all indian made products.

As for the Nearly $2000. tank and side covers with perfect paint, add it up... $3-400 for the tank unpainted, $300 for the side covers unpainted, $1000 to paint them... The $2000. total isn't all that much profit to take the risk to have them made, then sell them.

Here's my $.02 Buy the unpainted set, fit the set to your bike to make sure it's all good, then find a good automotive painter and get a price on black paint, with painted decals and with clear gloss fuel resistant top coat. Once you add the striping and the logo in paint, I bet you are into it for at least $1,200. BUT you are taking the risk that the painter you chose for a "one shot deal" does everything right.

I bought metal interstate side covers on ebay. They worked out good for me. I had my welder modify them to use them with the early commando central oil tank, and made them Dzus clip mounted so they are quick disconnect too. In the long run, I spent a lot of my own time and some extra money to make things work for my non-stock application.

To write a check for Greg's parts and bolt them on may seem like a lot of money, but you can mount his finished parts in an hour, and go for a ride. Where as the route I took probably had $2000. worth of my own time invested in it, but not nearly the same amount of money.
 

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Here's my $.02 Buy the unpainted set, fit the set to your bike to make sure it's all good, then find a good automotive painter and get a price on black paint, with painted decals and with clear gloss fuel resistant top coat. Once you add the striping and the logo in paint, I bet you are into it for at least $1,200. BUT you are taking the risk that the painter you cho
To write a check for Greg's parts and bolt them on may seem like a lot of money, but you can mount his finished parts in an hour, and go for a ride. Where as the route I took probably had $2000. worth of my own time invested in it, but not nearly the same amount of money.
Just so everyone has an idea what goes into such things. If I sell the red set to someone in CA and they pay with PayPal, my total direct cost will end up $1534.44.

If you simply bought the parts and had the same painter paint them, you would be well over $1900. I am a dealer to the company where I bought the tank and covers. I bought 3 tanks and all 4 cover sets they had. I searched for 3 years to find a painter and he has painted many things for me. The pinstripes are hand done and better than factory. Everything is cleared.

I needed all the other sets I had done. I had one extra made so someone could benefit from my efforts. To all those who think I'm charging too much...
 
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well well well for my bike I bought a CS tank for $250 it was waste of money metal thin as paper and leaked and only an approximation of correct shape then bought emgo tank for circa $400 it much thicker steel and no leaks and baffled then bought repop side panels for around $150 from England but suspect made in India then had painted ford ruby red metallic for $800 but paint failed due to rust in molecules of side panel steel but painter redid for free./………...so have $1600 in whole deal not to mention aggravation factor so I say greg's stuff fair and square and a bargain in the long run
 

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