Hi All, I am getting to the stage where I have to start thinking about the paint to be applied over my newly re-chromed tank. My Bike is a `58 Square, originally maroon but black these days.
Looking at various photos on `tinternet, I see that the shape/size of the chrome flashes on restored tanks vary wildly in shape and size. Most of the chrome flashes in the tank flutes seem to end in a point, where the top line curves down to meet the bottom. I thought this to be "correct" and, on seeing some tanks where the chrome flash has a rounded rear end -much like the pressing in the steel itself, I dismissed them as "wrong".... tch tch-BUT: lo and behold, in this months Old Bike Mart, Page 24, we have what looks like a period catalogue illustration of a MK11, with a chrome flash that ends in a rounded shape rather than a point. Also, the picture suggests only one pinstripe around the chrome flashes.... is there a definitive spec for the "correct" layout of the paint over the chrome- and indeed, the surrounding pinstripes ? -one or two?, gold paint or simply tank colour pinstripe as it looks in the catalogue....?
Given the astronomic cost of restoring my tank, I would like to make sure that I get the final paint/chrome layout correct, any original tanks out there as a reference? Photo`s appreciated, Bob C.