About this course
I fabricated this tank out of a sheet of 2mm 5005 Aluminium.
Check out all the steps from concept, design, fabricating a buck, layout of the parts, shaping, welding and finishing.
This course is 107 minutes watch time, so settle in and pick up some tips and tricks!
Check out a low-tech approach to determining the right "lines" for your bike.
This is the approach I used to decide on my tank and tail shapes.
If you're absolutely keen to learn how to do this digitally, you should check out our design drawing course
Wire frames are an alternative to wooden/timber bucks.
I'm not suggesting they're better or worse, just an alternative.
Watch this video to hear why I'll be building a wireframe buck.
Using some welding wire, let me show you how I formed up the center line of the tank and rear fender section!
This is one method of making a shaping buck (the alternative is a timber buck).
I'll show you how and why I built the buck like this.
The first step in building the tank is to make paper templates of the parts.
In this video I'll show you how I formed the paper around the tank buck - and how this transfers to the sheet metal.
I made this tank in two parts: the sides and a top. Actually, three, as we'll need a base as well :)
The first step at getting the tank together is welding the top to the sides. Watch as I demonstrate my process for this particular tank.
Here's an attempt - and a fail - and a second attempt at fabricating the tank base.
The tunnel was formed over some steel pipe, then the tank base pieces were welded to the tunnel.
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