a few years ago i stumbled across a spare tire ring from either a model A or T or something. It was complete, in good shape and $40; sold. i ended up selling half of it on ebay and on the advice of Gentle Ken i saved the side with the "pig tail". He said something about that little bit being ol' tyme cool and a way of marking its authenticity. Either way, i figured it was a good addition to the parts stash. I had a pipe-dream involving a shovelhead way back in my grey matter so maybe i was collecting parts for that.
Years later, the shovel hasn't materialized and the trusty ironhead isn't as cool as i thought. I love that bike and we've got a lot of miles together; we're friends so she isn't going anywhere. But some of the bits i put on back when i first chopped her do not do the bike any justice. in this case i am speaking of the rear fender and sissy bar. the flat trailer fender was an easy alteration as well as the re-bar sissy. but i've never been pumped about how they looked. so with a legit fender hanging on the wall and snow falling outside i figured it was time for an update.