Here's what we tackled today, a 100% Made in the U.S.A. Custom XS 1100 Bobber license plate bracket. How do I know it? I know because I made it! (with some help) I really wanted to make a vertical style license plate bracket, but Florida just passed a new law that says the plate has to be mounted horizontally with the letters readable left to right. That makes it tough because I really don't want to put a fender on a bobber that just doesn't seem right.
Over the years growing up my mom could make just about anything however most of the time it required some sort of a pattern, I adopted this concept and it works out pretty well. So here is my cardboard pattern made out of a manila folder to the exact scale of what the license plate bracket will be.
The cardboard pattern is all done now we are ready for the steal. The steal is 18 gauge sheet metal that my good friend Roger had laying around so he donated it to the cause. And to that "Shops Chops" says, thank you Roger!
Next the steady slow hand on the Jig Saw. Slow is the key here if you get in a rush it's going to look like garbage!
There's the main piece all cut out, and it looks pretty close to the pattern! All those years watching Mom sew, bet she never thought I actually was learning something.
As you can see it's all cut out and starting to come together, I won't lie I had a friend bend the tab for the brake light and he did a excellent job.
Once again the pattern met the metal for this, it's the axle mount portion of the bracket, the jig saw had to be put to work again.
All welded up, because it was very thin it had a tendency to want to warp, and it did a little, however that just means I had to get out the universal multi-tool (Hammer) and coerce it back into shape.
All in all it think it is going to turn out O.K. I just need to drill some holes round some edges and paint it.
Here it is cut, bent, welded, drilled, rounded and painted, hopefully tomorrow I can put it on and wire the taillight.
Tomorrow is here, the bracket is mounted, and the light is on! I need to paint the rest of the hard tail now, and get the seat upholstered. However maybe I should try making a cardboard pattern and upholster it myself? Maybe another day?