Just hit the "preview" sale of a small local Harley customizing shop. He is going out of business and put an ad on Craigslist here. I dropped $100 and got:
A set of Harley pipes (for the tips). $20
"Shorty" Harley shocks to lower my VN. They measured like 12 1/2". Are they the right ones? I took a chance. $30.
And now, for my next paint project...
Sandblaster. $10 Next set I can clean up the more "professional" way.
Sharpe Paint gun! $20 Got an extra cup and some other parts as well. That's right, next time around I'll be able to "shoot for real".
And for the last $20 I got a whole box full of sandpaper, masking tape, and some leftover paint to practice with.
Can't beat that, eh?!
I'm so glad I undertook the Rattlecan Project. Knowing the basics I've learned there I can apply them with the more "pro" gear which by waiting I got really good deals on. I mean this stuff was used to do just exactly this- paint bikes. So I know it's going to work well.
And the guy was a super sweetheart. Didn't look down his nose at me because I was working on a Japanese bike, or because I was a newb. He spent almost 2 hours with me showing me what he had and what it was for.
I pretty much blew my discretionary budget for this pay period, but how can you complain?!
(Except that my trip started at Harbor Freight to get a torque wrench and they were sold out!! Will have to borrow one from Advance Auto or something.)