I just looked through the updates here and the bike looks good. BUT, why a tractor seat??????????????????? I thought those were reserved for Hardley's. IMO, that seat takes away from the streamlined looks of the bike.
Hopefully it isn't a problem. The way it looks in the pictures, I think that it might hit the frame before it gets to the fender. I had to deal with that area when I was fitting my meanie seat and ended up doing some creative cutting.yeah - I noticed the closeness there. It does not hit if I sit and kinda bounce on it. But - under severe road conditions it may hit. I thought of a planned "dent" rolled into the fender or a cut out re-weld in that area. There is over an inch of clearance. We will see.
Good answerI have three bikes. This is going to be more of a parade/event bike. I have other bikes for "riding". If this was going to be my daily driver I would not of used that paint or seat. You are right of course. Flat light paint and whitewalls are a bitch to keep clean. The tractor seat plate can be taken off with the seat and spring still attached - 5 blots/nuts - and the stock seat installed in minutes.
As far as the finish goes - I let bikes I rebuild age naturally. Gives the bike it's own "patina" don't cha know. Chrome and fancy paint don't sell me on a bike. Too hard to keep clean. How it runs does tho.