I've just reminded myself of a problem with the tanks on the "Shovelhead forks" bike. The tanks are sound and not rusty, but in a generally battered state.
I've just noticed that there are a batch of hand-shift, panhead tanks in circulation at the moment. Given that the bike is quite unoriginal anyway, and that the hand-shift BT tanks are a great deal cheaper than the repop 45 ones, I'm wondering about fitting a pair of those in conjunction with a round oil tank/battery box. The battery box needs some fettling to get it into the space, anyway.
One obvious change would be fitting the mounting tabs at the lower rear, which is a fairly minor job. Other than that, are the tanks sufficiently compatible to be interchanged this way?
I COULD spend a long time filling and rubbing down, or I could fit them as-is and replace them in due course, but I'd like to at least, know whether the panhead units are a feasible option?