Gregory Bender

Pin striping the tank - chrome panel

Moto Guzzi V700, V7 Special, Ambassador, 850 GT, 850 GT California, Eldorado, and 850 California Police models

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First off, the original shape of the chrome panel was NOT the same across all tanks. Not only are there large differences between the early V7/V700 tank and the later Ambassador and Eldorado tanks (plus plenty over overlap between), but there are minor differences between any two tanks that came off the production line next to each other and even differences between the left and right sides of an individual tank (not a mirror image). So, there is no rosetta stone that will give you the single exact shape that came from the factory.

Mark Etheridge of Moto Guzzi Classics sells a matched pair of magnetic shapes (his favorite shape chosen from many) so that all you need to do is position them, mark the outline, and remove.

I gleaned this information from Jim Carey off of the Yahoo! Loopframe_Guzzi news group.

Original pin striping on the fuel tank: side view and chrome panel.
Original pin striping on the fuel tank: side view and chrome panel.

Photo courtesy of Jim Carey.

Original pin striping on the fuel tank: side view and chrome panel.
Original pin striping on the fuel tank: side view and chrome panel.

Photo courtesy of Jim Carey.

John Prusnek sent me the shape he used on his tank. Notes from John:

A method I've used is to mask off the chrome panel and scuff up the tank chrome with 400 or 600 wet and dry, being careful around your panel mask.

When you're done with this, take a 14 inch wide striping tape and lay it half over the mask and half over the scuffed up tank and paint the tank. What you're doing here is creating a 18 inch scuffed edge around the chrome panel for your striping paint to get a bite into. Use One Shot sign painter's paint for striping.

When you peel everything off you should be left with a shiny chrome panel with a 18 inch sanded chrome ring around it, which is covered half and half with the 14 inch pinstripe that laps the chrome and the paint.