Gregory Bender

Pin striping the tank - top rectangle

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

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When pin striping the top rectangle on my Eldorado project, I created this template based on information from John Prusnek and John Ulrich (see below).

I gleaned this information from John Prusnek off of the Yahoo! Loopframe_Guzzi news group.

Dimensions are of the outside of the actual inner 38 inch pinstripe rectangle . Outside of this is a 116 inch space then the 116 inch pinstripe. What you would want to do is lay down your 116 inch striping tape on the outside of these measurements and put your thick line on the inside and the thin line on the outside if you're doing it by hand.

I measured this on a bike that's been repainted and striped, but it's pretty close to original. I've got some pics of it here, with some additional pinstriping photos that may be helpful.

In one pic I have an original tank with a ruler on it, hard to read, get close to the screen.

I wouldn't get too anal about the sizing, I'm sure that they're all off a little bit, since the pinstriping was applied by hand, and most likely freehand at that. On the examples I have the top and bottom line is curved to follow the tank rather than square. On the 2 Ambos I've rebuilt the chrome knee panels were different shapes on each side of the tank, by as much as 14 inch.

I gleaned this information from John Ulrich off of the Yahoo! Loopframe_Guzzi news group.

If I lay a piece of paper over the edges of the top vertical stripes the inside stripe is 34 inch higher.

Lower arc is 14 inch lower then the two vertical stripes

I took the alignment measurements from the gas cap opening (screw off)

All measurements are to the first edge of the wide (inner stripe)

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

Some measurements of a black/white tank pinstripping I dug out this morning to take to the paint/rust stripping shop in town.

Original pin striping on the fuel tank: top rectangle.
Original pin striping on the fuel tank: top rectangle.

Photo courtesy of Jim Carey.

Original pin striping on the fuel tank: top rectangle.
Original pin striping on the fuel tank: top rectangle.

Photo courtesy of Jim Carey.

Original pin striping on the fuel tank: top rectangle.
Original pin striping on the fuel tank: top rectangle.

Photo courtesy of Jim Carey.

Original pin striping on the fuel tank: top rectangle.
Original pin striping on the fuel tank: top rectangle.

Photo courtesy of Jim Carey.

Original pin striping on the fuel tank: top rectangle.
Original pin striping on the fuel tank: top rectangle.

Photo courtesy of Jim Carey.