I finished up the fork rebuild the other night, then, not having enough common sense to quit, I stayed up until 4:00 a.m. (even though I had an obligation at 8:30, lol) reinstalling the freshly rebuilt brake calipers, the new Dime City Cycles fork ears (for mounting the headlight bucket), the new headlight and the temporary turn signals.
I'm not really happy with the turn signals, since they don't match the OEM turn signals on the rear of the bike, but I've got my eye on a set at Dime City Cycles. That's a cosmetic fix, however, so it's a lower priority.
Unfortunately, that pretty much catches me up with all the work I can do until I get more parts. However, there was one easy, low-priority item on my to-do list that I could knock out tonight. On my bike, the shelters on the faux tank are only held in place by the thumb wheels inside the storage compartment; the hinge pins are completely missing. I drove to Lowe's a few days ago to see if they had any hinge pins in 1/4" diameter (what I measured with my calipers) and 2 3/4" long (IIRC). They didn't, but they did have a length of 1/4" steel rod.
Hmmm...if I cut the steel rod to the right length with my angle grinder, then VEEEERRRRYYYY carefully drill out a hole at each end with my drill press and a vise, I should be able to fabricate a good-enough hinge pin relatively easily.
My first attempt ALMOST
worked. I cut the hinge pin properly, but put too much pressure on the drill bit, causing it to deflect off to the side, carving a semi-circle in the edge of the hinge pin instead of a neat hole through the center of the pin. Fortunately, the pin was long enough for me to cut off the bad end and try again, and this time: success. I fabricated three more hinge pins the same way, then reinstalled the shelters on the 'Wing.
Any machinist worth the name would roll his eyes at my hinge pins. They are simple and crude, but they work and cost less than the shipping for a Honda hinge pin on E-Bay, so I'm happy with them.