Time in the shop has been minimal for the last few weeks but progress continues slowly. Some of the major decisions that need to be made before the frame goes back on the jig involve having the fenders... which I don't have yet. However, there is a ton of "piece-work" that can be done now like brackets, braces, triple-tree & risers. One of the things I wanted to get done was getting the brake anchor drilled with lightening holes. Lucky 7. All of the aluminum parts were finished pretty nice in stock form but they're going to be gloss black and the slight mold-seams they left behind will show. I used fine files and 80 grit paper on a sander to smooth out the edges and give them that organic look. The black works well as a guide coat because you can see the imperfections are gone. Next is the final shaping of the coil bracket. The elongated hole has been welded up and the new hole has been drilled. I will also remove the other weld-nut. When it goes back together these will be replaced with chrome acorn nuts. Viola! The coil bracket is ready for paint. Next on the modification list are the footpeg brackets. The Yamaha Scrambler pegs will not fully retract because of the height of the yoke. I need to remove this much on each one. The sliver removed, footpeg in the down position... ... footpeg in the up position, fully retracted. That's all but one of the 15 pieces that are ready for final prep and paintwork. The aluminum parts will get a trip through the bead blaster along with the footpeg mounts to remove the rest of the black paint. All but 2 of the parts will get painted gloss black and the brake pedal and anchor bar will get painted silver. They may get chromed at a later date but for the purpose of saving money where I can they look just fine painted. There not a better song to highlight the dysfunctional times we live in much less a dysfunctional Thanksgiving than Alice's Restaurant. Happy Thanksgiving! Stay Tuned!