Goodson Air Cleaner

Got in my Goodson Air Cleaner from Rich at Shamrock Fabrication, it looks fantastic! I guess Dennis had been waiting on the polishers and these had been back ordered for a while.

There are some little casting marks and imperfections on the top half that could not be polished out, the bottom half is perfect. I would have preferred it to be reveresed so it wouldnt be as noticable but from a pace or two away I dont think its visable and gives it that hand done look. Maybe I should mount it upside down on the other side and keep the GAK air kit so it looks like an old Indian and really throw people off.

The faux vents on mine were polished out also and not blackened like in the pictures, possibly from them having to do extra polishing on this one. You can see how shiny the vents were in this pic, I forgot to take one before I started masking stuff off.

Masking for paint

Masking for paint

As soon as I got home I found my roll of automotive masking tape and went to work masking off everything and carefully cutting out the vents with a razor blade. Then a good coat of RustOleum flat black outdoor primer.

Primered

Primered

This thing looks absolutely amazing now, what a difference. I cant believe how well it came out, not bad for a first attempt by an amature with rattle can paint.

After Paint

After Paint

Next I set about building a mount for it. I used an 18″x6″ steel plate from Lowes. First I put in two holes and bolted that up leaving the excess hanging out the front then mocked up how the air cleaner would fit and just traced an outline.

I tried to have the air cleaner down far enough that it would look somewhat functional, and so that if I wanted to make it functional I could reuse the mount. Others have put the fake air cleaners up at the very top of the jugs and to me that looks obvious that its not hooked up to anything. With the air cleaner down lower and not hooked up, however, I’ve found out that you can easily see over the top of it and see nothing but open space behind it though. So maybe I will end up moving the Goodson higher after all.

With the outline traced out now comes the painstaking task of cutting it out with a dremel. Its been said that a Dremel is a great too, it can take a 30 min polishing job and turn it into a 3 hour polishing job by damaging everything around what you are trying to do. I’ve learned after lots of use and from my stained glass work that you cant force cutting or grinding tools. Doing so just makes them get hot and dulls the blades or in the case of the dremel increases your risk of having it get away from you exponentially. Just focus on controlling the bit and let it cut at its own pace, piece of cake.

Mounted

Mounted

I did both sides and the edges of the new plate in the same black primer and bolted everything up. Something was not quite right. It took me a day or two to figure out that the mounting bracket on the rear cylinder is about a half inch in from the front making the whole thing look crooked. A few nuts on the rear for a spacer and all is well.

How does it look? Looks cool and doubles as a hidden tool box/storage.

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