Steve painted my 55 for me, so I'm going nuts getting the rest of it looking nice. I got the bumpers redone, cleaned up the stainless trim, and I got a new pair of small chrome air cleaners. But the wing nuts that came with the air cleaners are lame looking, and I need to seal them so water won't leak in. The solution? Make some huge nuts! Should be a fun high school shop project. I had a few inches of 1" aluminum hex stock left over from one of the kid's robot projects. I cut it in half with my old Sears King Seely band saw, then faced the cut ends in my old South Bend lathe. I center drilled one end, then drilled with the #7 drill bit 3/4" deep. I tapped with the normal 1/4-20 tap, then a bottoming tap. I make sure to use high quality old tools when I do this stuff....try finding a US made tap handle at Sears for 39 cents today? After getting the hex stock cut, faced, and tapped, I needed to taper the lower end to fit in the recess in the air cleaner top. I came up with this wacky use of the compound rest, set at 70 degrees. Hey, it works....I took off about 7 thou each cut. After finishing the machining, I wrapped some 180 grit sandpaper around a file and smoothed the tapered part, and hit the flats on the hex with the 12" disk sander. Then off to the buffing wheel for a while. Yes, I need to go out to the shop and finish the other one.