We Gave This Tank Away for FREE

written and photographed by Jeremy Constantineau

 
 
 The 2018 Freedom Machine Giveaway Tank | Photo by Jeremy Constantineau

The 2018 Freedom Machine Giveaway Tank | Photo by Jeremy Constantineau

 
 

If you don't already know, Freedom Machine is a motorcycle show hosted at Frontier Ghost Town every year. 

As they put it themselves, "Freedom Machine Show is a grassroots, all-makes-and-models vintage custom motorcycle show. We showcase some of Canada's best-known builders of vintage styled custom choppers, cafe racers, bobbers and trackers at Frontier Ghost Town, located just north of the town of Durham, Ontario."

 
 
 The gold base coat of the 2018 Freedom Machine giveaway tank | Photo by Jeremy Constantineau

The gold base coat of the 2018 Freedom Machine giveaway tank | Photo by Jeremy Constantineau

 
 

This year, we decided to sponsor the event by donating a custom painted, retro style TC Bros peanut tank to be raffled off to a lucky winner. The idea for the tank was to go all-out and make an eye catching giveaway item rather than something toned down and simple. To do this, we started with a gold-flake base coat before spraying red candy and blue candy coats on top.

 
 
 Painting the 2018 Freedom Machine giveaway tank | Photo by Jeremy Constantineau

Painting the 2018 Freedom Machine giveaway tank | Photo by Jeremy Constantineau

 
 
 
 Painting the 2018 Freedom Machine giveaway tank | Photo by Jeremy Constantineau

Painting the 2018 Freedom Machine giveaway tank | Photo by Jeremy Constantineau

 
 

Between these coats, the tape lines must be carefully peeled away to reveal new areas to be painted. All-in-all it's about fifteen very long and meticulous steps to complete the design you see here. 

 
 
 Painting the 2018 Freedom Machine giveaway tank | Photo by Jeremy Constantineau

Painting the 2018 Freedom Machine giveaway tank | Photo by Jeremy Constantineau

 
 
 
 The 2018 Freedom Machine giveaway tank | Photo by Jeremy Constantineau

The 2018 Freedom Machine giveaway tank | Photo by Jeremy Constantineau

 
 

To finish everything and tie the design together, we added some green and purple pinstriping with 1shot sign paint. The heavy flake, vibrant candy colours, and pinstriping gave the tank the vintage-chopper-style we were aiming for.

 
 
 The 2018 Freedom Machine giveaway tank | Photo by Jeremy Constantineau

The 2018 Freedom Machine giveaway tank | Photo by Jeremy Constantineau

 
 
 
 The 2018 Freedom Machine giveaway tank | Photo by Jeremy Constantineau

The 2018 Freedom Machine giveaway tank | Photo by Jeremy Constantineau

 
 

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