This motorcycle was probably the first project I ever did for anyone else. Pappy ( Dave Sauerberg, now deceased and shown looking at his project bike in the photo), asked if I could remove some dents from the gas tank on this antique motorcycle he was rebuilding. I had to research that one, but with a lot of online help from Metalmeet.com members, I made myself a "snarling iron". You might have to google that.
Took an old tire iron, and cut the wrench end off it, smoothed it nicely and clamped the other end tightly in my vise. You then put the business end into the tank, and hit the snarling iron smartly between the tank and the vise. Very slow and tedious process, but the end of the snarling iron acts like a small hammer inside the tank, and with about 3 million hits, it slowly smooths the dents from the inside out.
The fender, I took with me in 2004 to the International Metalmeet in Robinson Illinois. There, I received a lot of help from other master metalshapers on how to planish it smooth and weld some small patches in to remove the previous brazing that had been done. It was my carry on luggage on the airplane, and everyone thought I was one of those TV biker build dudes with a motorcycle fender under my arm.
I don't recall what brand of motorcycle this was, or the exact vintage either. It was too long ago, when I wore a younger man's clothes.