Spent some quality time in the shop laying down some passable British racing stripes, following the spirit, if not the letter, of Mr. Loveless' instructions. Turned out ok, but as I inspected the inside of the tank I saw that the tank seal was flaking. Seems there was some rust in the tank before I sealed it, so I put it through the cleaning process. First dropping a handful of fence staples into the tank and shaking the hell out of it between cussing under my breath and guzzles of cold beer.
The staples and shaking got rid of the loose shit, so I filled the tank with muriatic acid and let it sit for an hour. I emptied the tank and flushed it with water. I then proceeded to quick-dry the tank. Lacking hair, and therefore a hair dryer, I placed it in front of the fire-breathing bullet heater. It dried quite nicely, but sadly caused third degree burns on the fresh tank, so it's back to square one with tank paint.
The weather was too nice, (first time the temp cracked 70 degrees in 180 days) to be cooped up in the shop screwing up shit, so I went out to enjoy the warmth and, after the coldest winter in recent memory, there was a f@#king alligator basking in the sun on the banks of the hermit pond eyeballing my ducks with bad intent.