Thought I'd quickly load up a couple new pics...
I got a light coat of Tremclad on the tank last night before I hit the kitchen to do some baking for today's feast...lol...and it looks not so bad as is but I am going to cover it and add some fringes. I'm after that old school under seat tool bag look...I'm on the look out for some buckles to simulate where or how a tool bag would close.
Silverbear that brass lump you bought should work out well, brass is super easy to work with and durable too. I'll re-read your post and do some more replying later today, have to get out of the shop and back to socializing before they all come looking for me