Thanks Steve, I appreciate the idea. I'd prefer to keep the stock swing arm, just because I'm trying to keep as many of the original parts as possible (even if they're then modified). I'm not really an originality fanatic, but I do want to be riding the same bike that Papa did when it's all done.
I've received some other input from inmates suggesting that the reinforcement probably isn't worth it unless I'd be racing. I don't plan on racing, but I did have my race license at one time, so I guess you never know. Regardless, and this point, I'll go without the reinforcement.
This morning I got the engine out. I'm almost down to the bare frame - just need to go to the store to buy whatever size socket it is that I need to take off the top triple clamp nut. I'll measure it before I go.
Then, with any luck, I'll get the parts to the powder coater tomorrow (if they're open).
We're moving right along now!