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Re: indian petrol tanks
« Reply #30 on: 11.06. 2010 23:03 »
i tried soaking the lumps in different liquids such as methanol caustic etc but none softened it,in the end i got a peice of 1/2" plastic tube,and then a length of s/s 5mm strainging wire about 6" longer than the plastic tube,frayed one end and put the othe end in a compressed air drill,and worked the pipe around inside the tank,it removed most of the loose stuff,and then filled the tank with rust treatment for 2 days,still some big lumps inside but they will come out in time,and i think thats maybe whats best for you,give it time and rince regularly,and most of it will work itself out,some owners are to keen to seal their tank,when the tank is repairable.
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Re: indian petrol tanks
« Reply #31 on: 12.06. 2010 09:27 »
My road going Flash (what am I going to call it when the project is also on the road) had the tank sealed by "The Tank Doctor" about twelve years ago and is just fine, the sealer he used is pink if that tells anybody what it is.

I believe "the Tank Doctor" now is not the same bloke as was then, but have to say the one I used took a lot of time ( and a few excuses I reckon) but the finished job ( dent fixed, chromed and painted) was and still is excellent.
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Re: indian petrol tanks
« Reply #32 on: 12.06. 2010 12:30 »
Good idea with the frayed straining wire in a drill Andy. I think I will leave it until the winter in case I cause any leaks when cleaning it out - I will also replace the taps at the same time as the bike will not run without starving without both taps switched on as they only seem to have about 1/8" bore. The list of winter jobs is adding up now, Oil Pressure Gauge, Oil filter, Anti wet sump valve with combined mag kill and higher export bars. Also need to get the seat reprofiled - it is a new Wassel (Indian?) and does not seem to have the step in the seat which I have seen on other A10s. I feel that I am sitting too high on the bike and being tilted forwards over the bars. Would not be comfortable on long runs and lead to wrist - ache.
I need to buy a motorcycle lift too so I can work in comfort - any recommendations?
When the guy at the show pointed out the rust in the tank he also reckoned that a 59 SR should have teardrop badges and not the round ones that I have, so perhaps the tank is not the correct one anyway. The tank also has a stud on the underside at the front on each side which do not seem to be used for anything.

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Re: indian petrol tanks
« Reply #33 on: 12.06. 2010 12:50 »
Jim the studs at that front of the tank are for the tank strap, this is just a straight piece of flat steel maybe 1/8th thick with of course two holes to fit the studs.
It is important though so I would make or get one and have it on there, using the bike without it will probably result in time with the tank cracking, my road going flash did not have a tank strap when I got and it did leak at the rear of the tank, the above mentioned Tank Doctor and a few others informed me the leak was a crack - the result of not having the strap fitted.
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Re: indian petrol tanks
« Reply #34 on: 12.06. 2010 12:58 »
What Bill said. BSA part number 42-8058

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Re: indian petrol tanks
« Reply #35 on: 12.06. 2010 16:32 »
Thanks for the info. I will probably fab a tank strap from a piece of flat iron I have in the workshop - looks like it is required to brace the tank halves against each other to minimise vibration movement and metal fatigue at the welded tank joints. I also need to zip tie a piece of HD foam around the frame at the front as the rubber stops on the sides of the frame seem a bit too short.
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Re: indian petrol tanks
« Reply #36 on: 12.06. 2010 16:47 »
Aha - mine is the same although it's meant to be a Goldie tank, don't know if Goldies are different in this respect though
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