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The indian petrol tank saga.

alscomet

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Dear All,
Last week I said I would order a petrol tank for my Velocette from India,well here is the tale.

I placed an order with a supplier in India who was advertising on E bay,he promised faithfully that his tanks
were first class and his packaging would be strong and robust.
After a week I received a message from e bay saying that the item had been removed from sale and
a usual cause was that the goods were not to be sold via e bay ? or were an illegal type of product ,it
continued by saying that if the goods had not been paid for then ignore any further requests for payment,if they had been paid for by paypal then I would have to wait until my due expired delivery date
before I could try and claim a return via paypal,if they had been paid for by any other means it was just
my hard luck.
Well after receiving the message all the blood drained from my body,and I stopped eating currys as
a token gesture and went on a complete meat and two veg diet.
My hard earned earthly pounds were disappearing before my very eyes and it looked like I was going to have to look for a well rotten british tank. Well would you believe it,DHL on my doorstep this afternoon,big strong box with my name on it,opened it up its my tank,nearly perfect,one of the front lugs is squashed a little but will straighten and the petrol cap fitting is a strange shape but I can alter that ,the lug must have been done before it was wrapped up, it fits the bike a treat, its perfect.If I could upload a photo I would include it,its even primered underneath. Success
 

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Chris Launders

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I made stainless ones, threaded the tube and a spare carb top 6mm so they are rigid up/down in the carb but can swivel. Meets the UFM at about 45 degrees, bends and then runs parallel, with the cable outer from then on, used a piece of 1/4 tube epoxied on to receive the cable end.
 

Marcus Bowden

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I had two types from Venhill not suitable making my own seems the best option.
Chris my handsome, it's far more satisfying, as the creative thing is so much better than just putting ones hand in the pocket and buying it. One of my evening routines is to go to the club shop and price up all the things I'd made that day, runs into £ hundreds some times. We should all be able to buy what is required for our bikes as they have earned more than we have just by sitting there. What tight bastards we are, keeping a bike all these years on a shoestring the other option is paying road fund licences, higher insurance, higher fuel consumption, Higher servicing cost as we can't do them ourselves, loss due to depreciation, last but not least I'm not riding the thing I like most.
bananaman.
 

Glenliman

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Venhills will make the bends and threads to suit any situation.
They will also make the cables in Featherlight, ss inner, silver soldered nipples, Teflon liner, sturdy outer. Very high quality, no lube needed.

Glen
 

Chris.R

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VOC Member
Chris my handsome, it's far more satisfying, as the creative thing is so much better than just putting ones hand in the pocket and buying it. One of my evening routines is to go to the club shop and price up all the things I'd made that day, runs into £ hundreds some times. We should all be able to buy what is required for our bikes as they have earned more than we have just by sitting there. What tight bastards we are, keeping a bike all these years on a shoestring the other option is paying road fund licences, higher insurance, higher fuel consumption, Higher servicing cost as we can't do them ourselves, loss due to depreciation, last but not least I'm not riding the thing I like most.
bananaman.
For me after a 50 year riding gap it is a steep learning curve more traffic more road humps indeed more of everything it has been costly but pleasant rebuilding the now old lady. I have now to get ready to take the bike when covid allows to Morpeth to show its original 1954 owner Tom is now 86 so I need all the riding practice I can get and get the assorted niggles sorted out.

Chris
 

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