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A 65 Gas Tank
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I bought a 1968 A65L a while back. The bike is in great shape and is running well after a little sorting. I really like it.

The red and chrome tank has three dents that really bother me.

After months of searching for a replacement and finding none any better then mine, I have been considering a replacement made in India.

https://www.vintageindiaautoworld.com/bsa-petrol-tank.html

( Sorry but, you have to scroll down about 25 tanks to see the one for my bike)

The cost for the tank is $270 which includes a new flip up gas cap.

My main concern is if the color matches.

Has any one any insights into this project or has gone this route?

What are your thoughts?

Thank you,
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"we provide this tank in customized options as per their requirements."

Maybe get the tank minus paint?
Then see if a paint guru like Don Hutchinson can hook you up.


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Thank you for your prompt reply!

I can buy a full chrome tank and perhaps have it painted to match the side covers.

Who is Don Hutchinson? Is he on this forum?

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Re: A 65 Gas Tank
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Thanx, I'll give him a ring.

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Easier to just paint the side covers black, then any colour you pick for the tank will be OK.

Re: A 65 Gas Tank
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Originally Posted by NickL
Easier to just paint the side covers black, then any colour you pick for the tank will be OK.

Ooh you rebel Nick grin


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Steve,

Time for a reality check
The photos are not the tanks that are for sale. They are catalogue photos of what they can get some one to make after they have your money .
Thsse are not being made in a factory in a mould or over a former but hand beaten by reasonably skilled tin smiths often using nothing more than a photo as a guide.
Very few are top quality and even less actually fit and none will be a proper colour match.

Some will be rusty inside and some will have shoddy chrome

Unless you actually speak Hindi and can talk to the maker directly & not the retailer you are buying a lottery ticket .
The makers get paid next to nothing for making them and thus the quality is quite variable.
These tanks are about 2/3 the price of most tanks sold out of India via eBay and probaly being made by the same back yard workers .

So if you are happy to piss $ 270 up the wall go ahead and buy it .

Some of the stuff is good but most is trash and there is no way you can tell from where you are till you open the box .
If you are considering the purchase use a credit card that you can reverse the payment on if you are not happy with the quality of the tank and make sure that the vendor knows this before you hit the "buy " button .

You have just stated that you own tank urks you because of a couple of small dents .
Would you be happy with a lop sided tank wih poor chrome rusty interiour & the wrong colour .
Some have even had the fuel taps in the wrong position , sitting at funny angles and the wrong thread .

You sound like the type of person where the answer to the above will be a resounding NO so take your tank to a local repair shop & have them knock the dents out the spray it to match you existing side cover .
Spend good money and get a good job .


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Re: A 65 Gas Tank
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Russ Thompson supplied and removed the dents on the tank that’s now on my A65, he sent it to Deco for the chrome.


The workmanship is excellent and too good to fit on the bike if you get my drift. It came back unpainted which was fine for me as I paint my own, but it wasn’t cheap, but it was a good price for the work done! ... I haven’t regretted for a second that he did the work.


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Re: A 65 Gas Tank
Ragmanx #824862 09/26/20 12:24 pm
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I don't think Hutchinson does paint jobs any more but does still sell the paint. If you are bargain hunting he wouldn't be the guy for a paint job. Wouldn't want a $1500(just guessing) paint job on a $270 tank. Either fix dents or pay up for a good original. Just my 2 cents worth.


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Same with my home market tank, repaired by Ross and later painted. Looks great and quality of repair and chrome is first class. However total price for tank, repair, chrome and paint was $ 1500 CAD, quite far from $ 270.-

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Thanx for all the responses.

Seems my options are;

Live with the dents.

Gamble on India.

Spent a lot of money.

I'm a gambler at heart, but money is tight and I'[m not going to bet on India.

So I will live with the dents and see if see what happens the future.

Thank you again and my wife REALLY thanks you all!

Steve

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I bought one of these tanks last year. The channel under the tank for the frame was too narrow. The chrome was good and they said they had lined the inside. When I filled it with gas, what ever they used to line it with came off in a gooey mess, revealing a completely rusted interior. I tried re-lining twice with POR15 but some parts of the tank still had their paint on it and the POR15 would not adhere properly.
Oh, and as a bonus they included old fuel taps that had hand made paper gaskets inside.

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Originally Posted by Danam
I bought one of these tanks last year. The channel under the tank for the frame was too narrow. The chrome was good and they said they had lined the inside. When I filled it with gas, what ever they used to line it with came off in a gooey mess, revealing a completely rusted interior. I tried re-lining twice with POR15 but some parts of the tank still had their paint on it and the POR15 would not adhere properly.
Oh, and as a bonus they included old fuel taps that had hand made paper gaskets inside.


That's the kind of information that needs to be well known. Who was the seller ?


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Thanx for sharing your experience with tank from India.

Too many reports out there similar to yours and certainly not worth the expense and gamble.

Besides a lot of them being junk, I'll feel better getting one made in England.

Steve

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The name of the eBay seller is RoyalChoppers

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thanks for saving me I was strongly considering getting one from them


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Originally Posted by Danam
The name of the eBay seller is RoyalChoppers


Thank you for that info.


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I have been searching for months and '68-69 A65 lightening are as hens teeth.
I'll keep searching.

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Here's my experience with tanks from Royal Chopper out of India: http://www.britbike.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/786801/re-indian-gas-tank-saga

Long story short: 100% satisfied with my purchase of a bare metal tank (no paint, no chrome)

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There have been a lot of pre-owned original tanks for sale on eBay. Don't know if any of them are what you're looking for or not. Seems like you may be able to find a decent one fairly reasonable.


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MarcB.- Glad to see your results were good on your tank from India.. The reviews on these tanks run the gamut from terrible to real good. just can't afford to take the gamble.

Bill - Thanx for your advice. There are a lot of pre-owned tanks on eBay and I check the site frequently. Perhaps the right tank will come along. In the meantime I will live with the tank current sans the dents.

The search goes on.

Steve
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Because the tanks sold by a variety of vendors on eBay are bespoke made by dozens of back yard factories he quality varies from fantasit to total trash.
This is why you pay the extra and and ordr one throuhg a real retailer where if it is trash they are obliged to either fix it or refund your money .


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I recently had my 1966 Lightning tank re-chromed and painted, along with the side panels by Colin at The Finishing Touch Classic Motorcycle Paintwork.

The total cost was £550 for the job and I'm fairly happy with it.

Having looked at some of the photographs on his website and read reviews and articles about his work I have to say I was expecting a better finish.

I am maybe being pedantic but the lining does not appear to be a sharp as the original. I'm sure I can clean it up with a bit of t-cut and polish but I was expecting a little better.

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Looks good on the photo Kevin! the price also seems very reasonable for that work and painting fibreglass if its had damage going through the gel coat can be a nightmare.


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Originally Posted by Ragmanx
The search goes on.
Steve


Fellow BritBike member KC in SB had a nice A65 tank for sale a few months ago. Contact him and see if he still has it. Here's his profile link:

http://www.britbike.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/users/101


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Originally Posted by Allan G
Looks good on the photo Kevin! the price also seems very reasonable for that work and painting fibreglass if its had damage going through the gel coat can be a nightmare.

Hi Allan,

I rang Colin in the first place and asked him if he would be able to take on the job of re-chroming and painting the tank and side panels. I told him that one of the side panels had some damage to it and he said he would be able to repair it.

After i had sent the parts to him he rang me and said that the damage was beyond what he could repair but he could get hold of a new pair of side panels and paint them. I agreed to this and he supplied the new side panels (he charged me an extra £50 for them) and returned the old ones back to me with the other parts.

I am hoping to repair the old ones myself and get them re-painted at some point in the future. They were original BSA panels and I would like to fit them back on to the bike.

I have another frame and swinging arm and quite a lot of parts, so I am hoping to get another engine and other bits to put another bike together in the future.

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Thanx Jon, That's the kind of post I was looking for!

I sent him a Pm,
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Thank you
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Originally Posted by Ragmanx
Thanx Jon, That's the kind of post I was looking for!

I sent him a Pm,
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Thank you
Steve

You are welcome Steve and good luck.


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I contacted him, but the tank is gone.
The search goes on.
Steve

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Originally Posted by Ragmanx
I contacted him, but the tank is gone.
The search goes on.
Steve

That's too bad. Another one will turn up sooner or later.


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