I am looking to put a Lyta style tank on my 1966 Lightning. Originally I wanted to put the alloy Spitfire 4 gallon T Baker tank on there but couldn't get ahold of them through email or phone, so the next choice was unity or the tank shop or watch eBay for the next year. Anyway I was hoping to get advice on this from some more experienced tank folks out there, I have been told the tank shop is a bit difficult to deal with and that unity's tanks are too pointy looking. Also it seems any hope of finding a alloy spitfire 4 gallon is out of the question so a gold star style is what's left. I live in Southern CA. and I am having a hard time getting any good info - Any insight would be greatly appreciatted. Thanks
This guy was at the NorCal BSA OC Clubman show this year and had a pretty nice GS alloy scrambler tank for $580. He said he thought he could ship from UK to the West Coast for about $60. It had a Lyta decal but when I questioned him he said the guy that makes the tanks (I believe Lyta is not in business anymore?) worked for Lyta and installed that decal.
Just make sure whoever makes your tank is a skilled panel beater. Where there are bosses welded to the tank, like the threaded boss for the fuel taps and the threaded boss for the front brace, the flat panel should be swedged out to the diameter of the boss and then welded together. That's the way Lyta would do it. Otherwise if the boss is just welded to the flat area it is sure to fracture as I have seen on some aftermarket tanks.
WOW! Beautiful pics and thanks for the info. I am really trying to hold out for a tank from t baker and company the 4 gallon spitfire tank, but I just can't get them to respond either email or the phone but the 4 gallon is beautiful. Also Unity equip has responded but the tank shape is a little off after looking at some images, but I am sure a top qaulity tank as anything from unity is.
Got thru to Richard at Tab Fuel finally! What a great guy first off and very helpful. Spitfire tank is on the order, now I'll be back in a few months with the tank. Thanks everyone for the help insight and great photos!