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#428816 - 04/09/12 3:47 pm BSA Lyta style Tank advice?  
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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

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#428817 - 04/09/12 3:55 pm Re: BSA Lyta style Tank advice? [Re: ADC]  
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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.

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#428829 - 04/09/12 5:04 pm Re: BSA Lyta style Tank advice? [Re: ADC]  
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Has anyone ordered from the TAB II the TA Baker website? Any expereince with them lately? I have had a real hard time getting any response from them via email and the phone.

#428830 - 04/09/12 5:05 pm Re: BSA Lyta style Tank advice? [Re: ADC]  
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I don't have any experience with them, but Burton's has a pretty good selection of tanks.


A smattering:
'53 Gold Flash
'67 Royal Star
'71 Rickman Metisse
'40 Silver Star
'37 Rudge Special
sixtyseventy Lightboltrocket road racer...and many more.
#428848 - 04/09/12 6:36 pm Re: BSA Lyta style Tank advice? [Re: ADC]  
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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.


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#428854 - 04/09/12 7:05 pm Re: BSA Lyta style Tank advice? [Re: ADC]  
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T A Baker died in 2010 and he son-in-law and former employee are now making Baker tanks. http://tabclassics.com/about-t-a-baker-and-tab2-classics.php Call them.

Lyta is long gone and real, original Lyta tanks fetch a premium if you can find them.

The Tank Shop's waiting list is months, if not years, long.

As Alex noted, Burton Bike Bits has tanks in stock.

If you feel like spending loads of money try Evan Wilcox in the USA. http://www.wilcoxmetal.com/england.htm

Frank Diehl in South Carolina has (had) Lyta style tanks for your frame http://classicycleworks.com/main.htm

I had a conversation with an E-bay member who sold a real Lyta tank to someone in India so they could use it as a template to make replicas, but have not seen any replicas on E-bay yet.

Here is my old 66 Lightning with a larger BSA factory UK 4 gallon clubman tank:


Here is my made in India Gold Star knock off from SM Motorco in Florida. I can send you detailed measurements if you want them to determine if it will fit your A65 frame.




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#428864 - 04/09/12 8:39 pm Re: BSA Lyta style Tank advice? [Re: ADC]  
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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.

#429013 - 04/10/12 7:50 pm Re: BSA Lyta style Tank advice? [Re: ADC]  
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is the 4 gal tank you refer to alloy and the same shape as the 4 gal steel GS tank? check my pics of my 5 gal alloy tank










#429022 - 04/10/12 8:33 pm Re: BSA Lyta style Tank advice? [Re: ADC]  
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That's the exact tank (except the paint) I am trying to locate through TA Baker in the UK. How did you find yours or who dod you go through? Thanks for the sweet pics amazing stuff!

#429156 - 04/11/12 4:05 pm Re: BSA Lyta style Tank advice? [Re: ADC]  
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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!

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