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A10 Spitfire 1961 Gas Petrol Tank Dilemma #695747
05/18/17 9:30 pm
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I have the original small 3" round badge no knee grips and no top center seam gas tank on my 61 A10 Spitfire however over the years its been dented and filled with silver solder. Chrome is shot. Should I have it repaired if so where and who would undertaken such a task. In my stash I have avery nice original pear shape badge chrome gas tank side flip gas cap with no top seam and very nice chrome side panels. I believe its from a 1966 BSA A65 lightening (this tank was seemingly for this year only). Anyone consider a swap for a round badge 2 gallon tank with no top seam no knee grips in similar condition. Let me know.PM me for pics
Thanks

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Re: A10 Spitfire 1961 Gas Petrol Tank Dilemma [Re: thackero] #695861
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You can send it to Ross Thompson in Canada and he sends it out to be chromed when he's done. Beautiful work, the guy's an artist. But it's expensive. Had one done for one of my Gold Stars and Ross's cost was $600, chrome was another $550 and with shipping both ways I had $1400 in it to my doorstep. And now it needs about a $300 to $400 paint job. It is beautiful though, looks like new.


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Re: A10 Spitfire 1961 Gas Petrol Tank Dilemma [Re: thackero] #695892
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Plus 1, I saw his work in 2014 in Petaluma and he's the only person who I knew I could send Something to (infact Russ supplied my tank) and not have to worry for a second about how good a job it would be or if I could see polish lines in the chrome.

Problem now is the tank is too good and I'll have to prepare another tank for the Aussie Rally next year.


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Re: A10 Spitfire 1961 Gas Petrol Tank Dilemma [Re: Allan Gill] #699527
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My budget would be $1000 door to door . I would be interested to hear from anyone that has bought a 2.5 gallon tank from India for a BSA. There are multiple vendors and it seems that there is a possibility that custom fees may be payable which add to the cost.
Thanks


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Re: A10 Spitfire 1961 Gas Petrol Tank Dilemma [Re: thackero] #699665
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A guy I know just had his Royal Enfield Interceptor tank done by Ross Thompson. It is the Mark 2 chrome tank. There was a crease in the tank. To say the owner is real particular would be an understatement. He had Ross take care of the chroming, paint and stickers also. He is quite happy with it, and I have to say the tank is stunning. He paid $1800 soup to nuts.

Ed from NJ

Re: A10 Spitfire 1961 Gas Petrol Tank Dilemma [Re: thackero] #699687
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I almost think that trying to use the A65 tank might not be so good either. I tried one on my A10 and, as I recall, the petcocks were farther forward and lower than on an A10 tank and caused problems. Instead, I painted the portions that should have been chromed a pearl grey color that compliments the Nutley blue and outlined it with a gold stripe. Not original, but good enough for the likes of me


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Re: A10 Spitfire 1961 Gas Petrol Tank Dilemma [Re: thackero] #699694
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The tank is the crowing glory of the bike - ESPECIALLY if it has to be a CHROMED tank.

Why to spend all that money to do a great mechanical and appearance restoration bike on the bike, then put a mediocre tank on top of it all?

Re: A10 Spitfire 1961 Gas Petrol Tank Dilemma [Re: Irish Swede] #699704
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Originally Posted by Irish Swede
The tank is the crowing glory of the bike - ESPECIALLY if it has to be a CHROMED tank.

Why to spend all that money to do a great mechanical and appearance restoration bike on the bike, then put a mediocre tank on top of it all?


I don't think it looks all that mediocre, but I'm pretty easy to please..and it cost about $1450.00 less than restoring and rechroming it.


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Re: A10 Spitfire 1961 Gas Petrol Tank Dilemma [Re: MikeG] #699707
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Oscar, I met you at the BMOA rally at Somerville thiis year. I have a tank with no dents with some surface rust that can be rechromed for $350.00. If you are interested send me a PM, ( sorry about this false alarm, I just pulled it down out of the rafters, it is a small badge tank for B33.) Lloyd L.

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Re: A10 Spitfire 1961 Gas Petrol Tank Dilemma [Re: MikeG] #699851
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Originally Posted by MikeG
Originally Posted by Irish Swede
The tank is the crowing glory of the bike - ESPECIALLY if it has to be a CHROMED tank.

Why to spend all that money to do a great mechanical and appearance restoration bike on the bike, then put a mediocre tank on top of it all?


I don't think it looks all that mediocre, but I'm pretty easy to please..and it cost about $1450.00 less than restoring and rechroming it.


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Two schools of thought here.
"I ain't takin' away nothin' from nobody."
Spent 2 months rent on Ross Thompson's restoration on my RE SII Interceptor tank.
Worth every penny.


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Re: A10 Spitfire 1961 Gas Petrol Tank Dilemma [Re: Keane Lucas] #699923
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Two schools of thought here.
"I ain't takin' away nothin' from nobody."
Spent 2 months rent on Ross Thompson's restoration on my RE SII Interceptor tank.
Worth every penny.[/quote]


I agree 1oo% on the two schools thought. I went the route I did because I did not have the $$$ to have it redone. This tank actually had 2 large dents in the front where it looks like the fork legs banged it in, almost like it was mounted on something with fork stops that did not work so well. I ended up cutting the dents out and welding patches back in and then using filler to bring it back to original shape. If I ever find one that's not beat to hell to start with I might consider rechroming it, but this one has served me well for 15 years now...and there's always some other project that demands my time and money so???
I do however still have the 2-1/2 gallon round badge tank that came with it. No dents but very rusty chrome.

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Re: A10 Spitfire 1961 Gas Petrol Tank Dilemma [Re: MikeG] #700448
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would you consider selling the 2-1/2 gallon tank ?


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Re: A10 Spitfire 1961 Gas Petrol Tank Dilemma [Re: thackero] #701636
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Hi thackero

I have the same dilemma with my original Spitfire tank. Competition meant that it had had a hard life with plenty of dents.
I initially filled the dented areas with braize but minute blow holes kept appearing and I couldn't risk spending hundreds of UK pounds having it chrome plated only to see the imperfections.
I have heard that you can use silver solder which is easier to file and shape than braize but I have been told that it has to be pure silver solder before plating can be applied. Check this out before going down that road.
In the end I had the tank painted the correct shade of Nutley Blue and the areas that should be plated were painted with an off white. With the Scrambler transfer applied it looks great. Everyone who has seen it loves it. I can email a picture to you if you want to see the finished article. At the end of the day if you want to be catalogue correct then buy a tank from India already plated.

Rich


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