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#707314 - 09/04/17 8:45 pm indian petrol tanks  
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Has anyone purchased one? For what it costs to do a re-chrome and paint they sure seem like a heck of a deal. Is anyone using one? are you happy with the overall quality of paint and chrome? Just wondering. Thanks Tom Oh yeah, do they leak? lol

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#707318 - 09/04/17 9:22 pm Re: indian petrol tanks [Re: sloppyoil]  
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An Indian made tank is better than no tank. My personal experience has been bad. An Indian made Norton tank looked hand hammered by an apprentice. Completely asymmetrical and the curves were all wrong. It hangs on my garage wall for decoration, it'll never see a bike.

I've seen 2-3 Indian reproductions that are decent. Those have been tanks at the simpler end with fewer hard edges and less complex curves.


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#707319 - 09/04/17 9:26 pm Re: indian petrol tanks [Re: sloppyoil]  
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interesting, how long ago was that? wonder if they have gotten any better. I'm thinking about a BSA tank, perhaps spitfire or like an a10 style for 65 lightning rocket. Chrome and paint style. Thanks Tom

#707328 - 09/04/17 10:30 pm Re: indian petrol tanks [Re: sloppyoil]  
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With Royal Enfields,Hitchcock's and Burton's,offer Indian tanks,that meet their standards.
In bare steel.Paint or chrome locally.Or Indian chrome (inferior).
A dealer of note,may provide,the best available 3rd world tanks.
I've heard many stories,about quality,and there appear to be many 3rd world sources.
Are they working from an original, or to some factory specification?
Or is it "Eyeball Petrol Tanks Inc."?
You pays your money,and takes your chances.
No bargains out there,brother.
A liner is good insurance,and highly recommended.
Tank restoration services,generally line the original tank,before it goes to the chrome/paint shop.
My 2c

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#707365 - 09/05/17 6:40 am Re: indian petrol tanks [Re: sloppyoil]  
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#707408 - 09/05/17 5:12 pm Re: indian petrol tanks [Re: sloppyoil]  
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I am writing a blog on Indian gas tanks as we type..... I would stay way from them.

#707559 - 09/07/17 2:27 am Re: indian petrol tanks [Re: sloppyoil]  
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I have one of these on my A65, it's good.
Nothing to write home about but at the price it's bloody triffic!
Would have cost me more to have the old one painted and it was a 2 gall POS.
http://www.eBay.com.au/itm/NEW-TRIUMPH-T140-GAS-FUEL-PETROL-TANK-CHROME-STEEL-UK-VERSION-VINTAGE-/142472786775?hash=item212c0a3357:g:nV0AAOSwfcVUBFa~



#707808 - 09/09/17 10:53 am Re: indian petrol tanks [Re: sloppyoil]  
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I bought an Indian bare steel tank for my A65 from eBay a couple of years ago, the quality wasnt great but it was cheap. The tank is the 2 gallon peanut style intended for my A65.

On receipt I found the inside of the tank was rusty and full of debris, I cleaned the rust off using phosphoric acid and then used Por15 to seal it, there were some other problems as noted below.

The filler neck was mounted slightly too high and I needed to make adjustments to get the filler cap to sit squarely.

Although the tank fits the frame OK it is slightly narrower at the front which means its almost touching the headstock.

I had the tank sprayed by a local shop and the results are great, I used signal red (RAL 3001) which seems to fit with the varyious BSA reds available in 1968.

My advise is if you do buy an Indian tank, be prepared to make some adjustments and get a local company to paint it.

Many of the Indian tanks are not made in Factories. I can imagine that the steel comes from a scrap yard and some resourceful worker sitting on a roadside paitiently beats the metal into shape using nothing more than simple tools to get the shape right.


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#707932 - 09/10/17 3:34 pm Re: indian petrol tanks [Re: sloppyoil]  
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#707976 - 09/10/17 11:45 pm Re: indian petrol tanks [Re: gunner]  
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Originally Posted by gunner


Many of the Indian tanks are not made in Factories. I can imagine that the steel comes from a scrap yard and some resourceful worker sitting on a roadside paitiently beats the metal into shape using nothing more than simple tools to get the shape right.



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#707982 - 09/11/17 12:24 am Re: indian petrol tanks [Re: sloppyoil]  
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My one was chromed, so i didn't even need to paint it. It was $400.00 Aus delivered.
It fits, it doesn't leak, the taps screwed straight in, the welds are good, what more do you want.
The bike is not a Brough it's a bloody beeza!
I could give you a list of stuff on the bike as it came out of the factory that were below spec
the original petrol tank is only one point.




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