Petrol tank again

Im getting there, i still have one tiny weep when the tank is filled to the brim but i will fix that when the tank is out of the car. This week, the tank gets a filler cap. This was a lot harder than i thought it would be. The neck of the tank was designed to have a rubber hose connecting it to the filler cap on the outside of the bodywork. My car won’t have any bodywork in that area and the petrol tank will be visible so thats not going to work. The problem  is that the petrol cap, like modern cars is of the push and turn variety but the neck of the tank doesn’t have the locking bit.img_2387_zpscca2739i

This took a bit of thought then a fair amount of research to find a filler ‘neck’ of the right size and type. After a couple of weeks I found a classic motorcycle shop that sold something that looked about right – I think it was for a BSA but I can’t remember. On arrival I found that the neck was fairly close to fitting the cap and with an hour or two of fettling with a hammer and some 2″ steel bar I managed to re-shape it to slip into the cap. only then did I find that the adjusted part no longer fitted over the neck of the tank and had to be cut down substantially until eventually it could be persuaded to slip onto the tank. In the end all i had left was the top most part which is basically just a ring:IMG_2388That was then put into place, tested for final fit and welded to the tank with great care because the metal is not very thick. The cap and the welding will be in plain sight so I smoothed out the weld with a file and gave it a skim of filler which will be sanded smooth and painted along with the rest of the tank. Below you can see the almost finished article:

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Next part of the tank saga is the fabrication of the fuel pickup pipes which need to come out of the top of the tank

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A slight diversion for the blog… learned council across the road is restoring a M Type MG, a tiny little thing which is hard to imagine was ever supposed to convey two people, maybe people in the 30’s were much smaller but i digress. He has had the bodywork stored in his conservatory for two years and his wife was threatening to use it as a flower stand. So this weekend along with his two sons we carried the bodywork round the house and popped it back on the beautifully restored chassis… IMG_2404IMG_2406IMG_2405

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