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Old 02-18-2011, 05:34 AM
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Default Re: Tinsmith's in frame gas tank for cantilever Schwinn.

While I'd like to take credit for the making of this tank, I can't. I took pictures and reported. Dan made the tank and figured out how to go about it. Some time ago I made a wish... wanting to make an in frame tank out of copper. Tinsmith happened to see the post and also saw that I would be spending the winter in Maryland only twenty minutes or so away from his home. He knew enough about metal fabrication to know that it might not be such an easy thing, especially with a tank having so many curves in it. He was kind enough to offer not only his help, but also his shop space. The tank as you see it would never have looked so good with me cutting and soldering away on my own. And I wouldn't have even considered tin, knowing nothing about it. To my eye the result of his work is spectacular. Who'd a thunk it... that tin would look so good? I'm the over aged apprentice in this endeavor and Dan is the master artisan, willing to share and pass along some of his craft. In a couple days I will begin my first tank, trying to make it as much like Dan's as I can and undoubtedly falling far short. However it turns out I will keep it as a measure of progress as I make other tanks for myself and perhaps for others... comparing the last tank to the first one and wanting the next effort to be better than the last. That attitude is something we share in common, wanting to make things as well as we can.
Pat, your compliment means more than you know. You sir, are the gold standard in gas tank fabrication. Yes, moped parts are a good resource I have msrfan to thank for. Until I saw his awesome Briggs builds I had no idea a moped fork would work on a vintage frame. Great quality and often at bargain basement prices. Yes, the headlight is a little much, but it sure does make a statement of some kind. The incandescent bulb will need to become LEDs if I end up using it. A nice old Puch moped light with the built in speedometer up top would be just right. As I scrounge dead and dying mopeds I may find one.
Someday when I grow up I will probably lose interest in toys with wheels, but until then...
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