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PeteMcP

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CALLING ALL BIKE BUILDERS.
Regarding the spun aluminium domed tank ends I mentioned in my previous post, I just heard back from the local metal spinning outfit and they can make anything, any-size ..... provided a specific form tool is to hand. That pair of domed tank ends I'm after are to fit a tank diameter of 4-1/2" (414.5mm), so a form tool needs to be fabbed. Cost is within my budget, but it's a real shame to go to the trouble of making tooling just for a single pair of tank ends. Sooooo.....I'm wondering if anyone out there fancies building themselves a similar tank (could be any length, depending on the tubular aluminium tank body) and would like to purchase the pair of domed ends needed to make such an in-frame tank a reality. Message me if interested.
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fasteddy

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That looks interesting Pete. I wonder if they can spin a set in brass. I send you a message. I have one more project I'd like to do.

I watched a Wheeler Dealers show when they visited a metal spinning company in the U.K. that replicated vintage wheel covers. Showed it from start to finish and it was fascinating to watch all the various steps. The price was very reasonable for the work involved.

Just going out to the garage to try and finish up the manifold and carb for the Epic Tri Car. Ran a fresh #80 grit sanding disk into the side of my thumb a little over a week ago sanding the intake manifold. Looked at the sanding disk and thought that I'd better pull on a welding glove since the skimpy pair of gloves I was wearing didn't look like much of a match for it.

Went back for another touch up of an offending spot and the disk went through the gloves like they weren't there.

Steve.
 

PeteMcP

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Steve,
Saw the same Wheeler Dealers episode just recently. Metal spinning is an art. The experts tend to make it look easy. Plenty YouTube vids which do exactly that.
If you are interested in a pair of domed brass tank ends I'm pretty certain that could be arranged. Colin, the guy from the Metal Spinners I spoke with earlier today already said they can spin any type of metal once the tool has been made. The price Colin quoted me was for generating the tooling and supplying ONE pair of the spun aluminium tank ends. I'll speak with him tomorrow and ask for a price per additional pair in brass. I'll PM you.

Careful with that grinder, Steve. (Wasn't there a rock album called something like that? 'Careful With That Axe, Eugene')
Still got all your digits intact...?
 

fasteddy

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Hi Pete,

Every digit is in place fortunately but one has a a sizable divot out of it. Fortunately missed any tendons but the blood thinners made it even more unpleasant.

I couldn't imagine the cost of having them made here, if you could find someone to do a small order like that. Part of the problem of living in one of the most expensive cities in the world.

Before I bought our sandblasting set up I was quoted $275 dollars to sandblast a bike frame and two fenders. They weren't interested otherwise and barely interested at that price.

Steve.