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Classic, Vintage & Veteran For Coventry and Meriden Models. Anything pre-Hinckley goes.

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Old 08-17-2012, 12:27 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Have bought one for my BSA welds need re doing as it looks like honeycomb and chrome work was damaged in transport as they don,t package them real well. Still waiting on reply from company if they will send me another.
Just received a chrome tank form India today. Looks good. Mine was packed really well with three or four 1/2" sheets of styrofoam all around tank. No rust. Welds look good, but who knows. Tank has a primer on the inside which doesn't look too well adhered. I'm going to do a pressure test for leaks. I'll clean the inside as much as I can and seal. So far no complaints. Really fast shipping. Price and quality seems resonable compared to the money people are asking for 40 year old tanks. Bought from ebay seller "scootershop". If I get any leaks/problems I'll post.

P.S. Very shiny chrome. I'm going to have to bring down the shiny chrome maybe with some tank pads and some pinstripe.
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Old 08-19-2012, 02:40 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Can,t complain about the chrome finish it is very nice just a shame about the damage hopefully they will send me another
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Old 08-19-2012, 02:58 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Seems a shame that everytime someone mentions paint, price becomes the first question. I restore tanks for beer money and you can bring back some real crap, but it's hard work and takes a huge amount of time. Remember you get what you pay for.

On subject. I have an Emgo slimline tank for my 66 Bonnie. It's good but not a perfect reproduction, i would far prefer to bring back an original tank.

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Old 08-19-2012, 04:22 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Hey Redmoggy, do you know when the next swap meeting is at Claudlands? Where are you based?
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Old 08-19-2012, 05:00 AM   #25 (permalink)
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Sorry bushy i dont. I'm based Christchurch. You have anything to do with the 59 on Trade Me? Well out of my price range but always curious!

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Old 08-19-2012, 10:52 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Can,t complain about the chrome finish it is very nice just a shame about the damage hopefully they will send me another
Hope it gets worked out, MJ.
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Old 08-19-2012, 10:59 AM   #27 (permalink)
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Remember you get what you pay for.
Unfortunately, when it comes to dealing on the internet, "get what you pay for" doesn't always apply.
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Old 12-13-2012, 05:55 AM   #28 (permalink)
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I know this is an old thread but curious T120, how did the Indian tank work out?
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Old 12-13-2012, 06:51 AM   #29 (permalink)
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Hey Jonk,
Here's an update:
After I got the tank and installed it I realized the badge holes were not placed in the right position. The front hole was about a half inch too low making the badges not look good when screwed in. I notified the seller and he offered to send me a new tank. Unfortunately, according to Ebay policy, I would have to pay for shipping which would have cost 0ver $200.00 (I started a thread a couple of months ago about this). I told the seller that wouldn't work for me. So he asked what I wanted to do. I asked for a credit of $100.00 and I would live with the improper holes and he agreed. He credited me immediately. We were both happy. I used the badge hole screws in the back and used silicone for the front. Total repair time 30 min. No problem. I have siliconed badges before and you can't tell the difference.

Story does not end however.

Within two weeks of installing the tank I get a pinhole leak at the front top left at a weld. I notify the seller again. He offers the same deal, new tank but I pay for shipping. At this point, I'm tired of dealing with emails back and forth and waiting for a reply days later for each correspondance. I tell him I'll fix the tank myself and he promises me a 25% discount on a future purchase. I think that is reasonable. I take the tank off, shove the exhaust hose of the vaccuum cleaner into the fill hole, open up the petcocks and dry the tank. Then I reverse the vaccuum hose to the suction side and solder the pinhole. Tank uninstall, repair and reinstall took a total of time of 1.5 hours. This was about 3 months ago. I have not had a leak or problem with the tank ever since. I ride my bike everyday and am currently still riding (until the snow starts coming down). I think the pinhole could have been caused by vibration because I originally did not install the tank properly and it may have been touching the frame instead of floating. Or it was a manufacture defect. Hard to tell. Regardless, pinholes are easy to fix with new metal. Not so simple with 40 year old tanks.

Anyway, to sum up. I am very pleased with this tank. I got it for very cheap with the $100.00 credit. Can't remeber the cost right now but I do know it totalled about half the price of a rusted out 40 year old tank from Ebay. I think the badge hole error was just bad luck that was easily rectified with a bit of silicone. The pinhole could have been my fault or manufacturer defect. All said, dealing with internet sellers offshore is tough due to the shipping aspect if you have any problems. This guy turned out to be okay because we could deal with whatever problem we had. It was a happy ending that easily could have been disastrous with a negative attitude on both ends however in this case everything worked out. Hope this helps.

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Old 12-13-2012, 07:03 AM   #30 (permalink)
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How's that Tank when the sun is over your shoulder?

I ask because I have the centre console on my bike chromed and it's a bit of a pain when the sun is behind you. In the right light, it's right in your eyes.
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