Post Number: 3
|Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2006 - 02:34 pm: ||
HELP!!!!! i am in desperate need of a fuel tank for our 1910 dan kidney fan tail launch ! i need something in either brass or copper cylindrical in shape approximately 7 inches in diameter and approximately 12 inches long . with fuel petcock on bottom of course. any help on finding one or someone that can make one for me please let me know this just about the last thing before we relaunch this beauty. all measurements are approximate only , can go up or down somewhat in size either way . thanks in advance for your thoughts on this. tom lange
|Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2006 - 08:45 pm: ||
Unless you're living on a desert island ( I assume you are in continental US near DePere, Wisc I suggest the following recipe
1) Go to the local metal store ( in Canada we have a franchise called the Metal Supermaket and buy a sheet of brass in the size you need. 13 " wide and about (think - 7" X pi 3.1416 or 22 inches plus 8" x 2 for the round end pieces) so about 40 inches long.
2) Find a welder/Sheet metal person (usually both trades and explain what you want.
3) If you slice off a rectangular 13"x22" piece the sheet metal guy will put this in a metal rolling device and will roll the brass sheet into a tube and probably spot weld it together and then finish it by running solder along the lengthwise joint. I had my local guy do this for an Caille outboard muffler.
4) if you take your grade school protractor and mark a circle with an 8" diameter, the sheet metal guy should be able to crimp the edge up so you have a 7" brass disc with a crimped edge that you can have pressed into each end of the tube and soldered tight.
5) You can get a gas petcock at most hardware store, including Home Depot. You can drill a hole in the bottom of the tank and solder the petcock right in.
The bad news is that sheet metal guys are at their busiest during the warm months and your project will be put aside probably until the fall.
You cannot do the rolling and crimping yourself= this needs pro equipment and knowledge- believe me I've tried! I suggest you put you order in with the sheet metal shop now and buy a modern gas tank and just hide it until the brass one is ready.
This is the best solution I can come up with. Also hit the local antique and junk shops- you might get lucky.