Making a cool gas tank

Discussion in 'Painting, Welding, Bending and Gas Tanks' started by Frankfort MB's, May 10, 2016.

  1. Frankfort MB's

    Frankfort MB's Well-Known Member

    I bought this 50's western flyer and noticed it would look great as a board track racer especially with the inframe gas tank

    I then took the tank off too see it had plenty of room for a .5ish gallon tank..... Then the ideas came flowing...

    I took the fenders off, layed the handlebars down, left the motorcycle looking headlight on it for looks:)
     

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  2. Frankfort MB's

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    I got a quote on getting a steel gas tank made and it was only 50$!!! Not bad.... I didn't think about getting a 30$ gas cap with weld in bung, a bung for the fuel shutoff, and finally a fuel shutoff..... These parts add up to be around 50$ not including the tank :(...

    Should be getting tank started by the next few days....
    Hope it looks good

    Opinions on build?
     

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  3. Frankfort MB's

    Frankfort MB's Well-Known Member

    Finally got a seat that i accidentally ordered from Denmark took a month to get here but it is a very high quality seat for 30$ lol
    Getting stuff to finish tank tomorrow or Monday don't have pics yet
     

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  4. Marine One

    Marine One Member

    Baby steps.
     
  5. ezrider

    ezrider Member

    Hey, I like that silver metallic cover gas tank. One would think it would heat up less than a black colored one...and consequently be safer too.
     
  6. Marine One

    Marine One Member

    The only way that I can think of that it might actually be noticeably cooler is if one would take and wrap it in some sort of reflective material. And I mean something more than just High gloss silver paint. But I could always be wrong.
     
  7. Frankfort MB's

    Frankfort MB's Well-Known Member

    That silver is actually bare metal, the entire bike was sanded to bare metal then clear coated looked pretty cool
     
  8. Frankfort MB's

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    Finally got tank almost done... It took a while to get all leaks sealed.... Headed home to get a quick test fit, then have to drill another hole for the petcock... Yippee.....;(
     

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  9. FurryOnTheInside

    FurryOnTheInside Active Member

    Can't wait to see it on the bike. Underslung or "in frame" tanks are so much tidier. :)
     
  10. Frankfort MB's

    Frankfort MB's Well-Known Member

    Me either!!! The only bad thing is it isn't very big... Just a tad smaller than stock tank. Limits myself from going to far from home
     
  11. FurryOnTheInside

    FurryOnTheInside Active Member

    You'll just have to get a trailer. :D
     
  12. Frankfort MB's

    Frankfort MB's Well-Known Member

    Trike with a 212 predator with a trailer hitch..... My MB on the back of the trailer tied down.
    Badass looking combo lol
     
  13. Frankfort MB's

    Frankfort MB's Well-Known Member

    I honestly don't know lol
    Haven't even test fitted a motor yet since I figured I'd get gas tank done first. Debating on what to do on exhaust. Have a mzmiamiparts expansion chamber that works well but doesn't match my "theme" :) or to do this....
     

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  14. Frankfort MB's

    Frankfort MB's Well-Known Member

    Note the very small tank;)
     
  15. FurryOnTheInside

    FurryOnTheInside Active Member

    I'm surprised they did that to the exhaust.. Must be deafening. Actually, now I am noting the seat, the smooth slippy seat with no way to adjust it so it's not so tipped back haha.
    Leather (or faux leather) panniers would suit a vintage theme and hide a fuel bottle or two..
     
  16. Frankfort MB's

    Frankfort MB's Well-Known Member

    If you look at most bikes from the era, they did anything they could to save weight. Small gas tanks, small seats..... But very large motors:D
    Also aerodynamics.... Slammed seats, flipped handlebars, small light guys would be able to propel them pretty good!

    Most bikes didn't have cool paint jobs (that I've seen) speed and functionality were main prioritys
    Most racers were drop loop frames since the extra space to allow quicker motor changes
     
  17. Frankfort MB's

    Frankfort MB's Well-Known Member

    My kind of bike. Straight to the point. Looks cool, gets job done. Goes fast:)
     
  18. Frankfort MB's

    Frankfort MB's Well-Known Member

    Best picture I have of bike almost done. Just have to put white tire on wheel and find some better brakes.... Omg those coaster brakes are not good enough lol

    Have a small leak in gas tank. Figured that out after it leaked all over the bed in that truck.... Brand new boards and lacquer oops lol
     

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  19. GhettoBike

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  20. Frankfort MB's

    Frankfort MB's Well-Known Member

    The first few times you posted on other threads it didn't bother me because you offer some cool looking parts but now, it just gets on my nerves. As much as you've posted everyone knows what products you offer and how consistent you are.
    If someone was interested in your parts then they would get on your website and order it. This website isn't for a salesman, it's for people that want to help out other people. I'm actually suprised no one has something about before me. Your products are mostly something people can make.... I've made almost the entire bike from old parts and some of my own custom parts
    I don't like disc brakes on such an old bike since most bikes from the era had drums or no brakes at all
     
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