Bike frame as a fuel tank, has anyone tried this?

hillofbeans

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HBLOCAL;
Wish I were closer by, and on the left coast. Would love to see your bikes in person.
Thank you for the well written information on tank sealing.
Do you have a favorite Felt model for motored conversion?
I am also curious about chain clearing tire issues with these fine bikes.
What has been your experience in solving build problems with Felts?
 


Nuttsy

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Filler Neck

You guys that are converting these tanks for fuel; can someone steer me in the direction of a source for a filler neck w/cap to weld on the tank. All I find are automotive replacement type necks and fillers for cars, trucks, etc. I suppose they'd be usable by cutting off the neck but then the cap is automotive type. Not acceptable.
 
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butch27

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Check with Simpson bikes for a gas filler. I think he used a hardware store item.
 

jclo3313

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I tossing around the Felt as an option, but has anyone done this to a Giant Simple Single cruiser?
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One question and one caution. The question is, Can the tank be sealed? The caution is, Make sure you put a front brake on it for safety. This bike would look best with a drum in the front hub. Rim brakes would ruin the retro look.
 
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mini-pub

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I've got a Felt "Yellow Cab". It is the steel frame so the gas tank is very narrow. I have a Felt "MP" that is aluminum so it has a bigger tank, but I am not using it as a motorbike. The problem with the thin frames is that you are limited with the filler cap you can use. I went to the plumbing section of Home Depot and found what I needed there. The problem I have is when I go to fill up. The filler hole is too narrow for a regular funnel. You will have to make a custom funnel. You will also have to vent the filler cap otherwise you will get vapor lock and have to unscrew the cap every 1/4 mile. My first attempt was to drill a very small hole in the cap. That worked, but gas would leak out and I would smell. I went back to Home Depot and bought a cap with a hose fitting nozzle on it. I then connected an 8" hose to it and aimed it toward the ground like those off-road bikes with the vented gas caps. I did use JB Weld to seal the threaded filler pipe. So, now I am very happy with the solution. You can see pictures of the bike on my website under "Projects". I need to update the pictures. The pictures don't show my current gas cap solution. I will post the new pictures by Sunday night.

My website:

www.AnaheimBasementPub.com

-Jim
 
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mini-pub

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Those are the forks that came with the MP. They are made to look like motorcycle forks, but they are fake. There is no front suspension.
 
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