Early Bay larger petrol tank swap

Early bay fuel tank

With the Freddy Files VW show in Ninove nearly here, there are a few things I wanted to get finished on my VW Split screen camper before I headed off. At the top of the list of things to get finished, was the fitting of the larger capacity, one year only (Aug >71) Early Bay fuel tank. This tank offers a larger capacity (65 litres as opposed to 45 litres), which as I will be going on a road trip in France and Spain after Ninove, should come in handy and extend the range of the camper between fill-ups!

engine out to get the original split screen tank removed…
engine out to get the original split screen tank removed…

So I got the camper booked in with the guys at Resto Classics to complete the swap over. The first job is to remove the engine so that the original split screen tank can be removed…

interesting size comparison between the two tanks (45L to 65L)
interesting size comparison between the two tanks (45L to 65L)

Big tank, larger capacity

When seen side by side, you can clearly see both the difference in size and design of the two tanks. Note the addition of a breather pipe system on the Early Bay tank, as well as a short connection spout for a removable filler neck.

extended filler neck and support prepped ready for paint
extended filler neck and support prepped ready for paint

New neck

An older neck from a Split-screen tank is used to make a removable filler neck that can be connected to the new tank via some flexible hose.

the tank securing straps extended to go over the larger tank
the tank securing straps extended to go over the larger tank

Small changes required

Due to the larger size of the Early Bay tank, the original securing straps will no longer fit. The guys at Resto Classics extended the original straps so that the new tank could be held safely in place.

new breather pipes system fitted
new breather pipes system fitted

Tank breather system

The guys at Resto Classics also made a neat breather pipe system for the tank which could be connected to the existing system on the engine, many thanks guys, another great job sorted!

larger capacity tank fitted, engine back in place
larger capacity tank fitted, engine back in place

With the install of the new, larger capacity fuel tank completed, it was time to get the engine back in place – another job ticked off the list!

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