out with the old, in with the newer old

Having the forthcoming deadline of the Freddy Files event in Ninove rapidly approaching, has once again, helped focus the mind in terms of trying to get a few jobs sorted before heading off. As I want to use the event in Belgium as a starting point for a European road trip afterwards, one of the jobs I really wanted to get sorted was the fitting of the larger capacity, one year only VW Early Bay (August 71>) petrol tank.

a VW Early Bay August 71> one year only petrol tank
a VW Early Bay August 71> one year only petrol tank

Although a bit grubby, the second-hand tank I had managed to source seemed to be in pretty decent condition.

a VW Early Bay August 71> one year only petrol tank
a VW Early Bay August 71> one year only petrol tank

However, there was an area of what appeared to be surface rust around the base area surrounding the tanks outlet.

back from the blasters … a VW Early Bay August 71> petrol tank
back from the blasters … a VW Early Bay August 71> petrol tank

So to ensure all was good before the tank was to get fitted, I had the tank cleaned up and blasted back to bare metal to ensure there were no hidden nasties.

back from the blasters … a VW Early Bay August 71> petrol tank
back from the blasters … a VW Early Bay August 71> petrol tank

Initially all looked good…

the blasting reveals a small area of perforations in the tank bottom
the blasting reveals a small area of perforations in the tank bottom

…but on the underside, the small area of what appeared to be surface rust around the tank outlet, turned out to have small perforations in the metals surface. Better to find out any potential defects at this stage before the tank gets fitted again! At least this way they can be sorted to give future peace of mind!

old skool lead loading to the rescue
old skool lead loading to the rescue

The guys at Resto Classics set to work with some old skool lead loading to repair the damaged area before getting the tank prepped prior to final paint.

all repaired and painted ready to get fitted
all repaired and painted ready to get fitted

Now to get the engine and old tank out and the ‘new’ larger capacity tank fitted…

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