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.
Although a bit grubby, the second-hand tank I had managed to source seemed to be in pretty decent condition.
However, there was an area of what appeared to be surface rust around the base area surrounding the tanks outlet.
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.
Initially all looked good…
…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!
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.
Now to get the engine and old tank out and the ‘new’ larger capacity tank fitted…