I plan on leaving it the weathered white for a while. Once peole are tired of it in old faded white, I'll look at painting it. At some point I would like to dress it up and paint/pinstripe it. My plan would be to do some kandy pearl lace design on the roof, and a two tone paint with some striping down the sides. I printed a black and white picture of a van that I got my idea from waaaayyyyy back, and colored/pinstriped it myself. Below is the eventual design I would like to see, minus the flamey logo.
Picked up some sheet steel for the tank baffles. I placed one sheet under the cut out portion of the tank and scribed the corners so it would fit.
And then I cut two pieces. Sorry for the blurry pic. These will be the vertical pieces to slow the sloshing from side to side.
Then I measured for the horizontal piece to go between the two vertical pieces, cut, test fit and welded them together. These will slow the sloshing from front to back.
then I put the piece into the one half of the tank
and thought...gee, the vertical piece isn't doing much good at the end of the tank, so I decided to invert my design and press on. In order to secure the two pieces together, I drilled a small hole in the center of the flat piece and tack welded the two pieces together so they don't rattle.
From here I had to massage, grind and bang it into alignment so the tank would go back together. Pretty much as I was crossing the finish line welding the tank together, I ran out of welding gas, so I put it in the van to see how it would look. It may shimmy left or right so it looks centered, and I have to finish with the bomb "fins" on the end of the tank. I also cut the foot off the bottom of the tank so it is more rounded and I need to remove that guard looking thingy where the valve usually is on those tanks.
I have a couple of visions for the tank. One is fabricate some kind of frame above the tank that comes off the IRS subframe. I want to try and give the appearance the tank is mounted to the frame like a bomb is mounted to the underside of a wing, of course, the frame will be covered. My second design thought is to weld the tank to the existing frame rails with some 1/2 x 1/2 angle so it looks like it is just sitting there. Then I'll get a large, old, ratty, oily ratchet strap and wrap it around the tank and attach to a mount above the tank. This idea is two fold; one is a cleaner appearance, and two the ratchet strap will hide the weld seam so it looks more authentic. Thoughts??
Last edited by Wirepuller; 06-29-2016 at 10:06 AM.
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