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post #28 of (permalink) Old 10-04-2013, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
Paul L
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Renovating The Gas Tank:
The original Spitfire gas tank is re-used in the Cordite frame.
However, unlike the Spitfire, it takes a bit on manoeuvring to get into position.
This had a knock on impact on my seat belt brackets (see separate post).
The problem was the tank couldn't be fitted with extra brackets on the frame.

This meant I had to fit the gas tank before I sorted out my seat belt brackets.
( It also meant that removing the tank in the future would be a major pain. )

The whole car is a bit rough and ready, so I didn't need a show car finish.
Just some basic preparation to ensure the brushed on paint would stick.
( I'd left the empty tank in the sun every chance I had to remove any vapours. )


During a very basic sanding down stage.

Applying anti-rust treatment.

This dries to a dark blue / black finish depending on the metal below.

Then I started painting the bottom of the tank.

Using a not so high tech prop to keep it at the correct angle.

Then the top of the tank was painted.

I also put a final coat of paint on the frame work where the tank was to be fitted.

After a second coat of paint on the tank, I bolted it into its final resting place.

I used extra washers on the driver's side to stop the gas tank fouling the frame.
( As obviously the frame work supporting the petrol tank isn't square. )
I even remembered to stick a bit of protective foam into the narrow gap between the two.

With the gas tank in place other work on the frame could continue...

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