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Kit 17 Belly Tank

Post  Kevster on Sat 24 Dec 2011, 10:30 am

Hi All,

Just finished putting in the last of the riv bolts on my belly tank

Have to say what a great job STW made of this kit, I was a bit worried before I started about getting all those holes to line up
but it went together extremely well and was a pleasure to put together.
Instead of a sash cramp I pull it all into position with a small ratchet strap.
only sore point is my fingers but all in now and looking good so the pain was worth it.

Merry Christmas

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Post  lynnr on Sat 24 Dec 2011, 10:32 am

Hi Kev

Do not lock the balance pipe elbow into the tank as you will need to remove it to allow the pipework to fit. Took me a good 45 mins to remove the nut as the isoflex had a very very good grip on it.

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Post  Kevster on Sat 24 Dec 2011, 10:35 am

Ok Lynn,
I was thinking about not fitting it until later in case it needed to move, I definately will leave it off now.

Thanks

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Post  Brian M on Thu 12 Jan 2012, 10:59 am

Hi All,

Is it not possible to pivot the belly tank whilst attaching the pipework? Seems a shame to break a perfectly good water tight seal.

I was going to nip to B&Q and buy a piece of 22mm pipe and cut to size (as I am about to attach the cladding and belly tank). Therefore, how long is the balance pipe from the tender to the belly tank.

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Post  Rickster on Thu 12 Jan 2012, 11:47 am

Hi Brian,

You do not need to remove the elbow to fit the balance pipe. If you look at my thread in the photo section I've tried to describe how I fitted it without removal. It's not difficult to do really.

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Post  Brian M on Thu 12 Jan 2012, 1:52 pm

Cheers Rick, I have read the thread and will emulate. By the way nice looking engine (particularly like the smoke) Very Happy

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Post  Rickster on Thu 12 Jan 2012, 2:01 pm

Just a bit of old newspaper in the firebox for effect, - seemed like a good idea at the time!



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Post  lynnr on Fri 27 Jan 2012, 1:41 am

Hi Rck

Any pictures of your belly tank?

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Post  Rickster on Fri 27 Jan 2012, 1:50 am

I can go and take some - anything in particular ? or else in my thread there are photos way back when it was all painted


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Post  lynnr on Fri 27 Jan 2012, 2:49 am

Rickster wrote:I can go and take some - anything in particular ? or else in my thread there are photos way back when it was all painted



lol Ah so there is. never mind me going daft.

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Post  bjwlancashire on Fri 27 Jan 2012, 5:26 am

Kev

Any pictures of your belly tank too? I am just about finished with mine, end panels will be on this weekend.

I build mine slightly different to the instructions and did some preparatory work that meant I did not need any type of clamps to pull it together. I will post an alternative thread about it for those builders behind us to look at. You can never have to many options!!

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Post  Kevster on Fri 27 Jan 2012, 8:45 am

I am painting it at the moment will take a few pics

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Post  Kevster on Fri 27 Jan 2012, 11:15 am

here are a few photos of my belly tank in the process of painting and my contraption for
holding it



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Post  bjwlancashire on Fri 27 Jan 2012, 4:27 pm

Interesting contraption, what was it before it was a painting stand? Something off an old drawing board maybe??

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Post  Kevster on Fri 27 Jan 2012, 11:40 pm

Its made of junk !

base is an old piece of school sports equipment
length of round steel
large lump of wood
some studding
tube is a chrome leg cut down
and some builders fixing strap

I used it to hold the tender when painting that too,I dont have room for an engine stand so had to come up with something else.

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