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Twins / Spitfire tank breather
« on: 23 November, 2017, 12:10:52 »
Hi folks, may seem like a daft question, but has anyone got any idea of what colour / type the hose should be that attaches to the breather on top of a spitfire fiberglass tank. Is it plain, braided, clear or black? Seeing as the tank has cost an astronomical price to make good and beautiful, I may as well be an anorak about the correct hose.
Thanks

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Twins / Re: Is this the right tank for a 67 Spitfire?
« on: 20 November, 2017, 09:19:51 »
Hi, sorry for the late response. My 67 mk11 has a breather pipe on the right hand side front of tank. I think this was for models with gp carbs fitted as standard. As for Indian tanks be careful. Check out my previous findings on them

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Twins / Re: Spitfire Tank fitting
« on: 27 July, 2017, 15:25:30 »
Presumably if your fitting the 4 gall tank it is the proper fiberglass one. If so the front underneath should have two bonded studs that go through the frame bracket. I'd be very wary of using bolts as a tweak to far can create a fracture. (hope your tanks red!)

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Twins / Re: Spitfire colour
« on: 20 July, 2017, 20:21:02 »
Thanks Roy, that was helpful. Regards Bob

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Twins / Re: air/choke worth fitting on concentric carbs?
« on: 20 July, 2017, 20:15:26 »
They may all be a bit different depending on ignition timing, points or electronic ign.etc, but my Spitfire won't start if the throttle is open at all. Closed throttle, no choke and it starts hot or cold 1st / 2nd kick...... (usually)

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Twins / Re: Indian tanks
« on: 20 July, 2017, 20:02:00 »
Your tank looks very nice as they do when right. I'm happy with how mine looks for this summer, but on a Spitfire......they've got to be red. So far, and I hate to admit this, my glass tank has cost me over 300 to get repaired and lined and it still not painted. Happily the paint work won't cost me anything, but next spring my bike comes out of winter hibernation RED.

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Twins / Re: Identify engine casing
« on: 18 June, 2017, 18:02:51 »
Not to much of a problem. Bit of a drastic mod tho for locating the end of clutch cable. The covers come up for sale fairly frequently on eBay and they don't seem to be terribly expensive, so if you like the rest of the bike use it as a bargaining point and buy yourself some thunder!

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Twins / Spitfire colour
« on: 17 June, 2017, 19:24:07 »
Hi folks, I'm about ready to paint my Spitfire fiberglass tank and have been told that there are two colours. Apparently, the mk11 was initially launched in peony red but later could be had in a brighter red that I don't have the name of. Anyone know what this brighter red may be called?
Regards Bob

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Twins / Re: Indian tanks
« on: 06 June, 2017, 08:05:10 »
Ok folks, better close this one down. Perhaps I was unlucky with mine. Is it possible to post photos on this forum?

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Twins / Re: Indian tanks
« on: 05 June, 2017, 20:53:55 »
Agreed, it is a large area and it has some very skilled and clever people working there. However, you can't just take something back once bought if it's got a defect. You have to fix it as I did. But it will never be right. It looks very very good now, but it's not right and that's annoying. Still my original fiberglass one is ready now and happily that fits perfectly

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Twins / Re: spitfire rims
« on: 04 June, 2017, 14:24:27 »
From what I can work out I think some later models had chrome rims. Mines 67 and has Aaliyah rims but I have seen 68 mk111s with chrome

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Twins / Indian tanks
« on: 04 June, 2017, 14:20:13 »
Hi guys, I'm new to this forum but I would like to express my findings on "Indian alloy tanks". They don't fit and they leak. The tube in the centre had so much weld cleaned off, it had a hairline crack, so had to be rewelded. Forget using any of the BSA standard mountings they are miles to big. It took two days to level the tank on the frame and is higher than standard because the tail ends of the tank are a different length. The underneath mountings needed to be built up by approx 1 inch and the bracket had to have the holes e longated for the bolts to fit. I actually changed the bolts to studs. One of the mountings holes underneath had been drilled to deep and was leaking fuel there to. Having said that the tank is now looking reasonable but is coming off as soon as my fiberglass one is repaired. By the way it's a Spitfire. Do these problems sound familiar? Anyone else had the same problems?

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