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Old 24-11-17, 05:46 PM   #1
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My neighbour friend and I are having difficulties finding decent fuel tanks for our Lister D's so I've decided to make them for him and I, I have already made a few round tanks for Lister L's and there like and tend to use old immersion copper tanks as the source of material.
Making the main body of the tank is the easy bit, I have tube rollers, bender and a guillotine, the hard part is the end caps so yesterday I search locally to find a fabrication shop who would either laser cut or plasma cut via CNC former's that I can shape the end caps over, the first two companies I contacted wouldn't even consider it unless I wanted at least one hundred, today I visited another company who is going to plasma cut two for me on a CNC machine for the princely sum of 20 for the pair and they will be ready Monday, its a small company fifteen miles from me and he is making them tomorrow, couldn't be better.

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Old 24-11-17, 06:36 PM   #2
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Easy enough to cut if you have a nibbler and they aren't too expensive either, I've also used a 1mm cutting disc in an angle grinder before now with good results. It's only 1.2msp anyway.
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Did you not buy a new D tank earlier this year at that show near Northampton ?

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Old 24-11-17, 07:37 PM   #4
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The end caps are easy enough to make shape two pieces of MDF to the size of the tank then cut out the material about 8mm oversize clamp it all together in a vice and carefully hammer it over. As Rob has said a cutting disk works well but there is nothing wrong with tin snips. I use this method all the time and yesterday i made a cover for the starting coils for a Delcolite using this method.

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Old 24-11-17, 08:02 PM   #5
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Gentlemen,

I do know how to make the end caps I did sheet metal fabrication in my first year of Aprenticeship, we made our own steel three shelved drop door tool boxes, folded and copper riveted together, just decided that steel would last longer, much longer than wooden types.
I made the former's for the end of Lister round tanks , I use these for metal spinning in my lathe.

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Spinning 'D' shaped ends should be fun!

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Old 24-11-17, 08:18 PM   #7
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Did you not buy a new D tank earlier this year at that show near Northampton ?

Neil.
I did to get me out of the do do, it was a little expensive, not a standard tank and welded, mine will be soldered and made of lighter gauge with the seam along the back, I like to make as close to the original.

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Spinning 'D' shaped ends should be fun!

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I may give it a try, I will have to move the former in and out at a hell of a rate though
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You're going about it all wrong, it should be an excuse to add a plasma cutter to the armoury in the workshop

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Old 24-11-17, 10:10 PM   #10
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My Brother has one and he is only fifteen miles away, we both used to work at ABB and we would bolt it to the head of one of the Training robots and program the robot to cut whatever we wanted now its by hand and for the cost its not worth the hassle
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