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Old 16-03-10, 09:15 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Ruston 6PB Restoration

Hi all,

I made a start on my Ruston & Hornsby 6PB today. It's just a "Cosmetic restoration" really as it only needs a few bits replacing/repairing and some paint.

I started by removing the fuel tank. This had been badly repaired at some point with some sort of sealant being goobered all over the bottom and sides of the tank. Upon removing a large patch of this it became apparent that it has been soldered up before and a large hole of about 3mm square appeared along with a few others. I think it is beyond what sealant can do so I will either source a replacement or have it repaired. I would be interested to know peoples experiences/advice of this?

I then removed the carburettor and with a rotary wire brush stripped all the paint off it. What ever paint was put on the engine when it was last restored is extremely well stuck and is putting up a fight! I shall buy some paint stripper as soon as I can and that will make things a little easier for me.

All the best,

Phill.
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Old 16-03-10, 09:43 PM   #2
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Franks Tanks do a very good 6PB tank, just like the original!

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Old 16-03-10, 09:46 PM   #3
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Franks Tanks do a very good 6PB tank, just like the original!

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Thanks, do you have any contact details for him? An Email and phone would be great!

Many thanks,

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Old 16-03-10, 09:48 PM   #4
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Regarding the tank Phill I would get all of that crap off of it and then the Dog can see the Hare! I would guess that a good mig welder could sort it out by welding a plate in once you get back to good steel, usual safety precautions apply of course.

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Google is your friend:

www.crusty-old-git.co.uk/frank_large.html

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Old 16-03-10, 09:54 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone.

I didn't attempt to get anymore paint of of the tank tonight as it was proving really tough. I will strip down the tank first and have a good look at it, we know someone who might be able to weld it for us.

On the other hand, a new tank would be just as well if it's not to expensive and solves the problem in the future.

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Old 16-03-10, 10:02 PM   #7
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Why all the fuss with replacing the tank with a new one. In t'old days this would have been cleaned up and patched with a piece of tin can soldered on. Repair as cheap as chips....
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Because I wan't it to last. Patching with a thin metal won't last as long. It has countless repairs on the bottom where it has been soldered and I would rather have a good patch welded on, or a new tank.

Not to say it can't be soldered but we will see whats what when more paint off.

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Old 16-03-10, 11:11 PM   #9
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hmm, either a weld a patch on or a replacement I think.
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Old 16-03-10, 11:33 PM   #10
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Personally I wouldn't bother patching it , just replace the tank it'll be better in the long run.
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