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BSA B44 Shooting Star fuel tank

Post by pbrosnan » Tue Jun 09, 2015 12:11 pm

Hi all,

The tank on the B44 has started to bubble around the filler neck. This tank was taken back to bare glass and re-coated and then painted and then sealed however it's hard to make it completely sealed and a there must have been a pin hole and some fuel has got in. So, I'll probably get it redone again however I though I'd canvas opinion as to whether any other similar metal BSA fuel tanks might be suitable from an aesthetic perspective. Look forward to hearing from you. BTW, I'm not that strict when it comes to maintaining original condition.

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Re: BSA B44 Shooting Star fuel tank

Post by Richard Hunt » Tue Jun 09, 2015 6:53 pm

I am assuming where you refer to taking the tank back to bare glass, your tank is an earlier model fiberglass tank. If so why not get a later steel Starfire/Shooting Star tank. Similar style but a bit bigger and less problems with the fuel that is available now, attacking the tank.

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Re: BSA B44 Shooting Star fuel tank

Post by pbrosnan » Tue Jun 09, 2015 11:41 pm

Hi Rich,

Thanks for the reply. That's correct, it's a fibreglass tank. I have been looking for a steel tank. Looks like the Indian ones are all that's available and there have been some concerns about quality. Do you know of any any other sources?

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Re: BSA B44 Shooting Star fuel tank

Post by Richard Hunt » Wed Jun 10, 2015 9:22 am

pbrosnan wrote:Do you know of any any other sources?
Patrick, only the dreaded ebay or autojumbles over here in Blighty for original tanks. Trouble with these sources p & p to Australia could be cost prohibitive. I don't know what the Indian Starfire/ShootingStar/Lightning tanks are like.

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Re: BSA B44 Shooting Star fuel tank

Post by kommando » Wed Jun 24, 2015 5:40 pm

I have been keeping an eye on all the reports on Indian tanks and there are 2 possible good ebay sellers.

1. pummy,8081 who currently has been given a fibreglass B44 tank to copy for Gordon Gray over on Britbike which will have the same shape and take the plastic badges, and also has several satisfied customers there too for Hornet and Spitfire tanks. Not seen a bad report yet.

2 vintageindia13 who has one very satisfied customer so worth waiting for more feedback on him. He supplied an alloy Hornet tank which only needed a few licks of a file on the filler to get leak free. Pics below


http://d01.megashares.com/dl/xsODqc0/Left side.JPG
http://d01.megashares.com/dl/iSnNKRf/Quality bottom.JPG
http://d01.megashares.com/dl/5cqX7Md/Quality bottom02.JPG
http://d01.megashares.com/dl/WA0xqxx/Quality tunnel.JPG
http://d01.megashares.com/dl/2HCykIi/Rear.JPG
http://d01.megashares.com/dl/23Eoxjm/Right side.JPG
http://d01.megashares.com/dl/a0cn86A/Drop in fit.JPG
http://d01.megashares.com/dl/FwtoxL0/Filler and inside.JPG
http://d01.megashares.com/dl/gJ7wAvG/Front.JPG

All of these sellers are middlemen, its the inspection they carry out themselves before shipping that seems to make the difference between good and bad sellers. The makers are just 2 or 3 tank makers and they will pass off the rejects to sellers who if they do not bother looking send it out untouched.

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Re: BSA B44 Shooting Star fuel tank

Post by pbrosnan » Sat Jun 27, 2015 3:06 pm

Hi all,

Just put through a PayPal payment for 378 AUD for a B25/44ss fuel tank from vintageindiaautoworld13@yahoo.com. Let you know what it's like when it gets here (Perth WA). Not a bad idea to keep a thread like this going so people can share their experiences of these after market suppliers.
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Re: BSA B44 Shooting Star fuel tank

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Re: BSA B44 Shooting Star fuel tank

Post by pbrosnan » Sat Aug 08, 2015 3:07 am

Hi all,

Here's some pictures of the B44SS tank. overall it's not bad. The badges weren't included and they don't sit all that flush on the tank. I've filed one badge down on the lower side to improve the fit but it still needs a bit of work. I'm thinking that I might try leaving it bare metal and have a steel side cover and oil pan made.
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Re: BSA B44 Shooting Star fuel tank

Post by jbmccandless » Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:42 pm

Old topic, but subscribed.

I have a similar metal tank on my 1967 B25... I was never quite sure what model it was from. Though, mine does have threaded holes at the bottom front corners to accept mounting studs. EDIT: Wait, just realized this tank has center ridges, mine does not.

Anyway...

I'm in the process of adding a extra brace to the tank to avoid potential cracks in the saddle area... Similar to what Blaise added to his tank if you followed that thread.

I plan to add a flat metal strap/brace across these forward mount points (with rubber bushings) to add rigidity. I think with a lot of bouncing and a full tank of gas, the tank can flex a lot across the middle section...and, I don't want a crack to develop.

FYI, the threaded holes on my tank are 5/16, 24tpi, the same as my T100R studs, actually. I'll add pictures when done,

-Jason

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