Part 3 by Jason Ballamy

One feature of the R&V is that it has the fuel tank housed within the timber frame of the sled/cart. Unfortunately the previous builder had use a larger diameter tube than specified and also of very thick wall which not only would weaken the sled but also weighed a ton. Not wanting to waste the old tank I cut off the ends, you can see one to the left and then made new ones you can see the new end in the middle and the spare metal to the right.

I also cut off the two bosses and turned away the remaining bits of tank, these bosses were then re-soldered into a new length of thin wall brass tube that had the chrome plate sanded off. The knurling on the existing caps is not 100% but it will all be painted to look like it is galvanized so should be OK.

A few bits soft oak were planed up and assembled into a frame and the hardware tried for size.

And a few shots with the engine stood in place.

There is also a small wooden box to go on the front to house the battery and LT coil.

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