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From the Dave Brearley Stable, a 1972 50cc Minarelli Racer with Disc valve induction and water cooling to the P6 engine. This was a 'one off ' by Dave and so the damaged tank needed to be saved. 
The tank was cleaned to ensure that there was no trace of the ethanol petrol left in it and also ensure that the petrol varnish, that sometimes occurs, was removed. Lining was straight forward using the GTS1750 resin and the bike has had four seasons of race fuel in it and has maintained its protection against Ethanol fuel.
The Sunbeam Alpine has its tanks in the rear wings of the body which are joined together by a three part large diameter tube. The general layout can be seen in the picture on the right. These tanks were showing signs of rust and needed to be treated as part of a restoration project. The rust also extended into the tubes which would also require treatment.
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The SUNBEAM 
Following my normal proceedure of cleaning, de-rusting, curing and lining the tanks were passed back to the customer in a fully protected condition.
BSA Shooting Star
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Parallel twin architecture with a 360-degree crankshaft and single camshaft at the rear of the cylinder block was used, with a 4-speed gearbox bolted directly to the crankcase in a form of semi-unit construction. 
In 1954 a swinging arm frame was introduced as was a change in bore and stroke to 66x72.6mm (an increase in bore and shortening of stroke) to reach 497cc. Production ended in 1961.
By 1956 the Shooting Star (sometimes abbreviated to SS) had an increased compression ratio to 7:1 and austenitic steel inlet and exhaust valves. Power was quoted at 32 horsepower at 6,250rpm, which at a dry weight of 416lb meant that it would not have disappointed should you have taken off from the Ace Café in front of a crowd. New 8-inch drums with full width alloy hubs helped slow the newly found performance.
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This tank had been previously lined with a polyester resin liner which was not able to stand up to the aggressive action of the ethanol in the petrol. The liner had broken down and allowed the petrol to seep into the rust areas that it had previously protected and cause more rust and perforation.
As you can see from the last picture the liner was removed to allow the de-rusting process to take place along with the final sealing with GTS1750 resin.
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BSA B31- 350cc Single Cylinder
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Oil Tank Badge of BSA Motorcycles
This BSA tank was received in a most peculiar condition. There had been rust damage and some perforation prior to the previous corrective work but the technique and approach was nothing I had met before. 
Using chemical and mechanical means I was able to remove the copper exposing the rusted metal, which could then be treated.
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An attempt had been made to correct the problem by plating the inside of the tank with copper plate and a number of plating sessions had been tried. In the picture above you can see some of the copper plate lifting from the floor of the tank.
The pictures below show some of the Copper and rust that was finally removed.  The tank is now in a good condition and will be proof against Green Petrol. Looking at the back edge of the tank you can see where the rust has perforated the metal. The last picture is of the copper plate with rust sticking to it. The rust has turned black where the chemical has naturalised it, releasing the plate from the damaged surface. 
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Another TT hero who made Manx history in 1988, Irish ace McCallen became the first rider to win a Newcomers Race and a Manx Race in the same year. The first of his eleven TT wins came in 1992 with victory in the Formula 1 and he added the Supersport 600 title as well. He also cemented his name in the TT history books in 1996 when he became the first - and only - rider to win four races in one week - the Formula 1, Senior, Junior and Production (riding the motorcycle depicted here) - he almost made it five when he led the Lightweight for the first two laps before finishing fourth. It was an astonishing run of form - at his peak McCallen was unbeatable. The following year he returned to the Island and scooped a hat-trick of wins.
Motorcycle City HONDA CBR 1000 1996 TT 
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This tank came to me from a motorcycle restoration company who had been asked to bring the bike back into good condition after being neglected for many years. The paintwork was good and needed to be preserved but the inside was full of rust and need some urgent attention.
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Phillip McCallen riding in the 1996 Production TT
The rust had developed to a serious degree in the lower areas of the tank and it was decided to cure the rust making a none active surface and then remove all flakes that had developed before preparing tho line with Caswell GTS 1750.
The tank was waxed and cocooned in a plastic skin to protect the paint finish. It was then given its first cleaning wash. 
HONDA CBR1000 1996 TT
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Photographic notes of the outside of the tank indicating damaged areas.
More About The Rider Of This Bike
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Phillip McCallen
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