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Hi Guys, Ive been tossing up wether to make this ol brass fire extinguisher work as a oil tank (see pics) it is about 1 quart, is this enough? I was thinking about maybe running an oil cooler and external filter to make up a bit of volume?
It looks good with my brass headlight also! (see pic)
 

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Run two and you will be fine with the filter and cooler, for just around town its ok, but realy you need three quarts to cool the motor properly....
 

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Cheers for that roach!, Does it vary from engine to engine? I have a 72' T120v, Ive just had a brain storm too, maybe I should try readin the friggin manual! the manual says 4 lmp pints (2.27 litre) thats roughly about 2 quarts? would an external oil filter and oil cooler hold about half a quart?
 

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I would say it depends how often you are going to change your oil?
Oil in triumphs dosent get hot because of the piss poor top end feed so I would'nt worry about a cooler.
as long as you have enough room in the tank to cope with foaming and change oil frequently I would use it, but I am sure you will get different opinions for or against.
 

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Also, remember you can't fill your oil tank all the way to the top, you've gotta leave a fair amount of empty space in there as well, so at best you'd only have about 2/3 of a quart of oil in there. My custom tank is about 2 quarts when completely full, but in reality will only have about 1 1/2 quarts in it and it's on the verge of being too small on my triumph. The external oil filter us a good way to add a little capacity, I'll be running one.
 

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I've seen old fire extinguishers used before. Ususally they are made of very thin gauge material and not made to withstand the vibration of a bike. Check it often for oil leaks because it will probably crack on you.
 

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It's not just about cooling...you need a certain amount of dwell time in the tank for air/froth to seperate from the oil before it is pumped back through the pressure side of the oil system.
 

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Yeah, I remember the times when I had my brit bikes... 1000 miles and change the oil.

Make a fairing from the down tube to the tank that can duble as a tank, triangle in shape that is the lengh of the tank with a round inset for the tank, that way you will have the corect amount of oil......
 

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Righto, bit of research today, i dont really want to f around with two tanks, but I do want to have something old pattina brass looking, I think Im gunna make my own (out of steel) and get it brass plated? and try and let it age naturally what do you guys reckon?

Will start a build thread soon keep you all posted
 

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And yes I did measure the capacity as I also thought it was big enough for an oil tank, It looks the right size in the picture doesnt it
 

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Maybe some alloy tube with brass capped ends.
Are you gunna steampunk this ride?
Too much brass can kill I feel, love the ideas good luck look forward to seeing a build thread.
I have week acid wash will age brass.
 
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