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Posted by wim_bulckaert at March 08. 2018

Hi,

I have seen that Indian petrol tanks have been an issue on this site before. But I would like to know if anyone has experience with the International type of tanks that the make. They seem to have an International road tank (bolt on type) and a International racing tank (bolt trough). Can anyone tell me if they are any good and if they are faithful replica's? Do they look enough like the real original tanks?

Kind regards

Re: Indian International tank

Posted by Michael Rettie at March 08. 2018

I had what I believe was an Indian tank that fit ok but wasn't the best match.  I may have some photos around and will post them if I can find them.

Mike

Re: Indian International tank

Posted by wim_bulckaert at March 09. 2018

Hi Mike,

Thanks. I add some photos I got from them to this message.

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Re: Indian International tank

Posted by Michael Rettie at March 10. 2018

Attached are some shots of a tank I acquired a few years ago. Before and after stripping and straightening. Note the way it's formed in the front with a crease running back and down. Also shorter in rear on right side.

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Re: Indian International tank

Posted by wim_bulckaert at March 13. 2018

Hi Mike,

Thanks for the information!

Re: Indian International tank

Posted by richard_payne at March 13. 2018

I've not handled any Indian Inter tanks but have examined a number for the other pre-war singles.

The biggest problem in giving an answer is that there is no one single 'Indian' manufacturer - and they are not made on press tooling so that introduces another variable.

My impression is that there are three or four companies 'commissioning' tanks, eight or ten attempting to sell them internationally and that behind this there will be a quantity of small workshops who may be working with skilled craftsmen or just as easily subbing the work out with little supervision.

The claimed quality control is often not there - If it was then they would all fit as they are all alleged to have been tried on an actual motorcycle.

It's impossible to generalise and some are probably quite good - but it's a lottery unless you can find someone importing them and offering some post-production quality control.

None of the traders are really putting a good name and a reputation on the line so it remains a case of 'Buyer Beware'.

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