Can anyone tell me the name of the old boy who made the original Lyta fuel tanks and where he operated?
I bought and still have (and use) one of what I believe was one of the last ones he made but that was probably 30 years ago and I cannot remember his name.
I did some googling and he is referred to as a Mr Hichison in a posting on Britbike forum.
Just posting in case it helps to jog any memories.
Tried to find out on a Web search but did come across two images of a genuine Lyta short-circuit petrol tank and a BSA Gold Star job!.
One of the more Interesting
pages on petrol tanks.http://www.bsaotter.com/alloy_fuel_tanks_methods_of_construction.html
But when searching loads of adverts but no proper information!
Found it Mr Hichison according to this Brit bike forum,
His name was B.G.Hichisson and he had a workshop in Dartford Kent.
He made my tank, a short circuit manx tank which was based on templates marked with the name of John Surtees. That was back in 1993 and I still have it sitting on top of my domi 99 café racer I built at that time. It cost £175.
He allowed me to collect it from his workshop which amounted to a large garage with hardly any room inside. He was kind enough to give me a 'tour' which didn't take long but I distinctly remember the English wheel used for forming the tanks and sheets of aluminium. A couple of completed tanks where being packaged ready for sending to Australia.
Even then I remember him as an elderly man.
I can confirm that the painting by Ian Cater on the front page of this web site is based on my bike identified mainly by the fitting of a commando primary chain case and front engine mounting plates.
Just noticed the image didn't come through
Lyta petrol tanks were made in Lowfield Street in Dartford, and I went there in the 1970's and bought one of his Manx short circuit 3 gallon petrol tanks, for my café racer I was building. He had a girl working with him, which may have been his granddaughter at the time. His petrol tanks were a work of art, as my friend who came with me bought the 5 gallon Manx tank for his café racer. There was a company in Kent, that I think took over from him, and they made the petrol tanks for Colin Seeley.
Now the order of posting gets mixed up too, what is going on , it makes people, Me, look an idiot as Andrew's post wasn't present to see when I posted! Suddenly posts which were not there originally creep up in the order of response, thi shas been commented on before in other responses!?
Makes the thread hard to follow and read and nonsensical!
Thanks very much for the full name and the details of where he operated from. It all makes sense as I thought it was somewhere S.E. London which was not too far away from me.
They are indeed works of art. Photo of mine before installation attach. My brother has a 5 gallon one on his Goldie as well
It is funny (unusual) just how beautiful a bent up piece of sheet metal can be......
I bought several lyta tanks a long time ago, trials bsa b34 and amc g3lc - he said he never made tanks for the amc factory that was just up the road - he suggested whenever anything was screwed Into the tanks including taps always use gasket cement, nothing to do with leaking but to make it easier to remove them when required, I still have a couple that have never been used. Always well worth a trip to see him, he was a font of information.