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  1. #1 Mark 1 Roadster, can you identify this fuel tank? 
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    Hi

    My fuel tank is leaking so I have removed it from the car. Wanted ideally to get a replacement. Can someone firstly tell me what the tank originally came from. I have looked at pictures of escort tanks as people say this was what most people put in their cars originally. My tank doesn't seem to match pictures on-line though. Can anyone recommend someone who could fabricate a tank for me. I did some measurements so included these if they help.

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    the original tanks were from a mk1/2 escort van and yours isnt one of them! Yours is a spridget tank!
    Click here...

    spritetank.JPG

    However getting a new bespoke one fabricated is straightforward, many members have done so and you will probably be contacted by some happy to recommend fabricators and give you a ball park figure of cost.
    If you look at DCs thread on here you will see his project was an early triumph car and that had a Hillman Imp tank.
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    Thanks Cameron. I will order one of these.

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    No problem, I would be interested to see how this tank fits as other members have asked about the spridget tank in the past and it may be a good solution as escort tanks are almost unobtainable. Any photos of the install would be great.

    PS please do check with suppliers concerning dimensions etc before ordering.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marlindan1965 View Post
    Hi

    My fuel tank is leaking so I have removed it from the car. Wanted ideally to get a replacement. Can someone firstly tell me what the tank originally came from. I have looked at pictures of escort tanks as people say this was what most people put in their cars originally. My tank doesn't seem to match pictures on-line though. Can anyone recommend someone who could fabricate a tank for me. I did some measurements so included these if they help.


    Thanks

    Dan
    Hi Dan, I started a thread on fuel tanks a few months ago. It can be found on this forum in "general car chat" page 3. It should give you a few pointers and perhaps you could add your experience when you get sorted out.

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    Nice, mine was a hillman imp tank when stripped down 15 years ago , I think I will go sprite , looking around the web you can get some good foam filled rally type tanks , anybody experienced on , they are about 200 though :-/ !!
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    Hi Dan, I started a thread on fuel tanks a few months ago. It can be found on this forum in "general car chat" page 3. It should give you a few pointers and perhaps you could add your experience when you get sorted out.

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    The Hillman Imp tank was originally recommended for the Mk1 we used a Reliant Robin tank in my sons Mk1
    a bit on the small side but it does ok,
    Ben Caswell probably not the last word on anything here!!
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    Do Triumph based roadsters suffer from the same inaccurate petrol gauge reading, the same as Marina based cars do?
    if so its worth changing the sender to a compatible one if you go for a custom tank.

    There was an article on fuel tanks for a roadster in Pitstop, not sure which issue, DC's index might find it.
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    It seems its the Ford tank not being compatible with Smiths gauges that causes the problem. Triumph, BL, Rootes and even Reliant all used the Lucas system with the 10v stabilizer .
    Ben Caswell probably not the last word on anything here!!
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    Just saw this in my Twitter time line.

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    Neil McKenzie @ArtMetal_Jersey
    Fairly recently, we fabricated a scratch-build #AstonMartin DB4GT Zagato fuel tank from original factory drawings.
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    https://twitter.com/artmetal_jersey/...52494869209089

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