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    Project fibreglass

    Just wanted to try out a guide I found on Do the Ton, how to make your own Fibreglass gas tank.. Kinda got plans if this works out

    http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=6339.0

    Obviosuly this puppy will not hold petrol at any point, but you get the point.
    Why? Just because.

    Some one might be able to use the knowledge at some point for a custom tank or the like.

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    Being a perfectionist I tend to tweak the end result alot to get it looking awesome, don't mind me.
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    Just gonna take this as the time comes. For now I've got the next two days off, so I'm gonna go crazy!



    First of, loads of green foam board.



    Next cut it up good, this is where a foam cutter comes in handy.



    Next glue the whole lot together so you've got a nice big lump to carve into a tank.
    No need to wait for me, just read the topic up top.
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    I was actually planning on trying this at some point. thanks for the link
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    just a note when you're using polystyrene or styrofoam, epoxy resin will not attack the foam however polyester resin will. You can save money with polyester, if you coat the foam with latex house paint as a barrier before laying fiberglass over the foam buck.

    Here's a neat trick, you can put a grip texture on the finished part by applying a coat of resin, sprinkle salt over the top then wait for it to cure. After curing rinse the salt away and it will leave a texture like grip tape behind.. Old surfboard trick could be handy if you need to grip the bike with your knees
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    Hello Coninsan,

    What a great thread, I have to say use caution when using any chemicals, use proper ventilation and a good respirator don't want you to see pink elephants.
    If you have use fiberglass or composite materials there are a lot of companies out there. I have been making production molds using various techniques. I have a suggestion- smooth-on products create a user friendly system. In addition don't forget that most fiberglass tanks should have an emergency bladder inside (oops forgot no gas!) I would suggest creating a safety bladder for your electronics and additional venting system to keep equipment cool.

    Good luck
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    Nice. I have been thinking about this too because a battery upgrade will most likely not fit under my stock tank. I imagine building a tank that doesn't actually hold gas will be much easier Thanks!

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    another barrier to separate the foam from the resin is, spray glue on the foam and squeegy aluminum foil over it to flatten out the wrinkles... awesome thread Coninsan...

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    Where is the test ride?

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    Thanks for the tips and appraisal guys, much appreciated.
    Oh yes, Tom Miceli, he's the one who got me into this game in the first place, nostalgia

    Next step..



    Cut the big block clean and marked up the tunnel and conturs of the tank in side view, this is where a larger foam cutter comes in handy.. had to gauge the foam out with a hacksaw and wire brush and it's only for demonstrational purposes..




    The foam cutter gets you far, but a simple piece of sandpaper gets you even further, this is why insulation foam is such a great material, you can work it with such simple means. Getting the curve right is essential.
    Cheated a bit and did the seat while some glue was setting..



    And the obligatory trial fitment for check the dimentions and fit of the tank and seat. It may be sqaure but this tank is well on the way believe it or not.
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    lookin great man!!
    what kind of fiberglass and resin are you planning on using?
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