Tank arrived today, see the pictures.
Hmmmmmm, well , what I think.... From a few steps away it does indeed look like a Ariel tank.
What I actually ordered was a 1953 twin tank but then without the 'second' hole for the oil gauge.
Hoping by doing so I would get a 1953 (one year only) slightly larger capacity tank.
What they have made / sent is actually a 1951/'52 VH tank.
Before I did go to great lengths to explain that I wanted the larger '53 tank and at some point in the e-mail conversation I thought that they understood me, well... not quite.
Note the bolt sticking out from one of the front mounting holes, first in my 1951 tank (Red/Black) and then from the India tank.
You can see that now the front of the tank is too far back and you can see the headstock almost in full.
Moving the tank forward to get the desired position makes ofcourse the India mounting holes in the wrong place.
Am I glad I ordered a non chromed one.... These holes I can rectify by making and welding on new tags.
The shape of the sides is not like the Red/Black '51 tank, it does however give the tank more volume (I think)
Looking into the cap hole you see the tunnel rather close to the rim, I will have to be careful not to splash while putting petrol in .
The cap does not fit the hole -yet- the difference is not much , I can solve that.
The two 'tongs' inside the opening are not more then a suggestion ! 'something' should be there the maker probably thought....
I will grind them out and do them again.
All in all the Indian guys did a nice job in regard to the price, I should not moan.
Price was 205,- Euro for tank + postage and 55,- for import & tax, 260,- Euro total.
And they do carry on in the finest & best of British way where the customer is the final inspector ehhhhhh, engineer.
I see that I have to make a second posting to get the other pictures in.