late square four tank paint/ chrome layout

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late square four tank paint/ chrome layout

Postby bob cottam » Sat Mar 02, 2019 5:12 pm

Hi All, I am getting to the stage where I have to start thinking about the paint to be applied over my newly re-chromed tank. My Bike is a `58 Square, originally maroon but black these days.
Looking at various photos on `tinternet, I see that the shape/size of the chrome flashes on restored tanks vary wildly in shape and size. Most of the chrome flashes in the tank flutes seem to end in a point, where the top line curves down to meet the bottom. I thought this to be "correct" and, on seeing some tanks where the chrome flash has a rounded rear end -much like the pressing in the steel itself, I dismissed them as "wrong".... tch tch-BUT: lo and behold, in this months Old Bike Mart, Page 24, we have what looks like a period catalogue illustration of a MK11, with a chrome flash that ends in a rounded shape rather than a point. Also, the picture suggests only one pinstripe around the chrome flashes.... is there a definitive spec for the "correct" layout of the paint over the chrome- and indeed, the surrounding pinstripes ? -one or two?, gold paint or simply tank colour pinstripe as it looks in the catalogue....?
Given the astronomic cost of restoring my tank, I would like to make sure that I get the final paint/chrome layout correct, any original tanks out there as a reference? Photo`s appreciated, Bob C.

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Re: late square four tank paint/ chrome layout

Postby keith.mettam » Sat Mar 02, 2019 5:19 pm

Have a look at this Draganfly drawing on the Danish Ariel Club site Bob. Hopefully it will clarify things for you.
http://www.arielklubben.dk/images/Tankt ... 58_Sq4.jpg
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Re: late square four tank paint/ chrome layout

Postby bob cottam » Sat Mar 02, 2019 6:07 pm

Thanks Keith- very useful, pointy flute ends!!

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Re: late square four tank paint/ chrome layout

Postby paul.jameson » Sat Mar 02, 2019 10:30 pm

The back end of the flutes should be pointed - this is from study of original tanks.
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Re: late square four tank paint/ chrome layout

Postby andrew.johnston » Sat Jul 27, 2019 5:27 pm

Hi Bob, I am also repainting a newly-repaired and chromed MkII petrol tank. Certainly understand the bit about 'astronomic cost' .... I wondered whether you had completed the work and could post a copy of the finished job? I had planned to do the painting/pinstriping myself, but may ending up adding a few more noughts to the cost, by getting it done professionally. Have owned the Square nearly 50 years, so I'd like to get it back on the road asap. Andrew Johnston.

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Re: late square four tank paint/ chrome layout

Postby bob cottam » Sat Jul 27, 2019 8:03 pm

Hi Andrew, its off the bike at present as I am working on the motor, but I`ll post a couple of piccies tomorrow.....

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Re: late square four tank paint/ chrome layout

Postby bob cottam » Sun Jul 28, 2019 1:14 pm

here are a few pics of my re-painted/chromed tank, quite posh...…..
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Re: late square four tank paint/ chrome layout

Postby bob cottam » Sun Jul 28, 2019 1:23 pm

Oh go on then, here`s some I made earlier..... with tank in situ.... I`m well pleased with the (v.nearly) finished bike... it`s a looker!
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Re: late square four tank paint/ chrome layout

Postby paul.jameson » Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:05 pm

That is looking very nice indeed.
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Re: late square four tank paint/ chrome layout

Postby andrew.johnston » Wed Jul 31, 2019 6:20 pm

Fantastic - gives me something to aim for - did you do the paint yourself?


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