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Horseshoe oit tanks


Post by Joe G » Sat Feb 23, 2008 11:56 pm


Does anyone know if the post 1958 oil tank will work in a rigid frame without modification? Are the oil tanks the same except for the tab thingy on each side at the rear of the battery opening?



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Post by wantapanrealbad » Sat Mar 01, 2008 2:37 am

I'm faced with the same dilemma - does anyone know if a 58 and later oil tank will work in place of a pre 58. My bike (1956) is still a pile of parts so I can't tell if the 58 and later tabs will interfere with anything



Post by VT » Sat Mar 01, 2008 4:49 pm

The later tabs don't interfere. Since your '56 is in pieces, if your '58 tank is OEM you might be able to sell it to someone that needs one or trade it for a rigid tank. The repop oil tanks are nice. The early and late tanks are the same dims. though. There will be no problem except your tabs will be hanging around with nothing to do.

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Post by Robert Luland » Sat Mar 01, 2008 10:40 pm

Wantapanrealbad, Both early and later tanks are interchangeable. There’s only one hang up. If ya use a ridged in a swing arm the battery hold down brackets wont work so well since they bolt to the rear fender. But on the other hand. The swing arm tank with it’s proper hold downs works great. Bob

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Post by wantapanrealbad » Sat Mar 01, 2008 11:41 pm

Thanks for the response guys, I will see if anyone wants to trade (it is OEM) and if not I will just use it as is.

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Post by hydra74 » Sun Mar 02, 2008 10:32 pm

When you use the 58up oil tank in a rigid and use the battery hold down brackets there is some interferens with the bolts that hold the bracket and rear fender together
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Post by VT » Sun Mar 02, 2008 10:41 pm

At least the brackets are still on there and you didn't have to cut them off. Will the un-used brackets still allow the battery to sit on that "U" step at the bottom of the battery box? That's a nice feature (allowing the battery to sit level for electrolyte checking), that Harley never advertised.

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Post by FlatHeadSix » Mon Mar 03, 2008 6:18 am

this might be a little off-topic but the pic that Hydra74 posted reminded me of something I've been looking for.

Does anyone know of a good source for rattle-can zinc chromate paint? There is no substitute for the old true yellow-green zinc-chromate but I think the tree huggers and environmentalists have taken it away from us.


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Post by 51Hog » Tue Mar 04, 2008 5:27 am

You should be able to find it through any aluminum airplane repair shops, or parts suppliers. Maybe even Napa auto supply.

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