Oil tank repair: can these be repaired

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Fixman
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Oil tank repair: can these be repaired

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Post by Fixman » Sat Oct 15, 2005 10:23 pm

1957 Pan oil tank with a return line nipple in pretty bad shape. Palmer says these were "swagged-on." Can these be repaired?

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Re: Oil tank repair

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Post by Cotten » Sun Oct 16, 2005 1:28 am

The normal repair is to silver-solder on a fitting that has been lathe-cut to fit flush, and to the right height.

I can think of no way that the fittings could be swaged after the tank is assembled. I can't even figure out how they did it for the early seamless tanks.

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Re: Oil tank repair

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Post by mbskeam » Sun Oct 16, 2005 3:42 am

hello,
had this very same problem.
what I did was cut off the bad nipple, then grind it down until it was smooth,and just above the outer ring, this left about 3/16 of total material to tap.
the tap I used was a 1/8 npt , the nipple is from the oil pump. part #63533-15 oil pump nipple, clean out the tank real good, then put on teflon paste and put nipple in.
I have had no problems doing it this way, and you can hardly see the fix.
I can post a pic if you like.

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Re: Oil tank repair

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Post by Fixman » Sun Oct 16, 2005 7:49 pm

Great idea mbskeam, I will give that a try.

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Re: Oil tank repair

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Post by panhead_kicker » Sat Feb 07, 2009 3:27 pm

Hey Mbskeam,
Do you still have the picture handy on the oil tank nipple repair that you described here? I think I am going to have to do the same on my return, and I'd be interested in seeing how you did.
Also, can anyone explain why the factory offered the nipple a a seperate part when it doesn't look like it was suppossed to be replaceable?

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