The Venom had been off the road for a shocking three years with the main issue being a leaky tank. The tank needed two coats of petseal to fix a few years back which then started to dissolve thanks to ethanol. My search for a leak free original 3.5 gallon Velocette tank proved to be a thankless task so I decided to go for a brand new repro tank from India.
A few years ago I used to import vintage & classic bike parts from India and get parts made to pattern. I knew that tin wear is something that is done pretty well in India. I remember having BSA Gold Star tanks made and visiting the guy making them. He would spend a week on each tank painstakingly beating them out using a shaped out tree stump as a form and then welding them together. The end results were pretty good.
I picked an ebay supplier with good feedback (Vintage India), made an offer, (which was slightly too readily accepted and made me think I should have offered less!) paid with paypal and sat back and waited. Here's the result.....
|The tank took about three weeks to arrive - I guess it was probably|
made to order. Here's how it was packed.
|Really no compaints at all about the packing. There was no|
damage to the tank in transit.
The front mounting lugs are a bit roughly finished thoughin reality you do not notice this once fitted to the bike.
|Less good was that the studs for the front brace were roughly|
cut and bent. A shame that this let the side down a bit as
otherwise all was good. I had to sort these out with a thread file
in order to run a nut down them.
|Underside of the tank.|