Tank Repair - Kawasaki Vulcan 750 Forum : Kawasaki VN750 Forums
Carbs and Fuel System
From the gas tank to the carbs
All fuel system discussion

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-02-2009, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
Members who have donated towards server costs
 
flitecontrol's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Monroe, LA
Posts: 4,699
iTrader: (14)
 
Tank Repair

Dropped the bike and put too much pressure on the tank when I picked it up. Popped a spot weld loose on the left side tank attachment and caused a leak. Took it to several professional welders, and none of them would guarantee they wouldn't burn the paint and gold pinstriping on top of the tank. One wanted to stick weld, another to braze it. A friend offered to wire weld it. He notched the tab, heated it to bend it out of the way, and laid what looked like a good bead all the way around the triangular piece where the spot weld popped loose. By keeping wet rags around the weld area, he preserved the paint. Bent the tab back and welded it up. Unfortunately, there must be a pin hole in his weld as it still leaks! Anyone have any suggestions on how to fix this tank? I can't find any used tanks that match mine and don't want to spend over $400 to get a new one.

I'm keepin' all the left over parts. I'm gonna use 'em to build another bike!
_____________________________________________
"Black Beauty"
1989 VN750 acquired December, 2008, 6,711 miles
Currently 23,298 miles

Old Blue
2001 Honda CMX250 Rebel acquired July, 2008

1987 VN750 project bike, acquired August, 2009, 33,000 miles and balancer sticking out of the case, currently awaiting attention and parts
flitecontrol is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-02-2009, 05:39 PM
the doctor
 
billryx's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Knoxville, TN
Posts: 50
iTrader: (1)
 
Doesn't Billy Mays have a super leak stopping epoxy! But wait isn't this another rip off. I know your pain original tank had many rust holes, bought a cheap bargin tank. it also had a leak. Just waited and found one on ebay that I liked, it doesn't leak and the OEM paint is quite nice, Mybe a nice low cost tank as a backup until you can find the weep hole and weld it shut for good.


bringing together
a dead
'86 VN750
"it's alive":"krechure"
billryx is offline  
post #3 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-02-2009, 06:27 PM
The Professor
 
lance328's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: BUFORD, GEORGIA
Posts: 3,147
iTrader: (15)
   
You can use JB weld, just clean the area well.


85 VN700 "Old Yella"

REBUILT ENGINE
CUSTOM PAINT
VANCE & HINES CRUZERS
EAR SHAVED AND RE-JETTED W/K&N'S
DUNLOP ELITE K591 FRONT & REAR
VOLTMETER
SYNTHETIC BRAKE FLUID
SYNTHETIC OIL & GEAR LUBE
PLEXISTAR 2 WINDSHIELD
SPLINES LUBED
ACCT'S GREASED W/TOC SPRINGS
COASTERD
LEATHER SADDLE BAGS
LEATHER TOOL AND ROLL BAG
PICKUP COILS GAPPED AT .018"
NGK CAP, WIRES, IRIDUMS
BARNETT FRICTION PLATES & SPRINGS
CUSTOM GRIPS, MIRRORS, LEVERS
ORIGINAL STATOR & R/R 14.5v
DEKA MF AGM ETX15L

Best Auto/Moto Insurance | Motorcycle Protection Today | FREE Trade-In Quote
lance328 is offline  
 
post #4 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-02-2009, 06:37 PM
Vintage bike addict
 
antiq's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: I live in eastern ohio
Posts: 859
iTrader: (3)
 
Or PC7. There are epoxy kits at auto parts stores for sealing fuel tanks. Then there's a product called Seal All.

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Eleanor Roosevelt.
antiq is offline  
post #5 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-02-2009, 06:39 PM
On His Lady Vulcan
 
wkrizan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Washington State
Posts: 1,647
iTrader: (10)
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by lance328 View Post
You can use JB weld, just clean the area well.
I also had a leak in the same area and used so much JB weld that I should have bought stock in the company. The problem that I was experiencing with using JB in that area was when you went to tighten down the tank bolt it would continually break the weld. My recommendation is to watch ebay closely and find a deal on a good used one. Don't use that tank sealant crap thats out there either. Good luck.

Peace

"You came out of your mom looking like SHlT. She thought you were beautiful. Don't know what scared me most, your looks or her judgment."











Pictures of the "Ladies"
wkrizan is offline  
post #6 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-02-2009, 07:00 PM
Vintage bike addict
 
antiq's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: I live in eastern ohio
Posts: 859
iTrader: (3)
 
Your welder friend could try silver solder with a micro torch. If it works it should hold.

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Eleanor Roosevelt.
antiq is offline  
post #7 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-02-2009, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
Members who have donated towards server costs
 
flitecontrol's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Monroe, LA
Posts: 4,699
iTrader: (14)
 
I started out using JB weld when it first leaked. Stopped the leak, but like wkrizan said, when I put it on, I heard a faint "pop" while tightening the bolts. Sure enough, it leaked again. Spent five hours and broke two dental tools getting the JB weld out! The tank was sealed at the stealership by the PO. Not sure what adding more would do, but that is a possibility too. Think I read a thread (by fergy?) about cleaning rust from a tank with nuts and muriatic acid. Anybody know if that will remove tank liner?

Hadn't thought about solder; I could do that! My mind associates solder with electrical connections.

I'm also looking at a spare tank on ebay. Nothing matches mine and I sure would like to keep her looking uniform; she's a beautiful thing. But I've had her over a month and only put two miles on her! I want to get her on the road ASAP, and if that means getting a spare tank, I'll do it!

Open to any other suggestions too!

I'm keepin' all the left over parts. I'm gonna use 'em to build another bike!
_____________________________________________
"Black Beauty"
1989 VN750 acquired December, 2008, 6,711 miles
Currently 23,298 miles

Old Blue
2001 Honda CMX250 Rebel acquired July, 2008

1987 VN750 project bike, acquired August, 2009, 33,000 miles and balancer sticking out of the case, currently awaiting attention and parts
flitecontrol is offline  
post #8 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-02-2009, 09:55 PM
CWO3 Navy (Retired)
 
cliffhusn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Maryland
Posts: 722
iTrader: (7)
 
I just put a thread in the carbs section on a new Fuel Tank still in the box I saw on Ebay this evening, bid is $300, buy it now for $400...might want to check it out...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/VULCA...Q5fAccessories

The Flag on my bike honors those who serve our Country and those who have served!
cliffhusn is offline  
post #9 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-02-2009, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
Members who have donated towards server costs
 
flitecontrol's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Monroe, LA
Posts: 4,699
iTrader: (14)
 
Thanks Cliff, already have.

I'm keepin' all the left over parts. I'm gonna use 'em to build another bike!
_____________________________________________
"Black Beauty"
1989 VN750 acquired December, 2008, 6,711 miles
Currently 23,298 miles

Old Blue
2001 Honda CMX250 Rebel acquired July, 2008

1987 VN750 project bike, acquired August, 2009, 33,000 miles and balancer sticking out of the case, currently awaiting attention and parts
flitecontrol is offline  
post #10 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-02-2009, 10:30 PM
The Professor
 
lance328's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: BUFORD, GEORGIA
Posts: 3,147
iTrader: (15)
   
What color is your tank?


85 VN700 "Old Yella"

REBUILT ENGINE
CUSTOM PAINT
VANCE & HINES CRUZERS
EAR SHAVED AND RE-JETTED W/K&N'S
DUNLOP ELITE K591 FRONT & REAR
VOLTMETER
SYNTHETIC BRAKE FLUID
SYNTHETIC OIL & GEAR LUBE
PLEXISTAR 2 WINDSHIELD
SPLINES LUBED
ACCT'S GREASED W/TOC SPRINGS
COASTERD
LEATHER SADDLE BAGS
LEATHER TOOL AND ROLL BAG
PICKUP COILS GAPPED AT .018"
NGK CAP, WIRES, IRIDUMS
BARNETT FRICTION PLATES & SPRINGS
CUSTOM GRIPS, MIRRORS, LEVERS
ORIGINAL STATOR & R/R 14.5v
DEKA MF AGM ETX15L

Best Auto/Moto Insurance | Motorcycle Protection Today | FREE Trade-In Quote
lance328 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Bookmarks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki Vulcan 750 Forum : Kawasaki VN750 Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

Once registered, your User Name"cannot be changed". We can make exceptions within 7 days, but after that, it is set in stone.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome