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    Default Getting the right oil tank. Clearance and measurement issues

    Hey guys I have a shovelhead frame that has been hard tailed with a haifley bros Kit. This makes the frame damn near stock panhead rigid demensions I have a problem though because I知 running an enclosed primary. The aluminum primary has clearance issues with any old oil tank. Someone said yeah paughco makes one that will work only one problem the one that they said will work is wider that my frame so it値l hang out on either side and ruin the look of the build. The tank that is correct width and has a cutout has in the description that it doesn稚 work with aluminum primaries. The frame is ten inches wide at the point the tank would be at its widest. What do I do?

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    IowaChop just replied in the Sporty rigid oil tank thread, that he got a nice oil tank built at Anything goes;
    http://www.anythinggoescustomcycles....lty-tanks.html

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    I got a tank from him a few years ago, nice tank and a nice guy to do business with.

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    You could make a template, starting with boxboard for the start, then refined and transferred to thin aluminum, refine until your aluminum template it is 'the one', then get some steel sheet, lay it out, bend and cut, and weld.

    I like how this guy built his oil tank(starting at post #21):
    Re: Victor’s Shovel Chopper
    http://www.choppersaustralia.com/for...php?f=5&t=8524

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    Would the replica tt tanks fit? They’re about 1.5 shorter I believe

    http://www.vtwinmfg.com/webapp/wcs/s...102_3312390_-1
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cimino289 View Post
    Hey guys I have a shovelhead frame that has been hard tailed with a haifley bros Kit. This makes the frame damn near stock panhead rigid demensions I have a problem though because I’m running an enclosed primary. The aluminum primary has clearance issues with any old oil tank. Someone said yeah paughco makes one that will work only one problem the one that they said will work is wider that my frame so it’ll hang out on either side and ruin the look of the build. The tank that is correct width and has a cutout has in the description that it doesn’t work with aluminum primaries. The frame is ten inches wide at the point the tank would be at its widest. What do I do?
    Do you have pictures of your whole setup, including the oil bag you are trying to run?

    What year shovelhead?

    ratchet or rotary top transimission?

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    Would not a electric start horseshoe bag work, seen many around.

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    I actually found a solution. If you use Paughco part number 748E its a 3 quart tank. If I use a small lithium ion nbattery it'll have enough cold cranking amps. The problem was the tanks that paughco make that fit larger batteries are too wide. So we'l use the tank I mentioned above with a tiny souped up battery.

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    I have only one more question. Will a three quart tank provide enough volume to cool and supply my 74 cubic inch shovelhead. I think it would, but why do people opt for a bigger tank like a 3.5 or a 4 quart? What is the advantage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cimino289 View Post
    I have only one more question. Will a three quart tank provide enough volume to cool and supply my 74 cubic inch shovelhead. I think it would, but why do people opt for a bigger tank like a 3.5 or a 4 quart? What is the advantage?
    It depends a lot on where you live if you need more oil volume........... It's because of heat.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cimino289 View Post
    Hey guys I have a shovelhead frame that has been hard tailed with a haifley bros Kit. This makes the frame damn near stock panhead rigid demensions I have a problem though because I知 running an enclosed primary. The aluminum primary has clearance issues with any old oil tank. Someone said yeah paughco makes one that will work only one problem the one that they said will work is wider that my frame so it値l hang out on either side and ruin the look of the build. The tank that is correct width and has a cutout has in the description that it doesn稚 work with aluminum primaries. The frame is ten inches wide at the point the tank would be at its widest. What do I do?
    Many oil tanks are 11" wide meaning that only 1/2" would hang over each side. Would not even be noticed.
    Also many oil tank makers (Anything Goes) would make a tank for you that is shorter. Just ask.
    Last edited by Luky; 01-02-2019 at 1:12 PM.

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    Tattoo Id think living in Georgia Id be okay running the 3 quart.

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    Luky I also appreciate that knowledge I dint know they'd do that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cimino289 View Post
    Tattoo Id think living in Georgia Id be okay running the 3 quart.
    Yep you should be just fine.... Just as long as you don't live in Atlanta and sit in traffic in the summer.....

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    Lol you dont have to worry about catching me in atlanta

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    I got my tank from Anything goes also. Had him make it the same width as my frame rails. I would not hesitate to have him make me another.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cimino289 View Post
    Lol you dont have to worry about catching me in atlanta
    LOL Well you should be good to go......

    Me either...... LOL

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