11 May 2009

Fuel tank: it’s been a long time since I’ve welded flat paneling and relearned how nasty heat distortion affects panels, but the tank is too far along to start over. The good news is that the fuel tank assembly chapter will have plenty of pictures and tips on how to do it right. Anyhow, the tank will be salvaged by making a new front panel which will correct for the rather massive warping. If you look at the second picture it looks like camera distortion bends the tank due to using a wide-angle lens. Nope, it really is bent that much – lesson learned about welding in fittings in the middle of panels! Oh well, as long as it doesn’t leak it’ll be fine.