Vulcan Nomad - The Tank Job

Time to deal with the tank

Time to deal with the tank

The tank had several minor imperfections - a couple of small dings and chips - not surprising as it's been on the road for 19 years now. Overall, the original paint work on the tank has held up pretty well. However, I thought it was about time that I did something to give it a new lease of life so to speak.

So the first thing to do was to remove the tank and empty it. I wanted the tank to sit open for a few days before I took it down to the panel and paint shop. Turns out that I didn't really have to do that as they just pump argon gas through the tank anyway.

Well, I guess that did it. Now that I've gone that far, I may as well go all the way.

I stripped all the rest of the bike and gave it a clean - not what I had planned but what the hey....

Here are some more pics for you to enjoy. The kitchen foil you see in the pics is a good way to cover up areas you don't want water or other cleaners getting into. The foil just scrunches up and holds its shape.

There's also a short video below of what I did to remove the tank and the clean up including my moments of forgetfulness.

Vulcan Nomad - Stripping And Cleaning

tank is off and left open to breathe

The tank is off and left open to breathe.

Stripping the bike down

Stripping the bike down.

Stripping the bike down

Stripping the bike down.

Various parts laid out and cleaned

Various parts laid out and cleaned.

Outside cleaning - view1

Outside cleaning - view1.

Outside cleaning - view2

Outside cleaning - view2.

Outside cleaning - view3

Outside cleaning - view3.

Vulcan Nomad - The New Tank

I took the tank to the folks at Marton Panel and Paint, a local body shop here in our sprawling metropolis (not) of Marton. For those not from around here, Marton is a small town in the Rangitikei district of the Manawatu-Wanganui region of New Zealand's North Island.

The body shop did a beautiful job restoring the tank.

Here are some pics of the finished job and a brief video interview with Zack who worked on the tank.

New tank - view1

New tank - view1.

New tank - view2

New tank - view2.

New tank - view3

New tank - view3.

New tank - view4

New tank - view4.

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