Restoration Of Tanks

There are multiple tanks on a Stanley as one might imagine.  A 25-gallon, galvanized sheet metal water tank is mounted under the center of the car.  A 20-gallon steel kerosene tank is located at the rear of the car.  A 5-gallon steel pilot fuel tank (for white gasoline) is located under the front seats along with a 2-gallon steam cylinder oil tank.  And a pair of quart-sized copper tanks (called the service tanks) that are part of the burner's kerosene fuel supply are mounted just in front of the pump box.

Only the copper steam cylinder oil tank and the pair of copper service tanks were retained.  These three tanks, being copper, were all in good shape and with a simple draining and cleaning of the interior were serviceable.

The pilot fuel, water, and kerosene tanks were steel and sheet metal and subject to the effects of rusting.  Thus all three of these tanks were in need of either major repair or replacement.  After looking at the work needed to properly repair each tank, and considering the advanced effects of rusting throughout each tank's interior, replacement was decided upon.

For the pilot tank, a compressed air tank from a tractor-trailer was found to provide a suitable match.  While not identical, it could be made to work and would be less expensive than having a new tank fabricated from scratch.  As this tank is hidden under the front seats the fact that it wasn't strictly identical Stanley would go un-noticed by those viewing the car.

For the water and kerosene tanks duplicates were made using the originals for patterns.  The water tank was constructed of a heavier gauge galvanized steel to match what was on the car.  The kerosene tank was fabricated of stainless steel since it would be painted.

Along the left side of the screen are a series of photographs.  Clicking on a photograph will replace this window with a window describing the restoration of a given tank.  As an alternate you can click the NEXT button at the bottom of each page to view each of the electrical restoration pages in sequence.

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