I am in the process of collecting materials in order to produce a batch of chain oiler tanks for TT replica models. I have produced a drawing from a reliable sample and can describe it as being similar to one shown in ‘ the Scott Selection vol. 3 ‘ page 117 Tommy Hatch’s bike except that the filler spout will be on the off side. The filler spout and its cap will be turned from a piece of 2″ dia brass and the cost of this material (6″=£26) dictates that wastage be avoided. With this in mind I would like to know how many to produce so would be pleased to hear from members expressing interest.
It is difficult to state a delivery date or price of the finished article, as a supplier of the turned parts has yet to be settled on, but the tinplate work is quite straightforward. All will be painted black and a white line applied to your instruction. As yet I have no details of the mounting arrangements but will make the necessary brackets when details emerge.
I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. 01270 664200
Some years ago I needed a chain oiler tank and someone kindly loaned me a repro one that I used to have a copy made by Terry Hall. It took ages to get done and to be honest I forgot who loaned me the tank. I believe he lived in Waterlooville, Hants. I feel very guilty that I still have his tank. If anyone here knows who may have loaned it to me, please let me know, as I would like to return it to it’s rightful owner.
In the meantime I picked up an original, so if anyone needs any dimensions of the tank or brackets, just ask. Nick Poll, France.
I was very interested to read your post re chain oiler tanks. I feel confident in the accuracy of the pattern lent to me by Brian Marshall, but I would still like to know details of yours and the fixing brackets. From past experience I am getting a feel for the way that the factory did things and have some idea of what is required. I have seen, and been guilty of producing a well made item secured by an inelegant mounting arrangement – jarring to the eye and a waste of effort, so I would be especially pleased to see yours. If you are able to send me some details, a few photos or a sketch, then I would be able to produce the complete item ready to fit to the bike. Please e-mail if you need my address and thanks for your useful input.
I THINK that if you ordered a chain oiler tank with a new Rep or Deluxe Flyer, it would come bolted to a flat strip of steel, about half an inch wide by one eighth of an inch thick that was brazed to the frame, but if it was bought separately, as an accessory, it would come with a loose bracket that hooked over the top tubes of the frame. I’ve seen both types of fitting on several occasions, and think that similar comments also apply to the later cylindrical shape chain oiler tank.