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Date:         Mon, 3 Apr 2000 10:26:38 -0700
Reply-To:     Tobin Copley <tobin.copley@UBC.CA>
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From:         Tobin Copley <tobin.copley@UBC.CA>
Subject:      Re: Extra gas tank for weekender?
Comments: To: Martin Jagersand <vwjag@HAMMER.CS.JHU.EDU>
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At 9:00 PM -0400 4/2/00, Martin Jagersand wrote: > > Many people have dreamed of this including me. It could be done but it > >Bob Hoover built saddle tanks and installed them in the space outside >each frame rail. Westy's have the propane tank on the drivers side, >but one 10gal extra tank could fit on the other side -- would even >improve weight balance.

Yes Bob had a good idea there, and it was very funny watching the gas station attendant's faces when he'd casually put 30 or 40 gallons of gas into his splitty. As it was, Bob Hoover's tanks leaked fuel all the way to Inuvik and back, and while he didn't seem concerned about this, I have to say it kinda freaked me out.

His were wonderfully overbuilt, and I'd sure want saddle tanks to be very, very tough, especially if I had a gasoline-powered bus--the tanks are pretty exposed down there. I'd also want skid plates to protect the tanks. The only reason I'd ever want that much more fuel capacity would be for real long-haul type journeys into remote areas. And in such areas, clearance problems or potentially damaging road hazards would be fairly likely. Dumping fuel isn't just a fire or environmental hazard, but it could also strand me, and that would suck.


------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tobin Copley Bowen Island, BC, Canada

'82 westy 1.6L NA diesel ("Stinky") '97 son Russell ============= '99 daughter Margaret /_| |__| |__|:| clatter 1995: 'Round US, Mexico, Canada 15,000 mi O|. .| clatter! 1996: Vancouver to Inuvik, NWT 7,400 km ~-()-==----()-~ Previous buses: '76 westy deluxe (Daisy), '76 westy standard (Mango)

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