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Thread: Looking for curved Brass Bung/flange for 55 gallon barrel

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    Default Looking for curved Brass Bung/flange for 55 gallon barrel

    Restoring our 1918 Holt 75 and it has a cool old Shell Oil 55 gallon barrel as the fuel tank. (Not original but the old style that must weigh 100 Lbs empty) But it has the fuel outlet in the traditional bung and wouldn't let us get all the fuel out. The water tank has a curved flange, that's what we're looking for. Searched the web, McMaster Carr etc. nothing. They must be out there.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Scott
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    Default Might have one

    I know I have one but finding it will take some time. I move slow and the snow is deep and getting deeper. When I locate it I'll get a hold of you. I live in Alaska so you pay the shipping and it is yours. Another option is my wife and I are going to snowbirding next winter and we go through YT Ca., BC Ca., Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona then shoot over to Oklahoma to see some friends. If you can't wait that long or I'm not going to be in your area I can just ship it to you. If my memory servers, and it's been slipping a lately, it is a curved brass slid-over spout it has never been used it is just dusty, there is no box so it might have some patina and a ding or two, added character.

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    Default I'd take it

    if you can find it, let me know, I'll take it. Sounds like what I need. I can send you the money for shipping. I'm with a museum in Missoula.

    Scott
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    Scott Kuehn
    Historical Chairman
    Society of American Foresters
    Forestry Interpretive Area
    Missoula, MT

    montanaforester@yahoo.com

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    Sounds good, I been going through the parts room BC "before coffee" - not advisable.

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    Default Flanged Back Nuts

    Hi Scott,
    when we restored the boss's Thirty we had to make a tank from the factory drawings.
    That was back in 1998-ish, I feel that I used brass Flanged Back Nuts plumbing fittings from a local hardware/plumbing store.
    If I recall I machined off the hex and shaped/curved the rear flange face some to replicate the tank curvature.

    For the filler/breather cap/plug flanges we used similar flanges but, alas what back nuts we could get were very light on for metal and we left the multi faced nut flats on for strength and gently peened and ground a sort of curve to the rear faces of the flanges for fit to the tank curvature. The tank maker fitted our supplied flanges and they likely have a deal of solder filling the gaps where needed at the lower ends of the flange to tank joints--so far so good due to the flanges also being riveted as per drawings--machine is now currently stored some 120 miles away and not available for viewing until next Lake Goldsmith Rally at end of April to view and refresh this tired grey matter.
    Cheers,
    Eddie B.

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    If none available, I was looking at the generic stamped and forged flanges on surpluscenter and thought that you could build the flange up with weld and then grind it back down to shape fairly easily. They're weld-on flanges
    Cheers,
    Neil.

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    Default Been looking

    I've been looking for your brass bung no luck yet but I have found everything I have been looking for, for the past year. I'll have to start looking for something other then the brass bung - that way I'll trip over it.
    I did find this brass valve so I might be getting close. I'm sorry it is taking so long but I am just now getting back out in the shed after a ten year medical sabbatical and nothing seems to be where I left it.
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    Default Upate

    Still no bung but I did take a picture of my lovely wood/shop shed haha. The path is getting harder to trek each day.
    the lines are my paths. if it is in the connex I'm not going to be able to get to it for a month or more
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    Ohwell My humblest apologies

    I have been looking and searching. Few things happened on the way to the State Fair yada, yada, yada other son moves in my stuff gets crammed tighter and tighter. It dose not look like I'm going to run across the brass bung any time soon. My humblest apologies; if and/or when I find it I will send it your way.

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