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Rochdale Olympic

Robert's Rochdale Olympic

Background and the bump

A new floor with rear diffuser

Building the subframe

Fitting the roof and front end

Finishing the body

Rochdale on wheels

Prep for painting

Final assembly

First drive

MOT And More

Fuel Tanks


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2012: New Fuel Tanks

The Rochdale has fibreglass petrol tanks which had worked well until they started putting ethanol in petrol.

Old figreglas tank cut open

Half the reason for repairing the car after the crash was the petrol tanks were still OK and a lot of work had gone into them. Fibreglass petrol tanks sound odd but had worked perfectly well until they started to add ethanol to petrol.

Ethanol melts fibreglass and the tanks had started to leak.

Pair of new aluminium fuel tanks

Robert lives in Spain so visits to work on the car are infrequent. The new tanks needed to be fabricated and fitted in a week. He made the tanks from aluminium for lightness and I TIG welded them together for him badly. (I haven't had my aluminium TIG lesson yet.)

Pressure testing

Fortunately they pressure tested OK. We also did some proper pressure testing with an air line and a tyre valve and found one little leak. I initially tried to weld it before deflating the tank and blew molten aluminium across the workshop. Oops.

Fuel tanks in place

The new tanks fit quite neatly. There is no plan to cover them over.

Filler neck

I had trouble welding the filler necks so the tanks went to a friend to have those fitted.

The new tanks seem to be a success and the Rochdale is awaiting the next visit.


That's all there is to report. I moved house at the beginning of 2013 and the Rochdale is now at a secret location in Scotland.

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