Tank stripe 1947

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Tank stripe 1947

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Morning to all,

Quick question, for a change! Would all 1947 G3L’s have the silver ‘piping’ on the petrol tank or did some not have one? Mine does not and having seen photos of it, prior to restoration, it does not appear to be sporting one.
Before I start finding someone to paint one on for me it might be good to know if it should have one! Most photos I see, of others, they are present.
Also, the M on the tank are not smooth but ‘hammer beaten’ effect. Bit different!

Thanks all,

Steve
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If you have a look at Dutch archives I think you will find details about the tank graphics for various years.

Many of the old graphics were water transfers but in the 70 odd years since the bike was built others may have come up with thier own way to get the flying M on to the tank.
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There's this in the Archives.......'46 to '50 all H/W models.
(JS was posting at same time as me).

http://archives.jampot.dk/technical/Tan ... 6-1950.pdf

Tank lining 46 to 50.JPG
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Hi both,
Thanks for the replies. I have the above template and I’ve managed to scale it up to be the correct dimensions to be of practical use. It was just clarification that all ‘47 models had the silver graphic. I think the answer is Yes!
I will talk to my sign writer lady ( who did a marvellous job on my ‘55 ) to get the tank reunited with its silver stripe!
The M’s are solid badges not shiny but hammered finish.

Cheers,


Steve
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I had this image in my collection of images I had scavenged online, which I assume shows original tank striping. Bike looks like a 1947 or early 48 model (strap headlight supports, exhaust lifter on crankcase).

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I’ve looked at the template shown above by Spriddler and it looks to be more curved top and bottom than the striping in the tank images I have seen, not sure it is correct for your tank.
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Hi,
Thanks for the information and picture. I’ve looked at several photographs, both new and contemporary, and the stripes seem to minutely vary ,almost, from one machine to another.
I think I will take a ‘mean average’ and get my sign writer to weave her magic.
Regards,

Steve
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Rose was right handed an Anna was Left handed, and if Mike did the stripe the only thing that mattered was if he painted it before the liquid lunch or after.
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AndrewM wrote: Sat Oct 21, 2023 2:03 pm I had this image in my collection of images I had scavenged online, which I assume shows original tank striping. Bike looks like a 1947 or early 48 model (strap headlight supports, exhaust lifter on crankcase).

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I’ve looked at the template shown above by Spriddler and it looks to be more curved top and bottom than the striping in the tank images I have seen, not sure it is correct for your tank.
Isn't the template Spriddler posted the top of the tank judging from the cutout at the front?
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Hi Steve,

I’m not too sure what you mean? The template that Spriddler posted seems, by what I have seen, to be about right. As previously stated, there seems to be variations to the theme when looking at new and contemporary photographs of the pin stripe. I have adjusted the template to ‘true size’ and it’s pretty much like your example when offered up to the petrol tank and ‘curved’ to the contours of the tank.

Steve
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