Merddin's New Tanks -2003

This illustrated tale was originally written as it happened over the Christmas period of 2003 to provide a blow by blow account for those not with us in Wales.

The plan is to reshow it here for awhile and then it will move to be part of the full story of the rebuild

This report was posted on the 26th December and after a session in the pub.  As it was a hot and dusty day, and Boxing Day, the gang retired to the pub at tea time for an afterworker.

Hope you all enjoyed your Christmas and Boxing Day for us it was another busy at the office. We had a good team in today as a few extra people show up today. Tomorrow should be the day we lift this tank from the jig.

Scrap 1

To reclaim reusable parts the tanks have been cut up. In this shot the well has been cut off.

Scrap 2

The bottom end firemans side tank is being cut up.

Scrap 3

Thats the tank in two parts. If we had any doubt about building the new tanks the more of it we cut just reveals how badly corroded they are.

Scrap 4

Its nearly small enough to fit in the skip

Parts Reclamation

Once the bits have been cut out of the tanks they had to be cleaned up. Here the Vadge is cutting off the scrap prior to grinding them clean.


In the previous shot the the top end tank was in use as a bench but not for long as in this shot i am about to cut it up.

Finish welding

On to the new tanks now. Some bits are taking a bit longer than planned on this first one as adaptations to the jig are made. Meanwhile Rob Coulson is finsih welding the seams inside the tank

New Tanks 1

The baffles can be seen to have been finish welded

New Tanks 2

The top is on now and finished on one end.

New Tanks 3

The seam here has been TIG welded. Its not a flush joint as it designed to make it look like a riveted joint when the cosmetic rivets are added

Tanks 4

Whilst we are waiting for the lifting beam to be made the external seams are being finished off

New Tanks 5

Part of the design for the one piece tanks is the provision of a lifting beam. Here mounting holes for the beam are being drilled

New Tanks 6

This is another view of Jo drilling the lifting brackets. The tanks are only 6mm thick but there is a 2" square block seen in one of the earlier reports welded on the inside.

New Tanks 7

The other day there was a view of the base of the tank having sections added for the pipe runs and the step. Here the base plate is being prepared with cutouts for these

New Tanks 8

Here the baseplate has been welded in to place on the tank

Hope today's report makes sense as its been done after we've been to the pub. After a full day with the gas cutting equipment I was gagging for a pint.

More news tomorrow

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