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joepelly
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New Guy Here.

I bought a R51/3 off Craigslist and need to clean the Pink Kreem from the Tank. I have acetone and nuts and bolt in it as I write
but this taking longer than I hoped. Any suggestions? I have a POR 15 tank kit ready to go.

I'm looking for the correct Headlight, Bucket and all, and Tail light for this Bike. Any suggestions on parts sources??

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Part of POR's kits includes a

Part of POR's kits includes a tank cleaning etcher. I would look into that. Also, this guy has a section on tank cleaning (Paragraph 6):

http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/fuelmiscl.htm

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Thanks for the Link As usual,

Thanks for the Link

As usual, I read the archives after posting My question. This topic has been covered before.
I read the POR 15 instructions and I thought the "cleaner" part would only remove gas varnish.

Anyway,I'll read here first next time.
I am still looking for assorted parts for this bike, Lights, cables, etc.
Any suggestions, This is My first BMW project and I'm looking for connections.

Thanks Joe

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I don't see a lot of traffic

I don't see a lot of traffic on the R51 series. One of our posters, Jeff Dean, maybe have some insight. There are quite a few suppliers in German, the bigger ones being Ulis Motorradlladen, S. Meyer, and Stemler. There are also a lot of smaller outfits but I haven't been able to keep track of those. Another one of the posters here lives over there and maybe will drop in and give some sources.

You might try going to the Resources Link on the left hand side and try some searches. I notice that there's pre-built searchs for plunger parts and services. Trying following those to links within the website resources.

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tank clean

if the tank is as bad as you say i would send it to a place that will media blast the interior. clean very well with some spirits after that and use a product called "Red Coat", which is as close to the original tank coat that i have found. the tank coat can be purchased from
Saeli implement
4761 East Lake Rd
Geneva , NY 14456
315-585-9826
i did this on my R68 and R67/3, great product...jim

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Vech has lots of parts for /3

Vech has lots of parts for /3 bikes, but the headlight may be difficult to source if he doesn't have that.

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My tank cleanup

I am working a R51/2 and I hope that your tank is better than this one was. Access is poor through the filler hole and this one needed a good clean up. I ground the welds holding the tool box and removed it to properly clean up the mess with the media blaster. The pictures show the loose epoxy. Once clean and rust free I TIG welded the tool box back in. Then sloshed the original red primer in the interior. I am now in the process of recoating the outside of the tank.
As for parts suppliers Motorrad Stemle was able to supply just about anything I needed that Benchmark Works could not. Like timing covers and pushrod tubes for this basically Pre-War BMW engine.
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Thanks for the pointers

Thanks for the pointers Guys.
My goal was to clean and coat the tank "While saving the nice Paint Job".
I now realize this not going to happen. I found a radiator shop who will hotdip and clean the tank and then apply the Pink Kreem, quoted $65. we'll see.
Then to repaint and restripe.
My next question is about the knee pads. when taken off the tank the metal piece that they clip on to is "screwed" into the tank, Is this normal? I thought that that piece was welded to the tank. Also the tear drop piece of metal is solid, not open in the center.
Anybody Know a good paint and body shop in Fort worth TX area?

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As for painters, check with

As for painters, check with Perry's...he does restorations on old BMWs, so he'll know if someone is good local.

I, too, thought those flanges were welded to the tank. Maybe different on the R51s???

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Cleaning tank insides

I haven't tried this but a friend mentioned this method of tank rust removal. I think you could google this and find out the proper technique, but from what I was told you fill the tank with water saturated with salt. Then an electrode is suspended in the filler neck and a battery charger is attached to the electrode and I guess the outer metal of the tank. It may be the solution to cleaning the inside without ruining the outer paint.

Has anybody else heard of this technique?

I have also heard of people using a "draino" mix which may also be a way to derust without hurting the outer paint.

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POR-15 Method

Salt and electricity...

Seems risky to me... if you have a rusty tank, the POR-15 cleaning and coating method has worked for me on two tanks and I have been happy with the result. Works good, with little risk. Chec out the method.

http://www.por15.com/

Jim, Ketchikan, Alaska

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