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Tank storage

Discussion in 'Norton Commando Motorcycles (Classic)' started by YING, Mar 23, 2020.

  1. Bernhard

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    Easier to get hold of two stroke oil, swill it around a dry tank , and when you want to reuse the tank clean it out with fresh gas/petrol and save it for use as upper cylinder lubrication. Waste not want not.
     
  2. cjandme

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    The Navy bought off on WD-40 as a perservative product. they coated the inside of some of their ships cannons that went "into mothballs" or storage. when they opened up the the barrels back up........they were very rusted and ruined. I use it (wd-40) for many things, it cleans real well :0)) but I personally wouldn't use it for preservative measures.
     
  3. Fast Eddie

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    That’s interesting, and disappointing, I guess ACF50 should be the preservative of choice then?
     
  4. mdt-son

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    This could be a hoax. WD40 contains volatile components and flows easily. The oil film it leaves on curved surfaces is very thin. I had a discussion with a chemist on Brit Iron some years ago. He pointed out that all lube oils will decompose as time goes by, creating corrosive components. So, even a thick oil film may create acids if left to oxidise.
    Best protection is dry storage under vacuum; Next best method is encapsulating the item in resin, similar to what nature does.
    Alpha Bearings used to protect their big end bearings in resin. If left in original packing, these bearings will be as good as new for 50 years or more.
     
  5. Bernhard

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    Or it could be true. . . . . I've known for sometime that WD40 doesn't do everything that are claimed in their adverts, you have to keep applying it to get continued protection. But it has its users as long as you don't expect it to perform miracles!
     
  6. gortnipper

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    I view it as the equivalent to an aerosol 3-in-1 that you can use as a penetrating oil or a cleaner in a pinch.
     
  7. baz

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    I had always assumed wd 40 was a water dispersent
    Good for spraying on damp HT caps etc but that's all?
     
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  8. maylar

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    Yep, "Water Displacement formula no. 40" is it's claim to fame. It does however have lube qualities and gets used as oil even though it's not one.
     
  9. Fast Eddie

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    From the horses mouth:

    “While the “W-D” in WD-40® stands for Water Displacement, WD-40® Multi-Use Product is a unique, special blend of lubricants. The product’s formulation also contains anti-corrosion agents and ingredients for penetration, water displacement and soil removal”.

    And more potential for club quiz night questions here:

    https://www.wd40.com/myths-legends-fun-facts/
     
  10. baz

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    Yep I've heard of people using it for all sorts of stuff
     
  11. baz

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    One thing it ain't good for is penetrant
    "Plus gas" is good for that in my experience
     
  12. Fast Eddie

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    I buy WD40 buy the gallon for use in a hand pump sprayer and in large quantities of large aerosol cos the propellant and solvent in aerosols helps it get everywhere and is a great cleaner.

    I typically use it as a de-greaser, cleaner, water dispersant, chrome polish, alloy polish, soil remover, dead fly remover, corrosion protection, etc, etc.

    Its really not often I attack my bikes with soap and water, lashings of WD40 is more the norm for me!
     
  13. Bernhard

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    +1.
     
  14. Bernhard

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    What ? You have never heard of the WD40 101 users booklet?
    It's an A- Z mountain of users from ant repellent to Zebra pole wiper, no home should be without one! :)
     
  15. oldbeezer

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  16. baz

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    !!!!! Ha ha
    I've heard of people spraying on aching joints
    And accidentally sprayed under their arms when a can was left in the bathroom!
    Which reminds me of when I accidentally drank some r40 !!!!
     
  17. Bernhard

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    Did the castor oil cure your cough? :)
    P.S. there really is a WD 40 booklet I got one from a family relation at Xmas one year, left it in the toilet. . . .
     
  18. oldbeezer

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    ROFL
     
  19. jaydee75

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    I put about a pint of 2 stroke oil in mine, sloshed it around and left the rest in. When I took it out of storage over 15 years later it looked like new.
    Dumped out the excess and filled with gas to run.
    No problems.
    Jaydee
     
  20. jbruney

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    LPS has a corrosion inhibiting spray I used to coat shafts & bushings with which worked extremely well in wet salty environments. It left an almost cosmoline like layer on everything and never failed on me. Varsol removed it easily enough with a bit of vigorous agitation... Lots of varsol… couple of times too.
     

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