|Subject:||RE: Henderson Tank dyes||Date:||Thu Mar 17 14:13:45 2016|
I'm sure I saw those at Davenport a number of years ago along with some cylinders and other engine parts. There didn't seem to be anyone with them as I recall and then they were gone. Those looked like the shape of the short tank deluxe. There was only the two parts (appeared to be top dies) with those flat bars welded on obviously to clamp on to something or be supported some way. The material of the tank shape appeared to be about 1/4" thick. |
I remember not being convinced they were original top dies used at the factory for actually pressing the side panels of the tanks unless there was some sort of support part that these were mounted to. I'm somewhat familiar with punch press dies, their solid, strong characteristics, how they function and the pounding tonnages that are required to do a particular job without tooling flexing or deflecting while the work is being performed. Usually press dies are much more solid at least these days. I could be wrong as the tank material was very thin, perhaps 22 gauge or thinner yet and of the drawing type.
I wondered about those over the years actually and considered if these were for another purpose such as trimming guide for trimming the ragged edges of the pressing or maybe some repair/rework operation.
I don't mean to de-value these pieces and as I mentioned, I could be wrong as to their intended purpose. They are very interesting and appeared to be very accurate with a fair bit of time and expense involved when they were originally produced therefor not likely something cobbled together in more recent years by someone in order to throw a tank together for a project but that too is possible. Its amazing what you can do with snips, a hammer and a tig welder these days as we all have seen or do.
Maybe they were a change-able wearing part that was easier and cheaper to make that would be discarded when warn and a new one installed to the press die.
Like I said, I wondered about those a lot over the years.
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Hello all, I was referred to this site to hopefully do two things. Identify these and find a new home for them.
I purchased these tank dyes over 15 years ago with hopes of using them to make new tanks for retro "new" bikes. However due to poor health that never took off.
I was told they are original dyes to the Ace, Henderson and Indian / Ace of 1926-27.
The height in the middle is: aprox. 5.5 inches
The length of dye is: aprox. 23 inches
If you can help verify what bikes they would have been used in that would be fantastic.
If you know of someone that would actually use them for restoration tanks please let me know.