I am wanting to find or have made two storage tanks for my speedster. One for oil, one for water. Im thinking like 6 - 8 inch dia. by 12 or 14 inch long. The ends to have an oil drum type in-set. About a 1/4 - 1/2 inch in-set.
Each to have a brass radiator drain like spicket and a filler neck with cap that would appear period. If I can find someone interested in making something like these I will draw up some plans. If some one has something like this and is in clean shape, please send me an email at
I have a couple of old wooden nail kegs but I think they may be too big but I will measure them. You want to look for a barrel "Cooper" they make barrels from scratch. Try a distillery or a large vineyard who would have resident Coopers making barrels for them everyday. You may also want to look at places like Colonial Williamsburg VA where tradesmen still make barrels.
I don't think nail kegs will work. The staves are thinner than regular wood barrels and tend to have too much gap between them and probably wouldn't tighten up sufficiently if soaked to prevent leaks. I think most barrels made for liquid storage also have a tongue & groove arrangement on the stave edges (the rain barrels on my place our too hard to get to right now so I can't verify this last statement). I think you'll need to look for a cooperage.
There is a difference between a barrel to hold liquid and "slack cooperage" that's a barrel to hold dry items, like flour etc...
We had one of the last slack Cooperages in the US in Cambridge Md. Brooks Barrel Co. unfortunately they are now gone...had been in business for more than 100 years.
Denny is correct try a google search for Coopers or barrel making and look for something designed to hold liquids.
The distillery connection maybe a good one to look in to.
OK, you guys have to know what Im thinking, not what Im saying. I am wanting metal as in tin, steel, brass barrels or I should say drums, tanks, tubes etc... sorry
Tyrone, have you thought about old Fire extiguishers?
WWII aircraft instruments, etc., were shipped in special made small steel drums, heavily padded inside.
I would check tbay.
There is that gass, water, and oil can set that is a copy of an original accessory and is available from the parts vendors.
No pretty drain valve, but you could add that.
You would have the oil and water and a third one possibly for some of those Tennessee distillery products???????
OK, you guys have to know what Im thinking, not what Im saying. I am wanting metal as in tin, steel, brass barrels or I should say drums, tanks, tubes etc...
What about a modern steel canister inside a wooden drum? The wood could be leaky and nobody would ever know
Tyrone,you can buy round cans in various sizes. A good tin man can attach just about any fixture you'd want.