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Small tank question / solicitation

Discussion in 'Vintage Equipment Diving' started by 8dust, Nov 25, 2009.

  1. 8dust

    8dust Solo Diver

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    thanks for the input.

    those HP steel Fabers are very nice, but pri-cey.

    looks like a used Al 50 or two, is the way to go for us.

    Anybody have a couple they would like to unload.....?
     
  2. Slonda828

    Slonda828 Divemaster

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    Call the guys at Divers Den Georgia. They sometimes make deal on tanks. Their number is 912-882-0537. They beat Leisure Pro's price on AL 50's when I asked if they would. I am not affiliated with this shop.
     
  3. WD8CDH

    WD8CDH Solo Diver

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    If you can't find AL50s, look at the AL 40. 5 pounds lighter and really make sweet doubles later.
     
  4. 8dust

    8dust Solo Diver

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    Hmmm.....

    do you have a set? did you need to get custom bands made up? or are they about the same size as an old ST 38 ?

    How about the manifold?
     
  5. Luis H

    Luis H Instructor, Scuba

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  6. WD8CDH

    WD8CDH Solo Diver

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    Yes, I have several sets of AL40s and several sets of AL30s. All with custom bands. Some of the vintage 38s were 6.9" diameter and some of the vintage 38 were skinnier (5.5" to 6"?). My tanks are 5.25" diameter.

    Some with custom manifolds and some with manifolds made from US market modular valves with Euro market short crossovers.

    They are crappy pictures, but here is one of my sets of skinny doubles:

    Bal Single Stage 6.jpg Bal Single Stage 7.jpg Bal Single Stage 3.jpg
     
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  7. Lars599

    Lars599 Angel Fish

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    I've also run accross some older steel LP 50 & 64 's , might find some used.
     
  8. 8dust

    8dust Solo Diver

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    update on the search, and a question:

    Found an AL50 that is on the way in the mail so I'm looking forward to my plans for building the boys rig moving along. 2 would have been nice, but one is better than none, and I'm sure I'll stumble into another one of these days.

    Question - it has a Drager DIN valve on it. Did I see once, a threaded insert that could be put in a DIN valve so it could be used with a yoke regulator? or am I wrong about that? or am I right, and there is some reason why that would be a bad idea?

    If it is not convertable in some way, the tank should have the same 3/4 threads, yes? and I could just replace with a standard K-valve, yes? (I have a few extra that I swapped with ported Dacors Js)

    Thanks in advance for the input,

    Fred
     
  9. Slonda828

    Slonda828 Divemaster

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    Any 3/4" valve should work provided the tank is not metric.
     
  10. 8dust

    8dust Solo Diver

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    Well..., that's what I'm wondering. Drager is a German company I believe. Hope it's not metric, but given how many of my projects unfold, I would not be surprised at all.
     

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