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MxDiver
08-24-2009, 11:04
After a long hiatus I was able to finish my project with the 72s.
I was not able to get the ZRC coating some of you recomended so I end up having the tanks painted at a body shop. The dive rite manfold gave more than enough adjustability for the 8.25" center to center distance.
Here is the result:
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa213/MxDiver/PICT1238.jpg

UCFKnightDiver
08-24-2009, 11:23
they didnt bake the paint on did they?

navyhmc
08-24-2009, 11:31
Very nice! The only concern that I have is the paint itself. As rox asked, did they bake on the paint? If it got above 180f, it can cause strength probelms with the tank. Other than that, go dive those suckers!!!

MxDiver
08-24-2009, 12:19
No, the paint was not baked. That was the first thing I made absolutely clear to them: no heat period. So the process took a while because we let everything air dry, applied the base waited a couple days, applied the first coat then wait a day for the second one and so on...

skdvr
08-24-2009, 12:24
Looks good...

Where did you get your bands??? I have a couple of 72's that I have been thinking of doubling up so I can leave the 120's at home sometimes....

Phil

navyhmc
08-24-2009, 12:26
Then you are good to go my friend! Take a nice long dive and enjoy!!!

MxDiver
08-24-2009, 12:45
Looks good...

Where did you get your bands??? I have a couple of 72's that I have been thinking of doubling up so I can leave the 120's at home sometimes....

Phil

I made them :smiley4:
You can find them here for $65.00 plus shipping:
Stainless Steel Double Tank Bands (http://www.sea-lutions.com/double_bands/)

UCFKnightDiver
08-24-2009, 13:10
they look awesome! and glad there was no heat involved!

skdvr
08-24-2009, 15:03
Looks good...

Where did you get your bands??? I have a couple of 72's that I have been thinking of doubling up so I can leave the 120's at home sometimes....

Phil

I made them :smiley4:
You can find them here for $65.00 plus shipping:
Stainless Steel Double Tank Bands (http://www.sea-lutions.com/double_bands/)

Cool, thanks.... I will have to keep that in mind.....

Phil

WD8CDH
08-27-2009, 15:23
After a long hiatus I was able to finish my project with the 72s.
I was not able to get the ZRC coating some of you recomended so I end up having the tanks painted at a body shop. The dive rite manfold gave more than enough adjustability for the 8.25" center to center distance.
Here is the result:
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa213/MxDiver/PICT1238.jpg
Some people would call that Vintage Porn.:smiley20:

Flatliner
08-27-2009, 18:26
Phil,

As you dive 120s I assume you are tall. Would doubled 72s trim out ok. It seems like they would make a pretty affordable first set for me. Especially since I already have one but I am 6'4"

skdvr
08-27-2009, 21:18
I am only 5'11" but the 72's would trim out real nice for you... 72's are just a touch shorter than AL 80's and skinnier. I do not think that you would have any problems with them. Here is a link for a craigslist add (http://stlouis.craigslist.org/spo/1343061746.html) here in St Louis for some 72's. I sent him an email but have not heard anything back. I would be interested in what kind of shape they are in. I bought mine with a fresh hydro and new valves for $75. Which is pretty much what the hydro and valves cost. If you want the them and can get ahold of the guy I can go check them out for ya and pick them up if ya want. For some reason I thought you said that you get down to St Louis every once in a while, so I could hold them for ya until you get down here...

Phil

Flatliner
08-28-2009, 05:32
I am only 5'11" but the 72's would trim out real nice for you... 72's are just a touch shorter than AL 80's and skinnier. I do not think that you would have any problems with them. Here is a link for a craigslist add (http://stlouis.craigslist.org/spo/1343061746.html) here in St Louis for some 72's. I sent him an email but have not heard anything back. I would be interested in what kind of shape they are in. I bought mine with a fresh hydro and new valves for $75. Which is pretty much what the hydro and valves cost. If you want the them and can get ahold of the guy I can go check them out for ya and pick them up if ya want. For some reason I thought you said that you get down to St Louis every once in a while, so I could hold them for ya until you get down here...

Phil

My boss is in SL so I get over occasionally. Let me give the 72s some thought. I appreciate the offer, I may take you up on it.

Robert

skdvr
08-28-2009, 07:06
No prob, just let me know...

I had asked him,
1. If he got the Plus rating when they were Hydro'd.
2. If they were painted or Galvanized
3. If they had newer K-Valves or if they were J-Valves

I think that was it....

Phil

Flatliner
08-28-2009, 11:33
No prob, just let me know...

I had asked him,
1. If he got the Plus rating when they were Hydro'd.
2. If they were painted or Galvanized
3. If they had newer K-Valves or if they were J-Valves

I think that was it....

Phil

Thank you Phil,

Let me know what you hear back from him.

skdvr
08-28-2009, 11:55
No prob, just let me know...

I had asked him,
1. If he got the Plus rating when they were Hydro'd.
2. If they were painted or Galvanized
3. If they had newer K-Valves or if they were J-Valves

I think that was it....

Phil

Thank you Phil,

Let me know what you hear back from him.

I am not sure that I will... I emailed him earlier in the week... But I will let you know if I do....

Phil

wheelman
08-28-2009, 13:16
To the OP... why black? I will admit it looks great, but is heat absorbtion an issue? Like touch the steering wheel after the car bakes in the sun all day?

MxDiver
08-28-2009, 14:41
To be honest never thought about heat absorption, but I don't think it will be an issue, the tanks would only be subjected to direct sun light while gearing up on the beach, or in the boat if it did not have a top. I went with black because it was their original color and I like how they look; I considered painting them in different colors, like red and green. I have another set for which I used rustoleum cold galvanizing coumpound which did not work (scratches really easy) so I may redo those in other color(s).

Crimediver
08-29-2009, 07:13
To the OP... why black? I will admit it looks great, but is heat absorbtion an issue? Like touch the steering wheel after the car bakes in the sun all day?

They are black because this is life support scuba equipment. Any other color could kill you. Why take a chance?

wheelman
08-29-2009, 15:38
Good point Crimediver. No reason to take a chance.

jupitertreasures
09-16-2009, 11:52
They look too pretty to dive.....:)

MxDiver
09-19-2009, 16:50
Thanks
Almost but not quite, I was finally able to dive with them last week, here is my setup
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa213/MxDiver/PICT1269.jpg
Not quite DIR, but it will have to do until I get cookies.... er I mean my BP/W

navyhmc
09-19-2009, 16:54
DIR or not, it's a nice rig. Have fun diving!

p944
09-25-2009, 19:36
What gas do you use in the double?
How deep is your typical dive?

I have 2 steel 72's, I was wondering if I'd hit deco limit before I'm out of gas.

navyhmc
09-25-2009, 21:37
What gas do you use in the double?
How deep is your typical dive?

I have 2 steel 72's, I was wondering if I'd hit deco limit before I'm out of gas.

Depends on the depth. I can hit NDL's with a single AL80 at 130' At a average depth of around 60', you'll probably hit NDL's and low gas atthe same time-SAC depending. :smiley20: