General => Douglas Motorcycles - General Discussion => Topic started by: Red on 18 Jun 2021 at 10:19

Title: Aero 500 Tank Transfer
Post by: Red on 18 Jun 2021 at 10:19
Does anyone know if the attached photo of a tank transfer for the Aero 500 was originally used by Douglas. The club does not hold this transfer but it is sold by Classic Transfers. If it was originally used presumably it was applied to the tank top blue panel - does anyone have any idea of its exact position. Thanks

Title: Re: Aero 500 Tank Transfer
Post by: Doug on 18 Jun 2021 at 15:24

There are factory drawings for these 250, 350, 500, & 600cc 'winged' transfers. The same drawing/part numbers appear in the 1936-37 Aero parts list, for the 1936 models only, petrol tank section (ergo, not applied to the rear mudguard). However it does not say where on the petrol tank it was applied or quantity required. Not the sides as surely it would have turned up by now in a photo. I have yet to see a period picture with a view of the top of the petrol tank where one might a) determine it is present, and b) see if it was centered on the panel or perhaps up closer to the filler caps. I have seen one restored tank where they placed it in the center but no idea if they copied what was there previously or added the transfer on their own initiative. 

They could have designed the transfer and then not used it or for only a brief period in 1936. However the fact it made it into a spares list printed in 1937 suggests they did actually use it enough to warrant inclusion. Or maybe they had a bunch printed and were trying to get rid of them!  :)

Title: Re: Aero 500 Tank Transfer
Post by: Red on 18 Jun 2021 at 16:15
Hi Doug

Thanks for the information. Since my post I have come across the attached photo on the internet. Not a good photo but it does show the transfer on the top tank panel and close to the oil and petrol filer caps.