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 Post subject: Re: Replacing fuel tank
PostPosted: 10 Feb 2020 10:48 
Able Bodied Seaman

Joined: 01 Nov 2006 10:53
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If you are going to use that 6" hole saw in the picture to cut the access hole don't do it. I tried that the tork ripped the drill right out of my hands. I used a saber saw with metal cutting blade after out lining the access hole and drilling an entry hole for the saber saw blade. It worked great and then vacuumed out the metal filings from the tank and wiped it down.

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 Post subject: Re: Replacing fuel tank wrap-up
PostPosted: 16 Mar 2020 21:23 
Rail Meat

Joined: 24 Feb 2014 00:12
Posts: 23
Erewhon's tank is now in. Attached are a few pictures of the improved tank.
-3 new access hatches installed with a reinforcement ring and blind holes for the machine screw and gasket.
-The leaky bottom low corner of the tank was cut off and a plate welded on. In the picture a small portion of the pick-up tube got cut off. The welder said this entire corner was packed full of shamg. So last summer my fuel was getting filtered through this media.
-An additional pick-up tube was added for a future diesel heater.
-I removed some rot in the plywood partition wall and added new glass and a large weep hole to drain any water that may get into the hold that the tank lives.-
-Tank thoroughly cleaned, rest of the tank was in good shape.
-Note the larger square aluminum plates in the picture was from a previous tank cleaning and not part of this work.
-Humbug in Southeast Gibraltar Michigan did the work to the tank. I delivered the tank to the shop and it was done on time and to the quote. Ask for Will the service manager that also did the work.
Cost was about $1200.
Hope this info is helpful to the group.

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