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Old August 15th, 2010, 02:23 PM
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Fuel Tank Needed

Just when I thought it was good-to-go. Fuel tank leak!

What's crazy is that it's leaking from a patch the PO put on the tank. Why couldn't he just buy a new tank????

So here I am, does anyone have a new/good condition D-90 tank they're looking to move? I figure they're plastic and light, so shipping shouldn't be that huge (right)

Let me know what you've got stashed in the shed...

Thanks again as always,

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Old August 15th, 2010, 02:41 PM
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Old August 15th, 2010, 02:44 PM
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It's wet! If I have to drain the damn thing, wouldn't I be better off replacing?

I tried epoxy putty as a stop gap, but it won't adhere to the wet.
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Old August 15th, 2010, 03:03 PM
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MIne leaked at one of the breather holes. Only would notice when I filled up as it would stink. Personally I wasn't in to fixing the tank. I just bought a new one for piece of mind. I was going to sell the old one when the shop was done installing but the stentch of gas pretty much made me toss it instead of storing it. I am not sure where you even get one anymore. My shop had a connection on the west coast.
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Old August 15th, 2010, 03:09 PM
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Is the tank NLA? Even aftermarket? I wonder if the UK tanks are the same configuration...probably not.
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Old August 15th, 2010, 03:25 PM
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I thought it was NLA. I dont think there is a aftermarket one. UK tank mounts in a different spot
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Old August 15th, 2010, 03:28 PM
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You can't drain it by siphoning out the excess? Tanks aren't cheap, and replacing them opens a can of worms with respect to getting the skid plate off and the fuel fittings disconnected. There are some threads here on plugging holes in tanks, and most eventually seem to opt for replacement. But to get the thing running for the foreseeable future, I would just plug that bad boy. I think some have used JB weld.
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Old August 15th, 2010, 05:33 PM
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OK - I siphoned out about 7 gallons, got it below the crack line. All it took was a flick of my finger and the old patch fell right off. Looked like epoxy putty. I'll try the JB Weld solution tomorrow. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.....
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Old August 15th, 2010, 09:37 PM
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cgalpin fixed his by welding the plastic

They are kind of sort of NLA, but there are some new ones floating around. expect to pay $800+ for a new one.
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Old August 15th, 2010, 11:14 PM
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$800! Cripes
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Old August 15th, 2010, 11:23 PM
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Yeah and when you do it as I did just because I went in there I did the following:
tank
pump
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breather lines
skid plate - slickrock
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Old August 16th, 2010, 12:56 PM
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Got word from my local Land Rover mechanic. He says there's no aftermarket tank available, price for the OEM tripled to $1042.00!

For that money I'm going to try the epoxy/JB Weld/Bubblegum solution and hope for the best.
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Old August 16th, 2010, 01:01 PM
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You can do better than 1042. Call around. Hell call where I got mine
four oaks in santa monica. They might ship it or tell you where to get it
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Old August 16th, 2010, 01:23 PM
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look for a plastic welding shop ... if the material is the same as bumpers then likely they can do a fix ... might be better than epoxy etc ...
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Don't forget to fix the cause of the leak too, else you'll be fixing it again!
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Old August 16th, 2010, 09:52 PM
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I've got one, like new- really- for $750 if interested.
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Old August 16th, 2010, 10:42 PM
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Man was I way off on this fuel tank thing. I was really expecting to find aftermarket for like $150.

Thanks Dale - I'm going to see if my poor-man's fix-it works (with fingers crossed).

If the leak won't stop, and comes down to it, I'll drop you a line.

Jerod
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Try this: http://www.biosafe-inc.com/sealall.htm

We've used it a few times on leaking gas tanks and it will seal your leak.
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Old August 16th, 2010, 11:29 PM
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$750 isn't bad. Not many options out there. George had a few last year and honestly I thought about buying one to hold but that is crazy talk.

Where is your leak? From a valve? From the side? Wondering why you had a patch to begin with
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Old August 17th, 2010, 01:35 AM
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I don't know what sort of aftermarket option you hoped to find. There are no pattern parts for NAS trucks out there.
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